What a freaky, mind blowing and unforgettable read The beginning of this gutsy book grabbed my attention and it was hard to quit reading Like many others, I stumbled through the writing style It was hard to stay engaged at times, but it was worth it This author has one freaky imagination This absolutely gorgeous cover caught my eye several times before I finally read the description Indian culture and tradition has always fascinated me, then the horror aspect sealed the deal.You ll need a tough stomach to get through this one, for sure Lots of blood and gore, both animal and human It s totally different from anything I ve read before Difficult at times, but I m glad I stayed with it Whether you love this one or dislike it.it won t easily be forgotten Thank you to Bookish First, Saga Press and Stephen Graham Jones for this ARC, in exchange for my honest review My Rating 4 sPublished May 19th 2020 by Gallery Saga PressPages 320 SGJ72 SagaSFF TheOnlyGoodIndians MustRead HorrorThriller 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 killedelk than they could ever use, Gabriel Cross Guns and Cassidy After following Lewis for a while, we track these guys 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 Decade.The 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 finale.This 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 or chainsaw 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 swimmers cocked 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 quote, 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 throughout.There 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 spoiler killing a pet before going after its owner hide spoiler 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 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 again.We 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 yourself.Thank 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. Jones has written a chilling and original story of revenge set in contemporary Indian Country that had me staying up late turning pages as fast as I could The book is bloody and brutal at times, but also intimate, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful Jones boldly and bravely incorporates both the difficult and the beautiful parts of contemporary Indian life into his story, never once falling into stereotypes or easy answers but also not shying away from the horrors caused by cycles of violence I highly recommend. WHOAAAAAAAA Writing 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 REAL.This horror has something to say.A modern revenge story with biting social commentary that eats away at your soul My heart and my mind ached after I finished. 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. Wishes really do come true Thank you to Gallery Books for providing me with an ARC I love the sounds of this Y all know, I am always down for a strong revenge plot 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, unique, different story and seeing Native American representation always picks my interest because I love to learnabout different traditions, cultures and original, remarkable perspectives We have so many vivid ingredients in the sea of literature and we need to discover themby reading those talented, brilliant authors works and help them raise their voices, share their opinions.So 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 bending But 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 touch But 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 stylethan Jordan Peele s horror movies So I gave 3.25 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 bookthan this and because trying something brand new always force you to be brave and takerisks And I always support those authors who are really brave enough to bring different tastes, stunning shocking, twisty stories I wish I could focusbut it was dragging and struggling reading journey for me.Special thanks to NetGalley and Gallery Saga 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 journey bloginstagramfacebooktwitter 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.