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Blackbirds [Mass Market Paperback]

Chuck Wendig
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

24 April 2012
Miriam Black knows when you will die.

Still in her early twenties, she's foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, suicides, and slow deaths by cancer. But when Miriam hitches a ride with truck driver Louis Darling and shakes his hand, she sees that in thirty days Louis will be gruesomely murdered while he calls her name.

Miriam has given up trying to save people; that only makes their deaths happen. But Louis will die because he met her, and she will be the next victim. No matter what she does she can't save Louis. But if she wants to stay alive, she'll have to try.

File Under: Urban Fantasy [ Touch Of Death | The Future Is Written | Free Way | Surviving ]


Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (24 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780857662309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857662309
  • ASIN: 0857662309
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 10.5 x 17.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,715,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Blackbirds is a horror story, a traveling story, a story of loss and what it takes to make things right. It's a story about fate and how sometimes, if we wrestle with it hard enough, maybe we can change it. Blackbirds is the kind of book that doesn't let go even after you've put it down and nobody else could have made it shine like Chuck Wendig. --Stephen Blackmoore, author, City of the Lost and Dead Things

Mean, moody and mysterious, Blackbirds is a noir joyride peppered with black humour, wry observation, and visceral action. Fans of Chuck Wendig will not be disappointed. --Adam Christopher, author of Empire State

Trailer-park tension, horrified hilarity, and sheer terror mixed with deft characterization and razor plotting. I literally could not put it down. --Lilith Saintcrow, author of Night Shift and Working for the Devil

Mean, moody and mysterious, Blackbirds is a noir joyride peppered with black humour, wry observation, and visceral action. Fans of Chuck Wendig will not be disappointed. --Adam Christopher, author of Empire State

Trailer-park tension, horrified hilarity, and sheer terror mixed with deft characterization and razor plotting. I literally could not put it down. --Lilith Saintcrow, author of Night Shift and Working for the Devil --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Chuck Wendig is equal parts novelist, screenwriter, and game designer - A.K.A. an all-around "freelance penmonkey." You can probably find him on the side of a highway holding a sign, "Will Write For Booze." He currently lives in the wilds of Pennsyltucky with wife, dog, and infant heir to the Wendig throne. You can find him dispensing dubious writing advice at his blog, terribleminds.com. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Urban Fantasy that dares to be different 6 Aug 2012
By Kate Phillips TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
Blackbirds has a fair amount of hype circulating around it. There is a lot of expectation here. The cover alone promises the reader multiple things and for the most part Blackbirds delivers. I was intrigued by this book long before I requested it for review but I was scared that it would just not do it for me but in the end I really, really liked it.

The best thing about this book for me is that it dares to be different. This book takes the Urban Fantasy genre and turns it on its head. If you took every urban fantasy book you have ever read mix it with some Sin City and add a splash of Tarantino, Blackbirds is what you would create. It is smart and engaging yet manages to be philosophical at the same time. Behind all the violence and swearing Blackbirds actually asks some pretty big questions about death and fate, about good and evil.

The characters in this are full of life (which is funny considering this book is essentially about death) and at the centre of it all you have Miriam. Miriam is a fighter, a survivor. I think as a reader you don't exactly like Miriam. She is the type of person you wouldn't associate with, a person you would look down your nose at. She is white trash, an alcoholic and a criminal. She is unlikable. But it doesn't matter because in some way you admire her. She is strong and sassy. She can hold her own and there is something to appreciate in that. Yet, behind all the sarcasm, and nonchalant attitude you can see a glimpse of who she really is underneath all the layers of hurt and grief and you know that inside she is not a bad person.

Then there is Louis. He looks like a criminal he is a scarred hulk of a man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sharp and intense, even brutal. 26 July 2012
Format:Paperback
I came across this book on Netgalley the other day. The cover instantly caught my eye, so I did a bit more research and the book itself sounded fantastic and very original. I requested it and that night I received it. I started reading it and within a few sentences I was hooked. The first chapter is brilliant it really claws at the reader until they are waiting for more. It definitely pulled me in straight away and instead of just reading one chapter, I read about eight. The book really does keep your attention until the very end.

Blackbirds follows Miriam Black, who has the ability to know when a person will die just by touching their skin. She sees visions of every type of death possible and each vision is crudely described so the true horror hits the reader head on. Her life is unpredictable one moment she could be watching someone having a heart attack and the next a car crash. On her journeys she meets Louis, a trucker who gives her a lift, but when she shakes his hand she sees that she will be the cause of his death. Miriam knows that fate gets what it wants and there's nothing she can do to stop it but she has to try doesnt she?

