I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones
Published by Saga Press on July 14, 2020
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The creeping horror of Paul Tremblay meets Tommy Orange’s There There in a dark novel of revenge, cultural identity, and the cost of breaking from tradition in this latest novel from the Jordan Peele of horror literature, Stephen Graham Jones.
Seamlessly 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 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.
Here is a book in which Barb and I have very different opinions on! 🙂 So after you check out my review go on over to check out what Barb thought at Booker T’s Farm.
Here is what I thought
I will start with I really wanted to like this one, I really did! It was one of my anticipated reads, but I just didn’t like it. 🙁
It’s about four different characters who were good friends up until something they did ten years prior and now they don’t really get together as much as they use to at least Lewis didn’t talk to them much. This something they did comes back to haunt them as the spirit is out for a bit of revenge. Sounds pretty good so far right?
Well, this is a very character driven story and I am finding out that I am not a character driven reader I guess. Something happens to one of the guys right off and I was like alright this is going to be good, but then it goes to Lewis and I started to get bored pretty quick. It was just a lot of mundane stuff about his life but he does start seeing an Elk calf and kind of thinks he is losing it a bit.
After his section it goes to Cassidy and Gabe of and on with a bit of Gabe’s young teenage daughter having some chapters as she comes in to play a lot at the end. We learn a lot about how they are going to have a sweat because they want to honor their two friends who have died and also try and teach a teenage boy about the sweat lodge.
Can’t really say much more or I feel like it could be spoilery, but it felt like it drug on forever and ever. Barb really liked it after she got to around the sweat lodge part and so I kept going even though I really wanted to DNF, mainly cause I wanted to know why she liked it. Well, I still don’t know why lol. We don’t disagree to much on books but we do have different opinions on this one.
Even when it got to some cool parts with the spirit thing coming for it’s revenge but it wasn’t enough to save this one for me and I thought the ending with the teenage girl took to long to wrap up and by then I just wanted to get the book finished. 🙁
So this was definitely not a book for me though I did like the Native American lore and I know I am in the minority among my blogging friends who have read this, so others I think might like it more than me.