Blackbirds

Blackbirds

eBook - 2015
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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 corners of the future. Miriam Black knows how you?re going to die. This makes her daily life a living hell, especially when you can?t do anything about it, or stop trying to. She?s foreseen hundreds of car crashes, heart attacks, strokes, and suicides. She merely needs to touch you?skin to skin contact?and she knows how and when your final moments will occur. Miriam has given up trying to save people; that only makes their deaths happen. But then she hitches a ride with Louis Darling and shakes his hand, and she sees in thirty days that Louis will be murdered while he calls her name. Louis will die because he met her, and Miriam 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. “Think Six Feet Under co-written by Stephen King and Chuck Palahniuk” ( SFX ), and you have Blackbirds : a visceral, exciting novel about life on the edge.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Saga Press, 2015.
ISBN: 9781481448666
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Dreamstime
Aug 20, 2018

A brutal ride with a tragic hero, burdened by a horrible curse to know the details of someone's death by skin contact. The villains in this book were the most vicious of any I have read in fiction. Wendig's prose proceeds at a fast pace. Miriam is a blue-collar hero at the edge of insanity. Her story is not for the feint-of-heart. It is brutal and unrelentingly vicious. The conclusion was satisfying, though there was a significant loose thread involving a character that made me scratch my bald head. Yes, a little distracting but never pulled me from immersion.

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threeoutside
Jul 22, 2015

Fine writing. I follow Wendig's blog daily and I like his approach to writing but I'm not so into violence and cruelty. Miriam Black is just how she would have to be, with the curse of her ability to see how someone's going to die, but even though I finished it, I won't be returning to that series. Too harsh for me.

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mellyrose89
Feb 18, 2013

I enjoyed this book. The storyline is unique to anything else I have read, and I found some aspects humerous.

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tessiemay
Oct 15, 2012

Ick. The violence is over the top. Nothing about the characters or the story was compelling enough to keep me reading this.

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darcerama
Jul 14, 2012

This rough, hardened twentysomething has a lot on her plate, and very little control over the events that are unfolding. Miriam Black is plagued with the ability to foretell how you are going to die, and try as she might, she cannot change fate. When she meets Louis the truckdriver, it comes to pass that his death may be her fault. Wracked with guilt, she spirals into a world of nefarious characters who practice extreme violence against her as Louis's death looms over her.
A very satisfying and quick read!

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Librarianne
Jul 03, 2012

A very dark take on the intersection between free will and morality. Lovably, gritty characters balance out the violence that is key to the story.

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Aug 20, 2018

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Aug 14, 2012

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