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The Only Good Indians [Reading] ➷ The Only Good Indians ➭ Stephen Graham Jones – A tale of revenge cultural identity and the cost of breaking from tradition in this latest novel from the Jordan Peele of horror literature Stephen Graham JonesSeamlessly blending classic horror and a A tale of revenge cultural identity and the cost of breaking from tradition in this latest novel from the Jordan Peele of horror literature Stephen Graham JonesSeamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary The Only Good Indians follows four American Indian men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their The Only PDF/EPUB ² lives Tracked by an entity bent on revenge these childhood friends are helpless as the culture and traditions they left behind catch up to them in a violent vengeful way.

10 thoughts on “The Only Good Indians

  1. Will Byrnes Will Byrnes says:

    Comanche Chief Tosawi reputedly told Union General Philip Sheridan in 1869 Tosawi good Indian to which Sheridan supposedly replied The only good Indians I ever saw were dead Wikipedia You hide in the herd You wait And you never forget Payback’s a bitch with antlers Lewis a Blackfeet has lived off the rez for a long time In his 30s he’s a postal worker with a beautiful athletic wife Peta friends a home a life An intermittent spotlight seems to be popping on in the house and shining on their mantel He climbs a tall ladder to check it out and sees on his living room floor the carcass of an elk doe he had killed ten years ago He still has her hide Losing his balance Lewis is plunging straight toward a likely death by skull intersecting brick when Peta saves the day tackling him out of harm’s way at the last second It was not the first close encounter suffered by the crew of childhood friends who had gone out hunting elk where they had no right His late friend Ricky had already received a very harsh and pointed reception from a large dark elk in the parking lot of a bar Stephen Graham jones Image from Fiction UnboundThere were two other guys on that hunt one in which they killed elk than they could ever use Gabriel Cross Guns and Cassidy After following Lewis for a while we track these men Something else is tracking them too There was a particular element of that epic kill that created a monster and vengeance is sought I Know What You Did Last DecadeThe POV shifts from third person when we are with Lewis to that of the avenging elk when she is going after Gabe and Cass then shifts back to third person for the big finaleThis is a slasher book with a Native American touch You’ll get enough gore to matter but it is not the sort of viscera fest favored by films with the words “saw” in their titles But it does sustain the ethos to the extent that there is one of such entertainments namely that the dark force coming after you is doing so in response to something you did Yes a vengeful she elk monster is tracking down these Blackfeet guys for something they did and her pursuit is relentless in the same way that Jason or Michael Myers Jigsaw Freddy Krueger or Leatherface pursued the targets of their ire Antlers and hooves can definitely do mortal damage just as well as metal based weaponry She is as impervious to death as the above named sorts so just keeps on keepin’ on regardless It makes for some very scary scenes particularly in an epic pursuit near the end Definitely something to rev up the blood pressure But there are other elements at work here as well It is not merely a frightfest Jones is giving us a look at Native life Not a rosy people of the land idyllic vision This is a world in which old trucks sit on cinder blocks in family yards a world in which sweat lodges are small three person makeshift tents a world of orders of protection and degraded expectations There is guilt about having moved away from reservation life Lewis has even married a Caucasian woman The headline kicks up in Lewis’s head on automatic straight out of the reservation not the FULLBLOOD TO DILUTE BLOODLINE he’d always expected if he married white that he’d been prepping to deal with because who knows but FULLBLOOD BETRAYS EVERY DEAD INDIAN BEFORE HIM It’s the guilt of having some pristine Native swimmerscocked and loaded but never pushing them downstream meaning the few of his ancestors who made it through raids and plagues massacres and genocide diabetes and all the wobbly tired cars the rest of America was done with they may as well have just stood up into that big Gatling gun of history yeah? As seen in the above uote Lewis maintains a running wry commentary on his own actions with imagined self deprecating newspaper headlines INDIAN MAN HAS NO ROOTS THINKS HE’S STILL INDIAN IF HE TALKS LIKE AN INDIAN Not exactly ha ha funny but there is a vein of humor throughoutThere is also recognition of Native American stereotypes Really Lewis imagines he deserves some big Indian award for having made it to thirty six without pulling into the drive through for a burger and fries easing away from diabetes and high blood pressure and leukemia And he gets the rest of the trophies for having avoided all the car crashes and jail time and alcoholism on his cultural dance card Or maybe the reward for lucking through all that—meth too he guesses—is having been married ten years now to Peta who doesn’t have to put up with motorcycle parts in the sink Jones applies genre tropes like view spoilerkilling a pet before going after its owner hide spoiler

