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Mongrels: A Novel Paperback – January 24, 2017
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From Publishers Weekly
In this lyrical but meandering novel, Jones (After the People Lights Have Gone Off) delicately portrays the coming of age of a young boy growing up in a family of werewolves. Throughout the novel, the unnamed narrator and his aunt, Libby, and uncle, Darren, both werewolves, wander the present-day American South working low-wage jobs while always wary of the dangers of staying in one place for too long and being recognized for what they really are. The narrator's voice is heartfelt and absorbing as he learns the rules of being a werewolf while always wondering whether he will become one himself, a question that drives the story to its moving conclusion. There are jailbreaks and various battles, including one with a bear, alongside several encounters with other werewolves. While the episodic structure sometimes causes the novel to feel as aimless as its characters, it's still an often moving portrait of a family struggling to survive in a world that "wants us to be monsters." (May)\n --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
“Mongrels isn’t just a coming-of-age story or a horror story. It looks at the world through a disturbing, uncomfortable lens, and offers up a brutal mythology of werewolves. I’ve never seen anything quite like it and I won’t forget it anytime soon.” (Carrie Vaughn, New York Times bestselling author of the Kitty Norville series)
“With lupine tongue tucked well into cheek, Mongrels is at once an adolescent romp through the tangled woods of family history and a rich compendium of werewolf lore old and new.” (Christopher Buehlman, author of Those Across the River and The Lesser Dead)
“Lyrical...The narrator’s voice is heartfelt and absorbing...an often moving portrait of a family struggling to survive.” (Publishers Weekly)
“A love letter to the American South...Jones’ portrayals of rural American ring true in many ways. Horror enthusiasts will also dig the graphic mythology...A Holden Caulfield analogue dropped into an old horror movie with a soundtrack by Warren Zevon.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Mongrels exists somewhere in the borderlands of literary and genre fiction, full of horror and humor and heart, at once a nightmarish road trip and a moving story about a broken family leashed together by their fierce love and loyalty. A bloody great read.” (Benjamin Percy, author of The Dead Lands, Red Moon, and The Wilding)
“Stephen Graham Jones is as powerful as the monsters herein.” (Josh Malerman, author of Bird Box)
“Mongrels left me speechless. Or breathless. Certainly without my dew claw. I mean, it’s so smart, original, thrilling, horrifying, and human.” (Paul Tremblay, author of A Head Full of Ghosts and Disappearance at Devil's Rock)
“A gory monster coming-of-age tale that makes love triangles with sparkling vampires seem like trivial concerns...A thoughtful, entertaining novel with rich details, well-drawn characters, and, if you’ll forgive the phrase, plenty of bite.” (Los Angeles Times)
“Mongrels makes a meal fit for any werewolf: meaty, surprisingly sweet of heart, and immensely satisfying...As real as anything you’d find in S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. Only wiht more teeth.” (Tor.com)
“You ever read a book and know from the first page that it’s going to be something special?...SGJ’s words are reasonable enough to convert the biggest skeptic into a believer. He’ll have you howling at the moon and digging through the trash in no time.” (LitReactor)
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OK, forget that analogy.
I have been describing Mongrels to friends as a coming of age novel about a boy who, very desperately, wants to walk in his family's traditions. Their four footed traditions.
Jones imagines what life in 21st century America might be like for lycanthropes and the story is filled with surprising insight, well though out characters, and a plot which, while sometimes seeming to be a bit episodic, really sucks you in and keeps you interested in the story.
When I read Mongrels, I took advantage of the synched Audible narration and this book really benefits from it. The prose already has a strong voice but that voice is really brought to life by the narrator.
The take on werewolves in this story is a fresh one and, while it builds on some of the lore that we are all familiar with, shows things from a completely different perspective. If you are even a passing fan of werewolf stories... or even of well polished writing.... it is well worth your time.
_Mongrels_ is a coming of age story that also looks at those on the fringes of society, what I refer to as The Other. In writing about a werewolf family, Jones challenges the reader to rethink stereotypes, family dynamics, clash of cultures, class issues, lack of opportunity for those on the fringes--at least that's what this reader saw in this novel. :)
When I started this novel, werewolves didn't exist. But now, after reading _Mongrels_, I can entertain the idea that maybe, just maybe, there are werewolves among us. SGJ does more than write a novel about werewolves; he believes in the story he's telling and comes out in his writing.
That brings us to Stephen Graham Jones’ Mongrels.
Mongrels is the story of a boy and his aunt and uncle. They are a pack of werewolves. He is still waiting to see if he is ever going to change. Along the way, we get a ton of great stories and situations revolving around the threesome. This is far from your traditional werewolf tale of blood, full moons, and silver bullets- Stephen Graham Jones takes us down a path that, while perfectly lycanthropian, is bigger than the wolf, bigger than the monster. Mongrels is a wonderful novel that will capture your attention, your wonder, and your heart. Much more than a werewolf romp, this story is a full on literary masterpiece. Okay, okay, I’m partial to werewolf stories, but I am confident that Mongrels will find its way into your good graces, as well.
Whether you love werewolves or just great fiction. Grab a copy of Stephen Graham Jones’ Mongrels. You can thank me later.
I give Mongrels 5 stars.
One of the best books of 2016!
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