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The Blue Blazes

(Mookie Pearl #1)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  1,847 ratings  ·  255 reviews
Meet Mookie Pearl.
Criminal underworld? He runs it.
Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it.
Nothing stops Mookie when he’s on the job.
But when his daughter takes up arms and opposes him, something’s gotta give…

The Blue Blazes – the first in a new urban fantasy series in which lovable thug Mookie Pearl must contend with the criminal underworld, the supernatural underworld, a
Paperback, 397 pages
Published May 28th 2013 by Angry Robot (first published January 1st 2013)
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Dan Schwent
Sep 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, angry-robot, wendig
Mookie Pearl has been working for the Organization for most of his adult life. When his boss reveals he has terminal cancer, who should show up just in time to exploit that than Mookie's own daughter? And who is the mysterious Candlefly that has shown up to help The Boss in his hour of need? And what do the creatures of the Underworld have to say about the situation?

It's hard to summarize a novel that packs so many great ideas between two covers. The easiest way I can think of to pitch The Blue
Ɗẳɳ  2.☊
Jan 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ɗẳɳ 2.☊ by: Dan Schwent
Shelves: horror, urban-fantasy
Meet Mookie Pearl, a real mountain of a man with a head like a bowling ball, and hands that could crush stone. “Mookie the Mook. Mookie the Meat-Man. Mookie the Monster. Butcher. Bruiser. Breaker of legs. Some legs human. Most not. Some call him “Mook.” Most don’t call him anything.”

His Grampop, God love him, used to tell Little Mikey that he was, “Dumber than a truck full of broken toilets, slower than cold molasses, lazier than a car-struck cat, and uglier than the inside of a donkey’s asshol
This, then, is my review.

First, I have to say that the synopsis for this book is a bit misleading. Not that I read it before the book... but just now. I read it, and I'm like, "Nuh UH!"

What I'm referring to is this:
Meet Mookie Pearl.
Criminal underworld? He runs it.
Supernatural underworld? He hunts in it.
Now, maybe it's just nitpicky, but Mookie Pearl is repeatedly referred to as a thug and a soldier. One level above the "spray & pray" drive-by guys who don't give a shit if they kill a bus
May 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, read-2013
5 Stars

I love Chuck Wendig and I will always put his books on the top of my queue to buy and to read. I love his Blackbird series as Miriam is one tough bitch that lives a tough life and one that is worth reading. Here Wendig introduces us to the larger than life Mookie Pearl. He is a father, a bruiser, a tougher than rocks man, that has a head on his shoulders that is used for more than just bashing in the faces of people and of monsters. This book is a mix of many genres and styles, kind of a
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-reviews, 2013, ebook
Have you ever walked into a party and seen someone just command everyone’s attention? Maybe they're telling a joke, a captivating story or performing some ridiculous feat, you're not sure. You lean over and ask someone what's going on. They either shush you or they calmly say, "Oh, that's just , he's/she's awesome." That's Chuck Wendig.

Chuck is that guy that everyone is talking about that somehow you don't know. He's been building his reputation over the years with some critically acclaimed work
Ms. Nikki
I liked it, but it wore me so.
Too many folks messing up the show.
The story was dark, the story was grim,
but I like this author, you should try him.
The writing was solid.
Had a nice flow.
Incomplete sentences are a go.
There were snake people who bit,
and licked and spit.
Touch their venom and you are hit.
Mookie is the muscle man.
Loyal to a fault. Keep to the plan.
He's bad and badder when he's blazing.
The action scenes were quite amazin'.
Nora hated her daddy so,
the chip on her shoulder just had to go.
Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
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Below New York City, among other places, is the Great Below. Is it Hell? Who knows, but what certain people do know is it’s filled with some of the most evil, vile creatures one could ever encounter. For a while, they stayed below, then a door opened up. Now they want what we have above, and they aren’t afraid to take it. The criminals and lowlifes of our society aren’t averse to using what the denizens of the Great Below
All Things Urban Fantasy
Mar 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Every once in awhile you come across a book that hits every sweet spot you have when it comes to fiction. THE BLUE BLAZES by Chuck Wendig is such a book.

Seriously, folks, this book has everything I love. Mobsters! Monsters! Violence! Gratuitous swearing! In all honesty I’m certain that Wendig wrote this book especially for me. From page one to the very end I enjoyed every single word. Between THE BLUE BLAZES and TRICKSTER, 2013 is becoming an excellent
Fangs for the Fantasy
May 27, 2013 rated it it was ok
Mookie Pearl is a thug. He knows he’s a thug. He has always been a thug, working for the Organisation to ensure the supply of Blue – the mystical substance that brings an incredible high but also opens your eyes to the real… things out there – keeps flowing while the denizens of the underworld remain down where they are.

