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The Only Good Indians
The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
Peter Straubs Ghost Story meets Liane Moriartys 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.
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LaurenMags
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Mehso-so

Decent, gory, horror novel, but be warned, multiple dogs are killed in story!

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candc320
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Bailedbailed

So I hate DNF‘ing books, but I started this in October and have absolutely no want to continue it right now. Maybe later 🤷🏼‍♀️? Just too slow for me at the moment and I hate seeing it sitting in my room and waiting to be read 😳.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I'm the same way, but I couldn't finish this one either. 2mo
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Billypar
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My Halloween read this year was a good one: a very spooky tale involving a vengeful elk spirit. While many horror tales co-opt Native American culture as almost an afterthought, having characters who are part of the same culture makes the novel richer and more interesting. I also enjoyed Graham Jones' dialogue - so good you forget you're reading and not watching a movie. I did have a tough time visualizing some of the lengthy action sequences. 👇

Billypar That's partly because, as a not very visual reader, it's tough for me to 'see' action play out, so the lengthier climactic scene was a bit challenging. Even so, there are some truly excellent horror scenes. One sequence in the middle of the novel was particularly unnerving and memorable. 2mo
Billypar Image (altered) from www.nationalgeographic.com 2mo
Aimeesue Parts of this one were truly shocking. I still think about it. *shudder* 2mo
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Reggie Was it with a motorcycle? Lol 2mo
Billypar @Aimeesue I can already tell this is one that will stay in my head. Even some of the smaller touches, like the elk head turning so the eye can focus on its prey - so very creepy! 2mo
Billypar @Reggie That's the one 😬 I also found the whole sequence leading up to that point very suspenseful, like how you know whatever happens isn't going to end well. 2mo
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Blh87
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Mehso-so

The author is described as the Jordan Peele of horror literature…this is very accurate. This story was a bit slow for me, and I didn‘t love the writing style. I think it would make an excellent movie, though.

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Blh87
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Didn‘t realize my next read was going to start in my home state!

SamAnne Oh, love love love this one! 3mo
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MsLeah8417
The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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JoeMo
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For day two‘s prompt of #creature I thought of The Only Good Indians. It‘s one of my all-time faves in horror. For those that can‘t get into reading it, I recommend the audiobook which is extremely well done!
#scarathlondailyprompts #teammonstermash @StayCurious

BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh this one is soooo good. Pretty sure I listened and agree the audio is well done. 4mo
SamAnne This is the book that got me reading modern horror. Some horror. 4mo
TieDyeDude This was my first SGJ book. I have Chainsaw in my TBR stack at home. 4mo
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candc320
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My current read perfectly fits the photo #scarathlondailyprompts for this first day of October: black! #scarathlon #spookyseason #teamslaughter

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BC_Dittemore
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I think everything you want in a good horror novel is here. Some genuine nail-biting scenes. Some grotesque imagery. More importantly, though, it‘s inventive in the way it uses structure and how it builds its suspense. It takes horror tropes and uses them to make something new and to top it off, infuses it with Native lore to make it feel almost possible. The end delivers, as well, which, with horror, is usually the hardest thing to pull off.

SamAnne I am not a horror reader and I loved loved loved this book. So much so that I am working my way through all his books. 4mo
BC_Dittemore @SamAnne I had no idea how many books he had written until I was looking through his Goodreads profile. I think I might read Mongrels next. 4mo
SamAnne It‘s not perfect, but it‘s pretty dang good. Great premise. This spooky season I plan to read Night of the Mannequins and Mapping the Interior. 4mo
SamAnne I think he just bangs out the books. Sometimes I wish he‘d take a little more time, do a bit more editing. His premises are@so brilliant. 4mo
BC_Dittemore @SamAnne 😅that seems to be the trend among a lot of horror writers 4mo
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SamAnne
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I would love to The Only Good Indians make it to the screen. Sterlin Harjo to direct!

