Index of /hugoawardnominees/tmp/campbell/Wendig Chuck Wendig -, , K. [ ], Chuck Wendig - The first book in the Miriam Black series: “A sassy, hard-boiled thriller with a paranormal slant” (The Guardian) about a young woman who can see the darkest. New Extracts: Blackbirds, Evil Dark and The Nekropolis Archives of Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig, Evil Dark by Justin Gustainis and The.

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He grabbed Blackbirds without paying for it. And then bought all my other books. Which is, you might say, a way to ethically share files. Title: Blackbirds Author: Chuck Wendig Publisher: Angry Robot, Formats: site .mobi), ePub .epub), PDF .pdf) Pages: Downloads: Reported Missing - Sarah KB .. The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare Zeroes_ A Novel - Chuck KB.

They were cagey, hard to get responses from, made me feel like a cat chasing a laser pointer. She totally understood Blackbirds. Loved the character. Had the right ideas for it. And she was fast with her interest and professional in her communication and she loves bacon and has dogs and has a twisted sense about her.

Done and done. Would I have that kick-ass cover by Joey Hi-Fi?

I would not. Would I have gotten the passel of great early reviews? Would I have a shot at awards or foreign rights or be able to talk to agents and film companies in Los Angeles about the story?

Not likely. A year would be a fairly short margin. Something like that. Now, a few things: in that time, the book was refined, made better.

I wrote other stuff. And some of that I self-published, and that stuff created energy for Blackbirds, and Blackbirds in turn creates energy for those things. Blackbirds went through a helluva lot of it, from agents, from publishers.

But as an author, persistence and practice will eventually carry you beyond the margins of rejection. And willing to take risks.

Fuck, I dunno. A dollop of romance. Lot of blood. Buckets of mystery. Thrills and chills, I like to think. Angry Robot calls it urban fantasy. And I hear from folks the cover is hooking them left and right. Every attempt is a pebble in a pond — you never know how far the ripples might go.

It took me 30 days to write the sequel, Mockingbird. It feels in some ways like a great gym workout, in other ways like a weird not bad, not good breakup.

Fly, little book. Soon thereafter, she meets up with a good-looking young man in a biker bar and makes the mistake of rescuing him from a violent situation caused by his own stupidity.

Ashley Gaines is a con man who accidentally discovers Miriam's secret and blackmails her into helping him.

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He wants her to identify truckers who are near to their death dates so that he can run a short-term con and take their money when they die. Although Miriam doesn't like the idea, she goes along with Ashley's plan. When the couple accidentally runs into Louis, Ashley decides that he will be their mark. Miriam doesn't want anything to happen to Louis, but she can't think of a way out of her situation.

In the meantime, two killers—Frankie and Harriet—are looking for Ashley, who has stolen something from their mobster boss. The plot takes two paths as it follows Miriam as she tries to save Louis and the killers as they track down Ashley and Miriam, who is now in this up to her neck. These two story lines are interrupted now and then for pieces of an interview that Miriam is doing at an unknown point in time with a young man whose father's death was foretold by Miriam.

In that interview, she talks about her childhood, with her stern, Mennonite mother, who called her "a sinner, slattern, slut, whatever" when she wanted to read comic books or watch television. Eventually, as Miriam always knew it would, all of these disparate characters come together in a climactic scene in which her vision begins to come true. Late in the story, Miriam has an emotional scene with a psychic that shakes her to the core.

All Miriam wants to know is when she will die, but the fortune teller looks into her soul and sees nothing but death and darkness. This is a terrific beginning for what looks to be a compelling new series. Everything about it is fresh and inventive, from the imaginative world-building to the cynical tone and coarse humor, to the well-developed characters, both primary and secondary.

Harriet, especially, is a rich character who reminded me of Samuel L. Jackson's character, Jules Winnfield, in the movie, Pulp Fiction —always providing her victims with philosophical soundbites and informative tidbits just before she either kills them or beats them to death.

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Wendig's narrative is compelling as the action moves along at a fast pace, sweeping Miriam and her unfortunate acquaintances along to its bitter end. The humor is dark and sardonic, filled with pop cultural references that liven up the dialogue.

I love Miriam, a societal outsider who courageously confronts the world on her own terms while dealing with visions that would drive anyone else to suicide.

In Miriam's life, however, even the ordinary becomes a weapon that can be used against her. The story begins as Miriam hits the road again, trying to turn her back on Louis and the seedy trailer park they're living in on the Jersey shore.

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Although Louis always catches up with her, she keeps trying to get away from the "normal" life that he's trying to get her to share with him. She knows that she will never be normal, and she's sick of trying. Finally, Louis gives in and finds her a "job" that is right up Miriam's alley—giving a death reading to Katey Wiznewski, a teacher at Caldecott School, a private residential academy for disturbed teenage girls.

Time and time again, Miriam returns to the school to search for more clues even though she has been banned from the grounds and the security guards are on the lookout for her.

That part of the story gets improbable fairly quickly.

And Miriam is painfully direction-less. And some petty thievery. Big con-artistry going on there. He is as unlikable as Miriam, even though he at least has one goal that drives him somewhere. The bad guys are such tropes it hurts to talk about them.

Sure, style is a matter of taste, but to me this was just pure irony. Because there are flaws in the writing that even I as a non-English native speaker learned in school to avoid. Her mouth on his mouth, her tongue is a snake in the grass, a worm in the apple.

The short, cut-off sentences are probably meant to drive the pace, to make it more thrilling. If you manage to keep up some interest in what happens. Because most of the time, nothing does. And even if something does — stuff happeneing is still not plot! This book reads very much like the author is trying so very hard to be gritty and dark.

For me that led to overanalysing what I think he might have been trying to achieve, instead of doing what I should — enjoying the read. The handful of first person chapters made a real difference and got to me way more than the rest.When the couple accidentally runs into Louis, Ashley decides that he will be their mark.

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