Coyote Blue

Coyote Blue

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by Christopher Moore
     
 

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

As a boy growing up in Montana, 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

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

As a boy growing up in Montana, 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, shortly after his thirty-fifth birthday, 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 Indian god by the name of Coyote. Coyote, the trickster, has arrived to transform tranquillity into chaos, to reawaken the mystical storyteller within Sam ... and to seriously screw up his existence in the process.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sam Hunter, the hero of Moore's raucous new novel, is the perfect insurance salesman: a complete chameleon who can be all things to all people, sizing up the ideal pitch to close any deal or make any woman. Living on the beach in Santa Barbara, Calif., Sam has all the accoutrements of the successful yuppie. His true identity--as Samson Hunts Alone, a full-blooded Crow Indian who fled his reservation and his heritage at age 15 after killing a policeman--is hidden and all but forgotten. Then one day, the Native American trickster figure Coyote enters Sam's life, with the apparent intention of destroying it piece by piece. Coyote's arrival coincides with Sam's involvement with Calliope Kincaid, an uneducated single mother whose hippie lifestyle is a throwback to the 1960s. When Calliope's biker ex-boyfriend kidnaps their baby, Coyote and Sam--against Sam's better judgment--set out in pursuit. The farther Sam travels from his life in the city, the closer he comes to finding himself. As in his previous novel, Practical De mon keep ing , Moore plays the supernatural and numinous for laughs, making even the most ludicrous events somehow believable with his breezy writing style. Only a consistent strain of misogyny mars this otherwise funny and entertaining romp. 50,000 first printing. (Mar.)
Library Journal
``There ain't no cure for Coyote Blue,'' writes Moore ( Practical Demonkeeping , LJ 1/92) to explain the mystifying and outrageous chain of events that alters Sam Hunter's life forever. As a teenager, Samson Hunts Alone runs away from the Crow Reservation to avoid standing trial for murder. Twenty years later he has changed his name, become a partner in a successful insurance agency, and all but forgotten his Indian upbringing. Coyote, an ancient Indian god known as a trickster by the Crow, is determined that it is time for Sam to fulfill his destiny as storyteller for his tribe. To that end, Coyote leads Sam on a merry chase--interfering in business, disturbing the neighbors, introducing love, and inciting a motorcycle gang to riot, all in a fantastic plot to lead Sam home. This novel is at once irreverent, spiritual, and wonderfully fresh in approach. An absolute must for adults and mature teens alike.-- Thomas L. Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
From the Publisher
"Downright laugh-out-loud, can't-put-the-book-down funny." —The Philadelphia Inquirer

"[A] whimsical fable of contemporary culture shock....Tautly written with a zest for the absurd and the unpredictable." — Jennifer Howard, The New York Times Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780380725236
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
10/01/1996
Pages:
303
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.81(d)

What People are saying about this

Patti Davis
If Carlos Castenada had created his Don Juan with a greater sense of humor, the result would have been Coyote. A fascinating trip.

Meet the Author

Christopher Moore is the bestselling author of You Suck, A Dirty Job, The Stupidest Angel, Fluke, Lamb, The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove, Island of the Sequined Love Nun, Bloodsucking Fiends, and Practical Demonkeeping. Visit the
official Christopher Moore website at www.chrismoore.com.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Hawaii and San Francisco, California
Date of Birth:
August 5, 1958
Place of Birth:
Toledo, Ohio
Website:
http://www.chrismoore.com

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Coyote Blue 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 114 reviews.
JgleJne More than 1 year ago
Loved this book...very entertaining and funny! i could not stop reading once i started....Loved the characters and how they interacted with each other...i started reading another of his books right after this one...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a light hearted, fun read that is hard to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first Christopher Moore novel I read, and it led me to become a huge fan of this author. Moore takes the standard 'normal, boring guy falls in love and turns his life upside-down' story and makes it fresh, incredibly entertaining, and fun. Don't be deterred if you're not a fan of fantasy novels (the talking coyote could just as easily be the 'crazy best friend' character in any other novel), because the concept of shedding a false persona to find true self-realization should appeal to fans of any genre. Robert H. Goretsky Hoboken, NJ
Guest More than 1 year ago
...but still very entertaining. I found it a bit dry at times, but only in comparison to his other novels. Still holds true to Moore's craziness!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the worst books I've ever read.
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Crytal More than 1 year ago
This one just didn't do it for me. For some reason it felt more like a Hiaasen than Christopher Moore to me. There were a few funny parts, and it took me until chapter 26 to realize there was a cross-over character. So not all bad, but also not very good. At least for me.
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Christopher Moore does it again. One of his best books, funny, intelligent, and imaginative.
dingy_btch More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite Christopher Moore books, ever. He is awesome!
Zero0 More than 1 year ago
While I am loving all of Moores novels I've read so far I was mostly unimpressed with this one.  The story line is constantly shifting into very unrelated themes, while there is one or two very funny laugh out loud moments I found this novel over all shifting from one place to another or the later building up a plot to end abruptly.  The ending made little sense and was overall disappointing.  I found myself forcing through the second half really wondering where the novel is going.  Not a great read for me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
C.M. writes a fun story that is quickly read and not easily put down.
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Sean_From_OHIO More than 1 year ago
Coyote Blue is the exact kind of book that you would expect from Christopher Moore. Hilarious with drama and enough touching scenes to keep it relatively grounded. The story involves a member of the Crow Indian reservation who moves on in life without his tribe and their beliefs and is pulled back in by the ridiculously funny trickster god, Coyote. All the characters in this book had some aspect of themselves that were unique enough to be original but still not too bizarre. Christopher Moore is the best comedic writer alive! Great stuff!
BigLazyTomcat More than 1 year ago
This is a fantastic and entertaining take on the Trickster. If this is your first book by this author, you won't be disappointed. So far, I can recommend any book I've read by Christopher Moore. I would recommend his books to any adult who enjoys a fun read.
KanakaLele More than 1 year ago
I like Christopher Moore, I really do. Lamb is one of my all-time favorite books. His vampire-based stories are great reads. Maybe it's something about the SoCal theme, but coyote Blue just doesn't do it for me the same as some of his others. It's a random read and it keeps you wondering what next, but it's not his best work.
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