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review 2020-07-05 17:32
THE BONE MOTHER by David Demchuk
The Bone Mother - David Demchuk

I can sum this one up in two words: LOVED IT!

 

Told as a series of short stories, I adored the way THE BONE MOTHER was presented. Each tale was preceded by a photograph and I found that those photos gave a face to the characters in each vignette. 

 

The tales themselves were very dark. They all came together,( mostly), at the end, to tell a story of pure evil. Told from Ukranian/Romanian points of view, these characters named horrors that I admittedly know little about: The Holodomor, for instance. Easily over 3 million dead, yet most Americans I've met know nothing about it. Why? References to Kristallnacht, and other horrific events in history also appear, all of which add to the darkness of this volume.

 

In some ways, though, these tales do have a lighter side to them-isn't it often the darkest of times that bring out the best in people? These characters sacrificed and loved each other, despite the often miserable lives and events they faced. In that way, this book SHINES. 

 

The writing was gorgeous and descriptive without being overly wordy. The presentation just blew me away. The photographs, the stories, the horror, the love and finally the darkness of it all-combined they make THE BONE MOTHER. 

 

My HIGHEST recommendation!

 

*I received this paperback from the author with no strings attached. I read it, loved it and here we are!*

 

 

 

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review 2020-03-01 19:47
THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS by Stephen Graham Jones
The Only Good Indians - Stephen Graham Jones

THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS is a superb, gut wrenching novel, and it wrecked me.

 

I've been sitting here struggling to come up with some words that don't sound like the same old thing. This book is not the same old thing.

 

I've been sitting here struggling to find a way to relate to you the mind-warping effects of this novel, because it is mind warping.

 

I wish I had a way to explain how the guilt here was wrapped up and entwined with grief and shame and then buried under the burdens of Native American life.

 

I wish I could tell you that the tragic truths told in this book were not true, but I'd be lying if I did.

 

With beautifully written prose that demands your full attention, the ugliest of stories unfolds here. I loved every black and brutal, dark and gray minute of it. I don't what else to say.

 

My highest recommendation.

 

Available May 19th, 2020, but you can pre-order here: THE ONLY GOOD INDIANS

 

*Thank you to Saga Press and NetGalley for the e-copy of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2020-01-06 23:00
THE TWISTED ONES by T. Kingfisher, narrated by Hillary Huber
The Twisted Ones - T. Kingfisher

THE TWISTED ONES was a nice take on folklore and an homage, (or is it a sequel?) to Arthur Machen's THE WHITE PEOPLE.

 

I loved the narrators of the story, (both the protagonist and the narrator of the audiobook), which went a long way towards my enjoyment. I think if I had read this, instead of listening, the repetition of certain phrases and certain behaviors regarding the protagonist and her dog would have gotten on my nerves a lot more.

 

I enjoyed THE TWISTED ONES mostly for the characters, I think, especially Foxy. She cracked me the hell up-maybe because I know people just like her? Full of surprises, sometimes vulgar, but always down to earth and willing to help.

 

Overall, I'm glad I joined the group read with the LADIES OF HORROR FICTION group over on Goodreads. I enjoyed chatting with them while we were reading.

 

Recommended!

 

*I bought this audiobook with my hard earned cash and this is my honest review.*

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