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My Heart Is a Chainsaw av Stephen Graham…

My Heart Is a Chainsaw (utgåvan 2021)

av Stephen Graham Jones (Författare)

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Titel:My Heart Is a Chainsaw
Författare:Stephen Graham Jones (Författare)
Info:Gallery / Saga Press (2021), 416 pages
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My Heart Is a Chainsaw av Stephen Graham Jones


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This is a rather unusual story. A hybrid between a supernatural thriller perhaps and a slasher horror film. Jade, an Indian girl from Proof rock, Idaho is our narrator.Jade’s obsessed with slasher flicks, and knows all there is to know about every one that’s ever been made. Her obsession is so all consuming that she dreams of the day a slasher flick will come to her small town. With the deaths of 2 random Dutch tourists, Jade sees the first signs of a possible slasher fantasy playing out in real life. From there things get wild, and a little bit disorganized. This story seems to want to be 2 things at once and I think it loses the coherence of the story in trying to make the story so broad. The ending was also a little flat. The story is sustainable with Jade as the heroine. As a troubled young girl with a history of trauma she is able to ground this story despite it getting pretty far out there. While this wasn’t a favorite for me it does stand out as very different, and that makes it memorable. Thank you to Netgalley for the copy in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  hana321 | Oct 18, 2021 |
I got this off NetGalley when the book was available as a Read Now, so thanks to the publisher for that.

If I had to describe this book in one word I would say it was interesting. I didn't know what to expect going in because I've never read a book by this author before (though I really want to read [b:The Only Good Indians|52180399|The Only Good Indians|Stephen Graham Jones|https://i.gr-assets.com/images/S/compressed.photo.goodreads.com/books/1601545259l/52180399._SY75_.jpg|71431671]). I don't know if this was the best place to start for me because I don't think I've ever seen a slasher film before. I'm kind of a scaredy-cat, so those films aren't really for me but this book is very much about slashers and a love of those films. Obviously then, I might not understand some of the slasher elements of this book so you should probably read some more informed reviews if you really want to know if you'll like it.

I will say that the first 70% of this book did feel a bit slow, plot-wise. This wasn't a huge problem for me because I liked the characterization we were getting but if you're looking for a fast-paced plot, this book probably won't give you that until the very end. Since this is my first book by this author, I don't know how this writing style compares to his other books. I thought there was a bit of a frenetic feeling to the writing that did leave me feeling a bit confused about what was happening at time, but I do think that it was done in a very intentional way. The ending was very chaotic and had way more action than the rest of the book. It did feel like there was a lot happening in the end but in a way that felt like a culmination rather than just pure chaos. When I finished my thought was that I liked this book but there will probably be some people who like this a lot more than me and some people who will really dislike this.

I think this book was a really interesting read but I think there will be other books by this author that I'll like more. I'm excited to see what other people have to say about this once it comes out because I think this one will inspire a lot of interesting opinions. ( )
  AKBouterse | Oct 14, 2021 |
The Short of It:

Dark. An homage to slasher films of the 80s.

The Rest of It:

Jade Daniels is an angry young woman living in the small town of Proofrock. Forced to live with her abusive father, she takes comfort in the form of slasher films, especially ones where the killer deals out revenge for something, think Jason from Friday the 13th. Her knowledge of such films is extensive. So much so that it spills into her schoolwork. As the story unfolds, some of it is told through the term paper she is about to submit. Slasher 101.

Something is amiss in Proofrock though. Two young people were ripped to shreds by something while out on the lake. The town calls it a bear attack. Jade sees it for what it is, the beginning of all slasher films and immediately acts to find the killer.

This was a very strange read. It reminded me a lot of American Horror Story: 1984, which brought up the concept of “the final girl”. You know the girl. The one that lives at the end of the killing spree. Jade pieces things together but in doing so, has to also find the final girl. It can’t be her. She is not final girl material. When she finds her, the action quickly ramps up and it’s hard to keep track of who is alive and who is dead. It’s a crazy ride.

I’m not sure this book is for everyone. Yes, horror fans will enjoy it to a degree but it’s very surreal in the telling. By the end of the book, I was fully into the characters but also felt like I had been taken for a wild ride. It is very different. I anxiously waited for this book to come in for the RIP Challenge but although it totally fits the challenge, it wasn’t the atmospheric read I was hoping for.

For more reviews, visit my blog: Book Chatter. ( )
  tibobi | Oct 8, 2021 |
Man, 7/8th of the way through I knew I was going to give this one star, and then the ending really killed (pun intended, duh). But I figure that if the book is mainly bad with one bright spot, it's still mainly bad. So it got one extra star.

I forgot to pick up my hold for The Only Good Indians and so requested this ARC hoping to scratch that itch. And now I'm a little worried to read The Only Good Indians, honestly! This is my first Jones book so I don't know if it's written in his typical style or this is just Jade. But the writing is frenetic, jumping everywhere and thinking it's way smarter and cooler than it is. Jade is supposed to be an obsessive, so it makes sense that literally every other sentence is a reference or a film title, but god it's exhausting. (And those papers she writes for history? They're a joke - poorly written, irrelevant information everywhere, no clear thread throughout [why bring up Agatha Christie and not even make a point about it? Name-dropping just to name-drop - that's the book.].)

At the end you get some insight to why Jade is the way she is (and negated a few things on my list of "things that annoy me/aren't followed up on/why" that I kept throughout my reading), but she really alienated me as a reader. She's full of anger and a little fear, but I never felt any sympathy for her (she wouldn't want it anyway). When the protagonist is undertaking a daring heist in a police station and I'm actively rooting against her, well. Not good.

The ending really is amazing though - tense, lightning-quick, and breathless. But I was a little let down by the gore. I'm not a big gore fan, but I know what I'm getting into if I'm reading a slasher. I didn't get it. Where are my lovingly detailed in-depth descriptions of murdered bodies and kills? We only every see bodies after they've been dispatched, give or take a few tame descriptions of jaws being ripped off, and that doesn't fly with me. I want to be grossed out, skipping ahead to miss the viscera. I want to feel unsettled when I'm reading alone at night. It's what makes me love horror stories.

Overall: slow, annoying, not scary. Not something I'll come back to.

(Also I want to say that it's a huge pet peeve of mine when authors have their young adult/teen protagonists have the same interests as them, meaning we get 17-year olds obsessed with 80's pop culture [it's always 80's, isn't it?]) ( )
  Elna_McIntosh | Sep 29, 2021 |
The book was a bit hard to get into at first but it did pick up. It's basically a homage to the slasher genre. The main character is a girl named Jade and I found the complexity of her character fascinating. I find Stephen Graham Jones novels quirky, unique and very deftly written. ( )
  Veronica.Sparrow | Sep 29, 2021 |
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