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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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on 13 August 1997
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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VINE VOICEon 16 November 2006
I'd never read any of Cristopher Moore's books before and after Coyote Blue I'm looking forwards to others. The closest reference I can use is the work of Carl Hiaasen. The story should be straight-forward, a simple tale of a shallow man finding love, which reveals how empty his life is. Although it's not entirely clear where the story is going to take you, stay for the ride. You'll encounter Las Vegas from a new perspective, a psychopathic gang of bikers, sly salesmen and the god Coyote, the Trickster. It's Hiassen on a supernatural trip - clever, funny and disturbingly accurate. A good yarn, which doesn't overstay it's welcome. Recommended.
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on 29 November 2011
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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on 22 June 1999
Amazon profiled me and recommended this book. I never heard of Christopher Moore, and now I'm a fan. How did they know? This read had an artful combination of culture and allegory and lunacy that is reminiscent of the best of Tom Robbins. It was hysterically funny and touching and profound. Read it!
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on 25 August 1997
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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on 17 August 1997
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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VINE VOICEon 23 September 2009
A good review should start with a summary of the plot, but with this book that's impossible if I am not going to ruin the enjoyment of its off the wall wackiness. It is a book that can make you laugh and that can make you think. It is loaded with irony, my favorite kind of humour. Moore is a very clever author even if the front blurb does say he is a very sick man.

So what is it about, well it is about an Old Indian God - Coyote the Trickster, a native american living in the white man's world, and a blonde woman with a great .... It is perhaps a sort of road movie, but then again it isn't. You just have to read it but don't let the children look over your shoulder until they are at least hormonal teens.
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on 6 March 1998
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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on 24 June 2010
Excellent book, as with all Christopher Moore's books you have to accept the "weirdness".
I have all the books he's written (lamb being a true masterpiece) and I'm up to Dirty Job - you should really read them in the sequence they were written as you see guest appearances from characters from the previous books in most of them.
The man is a comic genius and as above, once you suspended your normal belief mechanism and go with it, you find it's a brilliant story and one of the funniest things I've read.
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