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Mongrels
Mongrels: A Novel | Stephen Graham Jones
A spellbinding and darkly humorous coming-of-age story about an unusual boy, whose family lives on the fringe of society and struggles to survive in a hostile world that shuns and fears them. He was born an outsider, like the rest of his family. Poor yet resilient, he lives in the shadows with his aunt Libby and uncle Darren, folk who stubbornly make their way in a society that does not understand or want them. They are mongrels, mixed blood, neither this nor that. The boy at the center of Mongrels must decide if he belongs on the road with his aunt and uncle, or if he fits with the people on the other side of the tracks. For ten years, he and his family have lived a life of late-night exits and narrow escapesalways on the move across the South to stay one step ahead of the law. But the time is drawing near when Darren and Libby will finally know if their nephew is like them or not. And the close calls theyve been running from for so long are catching up fast now. Everything is about to change. A compelling and fascinating journey, Mongrels alternates between past and present to create an unforgettable portrait of a boy trying to understand his family and his place in a complex and unforgiving world. A smart and innovative story funny, bloody, raw, and realtold in a rhythmic voice full of heart, Mongrels is a deeply moving, sometimes grisly, novel that illuminates the challenges and tender joys of a life beyond the ordinary in a bold and imaginative new way.
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Nessavamusic
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#weekendreads
1.📖Reading Skyward by Brandon Sanderson, Redemptor by Jordan Fueko & 🎧 to A Shadow in the Ember by Jennifer L Armentrout
2. Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse - so good
3. Adding tagged to my tbr!

rachelsbrittain Love Stephen Graham Jones! I actually have this one on my bookshelf and still need to read it. 2mo
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JoeMo
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I finished the audiobook this weekend and found this to be a creative take on the werewolf genre. It kept me entertained throughout but didn‘t reach the point of creeping me out or scaring me in any way. It was a fun book though and a good place to start for someone new to SGJ‘s work.
#scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix #screamathon #bookspinbingo #wickedathon #littensdressedinblood

TheSpineView Awesome 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 3mo
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Chrissyreadit
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My book is back! @Pogue there was a bookmark in the book - was that by accident or on purpose? I loved reading all the comments- and was fascinated by your great Aunt story @Pogue - is there more you found out? I‘m bummed we had a short #lmpbc cycle but so glad we did Indigenous- I love the books you both chose! I‘m about half way through Round House and will try to send by next week.

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Pogue
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Wow this book was amazing. It was not an easy read and there was a lot of violence but it was well written and all of the content fit the story so well. #lMPBC

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ImperfectCJ
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Wow, I really like this novel. It's a different take on a werewolf story than I've read before. It keeps the reader guessing about the narrator all the way through, and in the meantime poses questions about family, what it means to be human, and the risks and benefits of self-reliance and generalizing based on personal experience. I feel like I'm missing some of the significance of the cars, though, especially the El Camino.

ImperfectCJ Not a theme read, but 5 hours (audio supplemented with paper) for three different readathons gives me 155 pts for #TeamSlaughter #scarathlon #screamathon #bookspinbingo #LittenListen 4mo
SamAnne I loved these characters so much! The ending was unsatisfying first me though. He said he wrote it in 2 weeks. Wish he had sat on it and done one more edit. But I really enjoyed the read. 4mo
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SamAnne
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Between a pick and so-so. Not nearly as good as The Only Good Indians, but I liked the scrappy werewolf family, and the themes of fitting into society, not knowing where one belongs, having a foot in two worlds. Headed your way @Pogue on Monday. TW for violence towards humans and animals. Read for the #LMPBC group Indigenous authors. @Chrissyreadit

Chrissyreadit I agree 100% with your review 5mo
LitStephanie Thank you for the warning about violence to animals. Violence to humans, meh, violence to animals, that I can't take. 🤣 5mo
SamAnne @Chrissyreadit I agree with your comment in the book that it might have worked better as a novella. It didn‘t wrap up perfectly. In the endnote Q&A he says he wrote it in 2 weeks and it feels like it would have been a bit better if he‘s taken a little longer with it. 5mo
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Twainy I‘ve had this in my audible library for years. LOL I keep thinking about reading it … 5mo
CarolynM I couldn't keep going after the incident with the rabbit in the hospital😩 5mo
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CarolynM
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Oh dear! I really tried, Paula, but this one is just not for me. Sorry, sorry, sorry. I'm really not good at blood and guts😧 I'm still grateful to have had the opportunity to try it. I know I'm going to like the other books you sent.