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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Bailedbailed

I'm about half way through and unfortunately I need to bail. This book has been hard to get into and wrap my head around what's going on. Which is too bad, I was so excited to read it.

j.rye I did the same thing months ago… haven‘t picked it back up yet unfortunately. 5mo
Monica5 I bailed on it too 5mo
ShelleyBooksie Same happened to me. It sounded so good and I just couldn't get into it. 5mo
TheLudicReader Yep. Bailed. 5mo
TheNeverendingTBR This was garbage also. 3mo
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Nessavamusic
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Pickpick

This was a strange atmospheric horror wrapped in Native American folklore. It was a difficult read and I wasn‘t exactly sure what was going on at times, but I definitely respect the writing. Also definitely creepy and the author paints a cinematic picture with his prose. 4⭐️

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DHill
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Next up on audio. The beginning of fall has put me in a mood for creepier reads.

lele1432 Me too! I definitely want to get to this one soon! 5mo
sprainedbrain I loved this on audio. 🖤 5mo
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Phelangies
The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones

I am reading the book. The writing style is difficult but once I gathered how the writer speaks and thinks I understand. Not halfway there in the book but so far I haven‘t been scared. Some sad animal cruelty.

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Robotswithpersonality
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Spooky, but mostly disheartening and thought-provoking.
Shares fictionalized experiences of modern Native Americans, dealing with systemic racism, poverty, etc, & what they may lose as a result: (respect for?) traditions, natural resources and ancestral knowledge. I admit the climax dragged a bit for me because I have no understanding of basketball, but that last chapter MAKES the book.
Warnings for animal death, but that's kind of the point.

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Robotswithpersonality
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"too many horse thoughts" ??☺️

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Jilly6183
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Pickpick

I tore threw this book. It was unlike any horror story I‘ve ever read. That said, it took a lot of suspended disbelief, even for a horror novel. It‘s definitely not for everyone.

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Nalbuque
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Bailedbailed

That‘s it, I don‘t like the way he writes. The story sounded good, apart from some heavy bits that felt unnecessary to me… but I dno, it felt lacking in structure and pace. I prob made it to 35-40% and I was intrigued, but struggling, so I called it.

TheLudicReader I couldn't get through this one either. 7mo
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Brooke_H
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This was my blind date with a book! 😱

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Oldschool_millenial
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Mehso-so

I JUST finished this book and these are the fresh thoughts I jotted down. Basically, the full length version of my brief review in my previous post. The reference to the climax gives nothing away, save for the trope used in it.
I'm between a pick and so-so
I definitely believe it's a book to be read at least once (for those who can handle it at least); but, at least for present me, it was a kind of a slog until the last section.

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Kempfme
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This is my second read of Stephen Graham Jones. The Only Good Indians is a dark horror tale of revenge and culture. What happens when one diverts from tradition?

This was more organized than My Heart is a Chainsaw, and it has the gore mixed into the story more. I would definitely recommend this to a horror nut.

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CindyMyLifeIsLit
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Pretty creepy! It not only delivers a slow build of inexorable dread, but it gives glimpses into Native American life as it really is, not the romanticized version. The book tells the story of four Native American boys who do something reckless and wrong in their youth, with no idea of the price they will pay . . . eventually. Ten years later, revenge comes calling and finds all of them at home. One by one, they are targeted for their past deeds.

Alfoster Yes, agree it was creepy!😱 9mo
GingerAntics This book was so good and so creepy!!! It wasn‘t in your face about it, it just was patiently, strategically there. Loved this book. 9mo
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shanaqui
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Mehso-so

Not quite my thing, and I guess I found the ending kind of predictable in a way... but I think that's part of the horror genre, a trope that's baked in, like the happy ending in romance. Bit too much basketball for this rugby-watching Taffy.

Still, glad I gave it a shot.

And I'm so close to a bingo and it's only the 8th! #BookSpinBingo

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NikkiM5
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I have a new author to add to my favorites list 😍. The tagged is the second best book I have read this year!! #nywd22

I‘m picking The Fifth Season for April

monalyisha Fantastic! ✨ 10mo
AFrostCauseReads He is quickly becoming one of my favorite writers! 10mo
Readergrrl I loved this book!! 10mo
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MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm
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4 ⭐️s
Wow, this one will stick with me for a while! I was absolutely blown away and could NOT put this one down. The only reason it‘s not a five star read is the odd perspective change that happens halfway through. Otherwise, it‘s an absolutely epic horror. I‘ll be looking up more of Jones‘ work, he‘s an amazingly refreshing talent. I never knew what was going to happen next, it kept me on my toes and at the edge of my seat the whole way through.

