Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Brief Review: Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig

Blackbirds (Miriam Black, #1)Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was my first foray into a Chuck Wendig book after a year or two reading his blog (which I am a big fan of). I really wanted to like this book, but it left me a bit cold. The protagonist, Miriam is way too fond of awkward similes, she is overly crass (to the point where she's trying to find a new way to say fuck rather than concern herself with the very real danger she is in), and she seems either brilliant or moronic depending on what the plot requires. Oh yeah, and she can see when you're going to die by touching your skin, which is a fine plot device, I suppose...

That said, the villains were actually a breath of fresh air, I felt they were more multi-faceted than Miriam herself, and to be honest, I would have preferred to read a book about them. If you're going to read Blackbirds, really dig into those three characters.

All in all, a mediocre first outing for the pen-monkey, but because I love Wendig and his can-do attitude, I'll probably read the rest of this series at some point.

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