The Only Good Indians

The Only Good Indians

A Novel

Book - 2020
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Seamlessly blending classic horror and a dramatic narrative with sharp social commentary, The Only Good Indians follows four American Indigenous men after a disturbing event from their youth puts them in a desperate struggle for their 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.
Publisher: New York : Saga Press, [2020]
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781982136451
Characteristics: 320 pages ; 22 cm

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lukasevansherman
Nov 19, 2020

Visceral and ominous novel that flirts with pulp horror, but is also very much about tradition, identity, and history within the Native American community.

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scott_scott
Oct 25, 2020

Did any editor even look at this? Awful, just plain awful. Only made it through a few pages of constant run-on sentences before I gave up. Life is too short for this garbage.

AnnabelleLee27 Oct 16, 2020

A brutal, haunting, and terrifying novel incorporating themes of identity, tradition, violence, and revenge. The complex, flawed characters are heartbreakingly believable while the revenge-seeking Elk Head Woman is completely original and amazing (I am enamored with the very idea of her). The story is firmly placed in the complexity of contemporary Native American life while wryly sending up social commentary and upending expectations - all done with an edge of brisk humor. The climax of the story is exciting, bizarre, and satisfying with an ending that provides a glimmer of hopefulness.

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shanauer
Oct 10, 2020

Best book I've read in a while and I read a lot of books,yeah?

ReadingAdviser_Sally Oct 06, 2020

This book is a ghost story unlike any other you have read before. It is haunting, heart wrenching, fantastical, brutal, beautiful, and seeped in traditions meeting the modern world. This is by far my favourite Stephen Graham Jones book that I have read.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Sep 18, 2020

The dark inevitability of the conclusion of this horror novel made it hard for me to read. That said, it is well written and full of enough gore to make the die-hardest of horror novel fans throw up a teensy bit in their mouth. I also loved that this was a totally Native American centered story that required me to do a little bit of work to get how the narrative worked.

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AleryCelery
Sep 08, 2020

This novel has vivid characters and descriptions. Scenes are set clearly, and the author seamlessly transitions from one character's point-of-view to another's; from light and funny to disturbing and violent. I loved the social commentary regarding what it's like to be a modern Native American, and how each character views their identity and tradition. This one is not just for people who enjoy the horror genre.

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lurkykitty
Mar 25, 2020

The Only Good Indians is a well written and superbly crafted horror story which takes place in the northwestern US and has characters from the Blackfeet and Crow tribes. Four young Blackfeet men embark on a badly planned and illegal elk hunt which results in a violation of tribal values and the desecration of nature. Ten years later, an entity exacts her revenge in a chilling, suspenseful and brutal fashion. The characters are incredibly well developed given the length of the novel, and the reader develops sympathy for them. The reader also empathizes with the perspective of the entity who pursues the four men. This story has great depth in its exploration of themes of cultural identity, tradition, social justice, revenge and respect for the natural world. Horror readers will love this, but I would also recommend this book for readers of fiction in general. I can see why this The Only Good Indians is receiving so much critical acclaim.

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ReadingAdviser_Sally Oct 06, 2020

What he didn't say was that you don't get cold-resistant because your jackets suck, you just stop complaining about it after a while, because complaining doesn't make you any warmer.

ReadingAdviser_Sally Oct 06, 2020

“We’re from where we’re from,” she says back. “Scars are part of the deal, aren’t they?”

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