MegaWhoppingCosmicBookwyrm Oh! This was also my #BookSpin for February! @TheAromaofBooks ❤️ 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 12mo
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paperwitchs
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Mehso-so

I am still confused on this book after re-reading it, there‘s parts I really like - but parts that make it near indigestible. Hugeeee warning for the level of graphic violence towards animals #horror

SpookyMazeOfBooks Read this and wow I was surprised with how much I ended up liking it 12mo
tokorowilliamwallace Welcome! I hope you find some challenges on here you want to participate in (I can tag you, if you want), if you haven't already, and find the community here supportive and warm! If you are on Goodreads or Instagram, we can connect there, as well. 12mo
Elizabeth2 Welcome to Litsy! 12mo
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Bklover Welcome to Litsy! You‘ll love it here!🌸 12mo
Bklover And thanks for the warning!! 🦌🐈🦮 (edited) 12mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💗📚💗 12mo
BookDragonNotWorm Welcome to Litsy! Thanks for the TW, this was on my TBR but that's the one thing that'll make me throw a book across the room ... 12mo
CampbellTaraL Hi! Welcome to Litsy 🤓📚🍵☕ 12mo
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a great community and I hope you enjoy it here. 😉 12mo
paperwitchs @SpookyMazeOfBooks It‘s a really good book, I think the ending definitely salvaged most of its shortcomings. It def stands on its own 12mo
paperwitchs @tokorowilliamwallace thank you! I am also on goodreads as paperwitch. I‘d love to participate! 😊 12mo
UwannaPublishme Welcome to Litsy! Get ready for your TBR list to soar. 😉📚📚📚 12mo
paperwitchs @Bklover thank you! I already like it a lot 🥰 12mo
paperwitchs @CampbellTaraL thank you! 🌸 12mo
paperwitchs @BookDragonNotWorm thank you! And ugh I agree, it was not fun to read. I was super taken aback by it, and it‘s so brutal that I felt like it deserved a TW. 😪 12mo
tokorowilliamwallace @paperwitchs I'll try to remember to tag you for them. Check out the #litsyevents and @LitsyEvents. You can find me via www.goodreads.com/magicschooltokoro 12mo
Yuki_Onna Welcome to Litsy! 🌸 Hope you'll like it here - it's a warm and dear community.
And if you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask!
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paperwitchs Thank you all so much, I really appreciate the warm welcome and help! 🖤 12mo
eeclayton Welcome to Litsy! 🎉🎉🎉 12mo
LKK526 Can‘t deal with violence to animals. Think I‘ll skip. Thanks for heads up 12mo
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littlebeesreads
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Not sure how I feel about it. The writing/character narration style is like one long run on sentence #socialhorror #popsugarchallenge2022

littlebeesreads I couldn‘t get into it 😵‍💫 11mo
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AmandaBlaze
The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
Pickpick

Nice, original horror story

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HaleyG14
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book! This is a novel that focuses on the topics of revenge, culture, tradition, generational trauma/healing all through a fast paced tale of horror/supernatural. It was eerie, it was thrilling, and I couldn‘t put it down.

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teresareads
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Pickpick

Satisfyingly creepy. Loses a little momentum in the middle, but the first and final sections more than make up for it.

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Addison_Reads
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#12Booksof2021 #1stBookof2021 #January

Thank you @Andrew65 for tagging me.

Anyone else want to join? I'd love to see your picks.

Andrew65 Sounds a good choice. 13mo
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shortsarahrose
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Thank you so much @Readergrrl for this assortment of #creepychristmasswap goodies! You‘re right - the tagged book looks right up my alley! I‘m looking forward to digging into the other two as well the magazine (love that cover!). The two Krampus ornaments are immediately going on my tree (the basket of kids the one is carrying kills me 😆).

