2009: #108 – Coyote Blue (Christopher Moore)

coyoteblue Book #108 was Coyote Blue by Christopher Moore.  The back of the book reads:

From master of subversive humor Christopher Moore comes a quirky, irreverent novel of love, myth, metaphysics, outlaw biking, angst, and outrageous redemption.

As a boy, he was Samson Hunts Alone — until a deadly misunderstanding with the law forced him to flee the Crow reservation at age fifteen. Today he is Samuel Hunter, a successful Santa Barbara insurance salesman with a Mercedes, a condo, and a hollow, invented life. Then one day, destiny offers him the dangerous gift of love — in the exquisite form of Calliope Kincaid — and a curse in the unheralded appearance of an ancient god by the name of Coyote. Coyote, the trickster, has arrived to reawaken the mystical storyteller within Sam…and to seriously screw up his existence in the process.

I have to admit that despite my love for A Dirty Job, I’m not a big fan of Moore’s earlier works. Not only are some characters reused (which I don’t really have a problem with — nothing wrong with recurring characters!), he uses some of the same stereotypes in every book, it seems.  There’s always a mostly-high surfer dude. There’s always a cantankerous (and probably homely) old lady. And of course, the earnest (if sometimes misguided) main character.  I think what really rubbed me wrong in this book was Coyote himself.  I know he is supposed to be a "trickster" spirit, but I found him more mean-spirited than anything.  Especially when he steals Sam’s car, sells it, and gambles away his bank account.  I think you’re supposed to find his naiveté endearing, but I didn’t.  I’ll keep reading (or rather, listening) to Moore’s books, but mostly because they’re what my husband wants to hear.

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Audio length: 10 hrs 20 min | Approximate word count: 80,000

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Used in these Challenges: 100+ Reading Challenge 2009;

3 thoughts on “2009: #108 – Coyote Blue (Christopher Moore)

  • October 21, 2009 at 9:11 am

    The review I heard from your hubby was “don’t bother” with _Coyote Blue_. Yours seems to concur. I’m a big fan of C. Moore, but the one time I picked up this book and started reading it, I thought perhaps it was in a different genre. I think he just wrote this one before he really had the kinks worked out.

  • October 21, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    It seems that people either love or dislike Moore’s work. I need to try one of his books to see where I fall.
    .-= Kathy´s last blog ..Wondrous Words Wednesday =-.


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