Five Things I Learned Writing High Crimes
2. AN INTRODUCTION TO LOOPERING
This is probably an abuse of the term “Looper” — from 2012′s movie about time traveling versions of yourself messing with yourself — but it’s also a completely made-up term, so I can make it mean whatever I want. In the pantheon of bad habits, I have two major…
Book Review: THE CORMORANT
Review: The Cormorant / Author: Chuck Wendig / Publisher: Angry Robot Books / Release Date: Out Now
“Those familiar with the series will know that the central protagonist is literally fated to end up in a big ball of trouble, and this happens early on. She saves some people and as a consequence winds up heading across to Florida to shake hands with a rich man who simply wants to know how he will die. Alas, the dark forces that are woven into her very being are at play yet again, and the reader finds themselves on the supernatural and emotional roller coaster that is her life. The Cormorant sees the main character whittled down to her very core, exhausted in every possible way but still standing, still screaming and still doing her best to turn the tables on the darkness that makes the world spin.
Chuck Wendig’s understanding of the rot that lies within the heart of everyday life in America is at the core of this series, and with The Cormorant many of the underlying themes of the series are stripped bare. This is a book about screaming into the darkness to carry a single bead of light, even though the cost is always more than anyone could ever pay. Though marketed as urban fantasy, this is really a horror adventure thriller blended with the best of all things uniquely American and Gothic. The narrative flows quickly and laconically, shifting into cinematic action for the gorier and more graphic scenes before dipping back into a free-flowing storytelling style that makes the main character all the more engaging. Wendig makes the reader want to hug his protagonist and give her some words of encouragement, whilst at the same time being utterly terrified of going anywhere near her.”