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Mockingbird (Miriam Black #2)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  2,601 Ratings  ·  399 Reviews
Miriam is trying. Really, she is.

But this whole "settling down thing" that Louis has going for her just isn't working out. She lives on Long Beach Island all year around. Her home is a run-down double-wide trailer. She works at a grocery store as a check-out girl. And her relationship with Louis--who's on the road half the time in his truck--is subject to the piss and vine
Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Published August 28th 2012 by Angry Robot (first published January 1st 2012)
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Amanda Makepeace
I do all my reading for pleasure at night, usually after 9 p.m. I began reading Mockingbird on August 1st. I finished on August 3rd.

I am not a speed reader.

The only time I can read a book that fast is:

A. When the plot consumes me so much I’d rather read than sleep, even if it means I will be a zombie the next day and inevitably bite someone’s head off.

B. When an author writes a book that is a perfect fusion of plot and character, where everything happens in 3D, an unstoppable chain reaction of e
Milo (Bane of Kings)
Great stuff, loved this just as much as the first. Can't add this to Best of 2012 at the moment due to complications with the computer that I'm currrently using (not my normal one), but I will do so when I can.


“A dark and gritty page-turner. Wendig’s second Miriam Black novel is a brilliant read and just as enjoyable as the first.” ~The Founding Fields

This month just keeps getting better and better for reviewing. Reading wise, I don’t think I’ve read a book that I haven’t liked sinc
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Working the checkout line at the grocery store is no place for Miriam Black. Little acts of rebellion like staring into the laser light of the scanner just aren’t doin’ it for her. Of course she finally runs her mouth and gets herself fired, but gets an itch that she just needs to scratch. That would be touching the woman that fired her and finding out how she dies. The only problem is, when she does that, she finds out de
Oct 10, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is something so compelling about Miriam Black. She is prickly and damaged but so appealing, so very honest, yet so reluctant to pursue her new calling.

Miriam suffered a traumatic event in her teen years that left her with a special ability. If she touches someone skin to skin, she can see that person's death. She can see how they die and she knows how soon it will happen. This "gift" has now indicated the presence of a serial killer and Miriam has been led to believe that the only way to s
3.5 stars

I can gobble the Miriam Black books down as if they were piping hot, greasy cheeseburgers with a triple chocolate shake on the side. Yum! Yeah, you really have to suspend disbelief, there might even be a few dubious plot holes, but goddamn, as a dark heroine with a grim gift Miriam kicks ass. She's a viper, a scrapper, a take-no-prisoners and no bullshit kind of gal, morally dubious, who is just beginning to figure out what the right thing to do is.

In this second installment, Miriam's
Aug 04, 2012 sj rated it it was amazing
I was a little annoyed with reading our PtBiB chapters last week because I just wanted to read this book some more. I kept looking over at my reader thinking "Well, surely they won't mind if I'm just a little late..." but in the end I took my hosting duties more seriously than I wanted to and gave in to the fact that I wasn't going to be able to go back to the pleasure reading until the required reading was done.

If you can call Chuck Wendig's Mockingbird "pleasure reading," I guess.

That's not to
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Aug 14, 2012 Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the first Miriam Black book, Blackbirds, which was a good introduction to the unique gift/curse Miriam possesses, of seeing how people will die if she touches their skin. I was a little concerned about reading a second book, because I didn't want her to become routine. When Angry Robot Books offered me an eARC through their Robot Army, I jumped at the chance. It won't come out for the rest of you until October, sorry. But that will give you the chance to read the first book. Get ...more
Aug 19, 2012 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars

I want to thank NetGalley for allowing me the courtesy of reading this book as an early read.

I am now a real fan of Chuck Wendig. I really enjoyed my first read of his which was the first book in this series Blackbirds, and now with this second in the series Mockingbird, I am sold...This book starts a short time after the events of the first book have unfolded.

Our heroine is trying her hardest to make it in the main stream. She is whole heartedly attempting to settle down, keep up a job
Sep 12, 2012 Lou rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
This was a great improvement on the first book in the Miriam black experience. This time roundthe great writing ability of chuck wendig is displayed with his humour and great dialogue.
There is less profanity than the first and the writing is presented in an original short sharp no wasted words sentences.
This was a great adventure into the Miriam black world.

"This might be your last chance to get off the ride. The Miriam Black Experience is about to depart the gate, and you're either strapped in
Sep 03, 2012 Paul rated it it was amazing
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Kate Sherrod
Oct 07, 2012 Kate Sherrod rated it it was amazing
Shelves: angry-robot
Sometimes, I think Chuck Wendig has been spying on my own inner dialogue as I scowl and huff and sigh my way through my meatspace life. Yes, my little chickadees, it's true: Miriam Black's outside voice sounds a lot like my inside voice. And I bet I'm not alone.

I really, really loved Wendig's first Miriam Black novel, Blackbirds in all of it's cursing, seedy, desperate glory. I've been sort of obsessively peeking at my inbox lately that I might pounce the second September's drop of Angry Robot e
Jo Anne B
Aug 29, 2012 Jo Anne B rated it it was amazing
Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.

