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The Only Good Indians af Stephen Graham…
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The Only Good Indians (udgave 2020)

af Stephen Graham Jones (Forfatter)

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Four American Indian men from the Blackfeet Nation, who were childhood friends, find themselves in a desperate struggle for their lives, against an entity that wants to exact revenge upon them for what they did during an elk hunt ten years earlier by killing them, their families, and friends.
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Titel:The Only Good Indians
Forfattere:Stephen Graham Jones (Forfatter)
Info:Titan Books (UK) (2020), Edition: Titan, 368 pages
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Viser 1-5 af 63 (næste | vis alle)
i wanted so SO badly to like this book. the plot is fantastic and the characters are both interesting and well rounded. but my absolute garbage brain can't read anything in present tense. i don't usually give DNFs a star rating, but since the reason i didn't finish it wasn't the book's fault and i actually enjoyed what i did read, this one gets 4 ⭐️ ( )
  cthuwu | Jul 28, 2021 |
Stephen Graham Jones has penned yet another winner with The Only Good Indians. Ten years after poaching elk, four men are haunted by that decision in ways that turn not only nightmarish, but deadly. Readers follow the plot through multiple perspectives, providing layers of insight throughout the narrative. The book is well-paced, providing multiple climatic points until the last 20% of the book, which hits the gas and doesn't let up. Readers of horror, suspense, and psychological thrillers will all enjoy the bracing read. Jones centers Blackfeet experience, and Crow are also prominently featured. Woven into the narrative are issues of racism, prejudice, and reservation life. A great book. ( )
  MagpieBricolage | Jul 17, 2021 |
a solid 4.5 for me, but I will round down to a 4

TW: blood, death, violence against animals, death of animals, graphic descriptions, alcoholism, violence, etc.

* I am not a #ownvoices reviewer*

I originally heard about this book from @booksandlala in her "Reading the Goodreads Horror Winners" video and I was intrigued. the story takes you along with a group of four Native friends who are being haunted (and hunted) by an entity from something they did 10 years ago.

when I read the beginning of the book, I was a little skeptical. I wasn't really vibing with the opening scene, but it does a good job of introducing the 'thing' that is hunting them and is the start of the book bringing in Native struggles. once I got past this scene, I was hooked. the way that this story weaves together and keeps you wondering had me on edge the entire time. not to mention the ending where the POV switches into 2nd and you, the reader, become the hunter.

pros:
~amazing and interesting use of 2nd person POV
~good characterization
~interesting plotline and story
~excelent representation of Native struggles against media, police, people outside the
community, etc.
~good discussion around things like alcoholism, trauma, interracial relationships
~great narrator (i listened to some of the book on Libby)

cons:
~sometimes confusing when it switches POVs
~too many dead dogs (this is just a personal thing. I hate hearing about peoples pets dying in
awful ways, fictional or not)
~pacing can be a little weird and all over the place at times ( )
  thebookqueensx | Jul 13, 2021 |
Audio: Honestly, after finishing this I really only wanted to give it 2 stars, but I went with 3 because I think the Audio was a mistake for me and didn't want to punish the story for my error. I feel like at some point I missed something and that caused me to not be "in" the story. Based on what I listened to, I think it has potential and because of this I will one day actually read the book and give it the fair shake it deserves. What I can tell you about the story is that it is full of Native American lore which I did find interesting. It is also pretty gruesome, not just involving people, but animals, which I know is harder to stomach for a lot of readers so figured a warning was in order. Also, by the end I was getting more into the story and I was all in on the action, concerned for the last victim because their fight and determination were fierce. So yes, three stars because I believe the fault of me not loving it is mine, not the book's. Also, I think this author has an interesting voice so I will check out their other works. ( )
  Jen_Bartels | Jul 7, 2021 |
Audio: Honestly, after finishing this I really only wanted to give it 2 stars, but I went with 3 because I think the Audio was a mistake for me and didn't want to punish the story for my error. I feel like at some point I missed something and that caused me to not be "in" the story. Based on what I listened to, I think it has potential and because of this I will one day actually read the book and give it the fair shake it deserves. What I can tell you about the story is that it is full of Native American lore which I did find interesting. It is also pretty gruesome, not just involving people, but animals, which I know is harder to stomach for a lot of readers so figured a warning was in order. Also, by the end I was getting more into the story and I was all in on the action, concerned for the last victim because their fight and determination were fierce. So yes, three stars because I believe the fault of me not loving it is mine, not the book's. Also, I think this author has an interesting voice so I will check out their other works. ( )
  Jen_Bartels | Jul 7, 2021 |
Viser 1-5 af 63 (næste | vis alle)
The Only Good Indians is a disturbing horror novel about revenge and sorrow that houses a narrative about identity and the price of breaking away from tradition at its core. And that identity, Native American, isn't monolithic here; the four friends are Blackfeet, and while that means being Indian, not all Indians are the same. Also, the horror is unlike anything you've read before. It goes from disturbing flashes of thing that may or may not be there to in-your-face explosions of gore and violence tinged with supernatural elements.... Besides the creeping horror and gory poetry, The Only Good Indians does a lot in terms of illuminating Native American life from the inside, offering insights into how old traditions and modern living collide in contemporary life.... the novel is also an outstanding narrative of creeping horror in which guilt is so present it's almost a character and grief, pain, and desperation combine to feed the monsters of the past and allow them to haunt the present. Jones is one of the best writers working today regardless of genre, and this gritty, heartbreaking novel might just be his best yet.
 