SamAnne Oh, I will finish this one tomorrow. I have trouble with blood and violence. I do like the story though. But oof. I know what you mean. 5mo
Centique Ohhh! Never mind. Good on you for trying. Please pass it on to a friend or family member. 😘 5mo
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SamAnne
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I might not be the most devoted baseball fan….😂😂😂😂😂 But I‘m digging this novel! My love for a gripping story is overcoming my weak stomach for violence. A book is the only way I can get through a game. Plus ballpark food. And beer….🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺🍺

mdm139 The best part of baseball games is the food. Peanuts hot dogs popcorn nachos 5mo
Tamra That would help most things along! 😁 5mo
Reggie That looks and sounds like a great night. 5mo
Cathythoughts Fun 👍🏻❤️ 5mo
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SamAnne
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Oh boy. Only 10 pages in and I can tell this is going to be a ride. Loving it so far. @Chrissyreadit @Pogue

Chrissyreadit I‘m excited to see your thoughts 💚 5mo
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Chrissyreadit
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It‘s a Pick- ish- I‘m glad I read it. Sending it Monday for my #lmpbc group. I do not want to spoil, so am just saying it was different from books I love, and I think it would have been more powerful as a novella.

Pogue I sent mine out Friday! You should have it on Monday or Tuesday! 5mo
SamAnne @soff I royally messed up and sent you a book of poetry for another LMPBC. Your book The Round House will go out via @WanderingBookaneer on Monday/Tuesday. I am so sorry!! Can‘t believe I did that!! Oy. 5mo
Chrissyreadit @SamAnne I‘m happy to know I‘m not the only one who makes mistakes 🙌👏😘 5mo
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Chrissyreadit @Pogue great!!! 5mo
CarolynM I've just started this one. Not sure about it yet. 5mo
Chrissyreadit @CarolynM let me know what you think! 5mo
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CarolynM
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Thank you so much Paula, my super generous friend, for these 3 lovely books. They all look great. I remember you said they were favourites of yours this year so I'm sure to like them🙂 I picked them up earlier this week. Sorry I hadn't posted before, I've been playing nursemaid since my daughter came home after surgery on her foot. We've just heard that we're back in lockdown from tonight ☹️ so I'm especially grateful to have new books.

