Book Review: Coyote Blue

Coyote Blue

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.

Review:

I love Christopher Moore’s sense of humour and Coyote Blue doesn’t disappoint. The other thing I love about Moore is that he does his research, which he certainly does in this novel. The story is about a man from the Crow nation and the details of the culture and stories feel authentic and respectful.

Coyote Blue follows the life of Sam, going back and forth from his time as an adolescent on the Crow reserve to his life in Santa Barbara as a successful insurance salesman, until the trickster god, Coyote, decides to wreck havoc through his life.

Moore takes us on a journey to imagine how the ancient gods exist in the modern world. Sam is a character we can sympathize with, just trying to live his life the best way he knows how under strange and, at times, terrible circumstances. Coyote is fabulous, an absolutely outrageous character with no moral qualms about anything.

And, like any good story, it is strewn with “truths.” Probably my favourite line in the book is when Sam is contemplating all of the upheaval in his life: “His life was back to normal, and normal wasn’t good enough anymore. He wanted real.”

Coyote Blue made me laugh, made me think, and kept me up late reading so I could see how it all ended.

 

 

<!– Begin MailChimp Signup Form –>
<link href=”//cdn-images.mailchimp.com/embedcode/classic-10_7.css” rel=”stylesheet” type=”text/css”>
<style type=”text/css”>
#mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; }
/* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block.
We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. */
</style>
<div id=”mc_embed_signup”>
<form action=”//blogspot.us8.list-manage.com/subscribe/post?u=a774bdc2aa8d0d2a90629719a&amp;id=34ddb332cd” method=”post” id=”mc-embedded-subscribe-form” name=”mc-embedded-subscribe-form” class=”validate” target=”_blank” novalidate>
<div id=”mc_embed_signup_scroll”>
<h2>Subscribe to my mostly monthly newsletter</h2>
<div class=”indicates-required”><span class=”asterisk”>*</span> indicates required</div>
<div class=”mc-field-group”>
<label for=”mce-EMAIL”>Email Address  <span class=”asterisk”>*</span>
</label>
<input type=”email” value=”” name=”EMAIL” class=”required email” id=”mce-EMAIL”>
</div>
<div class=”mc-field-group”>
<label for=”mce-FNAME”>First Name </label>
<input type=”text” value=”” name=”FNAME” class=”” id=”mce-FNAME”>
</div>
<div class=”mc-field-group input-group”>
<strong>Email Format </strong>
<ul><li><input type=”radio” value=”html” name=”EMAILTYPE” id=”mce-EMAILTYPE-0″><label for=”mce-EMAILTYPE-0″>html</label></li>
<li><input type=”radio” value=”text” name=”EMAILTYPE” id=”mce-EMAILTYPE-1″><label for=”mce-EMAILTYPE-1″>text</label></li>
</ul>
</div>
<div id=”mce-responses” class=”clear”>
<div class=”response” id=”mce-error-response” style=”display:none”></div>
<div class=”response” id=”mce-success-response” style=”display:none”></div>
</div>    <!– real people should not fill this in and expect good things – do not remove this or risk form bot signups–>
<div style=”position: absolute; left: -5000px;” aria-hidden=”true”><input type=”text” name=”b_a774bdc2aa8d0d2a90629719a_34ddb332cd” tabindex=”-1″ value=””></div>
<div class=”clear”><input type=”submit” value=”Subscribe” name=”subscribe” id=”mc-embedded-subscribe” class=”button”></div>
</div>
</form>
</div>
<script type=’text/javascript’ src=’//s3.amazonaws.com/downloads.mailchimp.com/js/mc-validate.js’></script><script type=’text/javascript’>(function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]=’EMAIL’;ftypes[0]=’email’;fnames[1]=’FNAME’;ftypes[1]=’text’;}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true);</script>
<!–End mc_embed_signup–>Save

Save

 

Subscribe to my mostly monthly newsletter

* indicates required


Email Format


Share this:

Free Prophecy Colouring Pages

I was playing around on my computer and figured out how to make the cover of my book, Prophecy, into a colouring page. In fact, several colouring pages. Here they are, so feel free to download. The reason that there are several is because of Antigone’s hair — in most of my attempts to make a colouring page, her hair just turns into a big white area. So I had an idea. I ran the cover through several different filters on a free app called Dreamscope (completely addictive, by the way), until I found some likely results. Then I took that image and ran it through another free program called Rapid Resizer that has a Free Picture Stencil Maker. This is what I came up with!

 

And, just for fun, I found a few images related to my book and made those into colouring pages too.

Here is King Oedipus contemplating the Sphinx’s riddle:

Here is Antigone and her sister, Ismene:

And here is Antigone with her father, Oedipus:

If anyone else tries this, I’d love to see the results, along with any completed colouring projects.

Share this:

Summer Newsletter & Sale

Hello Everyone,

I know it’s been a little while, but the end of the school year caught up with me. I was also getting ready to sell my book and some felting I’ve been working on at our local Art in the Park — an annual event here in Kamloops on Canada Day. It was super fun. Here’s a picture from my booth.

Working on Betrayed

As much as I love Antigone, I am finding that I need a break from her, so I am going to spend the next little while working on another novel I have in the works called Betrayed (working title). This one is most definitely aimed at adults and is about Clytemnestra, who is the sister of Helen of Troy and was married to Agamemnon (the leader of the Greeks in the Trojan War). She’s an interesting character who is villianized in most of ancient literature because she took a consort while her husband was away at the Trojan War, then killed him upon his return. But, she does have her reasons… Her story has a lot of fantastic avenues to explore. Read more

Share this:

Reading From Prophecy

I broke out of my comfort zone in a big way and videoed myself reading from my book, Prophecy, and posted it on YouTube. I read this excerpt at my book launch and it went over really well.

This is one of my favourite scenes, one that sent chills down my spine as everything came together with the myth and my interpretation into something I hope is entertaining.

So, here goes, the video:

 

I hope you enjoyed it.

If you’d like to stay in touch and receive the first 3 chapters of Prophecy free, you can subscribe to my mostly monthly newsletter.

* indicates required


Email Format


Share this: