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Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

Blackbirds (edition 2012)

by Chuck Wendig

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Authors:Chuck Wendig
Info:Angry Robot (2012), Edition: Original, Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages
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Tags:crime, thriller, dark, horror, fiction

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Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig


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  Amanda105 | Sep 5, 2016 |
I finished this book within 24 hours of starting it. I absolutely loved it. ( )
  BuffyBarber | Jun 5, 2016 |

I have not loved a book like this in a very long time. I could not put it down, and it takes a lot to hold my attention.

Urban/supernatural fantasy is probably my favourite genre, and with Blackbirds you get the best parts of that genre all wrapped up into one book. It was gritty, sassy, gruesome and all kinds of fun.

I loved Miriam from the first sentence. She’s pessimistic and full of…angst? I don’t know if that’s the exact word I want. BUT she’s not depressing about it. She’s realistic. Less “woe is me” and more “life sucks and then you die”. Her voice made the story move quickly even if there wasn’t anything intense happening at that moment (but there usually was).

The way Miriam’s “sight” worked was really interesting too. I liked how it wasn’t as straightforward you might think seeing someone’s death is. Instead of using it as a cop out for the storyline, Chuck used it to progress the plot. It brought up more questions rather than giving all answers.

I will definitely be grabbing the next in this series and inhaling it like I did Blackbirds. And if you’re a fan of urban fantasy, I suggest you grab this. ( )
  keyboardscoffee | May 30, 2016 |
**ORIGINALLY POSTED AT www.bunnycates.com/reading ** My Thoughts: Lets talk about the world:  Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig takes place across several states, right here in modern day United States.  We find ourselves thrust into truck stops, dirty cockroach infested motel rooms, and bars.   Its dark and its gritty.  The world this story portrays is true to life for anyone who has a little “mettle” under their belt.   Wendig definitely has a way with words, and you can almost smell the cigarette smoke coming off the pages while you read.  The story may be fiction, but the places in it feel real. Lets talk about the characters:  I loved the main character Miriam.  She has “the touch”, as in if she touches you skin on skin she will see when and how you will die.  Constantly being on the move and “seeing” all this death has made her…well, to put it politely would be to say she may (or may not) be a little bitter.  Ok, yea, she’s bitter.  I love her.  She has the “this is how it is so f*** it” attitude.  I can relate.  She tries to keep the way of the world from driving her into a pit of despair by using humor.  As many of us proud sarcarsti-snarks do so well.  Let your snark flags fly people!  You can’t have all that snark running around in the universe unchecked, so Wendig gave us Louis.  Awwwm sweet Louis!  Omgosh.  Poor guy.  He was a freaknut for sure, to the EYES, but his heart. awww…  I was leery of him at first, the way Wendig describes him – is kind of scary looking.  But then we get to know him.  **SPOILER**  Poor guy, lost his wife and took to the road as a truck driver because he was riddled with guilt over it. **/SPOILER** Ashley, was a douche.  He is this guy, that basically blackmails Miriam to come along for the ride hoping to pick up some huge score in the end.  Boy toy/blackmailer.  Is that right?  Yea, dirty hawt.  That’s how I would describe him.  LOL.  The antagonists in this story are CRAY CRAY!  A kickass little militant bi-atch named –of all things- Harriet (Dirty Harriet, INDEED), a big yes man, and the king daddy himself freaks me out along the same lines as PINHEAD.  *nods*  Oh yea, you know who I am talking ABOUT!!!!!  PIN-F’in-HEAD!  Like if…if… Pinhead and Powder made a freaknut love baby – that would be Ingersoll.  omgosh, I just got goosebumples! haha! Lets talk about the plot: What the wha?!  I loved this story! No kidding!  In this book, book one in what I believe is to become a series – We meet Miriam, and by gosh learn to love her and her little snarky ways.  Miriam meets - and ends up being blackmailed by - a sexy dirty man who hopes to use her unique gifts to rip some people off.  Along the way, we learn that Mr DirtyHawt has not always been such a charmer and he may or may not be dragging the wrath of all hell down on Miriam.  You know, guilty by association and all that.  Also, Miriam may or may not meet a true to life REAL nice guy.  Only, when her gift pops up – she not only sees Mr Nicey croak, she sees him croak whilest saying her name. Youch.  Long story short: action, some drinks, some sex, some pining, some running, some escaping, some not quite escaping, some more action, some dying, some almost dying, some book burning, and WHAM.  There ya go.  Was that too spoilerish?  Hope not. =D In Conclusion: This is a MUST read for all my “dark snark” loving friends out there!  I enjoyed this book so much.  It was dark, eerie, funny, shocking, and did I mention – snarky?   In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I plan to pick up a copy to put on my bookshelf, because lets be real here...  digital just don’t look as perty.  Mom Notes: Contains: violence, sexual content, and language.  Lots and LOTS of language.
  BunnyCates | Mar 8, 2016 |
Miriam Black is used to death. It's what she sees if she comes into skin-on-skin contact with someone. She's seen so much of it that even violent death has lost the ability to shock. So it must be that the man in her latest vision calling her name as he looks over the shoulder of his killer that has affected her so much. Was it actually Miriam herself he was looking at and why would she be present at such a gruesome death if it was? Usually she only turns up for those that die alone so she can take what she needs to continue her nomadic drink and nicotine filled lifestyle. Miriam has tried to thwart her visions before but somehow fate always manages to get what it wants. Wanting to have nothing to do with the death of Louis the kind and caring truck driver she vows to be nowhere near the scene of the crime when it occurs. Can she get away or will Miriam become victim to fate once again?

This is a dark, gory, foul-mouthed urban fantasy ride that veers towards the horror end of the spectrum. There is a small cast of mostly unlikeable characters (including the protagonist) so if you find this off-putting then this book is probably not for you. Neither if you're a bit squeamish or offended by profanity (there's lots of it - although it does get quite creative at times). Personally I don't mind either as long as they are true to the story or characters involved and here it fits perfectly. The majority of the story is told in present tense with flashback segments of an interview with a magazine reporter used to give insight into Miriam's past and character. It works well and drives the story on relentlessly. This was my first encounter with the author's work but it won't be my last. There's already a couple of sequels to this book with another on the way and I'll definitely be on the lookout for those at the very least. ( )
  AHS-Wolfy | Feb 8, 2016 |
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When Miriam Black touches you, she can see how and when you’re going to die. This gives her the chance, in theory, to solve murders before they happen – but she discovers that fate is far more unyielding than suspected, and she soon grows to believe she cannot change the deaths she sees. She learns differently, over time, and learns that the sacrifices necessary to turn fate on its ear are bigger than expected. In the meantime, she exists as a kind of human vulture: instead of attempting to sway fate’s course she steps into it’s path, becoming a carrion bird (figuratively) who lurks at the deaths she knows are coming to steal from the dead. [Author's words from interview on Andrew Jack Writing Blog]
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Miriam Black knows when you will die. She's foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes and suicides. But when Miriam hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be murdered while he calls her name.… (more)

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