Centique I‘m so glad they got there but what a shame about lockdown! I hope your daughter is healing up well. 6mo
Centique And I should say you‘ve got three really different reads there! One slow and subtle (Pym), one adrenalised (Jones) and one epic battle of overcoming hurdles (Dangarembga) 6mo
CarolynM @Centique She's on some pretty heavy pain killers and she has to keep her leg up 23 hours out of 24 until the end of next week 😬 6mo
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Centique @CarolynM oh my - I feel for her! Good on you for making sure she does that. My MIL broke all those rules and had an infection after a small op, her foot swelled up so badly. Elevation is so important isn‘t it? 6mo
Centique My hub is a stickler for it as he used to be a physio. Right now I have an infection in my lymphodema arm so I‘ll have that on a tower of cushions all tomorrow 6mo
CarolynM @Centique Yes, I love that you enjoy such a wide variety of books! I've got a couple of things I need to read over the weekend, but I think I might try Mongrels after that. 6mo
Centique No pressure! I have a lot from you yet to read too! I think that one is huge fun though. Hope you enjoy. 6mo
JennyM Sending hugs Carolyn. I‘m so sorry you are back in lockdown again. This virus is relentless. Hope your daughter is doing well. Sounds painful 😘 6mo
CarolynM @Centique Since she's studying podiatry (oh, the irony 😂) she really has no excuse for not doing the right thing. Infections are no joke. Hope yours clears up quickly. (edited) 6mo
CarolynM @JennyM Thanks Jenny, we're used to it now🙄 Hope yours is over soon too. My daughter is quite pleased because it means her Uni classes will be on Zoom next week, so she won't miss them after all. Every cloud has a silver lining 🙂 6mo
TrishB Hope your daughter is on the mend soon! Another lockdown 😞 6mo
batsy Lovely presents. I hope these books cheer you up & your daughter gets better. We've been in perm-lockdown for most of this year; the Delta variant has really been ripping right through 😟 6mo
CarolynM @TrishB Thanks Trish😘 6mo
CarolynM @batsy Thank you 😘 We had a good run over summer and autumn but lockdown's been on and off since late May. Believe it or not, I find that harder than the long lockdown we had last year but I'm sure what you're dealing with is worse. Stay safe and as sane as possible. Hugs🤗 6mo
Cathythoughts Take care Carolyn ❤️ I hope your daughter is better soon. The Delta variant is causing havoc everywhere… Lovely gift of books 💫💫💫 6mo
squirrelbrain Lovely gifts! I hope your Daughter is on the mend soon. 😘 6mo
Reggie I don‘t think we‘re gonna go into lockdown because money and political power>public health right now over here but it feels scarier than it did last year. You‘re a great mom and hope she recovers well. @Centique I hope your arm is alright. 5mo
LeahBergen Oh, your poor daughter! She has the best nurse, though. ❤️❤️ 5mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @Reggie @LeahBergen Thank you all for your kind thoughts😘😘😘😘 5mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain @Reggie @LeahBergen Thank you all for your kind thoughts😘😘😘😘 5mo
erzascarletbookgasm Wishing your daughter speedy recovery! ❤️Lovely gifts. 5mo
Rissreads Sending you hugs for this lockdown. My daughter flew back into Melbourne Thursday to 14 days quarantine. Happy reading! 💋 5mo
Suet624 I hope your daughter is feeling better. 5mo
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Chrissyreadit
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Here are my options for #lmpbc group H. Are there any you absolutely would love to read? Any you absolutely would not want to read?

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Pogue Elatsoe is on my TBR 7mo
SamAnne @chrissyreadit Black Sun, Mongrels and anything by Louise Erdrich—even if I‘ve read it already! Tagged book is one I haven‘t read! 7mo
SCBird I‘d be happy to read any of these, it‘s a great list! I‘m particularly excited about Mongrels & Elatsoe. Lightfinder looks interesting, as well. (edited) 7mo
Chrissyreadit @Pogue @SamAnne @Soff it sounds like Elatsoe and mongrels are too choices- can you three vote on those two? 7mo
SCBird Is everyone okay with horror? If so, I‘ll vote Mongrels. 7mo
SamAnne @Chrissyreadit @Soff I would love to read Mongrels! 7mo
Chrissyreadit @Pogue how does Mongrels sound to you? 7mo
Pogue Mongrels sounds good to me. 7mo
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litenthusiast
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A Stephen Graham Jones book seems perfect for a rainy Friday night. He has become on of my favorite authors!

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Chrissyreadit
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Nicole you are such a great swap partner! I am so grateful ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

Mommamanzi I saw the Jane Austen gardening pot and thought it was something weird and quirky I would have in my front room and thought you NEEDED it too. I have never tried those candies but one of my vegan clients LOVES them. I hope you do too. Enjoy your books and stickers! 9mo
Chrissyreadit @Mommamanzi I absolutely was floored by the Jane Austen head!!! I am so excited to pick out the right plant for it. It‘s perfect. And yes- I love the candy- they are a favorite of mine and taste amazing❤️❤️❤️- you should def try them out! This was a great package. I‘m super excited about the books and tea too. As always, a perfect box. Thank you! 9mo
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Centique
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I straight out loved this. It‘s a coming of age story - at heart, all about a boy getting to know his wild but loving family, each chapter almost a short story highlighting one aspect or other of their lives. The writing is so real, the kid and his family so raw and honest with each other. Oh and they‘re werewolves. There‘s a whole culture and history for this unnamed kid to figure out as he aches to belong. ⬇️