It’s a hard life and not a happy life – not getting easier or happier with his daughter makes a play against the very Organisation he works for; and organised crime isn’t kind t
Kat  Hooper
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit:

Mookie Pearl is a big ugly brute who works for the boss of New York City’s criminal underworld. Mostly he’s called on to be a thug — it’s the thing he does best. One of his specific jobs is to manage (i.e., cajole, threaten, beat up) a team of workers who descend into the underground to collect the blue powdery drug that allows its users to see the supernatural creatures who have lived among us ever since some New York City mine
Gregor Xane
Aug 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
This book is filled with larger-than-life characters, over-the-top action, and massive ‘Hollywood’ set pieces. It’s like reading a comic book in novel format (and sometimes like reading a cartoon). Mookie Pearl is a great character. I pictured an old, grisly Lawrence Tierney crossed with the Incredible Hulk. And it’s rare to see a book cover that so perfectly matches the material inside the book. Man, that cover is so good. I've read several books by Mr. Wendig, and this is by far his best effor ...more

“Wow. Wendig keeps impressing with every book he puts out. The Blue Blazes is superb.” ~The Founding Fields

I’ve read all of Chuck Wendig’s books for Angry Robot so far so I was really looking forward to see where he would take the reader with The Blue Blazes, and he didn’t disappoint. I loved every second of this book, and was unable to put it down, having polished it off in a couple of sittings. The way that Wendig draws you into the world with his narrat
Jun 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chuck Wendig is a very rare case for me. He’s one of only two authors who have hooked me into buying their books solely based on their blog writing (John Scalzi was the other one). He first snagged me with Blackbirds (which I mentioned in Cursing as an Art Form ) and that of course led to Mockingbird which guaranteed I would pre-order THE BLUE BLAZES.

Reading this book was like watching a brilliantly played game of chess. You followed the opening moves understanding the foundation they laid fo
The Blue Blazes is hard-boiled Lovecraftian fun. It is violent and vulgar--and if you have never read Chuck Wendig before you should know that that is meant as praise, not condemnation. If you have read Wendig before, you already have an idea of what to expect. This is more epic in scope than his Miriam Black series, which means that it gets grander world-building, cool monsters, and more characters, but which also means that it doesn't have such a strong focus on one central character. I think ...more
Dec 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Review of The Blue Blazes by Chuck Wendig

After reading this book, I‘ve realized how amazing Chuck Wendig is. Somehow he manages to write great books and give out even greater writing advice through his blog at , which you should definitely check out after reading this review.
Deep down, under the streets of New York City, lies the Great Below, the Descent, or the Underworld. It is a great expanse of deadly denizens, monstrous cults, and even the Gods themselves who are trap
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 stars. Okay, my first thought after reading this book: Chuck Wendig is awesome! Then, my second thought: Why on earth haven't I heard about or read anything from this author before now? So, my thanks to Angry Robot for rectifying this, by providing me with an e-ARC of The Blue Blazes via NetGalley. The book's expected publication date is May 28, 2013.

So what are the "Blue Blazes" anyway? In the book it's one of the many slang names for a type of drug, a cerulean powder that when rubbed onto
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, 2013
Within the first few pages, I knew I would love the fuck out of this book for two reasons. One, it deals with the underworld and gives it a mythic quality, using journal entries from a lost explorer to provide the exposition and worldbuilding. Two, the vibrancy of the fucking language, holy shit. Chuck Wendig is a master of metaphor, and his imagery leaps off the page. The staccato descriptions, sentences frequently dispensing with needless subjects and getting right to the verbs, pull you into ...more
Sep 06, 2013 rated it liked it
Like at least one of the other reviewers I thought this was a really well written and crafted book but I have given it a lower rating as I just am not that fond of it. It was well paced and I found Mookie and the world interesting.
I think the major thing for me is that I didn't really care that much about what happened to the main character. At one point I realized I was looking forward more to finding out what the cartographer guy was doing in the short blurb at the chapter start then what was
Jun 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I was a bit skeptical to read this to start with. I really dug the idea, and Mr. Wendig is a hell of a writer, but the last book of his I read just didn't click with me, more of a personal issue than a story issue.

The Blue Blazes...however, thats a whole other kettle of fish. As you can plainly see by the stars, I loved this book. Great concept, wonderful characters, cracking action, whip smart dialogue, and most importantly, I wanted MORE.

