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It Came from del Rio (Bunnyhead Chronicles) Paperback – October 22, 2010
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Once Stephen Graham Jones has you, once you're invested, and want to see what's going to happen next, that's when he elevates his game. He's one of those rare authors (like Brian Evenson, William Gay and Cormac McCarthy) that can write, and publish, and exist in two worlds: the land of genre fiction, with the horrific, the fantastic; and also the high towers of the academic, the language and focus raised to a literary intelligence, the lyrical voice an evolution, the poetic unfurling of the land and emotion beyond the typical read. Jones can publish in the dark recesses of Cemetery Dance and Asimov's just as easily as the literary landscape of Black Warrior Review and Southeast Review, or the contemporary hotbeds of Juked and Hobart.
It Came From Del Rio (Trapdoor Books) is not your typical chupacabra story. And how often do you hear that? Maybe you're still eating candy from Halloween, a bit of the macabre lingering in your flesh and bones. Or maybe you just enjoy a pulpy novel, something that grabs you by the shoulders and doesn't let go. Either way, It Came From Del Rio is a book that I knew I wanted to read, having been a long time fan of Jones, committed to his work since the haunting, innovative serial killers in All The Beautiful Sinners (Rugged Land) melted my brain back in 2003. As the blurbs on the back of the book from two of the best in contemporary neo-noir (Craig Clevenger and Will Christopher Baer) state, "...Jones crosses into the noir badlands..." and writes a book that "...anyone else would have rendered as kitsch.Read more ›
A man with a mission, a daughter with a past, but also bloody boots, clairvoyant cows, space rocks, and the rabbits you might only see through a South Texas heat mirage, It Came from Del Rio goes many places.
Part modern western, part tabloid fairy tale (with teeth), all heart, Jones tells a story that, at it's core, is the journey of a father and daughter, making choices and doing what they must in order to keep their lives moving. Lost and found, the characters kick the dust down unmarked roads and leap over fences, the "goal" always a constant. Jones is in complete control of this ride, fluidly shifting gears around love and survival, fringe myth, and the relationships that keep feet moving across every border.
I might be wrong, but I think it's all true.
Anyone familiar with Jones' work will know that the prose will play a big role in telling the story. They will also know that his work can range from the geek-horror-cool of Demon Theory, to the vivid characters and FBI reality of All The Beautiful Sinners. There is a wide range of thought and storytelling on display in those novels.Read more ›
We begin with the story of Dodd, a fugitive hiding out in Mexico with his young daughter, Laurie. Dodd transports things across the border for the right amount of money, and he's really good at it. Only one day a job comes up that is quite out of the ordinary. Dodd gets put into a situation where he doesn't have a choice whether or not to take this job, that choice has been made for him. With the end of this job comes the end of the first half of the book. The second half picks up fifteen years later, with Laurie as an adult and a member of The Border Patrol. She has a new life, but she has never forgotten the one she had as a child, living in Mexico with her dad. And then the killings start.
This book is written like journal entries, the first half from the perspective of Dodd, the second from Laurie. In less capable hands this could have been a disaster, but thankfully we have Stephen Graham Jones at the helm. And to touch on what I mentioned earlier this book wasn't anything like I expected. What I enjoyed the most was the early relationship between Dodd and Laurie, and how it made me feel for the little girl when her father left for that last job. That right there is why SGJ is a master at the written word, he creates real characters, ones that you care about, and feel for.Read more ›
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Wonderful book by Stephen Graham Jones. Funny and very well written, a pleasure to read. I'm so happy I found this author.Published 20 months ago by John G. Stanley
I really enjoyed the book. It is split into two sections: Dodd's and Laurie's. Dodd's section gets a little confusing at times because it's not told in linear fashion. Read morePublished on October 8, 2012 by JESSICA ROBINSON
What a fantastic original, moving, compelling book that really defies categorization. It's kind of a noir, revenge, sci-fi/horror, border road trip thing with unforgettable... Read morePublished on October 31, 2011 by Chris La Tray
The cover literally screams genre fiction, but under the hood we realize that Jones is using genre conventions and plotting (zombies, chupacabras, border cops, etc. Read morePublished on December 3, 2010 by Gordon T. Highland