"Death by lungbarf". This was my favorite line in the book amongst many, many other awesome one liners like, "What the fuck's a Trapper Keeper?"

Wow do I love this author! I laughed so much during this book. The way Wendig throws these in your face one liners in, it just gets me everytime. Miriam is one of my favorite characters of all time. She is so, so messed up and bad ass. I can't get enough of her and this author.
Heidi Ward
Ass-kicking "vulture" Miriam Black is back, and trying to make a go of "normalcy." Sure, she's no longer grifting on the back of her visions of death, but then she's also dying a little herself every day. Sharing an Airstream with trucker Louis (who's never home), stifling her visions, and working the checkout counter at a crappy Jersey Shore convenience store just isn't cutting it. So when one more sunburned bitch in a muumuu makes a crack about Miriam's gloves . . . they come off. Both literal ...more
J.F. Penn
Aug 30, 2012 J.F. Penn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: thrillers, horror
Chuck Wendig can seriously write a great metaphor - his language is stunning and original and I'm always re-reading lines to try and fathom the layers. This is definitely horror with a suitably violent and nasty serial killer hunting young girls, mutilating and murdering them. Miriam Black, with her visions of how people die tries to change the fates of the girls she meets by hunting down the killers. But is her gift, or curse, beginning to twist her mind into madness? It's hard to tell as Miria ...more
Sep 24, 2012 Mieneke rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy, 2012
Earlier this year I read, reviewed and loved Chuck Wendig's first Miriam Black novel, Blackbirds . Even though it took me a bit, I fell in love with his caustic, sharp and foul-mouthed protagonist, Miriam. Combined with a fascinating premise, a psychic who only foresees the manner and moment of a person's death, and an edge-of-your-seat suspense, she blew all my reservations about Blackbirds away and I was really looking forward to reading Mockingbird; an anticipation which turned out to be jus ...more
Oct 16, 2012 Mia rated it it was amazing
Miriam Black is back-- the same but different, settling but restless, resigned but defiant.

At the end of Blackbirds, Miriam seemed on her way to stability and control -- perhaps even happiness and contentment -- with Louis at her side. But, to use an avian metaphor, some birds just cannot be caged. While a part of her desires the normal, ordinary life with a good man at her side, there is an internal Sturm und Drang fomenting in Miriam. Her defiant nature roils against the domestic confinement a
Sean Cummings
Oct 26, 2012 Sean Cummings rated it it was amazing
I'd posted a review of Chuck Wendig's game changing book BLACKBIRDS back in March. Well I'm back with a review to the much anticipated follow-up MOCKINGBIRD.

Let's start with the cover art - BOOM! So unlike everything else that's out there with an ass-kicking leading lady (even mine for POLTERGEEKS and my cover rocks.). It's my favorite female train wreck Miriam Black assembled together by a crap load of blackbirds and she's got a switch blade not to mention "I don't give two shits" look in her e
Paul Nelson
Nov 25, 2012 Paul Nelson rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-books-read
Mockingbird is the second book in the Miriam Black series, picking up a year after the events of blackbirds.

Miriam and Louis have settled in New Jersey into a semi 'normal' life, Louis is driving the long hauls gone for weeks at a time and Miriam works at a seaside resort supermarket. A boring, mundane job that finds Miriam wearing gloves to harness her ability/curse, when finally she gets sacked and is just about to hightail it out of there, she 'sees' the death of her boss and a number of cus
Ranting Dragon
Jan 03, 2013 Ranting Dragon rated it really liked it
Shelves: ashik

Blackbirds, Chuck Wendig’s fantastical debut, opened with a scene that made my eyes go wide and then stick to the pages like a starved dog with a side of meat. It pulled me along, chapter by hectic chapter, leaving me panting and glad that I had found out about his books when he had already published a sequel. Mockingbird also opens with a bang, albeit an understated one compared to the shock value that Blackbirds achieves. That’s the thing about giving yo
Benoit Lelièvre
Mar 21, 2013 Benoit Lelièvre rated it really liked it
Writing MOCKINGBIRD must've been one hell of a catch-22 for Chuck Wendig. Readers ached for a sequel to Miriam Black's adventures and yet, how do you follow up on something as crushingly good as BLACKBIRDS? Writing this novel deprived of the novelty factor must've been as difficult as typing it with your nose, while your hands are tied behind your back.

That said, MOCKINGBIRD is a success. It doesn't have the Earth shattering potency of its predecessor, but it's a highly enjoyable novel. This sel
Kevin Hearne
May 27, 2013 Kevin Hearne rated it it was amazing
Wendig's work isn't for kids but it sure is fun for adults to read. Some of his phrases make me stop and laugh for a while, like "dwarven sex gimp swaddled in Saran Wrap." In real life I'd be horrified by anyone swaddled in Saran Wrap, but reading it out loud on my patio so my socially conservative neighbor can hear it? That's a good time. And Mockingbird is full of good times.