Centique This might be shelved as horror just because, yes there are dead bodies, mostly animals - and stories told of many human deaths - but it‘s really not a thrilling, tense read - it‘s a thoughtful, character driven read for the most part. (Do avoid it if animal deaths are difficult for you though!) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ 9mo
SamAnne I recently finished The Only Good Indians and loved it. Want to read more by him. Stacking! 9mo
Reggie I‘m glad you liked Stephen Graham Jones. I need to get to this one of his. Every short story of his I‘ve come across in an anthology turns out to be a favorite of that book. 9mo
Centique @Reggie I think you would love this one. The child perspective is so good - I‘m realising how much I love an adult novel with a kid perspective when they‘re done well. Like how we both loved 9mo
Rissreads This sounds interesting! Great review! 8mo
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The.Intentional.Reader
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A coming of age werewolf story that isn‘t corny. Over half way through and may be pulling an all nighter on this one

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Lyssa131330
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This book was a prize from @vivastory and it‘s finally made its way to the top of the TBR list. It was an interesting read. The unnamed protagonist is a human in a family of werewolves and the book details his struggles as he grows up. It was a unique take on werewolf mythology, at times gory and violent, but with a big heart underneath. I struggled to get into it but it was well written and I was hooked by the end. Pick

ShyBookOwl Oh nice! This is on my book club tbr! 13mo
vivastory So glad you liked this one! It's one of my faves by Jones. 13mo
Lyssa131330 @vivastory Thanks again for it! 13mo
Lyssa131330 @ShyBookOwl I think it will be a great bookclub book, I hope you like it! 13mo
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Mynameisacolour
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I woke up to find that Stephen Grahm Jones liked my review for his book on Goodreads. 🤩 Definitely the highlight of my day! 😁

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Danielthewriter
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QOTD-which are cooler, vampires or werewolves?

Told with heartaching sincerity, Mongrels is a literary story through and through (i.e. it's focus almost solely on characters and not plot). For me, this is especially felt in the novel's pacing, which contains a serious of minor events that take place over the course of our main character's young life. The narrativs highlights their lives well, but it does make each event feel a tad insignificant.

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aperfectmjk
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Well, this wasn't a dud, but I will say I would have liked just a bit more excitement. Somehow this just didn't thrill me in a way a horror novel should. #Scarathlon2020 #TeamHarkness #cocoturns50 #fallintoreadathon #readallweekcgb #thrilloweenreadathon #ReadYourWay

@StayCurious @CocoReads @TheSpineView

TheSpineView 👏👏👏🖤🎃🧡📚 1y
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TheSpineView 👍🧡🎃📚 1y
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Nazgul93
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TheSpineView Good choices!👍💜📚 1y
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Mynameisacolour
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"People say werewolves are animals, but they‘re wrong. We‘re so much worse. We‘re people, but with claws, with teeth, with lungs that can go for two days, legs that can eat up counties."Once I got used to the writing style and jumping between timelines (which could be a bit confusing) I really enjoyed this. It was gritty as hell but impossible to turn away from. The inside story of what life is like being a werewolf was gruesome and fascinating ?

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effani
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This book was pitched to me as "werewolves as a metaphor for systemic poverty," and yet somehow I had the boneheaded idea that it wasn't going to be depressing.

It's depressing. It's well done, and the ending is pitch perfect, and it's not the book's fault that I'm not in the mood for depressing fiction right now.

effani Forgot to note: this is for #ReadHarder2020: a book in any genre by a Native, First Nations, or Indigenous author. #ReadHarder 1y
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parasolofdoom
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My top 5 books of the decade (by genre) -- Fantasy

Zelma The Refrigerator Monologues is one of my favorites! 2y
Ashley_Nicoletto So many of these are still sitting on my TBR. 2y
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diovival
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Although I wouldn't describe this as an unputdownable book, I'm leaning more toward a Pick than a So-So rating. I weirdly enjoyed the endless tension and disorienting time jumps. I can see how this one may not be everyone's cup of tea. I spent most of the book waiting for the other shoe to drop. On the back end of the story I began to doubt the existence of the other shoe until that final chapter bonked me on the head.

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Grandpa said, rubbing at his jaw, “it‘s because when you change back to like we are now, it‘s always like you just shaved. Even if you had a full-on mountain-man #beard the day before.” He made a show of taking in Darren‘s smooth jawline then, got me to look too. “Babyface. That‘s what you always call a werewolf who was out getting in six different kinds of trouble the night before. That‘s how you know what they‘ve been doing.” #QuotsyOct19

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diovival
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"When....got back from her hunt, two big white birds in her hand, held upside down by the feet they used to have, she tasted it on the air, what happened, and dropped the birds, their wings opening on the way down."

