The Only Good Indians

The Only Good Indians

A Novel

Book - 2020
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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."--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, New York : Saga Press, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2020
Edition: First Saga Press hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781982136451
Branch Call Number: FICTION Jon
Description: 310 pages ; 22 cm


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Feb 02, 2021

The Only Good Indians is a supernatural story centered around the lives of 4 Blackfeet Indian men who unlawfully killed a large number of elk over 10 years ago and are now experiencing a "haunting" by a vengeful Elk Woman spirit. The Elk Woman appears to the men as a naked woman with a huge elongated elk head and glowing, yellow, violent eyes. One by one, she picks off each of the men. I have to admit that the short novel did not immediately envelop me as I found the characters names/nicknames and colloquial speech to be difficult to follow. The "meat" of the book begins once the reader recognizes that all of the male friends are being punished for the same act. The author certainly raises good points as to what can happen when traditions are eroded over time and the horror that can ensue when the environment finally bites back.

LCPL_Cathy Jan 13, 2021

I found this story to be engaging from beginning to end. It’s a supernatural story about revenge. The characters feel like real people that you might know. I found myself in turns rooting for the four friends who just made a mistake and wanting elk-head woman to get her revenge. To me, that’s a mark of a skilled writer...making you feel for both sides. Reader be warned that there are some hard to read scenes where animals are hurt....essential to the story but still very disturbing.

Dec 14, 2020

The Only Good Indians takes a fairly basic horror trope and imaginatively retells it through a Native American lens. Inventive and engaging, the story touches on themes of heritage, identity and authority in novel ways. Overall, a well written and haunting tale that lingers with the reader.

Dec 11, 2020

The story immediately brings to mind a well-known Annie Proulx short story, "The Half-Skinned Steer." Set in Native American culture and mythology, this eerie horror novel follows a group of friends who commit an illegal and immoral slaughter of elk. The monstrous haunting that we all know is coming will keep you turning pages late into the night.

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.

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.

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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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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