It's pulpy-horror-omg stuff that Wendig writes, definitely the darker side of urban fantasy but written so very cleverly
Mogsy (MMOGC)
I can't get enough of Miriam Black. I just can't. I thought the initial delight of discovering this twisted and refreshingly candid series would have worn off a bit by now, but it hasn't. If anything, I think I'm finally starting to sense of who Miriam is and the direction in which these books are going. Or that might just be wishful thinking. Regardless, I'm still having a blast.

Some time has passed since we last left Miriam and Louis in Blackbirds (book one of the series, my review here). For
Dan Schwent
Sep 17, 2013 Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, angry-robot, wendig
Miriam Black tried to settle down with Louis but it was like trying to contain an angry cat in a pillow case. Now she's trying to protect at-risk teenage girls from a serial killer with a swallow tattoo on his chest. Can she stop him and save the girls or will the next death she witnesses be her own?

Miriam Black returns in the sequel to Blackbirds, bigger, badder, and Blacker than the first book. Unlike most sequels, this one doesn't suck. In fact, everything about it is better than the first.

Mr. Matt
Nov 07, 2013 Mr. Matt rated it it was amazing
I was expecting a let-down after Blackbirds. I really was. That first book was so good. The second couldn’t be better, could it? I was wrong. There was no let down. Mockingbird picks up the story of Miriam Black after the events of Blackbirds. And by picking up, I don’t mean gently lifting you up and settling you carefully back down on a cushioned pillow. Mockingbird picks you up by the scruff of your neck and shakes you back and forth savagely.

Miriam has recovered from the trauma she endured in
Jan 13, 2014 Brandon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, fiction, ebook, 2014
You can say what you want about Miriam but you could never take away the fact that above all else, she’s true to herself. So when Ms. Black knows something’s not working out for her, she turns tail and seeks out a more desirable environment. Unfortunately for Louis, settling down with him in a tin coffin of a trailer isn’t exactly her idea of heaven on Earth.

It isn’t long until Miriam is on the road again and back in the hot seat. While using her “gift” as a favor to see just how a friend of a f
Makes me laugh & makes me want to read more, so an easy score with A clear 5 Stars!

Where could Chuck Wendig go next with this series I was thinking after Blackbirds?

As in the series opener Blackbirds there was no plot per say as Miriam Black WAS the plot & as a novelty worked superbly for me with many a chuckle over her coarse manner & caustic nature/wit. A little trepidation as i began Mockingbird but how wrong that was as he (Chuck Wendig) ramps it up again with a moider mystery! M
Feb 10, 2016 Kaleb rated it really liked it
In the sequel to the previous novel, Blackbirds, we become more acquainted with the foul-mouthed Miriam Black. The book takes place almost a year after the events that took place in Blackbirds. Miriam now lives a quiet, serene life with Louis. And rather than drifting from place to place, as Miriam has been prone to for the last few years, she has settled down in Long Beach with him in a trailer park; working as a cashier at the local supermarket; wearing gloves to prevent her from getting the v ...more
Miriam Black, lady-death extraordinaire, is back and better than ever. Well, as good as can be when you're a drifter at heart with a mouth like a seedy restroom and the attitude to back it up. After the events of the last book and the revelation about how to possibly change the course of fate, Miriam is decidedly more violent this time around. It's all for a good cause. Maybe.

In this installment, Miriam is surrounded by her peers, at least in terms of maturity :) She is asked by Louis to help a
Stefanie Hasse
„Es ist schon so lange her. Ihre Hände kribbeln förmlich.
Früher hasste sie ihren Fluch.
Das tut sie immer noch. Aber das ändert nichts an ihrem Verlangen.“

„Ich bin eine Giftpille. Ich bin ein Anti-Smiley-Aufkleber, wie die auf den Giftflaschen. Ich bin nicht gut für Menschen.“

Eine gewisse Normalität ist in Miriams Leben eingekehrt. Nur kann sie sich damit nicht wirklich anfreunden. Miriam fühlt sich eingeengt und versucht, diesem Leben zu entfliehen.

Und so landet sie p
The most fucked up of the most fucked up of the most fucked up.
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Chuck Wendig is a novelist, a screenwriter, and a freelance penmonkey.
He has contributed over two million words to the roleplaying game industry, and was the developer of the popular Hunter: The Vigil game line (White Wolf Game Studios / CCP).

He, along with writing partner Lance Weiler, is a fellow of the Sundance Film Festival Screenwriter's Lab (2010). Their short film, Pandemic, will show at th
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“Always quick with the wit. It's your defense, isn't it? Little girl doesn't want the world to know how sad she is, how damaged. Your words, your attitude, all a big misdirection. A magician's trick.” 7 likes
“It's probably the only attraction in Shartlesburg, Pennsylvania, a town whose name Miriam finds so funny she, well, nearly sharts every time she hears it.” 2 likes
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