PositiveLocus... deeply disturbing ... The author’s touch is both deftly credible and amusing. Sawyer is a convincing and endearing protagonist. This serves to make the novella all the more disquieting. By the time the story crashes to its end, you may well have an empty feeling about inadvertent evil in your stomach and a hole in your heart as well.
Maria Dahvana Headley
RaveLocus[Maria Dahvana Headley] renders the epic into a readable, relevant, and vibrant text for the 21st century. She immediately signals her approach by her translation of hwaet, the poem’s famous opening word. Hwaet has been deciphered in numerous ways, and Headley used many of them (listen, hark, behold, lo, sing, etc.) as section headings in her novel. For Beowulf: A New Translation , she selects “Bro!” to get things going. And go they do ... She’s made an ancient tale fresh, fun, and even more meaningful with this magnificent translation.
PanLocusA stranger shows up and provides the necessary information—Malorie’s parents are survivors and there is now a train operating that can take her and the kids to them—for there to be a plot. Suspending your disbelief at times was necessary for Bird Box, but it was an effective enough thriller to keep you turning the pages. Malorie, however, doesn’t pick up enough speed till its final chapters to maintain interest.
PositiveLocus... has all the right ingredients ... Noemí is the perfect gothic heroine ... The novel also offers a taste of Mexican history, folklore, and a glimpse of Mexico City elites circa 1950. A dark and delectable concoction readers can’t help but relish.
Stephen Graham Jones
RaveLocusThe Only Good Indians is a great horror novel ... a masterpiece ... The core plot is deceptively simple ... But nothing is simple here, including the nature of reality (and the reality of nature) ... the story is told from the viewpoints of each of the four fully portrayed main characters ... Voices change but the narrative flows naturally with no confusion. Supporting characters are just as well drawn ... The portrayal of the monster, Elk Woman, is also stunning. Her basis may be traditional, but she is a strikingly original beast: terrifying and unforgiving, yet poignant. The book is, at times, visceral (literally), but it is as instinctive and essential as it is harsh. Despite the blood and bleakness, The Only Good Indians is ultimately also about hope and the promise of the future.
PositiveLocusBenjamin Percy’s writing is immaculate. Each word seems so carefully chosen the reader cannot imagine a synonym that would better suit. This slender volume is not a fast read. With such craft, a reader must slowly savor the nine stories and the single novella in Percy’s third collection. All are relentlessly dark, but the darkness springs from a variety of sources and tropes ... There is great beauty in all this darkness and, somehow, a glimpse of how we can overcome it.
PositiveLocus... one of the best works yet by Datlow – and, considering her stellar track record, that is saying a great deal ... Plenty here for anyone who savors the spectral.