Jones writes in clear, sparkling prose. He’s simultaneously funny, irreverent and serious, particularly when he deploys stereotype as a literary device. Lewis gets “trophies for having avoided all the car crashes and jail time and alcoholism on his cultural dance card.” ... The three friends judge themselves harshly. They try to do right by the people who are in their lives, though not necessarily by those they’ve left behind.... But the best intentions may not matter when you’re complicit in murdering a pregnant elk. And basketball may not quite be basketball, either, but instead a metaphor for what’s really in competition here — fate vs. human will. If that seems heavy for a book billed “one of 2020’s buzziest horror novels,” it’s not. “The Only Good Indians” is splashed with the requisite amounts of blood and gore, but there’s much more to it than that.
 
Is Elk Head Woman’s destruction a ruthless warning against losing one’s way, against adopting the colonizer’s mind-set? Or is she simply evil incarnate, a manifestation of centuries of American carnage? ... The men’s banter, their affection for one another, their personal choices and troubled journeys frame their wrongdoings, big and small, as consequences of their complex lives on a reservation, not of their nature. And so the harrowing misfortunes that await them seem strangely undeserved.... “The Only Good Indians” strains to weave a horror story with robust character studies. In the end, there is enough in each strand to appeal to both the genre fan and the literary reader, even if neither is fully reconciled to the other.
 
Good horror novels often have you reading and turning the pages as fast as you can. With a great horror novel – one that so arouses a sense of dread, connects so profoundly with that which is just beyond the normal world, is written with such superb craft and charac­terization that it draws you into the souls of the fictional beings – you sometimes read slowly.... The Only Good Indians is a great horror novel. Jones, long a prolific and notable sui generis writer, has written a masterpiece. Because this is the story of four men and the spirit of a vengeful female they killed as youths, I’m sure apt comparisons will be made to Peter Straub’s Ghost Story. Here, however the men are contemporary Blackfeet rather than old, almost-dead white guys. The book will be seen as effective “social commentary,” but it is not “commentary”: it is simply the truth displayed and injustice portrayed clearly for all to read.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerLocus, Paula Guran (May 3, 2020)
 
Aviolent tale of vengeance, justice, and generational trauma from a prolific horror tinkerer.... Horror’s genre conventions are more than satisfied, often in ways that surprise or subvert expectations; fans will grin when they come across clever nods and homages sprinkled throughout that never feel heavy-handed or too cute. While the minimalist prose propels the narrative, it also serves to establish an eerie tone of detachment that mirrors the characters’ own questions about what it means to live distinctly Native lives in today's world—a world that obscures the line between what is traditional and what is contemporary. Form and content strike a delicate balance in this work, allowing Jones to revel in his distinctive voice, which has always lingered, quiet and disturbing, in the stark backcountry of the Rez.... Jones hits his stride with a smart story of social commentary—it’s scary good.
tilføjet af Lemeritus | RedigerKirkus Reviews (Mar 2, 2020)
 

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This scene of terror is repeated all too often in elk country every season. Over the years, the hunters' screams of anguish have rocked the timber.

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