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#ScreamathonPhotoChallenge #FullMoon @4thhouseontheleft

A coming-of-age tale with #werewolves. Hooked me from the 1st sentence: “My grandfather used to tell me he was a werewolf.“

Their dysfunctional family was messed up, sure, but man, there was a lot of heart. Also, an interesting mix of new and old folklore surrounding these werewolves. The whole story had a freshness I've missed in horror recently.

#Read2016

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parasolofdoom
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Stephen Graham Jones liked my goodreads review of Mongrels so I guess we're best friends now, right?

This was an awesome book, a classic bildungsroman with a unique hook -- the unnamed narrator is from a family of werewolves and coming into his own transition late. He's dying to experience it but questioning if change will ever come. Amazing story to lose yourself in.

vivastory I've interacted with him a few times on social media. He's wonderful. 3y
vivastory Also, how is 3y
MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
parasolofdoom @vivastory he is really an awesome person. The Gone World is quite interesting but I haven't progressed far because I'm still nursing a hangover from 3y
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Squidapus
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It was a big surprise how much Squidapus enjoyed this book. The book is really about family and the incredible baggage our relationships have with each other all through the lens of a nomadic werewolf aunt+uncle taking care of their nephew. The language, imagery and characterization is incredibly strong. Beyond that the culture and lifestyle of werewolves in this was very unique with problems you normally never read about in werewolf fiction

Book_Gobbler What did your snake friend think?‘ Did s/he finish?! 😃📖 🐍 3y
Squidapus @Book_Gobbler He slithered away midway through. I think he was distracted by my shoe which he tried to crawl inside. 3y
Book_Gobbler Yeah, that happens to me too, sometimes. Shoes are distracting that way. *nodding*. 🤔 3y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk Mongrels has turned into my go-to gift for my reading friends. I love it to death. 3y
Squidapus @TobeyTheScavengerMonk It's so shockingly good! 3y
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rohit-sawant
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So I'm pretty sure SGJ is a werewolf in real life. There's so much to love here, the coming-of-age story, the characters, the format, like snapshots strung on a wire, & what absolutely blew me away was the realism imbued into the imagining of the lore. The fascinated outlook of a kid who discovers he hails from a family of werewolves was delightful, the climax unpredictable & satisfying. Packed with warmth, humor & horror. A benchmark in the genre

saresmoore Excellent review, as always, friend! 3y
rohit-sawant @saresmoore Thank you, Sara! :) 3y
Tanisha_A Hi! 👋 Review, sir!👌 3y
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rohit-sawant @Tanisha_A 🙋🏻‍♂️ Thanks, T! 😊 3y
Suet624 I really enjoyed the one book I read of his. It was more of a memoir. Very dreamy. I‘ll have to check this one out. 3y
Reggie Great review!! I still need to read this. 3y
rohit-sawant @Suet624 Hope you enjoy this one as well! 3y
rohit-sawant @Reggie Thanks, man! And you'll *love* this. Hope you pick it up soon. 3y
MrBook Great review! 3y
rohit-sawant @MrBook Thank you! 3y
Michael_Gee Great review! Finished it last night. 2y
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Squidapus
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Well, my Snekko appears to approve of Squidapus' book selection.

TK421 Adorable! 3y
Squidapus @TK421 He's loves exploring so while I was on the computer and letting him roam for a little he snaked right on over. Wonder if he reads. 3y
juliegumdrop Whoa! What kind of snake? 3y
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Squidapus @juliegumdrop I wish I had a good book pun but he's a ball python, pewter morph so he's got a lovely grey color! 3y
juliegumdrop @Squidapus well, he‘s looking very slithery 3y
Book_Gobbler Love this! Both the snake and the book. Betcha he does read. 📚 🐍 😉 3y
Squidapus @Book_Gobbler It would explain why he escaped that one time 🤔 3y
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Squidapus
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Keeping with the horror theme, Squidapus is going to start Mongrel now. He's been reading much quicker lately and more focused when he does but it's hard at home sometimes as it's much easier to do so on the go.