Thanks @teebe for organizing this fun swap!

Readergrrl I‘m so glad you liked it! Krampus is one of my favorites!! I‘ve put both of your other books on my TBR list. The seemed so interesting!! And I really hope you like The Only Good Indians. It was one of my favorites this year!! Very creepy!! 13mo
teebe You‘re all so good at giving gifts! This looks great and I always end up adding books to my tbr lol 13mo
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jenniferw88
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#jolabokaflod swap. Thank you so much @Emilymdxn - the book has been on my #tbr list forever, & i haven't heard/tried this chocolate before!

@MaleficentBookDragon thanks for organising!

Emilymdxn Yay! I really hope you like them. I got the chocolate from a deli near me that I think imports their stuff in from all over the place so I‘m not sure where it‘s from but I hope it‘s nice! 13mo
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Hilary427
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Panpan

Meh. Just meh.
⭐️: 2/5

Twainy 💯 1y
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Decalino
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Pickpick

One night before Thanksgiving, four friends--Ricky, Lewis, Cass and Gabe--young men from the Blackfeet reservation, went out on a hunt. In this superbly chilling horror novel, they face the consequences of their actions that night. I couldn't read this book before bedtime; granted, I am a horror lightweight, but something about the slow build of dread really got to me. Grisly and unforgettable.

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Eggbeater
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Finished this horror gem for the second time for book club. I will be forever haunted by Elkhead Woman. If you like horror and you can handle animal death, you will like this one. Be prepared to be forever frightened of elk after you read it.

3rd book finished for #NovelNovember #readathon @Andrew65

Readergrrl Fantastic book!!! 1y
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 1y
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Bailedbailed

This is very good, but I cannot handle how much there are animals being harmed and killed. 😥

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kimmypete1
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Bailedbailed

@Eggbeater you were right, this one isn‘t for me. I gave it a go for book club but I can tell by the tone that I‘m not going to make it through so I‘m moving on to lighter reads.

Eggbeater Yeah. It just didn't feel like a Kim book to me. I loved it, but I think it's too gross and scary for you. 1y
kimmypete1 @Eggbeater I should have listened, because I know you know if it‘s too much for me. My apologies. 😁 1y
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Minervasbutler
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Mehso-so

Slightly underwhelming tale of four Native American men and their run-in with a ghostly elk. Lots of people loved it but I found it a bit of a struggle to be honest.

IamIamIam Thanks for your honesty! I'm debating on this one but I've seen so many folks gushing about it that I've been skeptical. 👍 1y
JamieArc I didn‘t love it either. The creep factor never really came through for me until maybe the very end. 1y
JenniferEgnor I got about 50 or so pages in and had to bail. I hate to do that to any book but I just couldn‘t get into it. 1y
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Reggie I gave it a pick but this was obviously 3 1/2 novellas stitched together to make a book. And it isn‘t always successful at times. 1y
Smrloomis Huh, I can‘t handle scary things at all so if y‘all didn‘t think it was creepy then maybe I‘ll give it a try 😂 @JamieArc @JenniferEgnor @Reggie or have you read others by him you liked? 1y
JenniferEgnor @Minervasbutler I haven‘t, yet. 1y
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cleoh
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@Bookishgal71 thank you thank you thank you for an wonderfully spooky parcel!!! I‘m so excited to curl up with one of these tonight! @wanderinglynn this swap is a highlight of my year, thank you so much for putting it together! 🎃🧡🖤🎃🧡🖤

#hauntedhallowswap

wanderinglynn Fantastic! 🎃🧡 1y
Bookishgal71 I‘m so happy - it was honestly so much fun to put together! Happy Halloween!!👻🎃🧛🏻🧙🏻‍♀️☠️ 1y
LeahBergen Happy Birthday! ❤️📚❤️📚 11mo
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Julsmarshall
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My goodness. Deeply disturbing, this book is dark. Firmly in the horror camp which I don‘t read often. The writing is crisp, authentic, and fantastic. Just amazing! Parts are really hard to get through-raw and vivid and so upsetting. Violent, harm on the page to people and animals-this one is tough, y‘all. But the story? Simply amazing. And good on #audio
#integrateyourshelf #firstnations #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

Readergrrl This was one of my favorite books of 2021. I‘m still thinking about it! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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rachelsbrittain
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The Halloween reads continue! Four men are haunted by a past misdeed that has returned to ensure they suffer for what was done. As each man falls to violence and murder in the midst of extreme paranoia, we learn the truth about what happened on a hunting trip 10 years ago.

