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“One of 2020’s buzziest horror novels.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“More than I could have asked for in a novel.” (Tommy Orange, Pulitzer Prize finalist author of There There)

“What Stephen Graham Jones does for me, is create new possibilities for Indigenous storymakers.” (Terese Marie Mailhot, New York Times best-selling author)

A masterpiece.” (Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and The Cabin at the End of the World)

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 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.

©2020 Stephen Graham Jones (P)2020 Simon & Schuster Audio

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I like it, good story

As a First Nations man, doesn't make my opinion better than anybody else's around here so grain of salt and all that, I look kind of high and low for native based/contemporary scary stories. What I find is 18000 "creepypasta skinwalker" stories where some stranger doesn't listen to the ndn warnings and then they get skinwalked. Okay, yeah, if you read this already, yeah, I hear you. I know, shh. Lemme finish telling my review, eh? It was just good to get a real life native perspective. Of you're waiting for me to talk you into reading this, I don't know, go for it. I liked it.

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A different horror voice. Awesome

Loved it. The different points of view. The horrific twists. The authentic native voice. A horror novel that speaks to so much of what I know and have experienced as a First Nations man but with inventiveness. Makes me proud

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Unique and really good

This book managed to create realistic and likeable characters while also supporting a spooky and fantastical story. Felt less horror more tragedy to me. Really enjoyed it.

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disturbing and wonderful

Well, that was horrifying. It went places, sad, disturbing and wholly unexpected places. It was so much more affecting than the blurb suggests, more of a classic tragedy than a horror, in my opinion. It literally made me run through the full range of emotion. Some of the writing was witty and really funny, some kind of heartbreaking and just about all of it was incredibly tense. I think the thing was, you felt like it could go either way- with some kind of happy ending, with everything going up in flames, or some combination of the two. It kept me off-balance and unnerved, and it made the ending all the more satisfying. It was a very good listen. The narration was right on, as well.

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Really really good!

All round great reading of this amazing story. If you’re on the fence I say get off it and enjoy this story you won’t regret it! Enjoy!

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Not what I expected!

I was kind of disappointed. I was expecting a daunting tale. I didn't get that vibe one bit! I liked the main character... that's about it!

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What a great story

This book is awesome. The build up of the story and the way the characters are developed is great. it make you really feel for some of the characters during critical points of the story. Very well done.

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  • Anthony
  • 2020-07-15

this is the best book I've listened to maybe ever

you can smell the res in this book. you can absolutely feel the allegory wrapping it's way through the pages. I'd love to buy the author a coffee. the guilt, the pain, the savagery, all summer quietly to the conclusion. well worth the credit, and I'll be relistening very soon.

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  • Robert Jason
  • 2020-07-16

Knocks it out of the park

With "The Only Good Indians", Stephen Graham Jones knocks the ball so far out of the park, it's punching through the Earth's atmosphere. It's that good. The writing is exceptional. Jones makes even the most horrific of prose sound beautiful. But what I love about his writing is how he does a lot with so little; a few words paint a very detailed portrait of what we're looking at. TOGI is part slasher-part mythology-part monster movie, and every bit of it is a wonderful exploration of traditions. Jones masterfully builds suspense and keeps the story moving forward with increasing dread. Highly, highly recommended. Shaun Taylor-Corbett's narration is inspired and spot-on. The PERFECT narrator for this macabre masterpiece.

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  • Holly
  • 2020-07-16

Wow wow wow

This novel is gorgeous. Try to hang in there through the violence, it’s worth it. Just gorgeous. Can’t wait for the next novel from Stephen Graham Jones.

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  • Colin
  • 2020-08-21

This Novel is OK

This novel, while not being trash, is in no way worthy of the praise some reviews heaped upon it. It's a decent novel but it shouldn't be described as cosmic horror as it doesn't even come close to fitting into the genre. Furthermore, I had a hard time accepting the premise. The punishment doesn't really fit the crime and the "monster" kind of makes you say out loud to yourself "seriously?". Again, it's not a bad novel. But it's not really all that good either.

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  • Patrick Strouse
  • 2020-08-24

can't say it's the right kind of horror

I want to enjoy this book, but the rate at which you start to lose characters who's perspectives you value due to their deaths is a major slowdown.

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  • PJz
  • 2020-08-24

How can this story be this good?

If someone had said that a story about an Elk god, monster, ghost (??) could scare, bring tears to my eyes, and leave me not wanting the book to end, I would've laughed. It does all that and more. I hope there are more books and tales coming.

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  • 2020-08-18

Incredible Prose Amplified by Excellent Narration

Had I read a synopsis of this book (which I would not recommend doing) I probably would have passed on reading it. While the focus of the story is not what I typically find myself interested in the execution and presentation of the story is incredible. Let me start with the prose itself. The writing flows so well and smoothly that I can clearly picture the scene set before me and the events taking place within them. This smoothness also serves to keep the pace moving in what would otherwise seem like a dull moment. Additionally, the author's use of foreshadowing and his long play set ups were high caliber. Not your typical horror movie set up of a camera lingering on the woodchipper as if to scream "someone's going in here". More subtle and nuanced and worth the wait. Even if this story is not your typical choice, the writing style and narrator draw you in and make it worth it.

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  • angela brothers
  • 2020-08-06

BORING

it's too boring and over detailed to even follow. Narration is no good. I couldn't follow it within the first 5 minutes and lost all interest. This book may be better read than heard.

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  • Daniel
  • 2020-07-19

Damn....

Never done anything but give 5 stars and hit submit but this one is special. Truly remarkable

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  • M. SALMAN
  • 2020-09-02

Not the worst but not the best either

This book tries to be scary but never succeeds. I went through it slowly and laborously. Yet it isn't so bad that it could be ignored completely. Average is the way I'd describe it.

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