Thursday, September 10, 2020

Book Review | The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones

The Only Good Indians is a horror novel from Stephen Graham Jones. 

The Only Good Indians by 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.
I love how you just don't know what to expect when reading one of Stephen Graham Jones' books. I'm also going to be posting a review of his The Night of the Mannequins novella soon, and I will be reiterating the same thing. His writing is unpredictable in the best of ways.

This may have been the wrong time for me to read The Only Good Indians, though. It was confusing, and my current attention span may have made it even harder for me to pay attention overall.

I'm such a fan of Stephen Graham Jones, and I will continue to read whatever he writes. Even though I'm middle of the road on The Only Good Indians, I still want to encourage people to pick it up - especially folks who are already fans.

Here are some of the early reviews that I loved and think you should check out:
 
⭐⭐⭐★★
 
Review copy provided by the publisher 

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Monday, September 7, 2020

Book Review | All That's Fair by S.H. Cooper

All That's Fair is a horror short story collection by S.H. Cooper. 


A maiden looking for love in all the wrong places.

A mother in an endless search for missing children.

A crone whose passing is marked by the tinkling of tiny bells.

All That’s Fair is a collection of twenty-two short horror stories themed around women who are made up of anything but sugar, spice, and everything nice. Be they human, ghost, or something else entirely, one thing holds true for all: These are not the girls you’ll find (or want) next door.

All That's Fair contains 22 horror short stories. These short stories really are short which helped make All That's Fair a fun book to fly through. Several of Cooper's stories made me think this would be a great collection for adults like me who grew up loving the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark volumes.

Don't get me wrong in my comparison to Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. The comparison fits because she has such a fun storytelling style that I love, but her stories are also disturbing.

After loving her novella The Festering Ones {my review}, I jumped at the opportunity to read All That's Fair, and I'm so glad that I did.

My favorite stories in the collection were The O'Sullivan Song, Twelve Hands, The Crone's Woods, The Wishing Sisters, and The Hardest Lesson.

⭐⭐⭐⭐★

Content warning: suicide

Review copy provided by the author

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Sunday, September 6, 2020

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | September 6

Well, my return to blogging was short lived! I posted an update 2 weeks ago, and the next day they called a mandatory evacuation due to Hurricane Laura. I was out of my home for the next 8 days, and our A/C was out for another few days. Our trees took a beating, but the house and my family are fine otherwise! I'm doubly behind on reviews now, but that's the way this year is insisting on going. I'm happy to be back. Again.

Finished Reading


The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James

I finished reading All That's Fair by S.H. Cooper. It was a great collection, and I'll have a review posted for it tomorrow. ⭐⭐⭐⭐★

I also read The Sun Down Motel by Simone St. James which was another 4 star read! ⭐⭐⭐⭐★

Currently Reading


The Midnight Lullaby by Cheryl Low

I'm still reading and enjoying Dread Nation by Justina Ireland.

I also started reading The Midnight Lullaby by Cheryl Low, and I'm loving it so far.

Recently Watched


La Llorona
I'll Be Gone in the Dark Mermaid Down You're Killing Me Braid I'm Thinking of Ending Things

La Llorona was more of a drama than a horror movie. It was OK. ⭐⭐⭐★★

I watched the I'll Be Gone in the Dark series. If you've read the book, I recommend watching the show as well. It gives a lot of insight into Michelle McNamara and her obsession with the Golden State Killer. ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

Even though the reviews weren't very good, I had some hopes for Mermaid Down. I love mermaids and ocean horror so I was willing to give it a chance. Wow, the film makers tried to put every idea they had into this one movie.  ⭐⭐★★★

The Ladies of Horror Fiction team is hosting movie nights every Friday night this month if you'd like to join us! We used You're Killing Me to test out the functionality of Amazon Watch Party the night before our first watch party. It was a perfect watch party movie. It was so ridiculous and a lot of fun! ⭐⭐⭐💫★

Braid was our first official watch party movie. I had seen it before, but I didn't remember much and was anxious to watch it again. It's a strange and beautiful movie. I recommend it.  ⭐⭐⭐⭐★

I'm Thinking of Ending Things: Every shot in this movie is beautiful and the cast is amazing, but I hate this movie. I was going to give it 1.5 stars, but the horribly long dance scene - and the rest that followed - stripped that final star down to nothing. What a weird disappointment. Kudos to those who can take something away from this. 💫★★★★


So what about you? Let me know what you're reading (or watching) this week or leave me some links!