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Lizpixie
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Bk38 of #LittensDressedInBlood Bk1 of #20in4 & Bk19 of #Scarathlon2021 #Screamathon #SpookoweenReadathon #Wickedathon #Necronomathon #RoaringWolf #RIP #HalloweenReadathon #ItsBritneyBingoWitch #BookishBingo #ChapterBreakBingo #OutOfComfortZoneBingo #Pageathon #PennyPerPage #BookspinBingo is done. I‘ve had this on my TBR since last Scarathlon, glad I finally got to it. Creepy&weird but fabulous, I love indigenous horror 1,296pts #TeamSlaughter

Andrew65 That was quick 👏👏👏 1y
TheSpineView Good job 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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Lizpixie @Andrew65 I was about 2/3 through at midnight so the bottom time is how long all up it took and the time at the side is how long I read after midnight. I used my phone & iPad timers for each. 1y
Lizpixie @Clwojick quick question, do we get extra points for bingos on boards like BookspinBingo? 1y
Roary47 Wooo hop that gives you all 6! Great job! 1y
Lizpixie @Roary47 yep that‘s all 6🎉🎉🎉 1y
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booksandsympathy
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Starting this book tonight! I don't read too much horror, so we'll see how I handle it.

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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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What a beginning! Also great audiobook narration so far. I thought I recognized the actor's voice and looked him up to realize he also performed in Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse. #IndigenousBooks #NativeReads #Horror

Suet624 Oh boy, SGJ.
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @Suet624 it's my first book by him! 1y
sprainedbrain Love this book so much! 1y
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rachelsbrittain
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A nice, relaxing Sunday evening

TheLudicReader Haha…not sure how relaxing that book is. 1y
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elisebarker
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This was a perfect October book! It was unsettling and it just drew you in quickly. A little gory, but so good.

sprainedbrain Love that book (and everything by SGJ that I‘ve read). ❤️ 1y
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GatheringBooks
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#Haunted Day 15: #FreakyFriday should be matched with my freaky current read. Paired with loaded fries with beans and pico de gallo and cheese and all yummy goodness.

Eggs 🍟🤩🤤 1y
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DGRachel
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I would have loved this if it hadn‘t been for all of the violent dog deaths. I fast forwarded through the ones near the end of the book. The rest of this is a creepy revenge story that is perfect for October. I loved the ending, too. Just…ugh with the dogs. 😭😭

Oryx Yeah I couldn't cope with the dog stuff in this. Was too upsetting. 1y
ChaoticMissAdventures Oh thank you. I didn't realize and this has been on my list. 1y
Johanna414 Oof I can't handle anything with violence towards animals... I think I'll skip this one 1y
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DGRachel @Oryx @ChaoticMissAdventures @Johanna414 Yeah. It‘s bad. I almost bailed early on, but I was so intrigued by the premise of the story and wanted to see where it went. But… yeah. Too violent with the dogs. 1y
kamoorephoto I was actually sent this to review before release, and I couldn‘t get through it because of the animal violence. And I like horror (A LOT) and like this author! It‘s just so hard for me to separate my feelings for animals from plot when it comes to reading a story like this. 1y
SamAnne I have a hard time with animal violence. But I loved the themes in this book of insiders and outsiders and Indians trying to connect to traditions, and the tension between life on reservation and life off. It did make me an SGJ fan. But yeah…. (edited) 1y
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rachelsbrittain
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Some appropriately scary, creepy, and magical books I'm interested in reading this month (knowing full well I won't be able to get to all of them 😅)