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The Only Good Indians: A Novel (vuoden 2021 painos)

– tekijä: Stephen Graham Jones (Tekijä)

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"Peter Straub's Ghost Story meets Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies in this American Indian horror story of revenge on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. 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"--… (lisätietoja)
Jäsen:GilmanPublicLibrary
Teoksen nimi:The Only Good Indians: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Stephen Graham Jones (Tekijä)
Info:Gallery / Saga Press (2021), 336 pages
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 52) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I found The Only Good Indians by Steven Graham Jones a strange story of supernatural revenge as four American Indian men find themselves fighting for their lives against an entity that wants to exact revenge upon them as payback for how they exterminated an elk herd 10 years ago. Lines were crossed that day when they opened fire upon the elk, killing more than they should have, including one young female who was pregnant. Tribal and cultural rules were also broken as the young men should not have been hunting at that location as this was land designated for use by the tribal elders.

The book opens with the death of one of these young men, Ricky. The official cause of death was that he was beaten to death outside a bar, but from Ricky’s perspective, there were elk there that night. We next read of Lewis who is still haunted by the memory of that day. When he starts to see visions of the female elk, his suspicions and guilt overtakes him. As the entity gains in strength it finally goes after the last two men, Gabe and Cass, who still live on the reservation. They experience the anger of the elk as well.

I never was fully absorbed by this story, and the changing perspectives, including that of the elk, was confusing. Although I felt a certain amount of empathy for the all the characters at one time or another, the sheer weirdness of the story and the level of violence made The Only Good Indians a rather disturbing horror novel. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jun 8, 2021 |
This novel has so much going for it, particularly a great climax and ending, that I have to feel like I'm being a bit churlish splitting hairs, as I oscillated between 3.5 and 4 stars. What it boils down to is that none of the four men who set in motion the horrors unleashed in this story really have a part to play in the endgame of the novel, and that feels like a structural problem to me. Your mileage may differ, and I'd probably let you convince me that the real story in the book is that of the character who does rise to the occasion in the end. ( )
  Shrike58 | Jun 7, 2021 |
This is a 3.4 for me, but I think the issues are all mine, not SGRs. First things first, the writing here is great, clear, evocative, liberally dotted with smart and subtle humor. I am not a horror reader, and generally do not gravitate to fantasy and folklore. I think I have a faulty imagination. There are exceptions, fantasy and horror I have liked a great deal, but this didn't get there for me. That is all to say that the Blackfeet legend was appreciated, but this lousy reader did not connect with it at a heart level. The first half of the book (not counting the first chapter, which was dynamite) was more in 2-3 star territory, but the last third was riveting, so it balanced out for me. What an ode to indigenous women! I did fall in love with Denora.I also loved the way the climax was structured around a no holds barred basketball matchup. I could absolutely see everything happening in my minds eye like I had a front row seat. ( )
  Narshkite | May 9, 2021 |
Stephen Graham Jones touches a lot of serious topics Indigenous people face, all while crafting a truly suspenseful horror story that felt classic and fresh in all the good ways. I was entertained by this book, and I also feel I have learned so much from it, and for me, these are the best kinds of books.

Altough I love the folk horror elements, I think the true heart of this story are the characters. They are layered and conflicted and we get to see them through their own eyes as well as through the eyes of others, we get to see their expectations of themselves, the expectations that are placed on them and how that effects every single life - theirs and the ones they touch. We see different faces of intergenerational trauma, what it does to people and how it might be overcome.

It took me a minute to get used to the writing style, but it does fit the brutality and honesty of the book perfectly. And yes, this book is brutal in many ways. And honest. And I loved the ending

I wholeheartedly recommend it. ( )
  ImaginarySpace | May 3, 2021 |
The Only Good Indians is a psychological thriller which is set on an Indian reservation. The novel is great for young readers because it exposes them to another culture and type of people in an entertainment format which draws them into the work. The plot is a revenge story between man and nature. This novel could be very helpful in a young adult school setting where students are studying plot, character development, and setting in reference to how they work together to formulate a cringe worthy thriller.

Lesson Plans for Teaching this Novel in a Variety of Wayshttp://www.bookrags.com/The_Only_Good_Indians/#gsc.tab=0 ( )
  KylerJones | Apr 25, 2021 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 52) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
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.
lisäsi Lemeritus | muokkaaLocus, 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.
lisäsi Lemeritus | muokkaaKirkus 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.

-Don Laubach and Mark Henkel, Elk Talks
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Jerry says Lewis shouldn’t hold it against Harley. He didn’t know what he was doing. When the whole world hurts, you bite it, don’t you?
“We’re from where we’re from,” she says back. “Scars are part of the deal, aren’t they?”
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"Peter Straub's Ghost Story meets Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies in this American Indian horror story of revenge on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. 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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