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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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1. Rural North Carolina

2. Something with dragons and/or starships.

3. Neil Gaiman - I waffle between him and Gene Wolfe, but I‘m revisiting Stardust right now so Neil is totally winning this one

4. The Innkeeper‘s Song by Peter S. “The Last Unicorn” Beagle (you really really should probably read this one) and the tagged book

#SocialSunday @EchoLogical

EchoLogical Neil Gaiman, yes! 3y
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I finally bought a Kindle! 😀

Crazeedi Yay! I never really did ebooks even though I had an old kindle, but since I've gotten my paperwhite and the library's overdrive I've actually been reading many more. You will liove!! 3y
tournevis E-readers are great. Not for everyone but for me, they are what allowed me to read again. 3y
Redwritinghood Yes! You‘ll love it, especially for travel. 3y
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rohit-sawant @Crazeedi @tournevis @Redwritinghood I used to steer clear of ebooks but over the last few years, a lot of my reads have been digital, and I used to read on my phone using the Kindle app, which was tiresome at times, and this is so much better in every way! 3y
TheLibrarian I used to be super against ereaders but now love them. It‘s so much easier to travel with one and even read while eating. 3y
rohit-sawant @TheLibrarian Right? It's convenient in so many ways. 3y
tournevis @TheLibrarian @rohit-sawant Yes! I can't hold a book open for very long, especially since short books have become so rare now. You don't have to hold a reader and changing a page is just a light tap. Yeah, reading without your hands hurting! 3y
batsy Yay! I hear you, reading on the phone can be rather difficult. I don't have a Kindle but a tablet with the Kindle app and it's my everything, along with physical books ❤️ 3y
rohit-sawant @batsy A tablet with the app is an equally great alternative to phone! Plus you can read comics in color unlike Kindle. I didn't mind reading short stories on my phone but novels got tedious after a while and it might be one the reasons why I'm a slow reader. And yes, nothing can beat physical books 📖 💜 3y
Cathythoughts Kindle is great 👍🏻♥️ 3y
Tanisha_A Aha! This is a good device certainly. Enjoy! 😃 3y
JoScho Yay!!! You will love it! 3y
Reggie Awesome!!!! 3y
readordierachel Welcome to the fold! 🎉🎉🎉 3y
Sarah83 And? Do you already love it? 😉 3y
merelybookish Congrats!! 3y
merelybookish Hey! Saw this article the other day and thought of you. (I realize you're inIndia not China but it reminded me about our conversation about setting in your writing.) Blog.pshares.org/index.php/sherlock-in-shanghai/ 3y
rohit-sawant @merelybookish Wow, that was such a great piece! Thanks for sharing! This is the first time I heard about Hua Sang and I'm so intrigued. Loved how Cheng established parallels and incorporated the cultural identity, especially the superstitious aspects and pitted them against deductions. 3y
merelybookish @rohit-sawant Oh good, glad you enjoyed. I agree, interesting to see how he translated Sherlock for a Chinese context. 3y
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candority
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Mongrels is a unique coming-of-age story set in an unconventional family – a family of werewolves. While the story focuses heavily on the werewolf aspect of their lives (which is done very well), when one delves beneath the surface, it is easy to see how this is a story of a working-class family on the outskirts of society, forced to scrounge for money and food while constantly on the move. I enjoyed it, but didn‘t love it. #NewYearWhoDis

Reggie I think you do pans and so-so‘s a disservice on here because you make them sound so good. Lol (edited) 3y
candority @Reggie I think you‘re right 💁‍♀️😂 I feel bad writing negative reviews - especially when I know other people will likely love the book (Case in point: Katerina). I usually go into more detail about what didn‘t work for me on Goodreads though! 3y
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Tonton
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Next to last book of 2018-and it is dark, bloody, violent,and an incredible take on the coming of age of a young werewolf in America. Very far away from any Twilight type romantic fantasies. And it feels real, which is all you can ask of a writer. Get past the gore and mindset, and it is incredibly moving.

