May 302014
 

I liked Blackbirds a lot, and Mockingbird well enough, and there are a lot of interesting things going on in Miriam Black’s story, but by now, in book three, I want something more from Miriam.

Wendig brings it on, with his short, punchy chapters and good set-ups and loads of cliffhangers, but Miriam doesn’t seem to be learning a whole lot, still putting herself in ultra-dodgy situations and dealing with the fallout from the last two books. It’s a rip-roaring ride, although sometimes hard to follow and I feel like Chuck Wendig should be writing stellar, not just good, books.

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Jun 242013
 

Imagine New York, ca 1985. No one ever bought the nasty bits of 42nd Street. Accelerate to today. There are million dollar lofts, but there are also gangs like the ones in the 70s and 80s Marvel comics New York: Rollergirls and men with paper bag masks. There are also goblins in the subways & sewers, plus a gateway to hell. Inside here is an old-time superhero-style adventure, but the superhero is just a big, meaty guy who’s fucked up his familial relationships. Mobsters. Daemons. Goblins. A bang-up adventure book that’s the essence of fun, from a serious emerging talent.

 

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Jul 182012
 

Miriam Black is back. She’s working. It doesn’t work out. Fortunately, a murderer turns up just as she’s quitting and reminds her of her true place: not in a trailer park in Toxicville, NJ.

Wendig is on form – despite a continuity shamble or two, this novel grabs you by the face and drags you along for 384 pages.

Where’s it going? Blood. Shouting. Snark. Anger.

It would be great to get deeper insight into Miriam as a character, not just her role and powers, but it’s, a bloody good, gripping read – perfect for a British (rainy) summer’s day.

Get it (on 28th August, 2012) here (US), here (UK)

Jun 082012
 

Wendig’s shouty prose leaps from his blog and straight into the mouths of his characters with effortless grace. We dig into the filthy underclass of middle America, inhabiting Jarmuschian territory with grace: The road, white-trashhood, truckers, motels, lighthouses, roadside bars and death. Lots of death.

Miriam Black knows when you will die. This leads her into lovely, uncertain, and nasty company. If you can leap past a couple of “not sure I buy it” moments, you’re in for a rollicking read which does make you beg, bloody and bewildered, for more. This is worth it for the @JoeyHifi Cover alone.

Get it here (UK) or here (US), or from Angry Robot directly.