The Coyote Kings of the Space-Age Bachelor Pad Paperback – 28 Jul 2004
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Hamza and Yehat are The Coyote Kings–best friends, one a disgruntled dishwasher and the other a video store clerk, but each brilliant in his own right. Yehat builds prototypes of space-age inventions in his spare time, while Hamza, a former English honors student who was kicked out of the university, writes lush, lyrical poems when he’s not blocked–which, these days, is nearly always.<br><br>When the gorgeous, mysterious Sherem shows up in E-Town decked out in desert finery, Hamza’s creative spark is ignited. Who is this sophisticated woman that speaks arcane African tongues, quotes from obscure comics and <i>Star Wars</i> movies, yet seems somehow too ethereal for the world Hamza inhabits? And what is the lost artifact that she and a cast of coiffed collectors and criminal cultists so desperately seek? As Hamza falls blindly in love with Sherem, little does he know that he and Yehat play the biggest part of all in the recovery of the ancient relic–and in the future of all living beings. . . .
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It's a superbly written, hurtling journey through eight extraordinary (in all senses) days in the lives (and deaths) of an unusual bunch of folk from mid-90s Edmonton.
Minister Faust has a glorious way with words. I'm really looking forward to reading more about The Coyote Kings.
I wouldn't recommend it but it's readable
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What's the plot? Oh, your basic end-of-the-world-if-the-bad-guys-get-the-McGuffin scenario (a la Raiders of the Lost Ark). Plus a boy-meets-girl, girl may or may not be a raving lunatic and/or goddess and/or something. Plus a buddy story. It keeps you guessing until the end.
Now, what I didn't like about it so much: I'm not fond of the micro-chapter approach. Most of the chapters are 4-5 pages (big print) and the book normally (but not always) changes viewpoint character in each chapter. Also, each chapter is written as though it were being written by the viewpoint character of the chapter, which itself isn't a problem, but the chapters written by the very dumb guy (who misspells) and the guy with the fake Jamaican accent are a struggle to get tru, ya know what I-and-I meen, mon? The book, so heavily influenced by comics, might very well work better as a graphic novel, or a movie.
If, after reading the sample, you think this is the kind of book you'd enjoy, I recommend it, but I can't give it full marks.
I've started pacing myself now that i'm in the final few chapters of the book because I dont want it to end. What other book is gonna give you a desert princess/assasin, a slew of psycho Fan Boys part of a drug ring that induces telepathic ability, two quirky best friends with a ton of issues and a suit of R-mer (lol), vendettas, a romantic story line, murders, caniballism...this book has a little something for everyone.
I can't really do Mr. Faust justice though, because the strongest part of the book is his writing ability/style. It's obvious he is a poet because the way he strings words together on a page, and some of the actual words he comes up with...are singular. his style is great, the story is entertaining, and i guarantee that you'll be singing this book's praises too by the time you finish the second chapter.