- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; Reprint edition (January 24, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062412701
- ISBN-13: 978-0062412706
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 140 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,231 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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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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, mixedblood, 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 escapes—always 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 they’ve been running from for so long are catching up fast now. Everything is about to change.
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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.
What stands out most for me about this book is how much though the author must have put in to what it must be like to live as a werewolf. Lifestyle, customs, and survival utilitarian survival strategies are all examined, and it makes you wonder how many conversations Jones must have had while watching the Werewolf films about what did and did not make sense.
Additionally, the language is beautiful and honest. Nothing feels forced or artificial here.