This post is being shared as part of Book Date's It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Caffeinated Book Reviewer's The Sunday Post.

Jennifer

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Sunday, August 23, 2020

Recent Updates and Currently Reading | August 23

It's been quite a while since my last update. The life struggle is real right now. During my unfortunate but necessary hiatus, I've spent a lot of time thinking about my priorities and what can/needs to give in regards to reading and blogging and social media.

One change I think is finally permanent is no more review requests. I've said this in the past but have opened back up once I felt caught up and less committed. I've come to realize that I say yes when things are OK but those commitments come due in the future whether things are OK or not. So moving forward my only review copies will likely be women horror authors and those requests will go through the Ladies of Horror Fiction channels.

This past May I treated myself to a month of only personal reads and it was the best. That's really all I want from here on out.

Posted Since Last Update


Book Review | Blacktop Wasteland by S.A. Cosby

Book Review | Rules for Vanishing by Kate Alice Marshall

Book Review | Benny Rose, the Cannibal King by Hailey Piper

Finished Reading


The Bright Lands by John Fram The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones


I finished reading The Bright Lands by John Fram. Unfortunately it didn't really work for me.  ⭐⭐★★★

I recently read The Only Good Indians by Stephen Graham Jones. I struggled with this one, too, and I'm really bummed about it. I struggled writing my review, too, because I feel like my current frame of mind may have affected my ability to give this book the attention it needed. ⭐⭐⭐★★

I also read Night of the Mannequins by Stephen Graham Jones. I had more luck with this one!  ⭐⭐⭐⭐★


I started reading the Jessica Jones series that ran from 2016-2018. I'm enjoying it.

Currently Reading



 

I'm currently listening to The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo and loving it!

I'm also enjoying the stories in All That's Fair by S.H. Cooper!

I'm starting Dread Nation by Justina Ireland today as a buddy read with the Ladies of Horror Fiction team.

I will try to share the books I've bought and received recently as well as what I've been watching lately in my next update.


So what about you? Let me know what you're reading (or watching) this week or leave me some links!


This post is being shared as part of Book Date's It's Monday! What Are You Reading? and Caffeinated Book Reviewer's The Sunday Post.

Jennifer

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Monday, August 17, 2020

Book Review | Benny Rose, the Cannibal King by Hailey Piper

Benny Rose, the Cannibal King is a horror novella by Hailey Piper.


Blackwood, Vermont has one legend to its name—Benny Rose, the Cannibal King. Every local kid knows him and tells his stories, especially on Halloween. When a new girl moves to town in the autumn of 1987, the legend inspires high school junior Desiree St. Fleur and her friends to pull a Benny Rose-themed prank. A few laughs and screams, and they’ll have a Happy Halloween.

But a vicious storm crashes into Blackwood and interrupts the festivities. Soon the girls find themselves trapped and hunted in a strange neighborhood where no one will help them. There’s nothing made-up about Benny Rose this Halloween night. The truth is coming, and it's hungry.

Book 3 in the Rewind-or-Die series: imagine your local movie rental store back in the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s, remember all those fantastic covers. Remember taking those movies home and watching in awe as the stories unfolded in nasty rainbows of gore, remember the atmosphere and textures. Remember the blood.

Benny Rose is another catch up review for me. It's been a couple of months since I read it, but I'm still happy to sing its praises.

Benny Rose is part of Unnerving's Rewind or Die series which I'm assuming are all written to play out like horror movies. This is the first of the Rewind or Die line that I've read, but I will definitely be picking up the rest of them.

Benny Rose is a gory, coming of age horror centered around an urban legend and a group of girls on Halloween. Is there a better way to spend your evening?

You don't need to wait until October to read this one, but if you haven't read it by the time October rolls around, it really is the perfect book to read for the Halloween season.

⭐⭐⭐⭐★

4/5 stars

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