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R&R 024 | Coyote Blue

Christopher Moore
Coyote Blue
First published in 1994
This edition: Orbit, 2006.
340 pages
Cover illustration by Tim Byrne
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Oh lawd. What to make of this one?

Printed on the back of the book: "Warning, contains scenes of an implausible nature". That about sums up anything by Christopher Moore, including this older book right here, Coyote Blue.

The protagonist, Sam Hunter, is what you could expect a typical insurance salesman to be like. Leading on poor souls, taking their money and using it to buy that glorious vehicle and that incredible apartment.

"Sounds boring. Right?"
Er… boring, Christopher Moore is not.

When Sam meets Calliope, a troubled but very attractive blonde (your basic bombshell), he falls in love and realizes he's kind of lonely. He wants someone in his life.

Enter Coyote (a.k.a. Trickster), a God. Not to say he's like Adonis. Coyote is actually an ancient God, of the Crow tribe. Not exactly the company Sam was hoping for, what with Calliope obviously being his first choice, but Sam's going to have to deal with it. Coyote has some business with Sam and isn't going away just yet.

At age fifteen Sam fled the Crow reservation, running from the law, in hiding ever since. And Coyote, being the troublemaker that he is, naturally cannot resist stirring some things up…

None of Moore's books I've read so far have failed in being funny. Coyote Blue is no exception. While reading, I could often be often found shaking my head thinking: "How does this guy come UP with this stuff?"

Moore tends to add in a lot of hilarious action in all of his books; it's what I like about the guy and he usually pulls it off.

However, despite the laughs Coyote Blue provided, I couldn't connect as well with the storyline as I'd hoped. There were plenty of funny scenes and adventures, but sometimes it felt they were added in for the heck of it, breaking up the story and weakening it a little, instead of helping it along. Funny, weird, etc: yes. His strongest story: no.

But Coyote Blue has convinced me once again that Christopher Moore is one author I should recommend to everyone. He is either crazy or brilliant. (Or well, both.) Whatever it is, it works for him.

His books are uplifting and clever, with an edge. That goes for Coyote Blue as well.


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R&R 010 | Lamb

Christopher Moore (does weird things to my face)
HarperCollins, 2002
Cover design by Ruth Marten
And the author photo you see in this one is Christopher Moore's own photo.
437 pages
This book was a souvenir from NYC
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Resurrected by Raziel ("The Stupidest Angel"), Christ's childhood friend Biff is asked (well, forced) to reveal the happenings of the first 30 years of the life of perhaps the most influential individual in all of human history: Jesus Christ. What with all the presently existing gospels, no one yet knows what Jesus was like in his earlier years.

Armed with his usually over-active imagination, Christopher Moore delivers his adventurous, crazy and colourful interpretation of the childhood, adolescence and early adulthood of Christ, accompanied by his friends Biff and Mary Magdalene (!) – in a funny and inventive manner.

Naturally some sections of the story were completely over the top, but with Christopher Moore's satirical style, that was to be expected.

Not only was this a bold move on Moore's part, but it is also a brilliant concept to start with, to basically chronicle Jesus' early years. Though there was the necessary eye-rolling juvenile humor – sorry Christopher – I don't think any other author could have persuaded me to really be interested in reading this.

As someone who does not believe in God and consequently does not have any personal affinity towards Christianity or the bible, I was able (with an open mind and spirit) to truly enjoy reading this book.

Even though I am not a Christian or religious in any other form and thus could not have been offended either way – I must stress to those who might suspect to feel otherwise, that Christopher Moore's book does not appear to be offensive or ignorant at all.

Moore has thoroughly researched the subject, and I feel very strongly that he has kept Jesus Christ absolutely respectable…! (Biff, not so much.)

But more so, he has given him a endearing human side, which was incredibly refreshing.

He was, after all, just a boy once. Allow yourself to imagine that. (And to have some laughs while you’re at it.)

February 24th 2008


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