Yet again, sucker that I am, I thought I’d read a book sample and then check the rest out later when I’m not, y’know, busy trying to write a book…
Well I fell in and got stuck and now it’s finished, so here goes another review.
Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Solid book. Really solid.
So, Miriam Black, sassy trainwreck protagonist, living out of motels and truckstops. She drinks/screws/says everything she shouldn’t, and you can’t help but cheer her on. She laughs at the abuse the world hurls her way. She kinda reminded me of Tank Girl, only darker.
The story? She can see how people are going to die, just by touching them. Problem is, this really great guy she’s just met? Well he’s going to die a month from now, violently, and the last thing he’ll do is call out her name, because she’s going to be there when it happens…
Best thing about this book? The devotion to the theme. It’s all about fate: our fate, living with it, facing it, and what we can do in this world, and it paints your eye-holes black with that theme. You’re there.
Would read again? Hells to the heck yeah.
I give it four out of five deranged pen-monkeys.
Incidentally, the writing is going okay. I just learned that I’m taking over two new projects at work, and a baby cot arrived at my home today, so I might want to step on the accelerator a bit…
Anybody got secrets to share about how you fit your writing alongside work/kids/life? Would love to hear from you all!
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