  2. Nilufer Ozmekik Nilufer Ozmekik says:

    Another book hit me on the face and gave me complex feelings I liked it but I also disliked it as well I hate to be decisive and stay in the middle I also hate grey I liked to choose between black and white So let’s rephrase how this book confused the hell of me Firstly this is fresh inventive uniue different story and seeing Native American representation always picks my interest because I love to learn about different traditions cultures and original remarkable perspectives We have so many vivid ingredients in the sea of literature and we need to discover them by reading those talented brilliant authors works and help them raise their voices share their opinionsSo this book made me so excited especially reading the blurb tells us this is crossover of Paul Tremblay books and There There And after reading bizarre opening with the incident at the elk hunt I was captivated and I thought that was it I was reading something heart pounding mind bendingBut after that I slowly drifted apart from the story I found the pace a little slow and the way of story telling distracted my concentration But there are also too many elements still held my attention The plot about cursed four friends who committed crime at the beginning of the book are threatened by some supernatural identity gave me so much creeps As a die hard fan of action packed revenge stories I kept going and at some parts I jumped off my seat screamed and checked my back to make sure nobody was sneakily approaching behind me This kind of stories turned you into a paranoid and the ending is also satisfyingly impactful touchBut I have to admit it was struggling and compelling reading and I had some trouble with the language and progression of the story It reminded me of Nic Pizzolatto’s dark slow burn eerie heart shattering writing style than Jordan Peele’s horror movies So I gave 325 stars But I liked the idea and I appreciated author’s efforts to bring out something fresh controversial spooky to the literature jungle by getting the readers’ full attention I love to read his other works in near future I wish I would enjoy this book than this and because trying something brand new always force you to be brave and take risks And I always support those authors who are really brave enough to bring different tastes stunning shocking twisty stories I wish I could focus but it was dragging and struggling reading journey for meSpecial thanks to NetGalley and GallerySaga Press for this ARC COPY in exchange my honest review Thanks to Stephen Graham Jones for his original work to help the readers experience a brand new journeybloginstagramfacebooktwitter

  3. chan ☆ chan ☆ says:

    this was absolutely fantastic i’m going to collect my thoughts before attempting to review but if you’re curious about this book definitely check out some reviews by Native reviewersmallory's review 's interview with the author

  4. Paul Paul says:

    THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS is a masterpiece Intimate devastating brutal terrifying yet warm and heartbreaking in the best way Stephen Graham Jones has written a horror novel about injustice and ultimately about hope Not a false sentimental hope but the real one the one that some of us survive and keeps the rest of us going And it gives me hope that this book exists

  5. Chelsea Humphrey Chelsea Humphrey says:

    It's always tough to write a middle of the road review for one of your most anticipated releases of the year but I hope to do so with the respect and honor that the author deserves What it comes down to is this my 3 star rating is a case of my not being wholly compatible with the story than any fault of the author's Going into this expecting something along the lines of The Ritual I had to adjust my preconceived notions on this being straight up horror when it is indeed literary The social commentary and own voices writing about Indigenous life in the United States is top notch and I connected easily with this portion of the story than the actual horror plot I have another of the author's books here to read on my backlist shelf and while The Only Good Indians didn't end up being my favorite book of the year I'm sincerely excited to pick up All the Beautiful Sinners and experience his version of an own voices detective procedural If you enjoy the disturbing side of literary fiction I highly encourage you to give this one a try for yourself and take the opportunity to support a diverse voice Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley

  6. megs_bookrack megs_bookrack says:

    Brutal Haunting VisceralOn the last day of hunting season four Blackfeet men Lewis Ricky Gabe and Cass do something they will ultimately regretThey knew it was technically wrong they felt it at the time but spurred on by each other and the adrenaline of the hunt they went against their better judgement anywayClose to the ten year anniversary of the event which came to be known as the Thanksgiving Classic Lewis now living far from the Reservation begins to be haunted by images of that dayWhen a new work colleague a Crow woman reaches out to him and a friendship begins Lewis confides in her thinking maybe due to her heritage she'll understandFrom there sht hits the proverbial haunted ceiling fan pretty uicklyThis is my first novel by Stephen Graham Jones and to say I was impressed would be putting it very mildlyHis writing has such a texture and grit Oftentimes you are waiting for a novel to take it all the way and it never does This one goes the distanceIt is bloody brutal fast paced genuine and horrifying The nature of the storytelling feels so classic and traditional whilst also being cutting edgeThe only issue I had while reading it which is completely a personal taste issue and nothing to do with the uality of the writing or story was a lot of the animal content was hard for me to make it throughParticularly the view spoilerthe doggie hide spoiler

  7. Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror Sadie Hartmann Mother Horror says:

    Review originally published May 5th at Cemetery DancehttpswwwcemeterydancecomextrasI read an interview with Stephen Graham Jones where he said “I just figure I am Blackfeet so every story I tell’s going to be Blackfeet” Uncanny MagazineJulia RiosThis one simple statement is manifested in SGJ’s body of work; each book wildly different from the last but distinctly identifiable as his own because they bear his fingerprints uniue storytelling voice and personal contextOver the last few years I have been a fan of his short fiction “Dirtmouth” novellas Mapping the Interior novels Mongrels and experimental fiction The Last Final Girl I will gladly show up for anything he has to offerThe Only Good Indians begins with a swiftly paced narrative aptly balancing social commentary and real time drama Readers are drawn into the life of a Blackfeet Native American named Lewis It takes only a few sentences to fall in love with him He has an infectious personality when he’s interacting with those around him but it’s Lewis’ inner thought life that reveals his sense of humor and vibrancy I found so endearingThe narrative is two fold Lewis’ present day circumstances peppered with flashbacks to an elk hunting trip with his friends It becomes increasingly clear that whatever transpired during this hunting trip almost a decade ago has haunted Lewis all of his days Something bad happened there As Lewis goes through his day to day life unsettling suspense begins to build surrounding Lewis’ past; it’s almost unbearable as Stephen Graham Jones expertly winds the tension tighter and tighter and tighter until there is an unexpected break We finally learn Lewis’ secrets and once the reader sees the truth—you can’t unsee it It colors everything from that moment forward This is the magic of SGJ’s storytelling—everything comes at you from all sides A barrage of human experiences told through people who feel real to you their feelings uncomfortably tangible Stephen Graham Jones expertly switches POVs head hops transitions the entire story into a new one halfway through kills his darlings with unflinching decisiveness and basically is able to get away with everything authors are told to never do SGJ makes his own way by his rules And thank goodness for thatThis is a story that is shared so intimately it’s hard to separate and let go of the connection that is formed when it’s over I almost feel possessive of it—this book is mine Nobody will engage with it the way I didI wonder if other readers will experience that same feeling of ownership over this story? There is something so devastatingly heartbreaking as a reader to feel a kinship to a protagonist and his story but at the same time know that the stakes are too high—the hunter has become the prey I wanted to jump through the pages and protect Lewis from what I was sure was coming for himI loved the time I invested in this story There were some major payoffs—the ending is spectacular This will likely be the book that catapults SGJ’s name on the lips of all readers not just die hard horror junkies who already know and love his work He’ll be everyone’s new favorite and it is well deserved This is the new benchmark for slasherrevenge stories—SGJ just flipped the script and staked a new claim A gold standard for the genreBlurb WHOAAAAAAAAWriting up my review for Cemetery Dance but mark my words It's this book by SGJ that is going to be made into a movie I'm already calling it This is the kind of horror people want right now The characters are memorable interesting flawed funny REALThis horror has something to sayA modern revenge story with biting social commentary that eats away at your soul My heart and my mind ached after I finished

  8. Debra Debra says:

    Four young American Indian men find themselves fighting for their lives against an entity who wants revenge after an event that occurred during an elk hunt ten years earlier Many are really enjoying this book and I encourage my fellow readers to read those reviews This book just wasn't for me I struggled with the writing style I found it slow in parts and overall just not my cup of tea I love a good horror book but this one just didn't work for me end of story I thought the book started on a high note and really grabbed me but then it lost me and I never found my footing with this againWe all can’t love the same book and this is the case here I am in the minority on this one so give it a try and decide for yourselfThank you to Gallery Pocket Books and NetGalley who provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review All the thoughts and opinions are my own

  9. jessica jessica says:

    normally a 300 page book would only take a few hours for me to read this took me nearly two weeks to finish i just could not get into the story i wanted to DNF is several times but the glowing reviewsratings made me push through it i cant pinpoint anything specific that made me struggle with this the premise is interesting the commentary on native american culture is eye opening and the characters are likeable perhaps its the writing style? i just couldnt go than 5 sentences without my eyes starting to glaze over my attention was never fully grabbed and it felt like i had to constantly work at trying to understand what was going on so this just wasnt for me personally but based on how many positive reviews this has received i still feel like i could recommend this to horror fans ↠ 2 stars

  10. Char Char says:

    THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS is a superb gut wrenching novel and it wrecked me I've been sitting here struggling to come up with some words that don't sound like the same old thing This book is not the same old thing I've been sitting here struggling to find a way to relate to you the mind warping effects of this novel because it is mind warping I wish I had a way to explain how the guilt here was wrapped up and entwined with grief and shame and then buried under the burdens of Native American life I wish I could tell you that the tragic truths told in this book were not true but I'd be lying if I did With beautifully written prose that demands your full attention the ugliest of stories unfolds here I loved every black and brutal dark and gray minute of it I don't what else to say My highest recommendation Available May 19th 2020 but you can pre order here Thank you to Saga Press and NetGalley for the e copy of this book in exchange for my honest feedback This is it

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