Miriam was a mega kick ass heroine, she had a sharp tongue and quick fists. She could easily hold her own, after all living pretty much on the streets toughens a women up. She has a cold hard persona because she sees things that no one else will ever know. She sees the true horrors of death. Her character was harsh and incredibly real. She has so many flaws and makes many mistakes but you stick by her until the end. She understands the harsh reality of the world and how no matter what your life is already planned out by fate, nothing can change that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Miriam Black knows how you're going to die... 10 Feb 2013
By Rich
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a fan of Chuck Wendig's blog, i have wanted to read this novel for quite some time. I'm glad i finally have.
Sharp, witty prose, with not a word wasted, this is urban-fantasy at its very best.
Recommended for anybody who a, enjoys fast-paced fiction, and b, doesn't mind a lot of cuss words thrown at them. And there's a lot in Blackbirds. (if you don't believe me, check out 'The Collected Profanity Of Blackbirds And Mockingbirds' on YouTube -- you'll see what i mean).
If, like me, you don't mind a girl with a dirty mouth, give this book a go. You wont regret it.
(also check out the sequel 'Mockingbirds')
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read this in one sitting... 10 Jan 2013
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I read this in one sitting. That really doesn't happen often... I'm currently reading more than a dozen books on my Kindle, none of which grabbed my attention the way this did. The narrative has a great sense of immediacy and the tension was almost unbearable by the end. The bad guys are absolutely chilling... a mixed group capable of detached, calculated violence or casual brutality, with an occasional dash of twisted ideology and a relish for inflicting pain. I immediately downloaded and read the sequel Mockingbird (A Miriam Black Novel).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark and disturbing but utterly brilliant. 16 July 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Well that was brutal! I like dark and gritty, but in Blackbirds the dark will chill your soul and the grit grind your eyes out. I really shouldn't have liked Miriam, but I did. She's not the sort of person anyone would want to turn their back on, else she'd empty your pockets and rip you a new one with her razor tongue. In fact - in the real world - Louis is the only really decent person in the whole book.

There is no let up in the tale, no respite to catch your breath. Every page takes you to places you really wouldn't want to go, but part of you wants to visit just to see whats there.

A solid 5 stars for me, and already waiting for Mockigbird at the end of August.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mean, menacing, unmissable
I'll not make a meal of this review, all you need to know is the book's worth reading. Well, go on then, off you go and buy it.
Published 3 months ago by Craig Forsyth
4.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary fantasy meets hard-boiled noir
Miriam Black knows how you will die. All she has to do is touch your skin and she gets a vision of how and when it will happen. Read more
Published 3 months ago by I Read, Therefore I Blog
4.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't this a fancy dish?!
You may never have heard of Chuck Wendig. You won't forget his name after reading this. I'm going to say no more than this is a great book - though not for the easily offended. Read more
Published 6 months ago by The Secret DoS
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This book was hilarious from start to finish with amazing writing and dialogue. It reminded me of a Quentin Tarantino movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by BritReader
4.0 out of 5 stars Lean and mean
Chuck Wendig doesn't waste words on exposition. Every word--some of them profane. Ok, many of them profane--is just right for its job and conveys its meaning in a tight and dark... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Ann Smyth
5.0 out of 5 stars Loving a never read before genre
Never read anything like it before as my choices of book usually concentrate on 'prize winning' books in order to avoid feeling disappointed in a purchase (as 'I need to own' the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Pascale
5.0 out of 5 stars A book to stay with you
Chuck Wendig has a graphic novel background, I think, and it shows in this novel. Sharp characterisation and very moody, dark story, very visual, lots of strong imagery that adds... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Happyface
5.0 out of 5 stars Visceral, nasty and beautiful
This is one of the stand-out novels I've read recently.

Miriam Black is a wonderfully complex character, as hard as nails and with a caustic wit. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Julian Ransom
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
I loved this book. It's dark, funny and fast paced; but above all the characters are so real. Miriam is flawed, but I really like her - it's so refreshing to have a female... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Kirsty Fitzpatrick
3.0 out of 5 stars A good read
To be honest, this is not a genre I would choose to read, but it was a bookgroup choice. A good read - couldn't put it down - but not a style I would want to read again.
Published 12 months ago by TML SUTCLIFFE
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