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5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Moore is going right to the top.
It seems this author started out as a well kept secret and is becoming the darling of the literary crowd - at least on the Internet! If you haven't read Coyote Blue, you'd better step it up. This is a book for everyone. Well researched, its philosophy is shrouded in serendipitous whimsey and moments of down right, laugh out loud, humor. Moore juxtaposes Native American...
Published on 13 Aug 1997

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3.0 out of 5 stars Moore enthusiasts will enjoy this early novel.
If you are already a fan and need a Moore "fix," this novel will keep you thoroughly occupied with its wacky charm, its light-hearted approach to cosmic issues, and its skewed, but respectful, treatment of Native American life and traditions. Coming after Practical Demonkeeping, his debut novel, it has many of the elements for which Moore has become so (justly) popular...
Published on 26 Dec 2002 by Mary Whipple


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3.0 out of 5 stars Moore enthusiasts will enjoy this early novel., 26 Dec 2002
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This review is from: Coyote Blue (Paperback)
If you are already a fan and need a Moore "fix," this novel will keep you thoroughly occupied with its wacky charm, its light-hearted approach to cosmic issues, and its skewed, but respectful, treatment of Native American life and traditions. Coming after Practical Demonkeeping, his debut novel, it has many of the elements for which Moore has become so (justly) popular with his later novels, though its plot and characters are not as fully developed, and the book is not as outrageous or crazily funny as those.
Sam Hunter, the main character, is a 35-year-old California insurance salesman, a Crow Indian whose real name is Sam Hunts Alone. Having attacked a policeman as a teen, Sam became a fugitive from the Crow Agency, and now, twenty years later, leads a totally predictable, boring life--that is, until Old Man Coyote (the trickster), Sam's spiritual helper, arrives, bringing "chaos--the new order in his life."
A beautiful woman, her biker-druggie-ex-lover, and an assortment of wackos, stir up the action, as Sam tries to figure out who he really is and, with Coyote's "help," learn what he is capable of. Lots of wild action and some potentially hilarious scenes are reined in, a bit, by Moore's focus on Sam's Indian traditions and why they are, or should be, important to him, a subject serious enough to curtail the uninhibited flights of craziness that we now expect from Moore. This is fun, but it's a somewhat more thoughtful novel, overall, than the outrageous, campy stories for which Moore is now famous. Mary Whipple
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5.0 out of 5 stars Chris Moore is going right to the top., 13 Aug 1997
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This review is from: Coyote Blue (Paperback)
It seems this author started out as a well kept secret and is becoming the darling of the literary crowd - at least on the Internet! If you haven't read Coyote Blue, you'd better step it up. This is a book for everyone. Well researched, its philosophy is shrouded in serendipitous whimsey and moments of down right, laugh out loud, humor. Moore juxtaposes Native American Folk Lore against the crass gawdiness of American materialism, sending a culture clash reverberation that will stir your soul and evoke your laughter. Even intellectual curmedgeons have been caught guffawing over this one. Consider it your gift giving solution for 1997!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great understated redemption story, well told, with humor., 25 Aug 1997
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This review is from: Coyote Blue (Paperback)
In addition to the often mentioned humor and twists of plot in Chris Moore's Coyote Blue, there is a very well done story of a life lost and redeemed.

Somewhere early on in the story I became aware, almost subconciously, of the saddness of the protagonist's plight. Forced to deny his personal identity, one out of the mainstream of the society he is forced to spend his life in, Sam's highly developed coping skills are just beginning to crack when the Trickster appears. The zany antics of the Trickster only contribute to Sam's redemption.

Moore's development of this aspect of the plot is really remarkable as it manages to come through, in a subtle yet relentless manner, in the midst of all the other elements of the story. This is an indication of how developed is Moore's writing technique and no small tribute to his stroy telling skill. This book works very well on several levels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Fun, 29 Nov 2011
This review is from: Coyote Blue: A Novel (Paperback)
Not bad, but Neil Gaimen's 'American Gods' knocks it into a cocked hat. A couple of laughs,though, and strong on the sheer gobsmacking idiocy that is the terrifying face of Trickster.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the Best, 17 Aug 1997
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This review is from: Coyote Blue (Paperback)
Christopher Moore is my favorite author and this is probably his best work. "Coyote Blue" on the surface is an excellent suspense and love story. But as you peel back the layers upon layers, you find deeper meaning. The Trickster is alive and well and easily recognized in many people we know and Mr. Moore made this harsh reality visible and funny. How can you not love a book with magic, faith restored, life renewed, true love conquering all, and a coyote humping a white leather sofa. <G> It has it all! The storytelling is done by the master and the humor is unrelenting as the trickster weaves his tale. A must read book! I really did laugh out loud through most of it and cried at least once. I just can't say enough about this book. Except, if you read it, you will thank me! I loved every carefully chosen word.

Erma Arthur, Reading Forum Assistant, MSN
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's magic!!!, 6 Mar 1998
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This review is from: Coyote Blue (Paperback)
Christopher Moore has once (again) weaved his magic with Coyote Blue. Since "stumbling" on Practical Demonkeeping in a library one day, I have ALWAYS anxiously awaited anything from him, and Coyote Blue made it all worth while!! I've read ALL of his books, right up to the latest "Island of the Sequined Love Nun", and he just keeps getting better!!! Christopher Moore's books are what reading is all about, sheer pleasure!!!! I know I always get sad as I near the end of his books, because I just don't want them to end, they're that good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful read by a GREAT new author, 12 Aug 1997
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Since my son is in Native American Studies, this book quickly caught my eye. Mr. Moore's Trickster Coyote "helping" Sam straighten out his life..and the predicaments it gets them into left me holding my sides with laughter at times. Be prepared for suspense, romance, horror and humor and to have a ROFL experience when reading this or any of the four books Chris Moore has written.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mischievous romp with an ancient Indian god !, 7 May 1999
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This is a non-stop rout, chock full of irreverent fun. The story is a gas on its own, but as if that were not enough, it is sprinkled with hilarious modern-day hybrid versions of ancient Indian legends with an authentic feel. Christopher Moore steers this high-powered beauty with a sure hand and a light touch. It is just right!
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5.0 out of 5 stars outrageously funny, yet morally relevant, 2 Aug 1998
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I bought the book because I was intrigued by the cover. Laughed out loud while reading it, and was sorry when it ended. Have recommended it to many and bought a second copy when the one I loaned never came back. There is a thread of spirituality and moral lesson throughout without a hint of preaching to be found. Loved it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a Pratchett fan and..., 28 May 2012
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This chap is nothing like pratchett but the sense of ridiculous hits the spot and the books are well written - buy one woul dbe my advice and read it for yourself - I intend to read them all...
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