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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Angry Robot (6 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857662325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857662323
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 212,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Balls-to-the-wall, take-no-prisoners storytelling at its best --Bill Cameron, author of County Line

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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.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Cheesecake (The Eloquent Page) TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 3 Sep 2012
Format: Paperback
Earlier this year I read and reviewed Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig and if I'm being honest I have to admit that it did blow my tiny little mind just a bit. Like a David Lynch directed version of The Littlest Hobo (if the Hobo was a young women with supernatural powers rather than a dog) I really enjoyed this dark, nightmarish tale. When I heard there was another novel featuring the same character, I was keen to give it a whirl.

Once again I found myself amazed at how quickly I was hooked. Damn your black heart, Wendig! Miriam continues to be delightfully antagonistic with everyone that she meets. With a mouth on her like a longshoreman and a tough as nails exterior it's difficult not to immediately full in love with her. Her shocking language and her pragmatic approach to life are just so much fun. The phrase `brutally honest' may well have been invented with Miriam in mind. For all her foul mouthed bluster though, Miriam does actually care. Somewhere, way WAY deep down, there is a good person who does want to try and help people. The help she provides might be a little unconventional at times but she does try.

What of the plot then? Serial killings, a private girl's school and a ballsy heroine with more attitude than you can shake a wide variety of sticks at. I ask you what's not to love? Wendig is the sneakiest of authors. On the face of it Mockingbird is a straight forward urban fantasy but delve deeper and it's actually so much more than that. The narrative deftly explores themes like revenge and the nature of redemption while still managing to be entertaining but never preachy. In this novel Miriam is forced to confront some harsh truths about the power she lives with. During Miriam's continuing journey she has to try and learn how to live with what she knows.
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When I grow up I want to BE Miriam Black. Not that she'd be impressed with anyone saying that... And I'm supposed to be grown-up already, but still.

Mockingbird is the sequel to Blackbirds, but can easily be read as a stand-alone, as Wendig tells you the bones of what you need to know in his trademark fast-track style. Rest assured, this is most definitely not a book that hangs around with lots of lengthy exposition - but you always know what's going on.

The star of the show is of course, Miriam. She's foul-mouthed and flawed - from experience and personal history, not just because the author thought he should write a "feisty" female (ick!) to appeal to readers with lady-parts.

She's also got heart - although she'd want to punch anyone who suggested it.

The action is unremitting and violent: sometimes a bit much for me, but that's a matter of personal taste. The dialogue is smart and quick-fire, with some killer one-liners as well as some knowingly terrible jokes that can't fail to raise a smile.

But there's more going on here. And it's hard to explain what without spoiling the plot. All I can say is there's something here about not just what people do, but WHY they do it... And how that can play out later on down the line.

One small gripe. And I can't work out whether this is intentional or not. Miriam sometimes refers to her on-off partner, Louis Darling (and oh, he so is!), as "Frankenstein, on the grounds that he is a very well-built fella, like the monster from the book and films. Now, surely she'd know that Frankenstein was the name of the scientist, the creator of the monster, rather than the monster himself? Ok, so there are gaps in Miriam's education - that's all part of her story...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emmster TOP 500 REVIEWER on 29 Aug 2012
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Chuck W. has pulled of that most difficult of things: a sequel that is every bit as good as the original.

If you've not read Blackbirds: (Angry Robot): 1 then I'd say, even though this book stands perfectly well on it's own two feet, it would be better to read that first.

Mockingbird is a gritty urban-fantasy thriller stuffed with good characters, plot, violence, naughty language - the way only Chuck can do foul-mouthed - but very little sex.

The protagonist Miriam, jaded with the idea of settling down, ends up doing 'her psychic thing' for a friend of Louis who works at a school. What starts out as a simple job spirals horribly out of control after she inadvertently touches one of the pupils.

As previously - the character of Miriam is as uncompromising as a brick wall and twice as hard.

If you've already read and enjoyed Blackbirds - you'll not be disappointed. Mockingbird has got everything Blackbirds had: excellent characters, a rocket-propelled plot and plenty of action. But even more than that - this one is at least three shades darker on the colour chart.

I'd definitely recommend it to anyone who likes gritty urban-fantasy.
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It’s several months after BLACKBIRDS. Miriam and Louis are living together in a trailer in a small New Jersey tourist town. She’s wearing gloves to stop her having visions of a person’s death when she touches them and she’s even got a job at the checkout of the local supermarket. But Miriam can’t be normal for long.

When Louis asks her to meet a friend, Katey, who’s convinced she’s going to die, Miriam’s unprepared for what she finds. Katey works as a teacher at a boarding school for troubled teenage girls in a town near Miriam’s home town. As Miriam’s forced to confront her past, she discovers that something very wrong is happening at the school and that those responsible have gifts similar to hers …

The second in Chuck Wendig’s MIRIAM BLACK SERIES is another dark, foul-mouthed, noir fantasy ride with razor-sharp dialogue and a female main character who’s finally found a role for her terrifying gift. I loved how Miriam’s developed from being a witness to death to a bringer of it and Wendig does well at showing the impact this has on her – both as a temptation and as a terrible consequence. I also loved that there’s no happy ever after here – the relationship between Miriam and Louis feels realistic and though I was disappointed by it, it does completely fit Miriam’s self-destructive, contrary character. The supernatural elements are well handled and creepy and the plot cracks along at a breakneck pace. Again, my only real gripe is with the antagonists who I’d have liked to see more of because Wendig gives them a terrifying motivation but they still feel a little underdeveloped on the page. That aside though, I think this is thoroughly entertaining, dark fantasy fiction and I’ve already bought my copy of THE CORMORANT.
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