ChristieWitch I read this book for a creative writing class during my MA program. I think at the time (2 summers ago) I couldn't get into it but I still have my copy so maybe I'll find time to reread it sometime ☺ 3y
Tonton @ChristySevern Yes, I was like wtf when I started it. Then kept reading in fascinated horror like watching a car wreck in slow motion, then it sucked me in. 3y
ChristieWitch @Tonton Lol! I really don't remember much of it so a reread would be a good idea to get a better judgment of the book 😊 3y
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Waluouija
Mongrels: A Novel | Stephen Graham Jones
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Writing a final paper for my American novel class on Mongrels, Salem‘s Lot, and Wise Blood. Going through my Kindle highlights so I can mark them in my hard copy!! Gonna be writing about children in gothic literature and their tendency to be the characters with the highest capacity for truth. Wish me luck!!

BookishMarginalia Sounds interesting! 3y
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ReadingEnvy
Mongrels: A Novel | Stephen Graham Jones
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Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones is a werewolf coming of age story that was so much fun to read. You still have time to read it this month!

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Robothugs
Mongrels: A Novel | Stephen Graham Jones
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Going with perhaps a bit of an obvious choice but 🤷🏻‍♀️ #Howl #OctoberXFiles

There‘s still time to join in! http://litsy.com/p/eUtoT09EU3B1

Cinfhen I‘ve stacked this previously!! Is it good??? I‘m gonna go for an obvious one too ☺️ 3y
Robothugs @Cinfhen I‘ve yet to read it. I‘ve seen mixed reviews. 🤷🏻‍♀️ But it‘s always one I keep on the top of my TBR stack. 3y
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LauraJ
Mongrels: A Novel | Stephen Graham Jones
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Best werewolf story I‘ve ever read. If you hear “werewolf” and think “horror”, you‘ve got the wrong idea about this book. It‘s really about coming of age, family and getting along in this world.
#pugsoflitsy

Reecaspieces Sweet face! 3y
vivastory I love this book 3y
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Sweettartlaura
Mongrels: A Novel | Stephen Graham Jones
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This is a coming-of-age story about family, belonging, and finding your place in the world. The narrator struggles being raised by wolves - his aunt, uncle, & grandfather. He doesn‘t know if his time will come to turn. In the meantime, he lives on the margins, learning how to survive & hide. And he learns the value of his own gifts, no matter what pack he runs with.
Another great read for #spookyreadathon - working on the rest right now.

@SGJ

BarbaraTheBibliophage I liked Mongrels!! 3y
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JordanGraft
Mongrels: A Novel | Stephen Graham Jones
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I love love love this author's style and the way he uses the smallest but most vivid details to bring his characters to life. This is a story about stories, about a kid coming of age, about complex family relationships, and about werewolves.

And in honor of that, here's a photo of one of my Mongrels, trying to look innocent after he scraped his head being wild. Looks like his horns are finally growing in.

LeahBergen Awww! ❤️ 3y
Susannah Sweet face! Clearly, he‘s feeling chastened. 😁 3y
DGRachel 😍🐶😍 3y
Bookzombie So cute! 3y
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JordanGraft
Mongrels: A Novel | Stephen Graham Jones
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LeahBergen Well, that looks cozy! ❤️ 3y
LiteraryinLawrence Perfect Sunday scene! 3y
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JordanGraft
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Road trips and reading and horses, oh my!
#montana

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Beautiful! Happy and safe travels! 3y
LeahBergen Beautiful photo! 3y
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bookwrm526
Mongrels: A Novel | Stephen Graham Jones
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I finished this one back in February and never got around to posting about it. It was very good, but I wasn‘t really expecting a family drama, so it caught me a little by surprise. I will definitely seek out more from this author. Here‘s a picture of my family on a picnic lol

Reggie If you like short stories, his After The People Lights Have Gone Off is pretty good, but my favorite was his Demon Theory. It‘s like a horror trilogy in one book. 4y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk
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I am always down for some werewolfery and this book is simply the best coming-of-age-among-lycanthropes book you are likely to find.

#Wolf #CoolBooks

Linsy Creepy! 🖤💛🖤 4y
vivastory Love this book, so very much. 4y
sloanghost One of my tops for the year! Read it in February and it hasn't been beat! 4y
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