I don't know much, but I at least know when a writer sta
Lynda Lippin
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Great Gritty Urban Fantasy

My husband I introduced me to Double Dead, which I didn't expect to like as much as I do. Wendig manages to write gritty, violent urban fantasy that is full of darkness (hell, demons, monsters, arcane gods, goblins, and zombie vampires) and is laugh-out-loud funny all at the same time. Rubbing blue on your forehead, or blazing, allows you to see the actual monsters in our midst. Blue is an ore from hell, and there are others that can do much more, like possibly avert
Three and a half stars. Give or take. Very hard to sustain interest. Broken family/mobster story in a UF setting.
Elizabeth Love
Jun 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Blue Blazes

Cerulean, Vermilion, Veridian, Ochre, and Caput Mortuum. These are the Five Occulted Pigments of THE BLUE BLAZES; each contains unique properties and have a multitude of street slang monikers. Cerulean blue, the Peacock Powder is the central focus of drug trafficking in the supernatural urban world envisioned by Chuck Wendig. Cerulean produces a PCP style high that makes a user ignore pain and feel overall good vibrations until of course it starts to wear off and makes a person feel l
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Liked the writing, as per usual with Wendig, but this story just wasn't for me.
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Blue Blazes was my first exposure to Chuck Wendig’s writing outside of his blog, Terrible Minds. I expected an urban fantasy novel full of hard, broken edges and bloody knuckles. I expected Wendig’s penchant for profanity to be on display. What I didn’t expect was a moving story about family and living with the consequences of our past. Nor did I expect Wendig’s similes and metaphors to pop with color, creativity, and dare I say it, poetry. The Blue Blazes is a fun, fast-paced novel that ble ...more
Jun 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Mookie Pearl is built like a brick outhouse--with a brain to match. He's hired muscle for the mob in New York City, an alternate version in which the criminal underworld oversees the actual underworld, exploiting its supernatural resources, not to mention keeping at bay the really nasty critters that live down there. That's kind of Mookie's specialty: curbstomping demons and overseeing the extraction of the addictive powder lovingly nicknamed Blue Blazes. Rub a bit of that stuff on your temples, ...more
Jun 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, read-in-2013
By now you’re probably aware of how the bog standard urban fantasy steals its bones from Detective novels. The protagonist is in the role of the classic private eye, trying to unravel some sort of mystery, and the cast is populated with an assortment of vampires/werewolves/whathaveyou. In The Blue Blazes, Wendig sidesteps this generic setup, borrowing instead from the crime novel.

The protagonist, Mookie Pearl, works for the mob (or The Organization, in Wendig’s world). He runs crews who mine B
Apr 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
How I adore Chuck Wendig! There’s no flowers and unicorns and pretty rainbows and goodness in his worlds. His characters aren’t sweet and righteous and full of morals and ethics. Miriam Black, the “heroine” of his Miriam Black series (Blackbirds & Mockingbirds) is a strong female character…who is also not a particularly nice person. I certainly wouldn’t want to know her. Yet she is absolutely fascinating to read about.

And now we have Mookie Pearl – a thug, a criminal, a drug addict, an enforcer
What a great surprise! This was really fun and I'll be continuing with this trilogy.

The Blue Blazes is the story of Mookie Pearl, a mountain of muscle working for the mob. But in Wendig's vision of NYC, the Water Management Agency dug too deeply and greedily (like the dwarves of Khazad-dûm) in its effort to build a new tunnel, and it inadvertently opened a hole to Hell complete with goblins, Snakefaces and a host of other nightmares.

So what's a 7-ft, 350-lb side of beef to do? Like any gamer wi
May 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
THE BLUE BLAZES reminds me a lot of the Joe Pitt casebooks by Charlie Huston in terms of its otherworldly atmospheric quality and the subtle supernatural elements that creep into underworld society. The gangs of Wendig’s New York are far more sinister than mere mortals with low morals and high body counts. Affiliated with, or controlled by monsters of deep, these gangs are more than a threat to the average Joe with the entire city resting on the outcome of a murderous plot to bring those that dw ...more
Wyatt Packard
Apr 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, horror
The Blue Blazes is the story of Mookie Pearl, a thug and solider for The Organization. The Organization runs all the gangs in New York City, and the cerulean trade. Cerulean allows the user the ability to see the things that come from below New York as they really are, while also giving the user certain... other powers. Mookie just wants to do right by his job. So when the Boss's grandson asks Mookie to find the mythical death's head, the only thing that may save the cancer stricken Boss and sto ...more
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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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