BOOK REVIEWS

The Coyote Road Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-10 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 16 user ratings
ISBN:0670061948
LANGUAGE:English

" A nice mix of stories I liked a lot and stories I ... didn't. (The Kij Johnson is kind of brutal.) I does love me some tricksters, so that aspect was fun. " said.

" Some of the stories are really over my head,the rest are good enough to compensate and make this worth reading. " said.

" I read the other two anthologies from this same line, and it did not disappoint. " said.

""The stories will continue: stories do not easily die."

Awesome and interesting collection of tales of tricksters: Coyote, Loki, even the Devil makes an appearance.

My favorites:
"The Chamber Music of Animals" by Katherine Vaz: an crazy original tale of a monkey spirit stuffed animal helping the boy he loves. (Coming off The Velveteen Rabbit, I love this tale).

"The Evolution of Trickster Stories among the Dogs of North Park after the Change" by Kij Johnson: Sad and original and moving and definitely made me hug my dog's extra tight.
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"As an anthology, it was quite difficult to rate the book as a whole, because I felt the different entries were of differing quality. Then again, that inconsistency of quality probably led me to give the rating that I did.

I enjoyed some stories and they were well-written, with interesting takes on the trickster character in different settings. On the other hand, there were others that were... subpar: the story was confusing, the plot and characters could have been better fleshed out despite the limits of space, and I felt there were some that were sort of "throwaway" stories by authors that wouldn't make it elsewhere and that they just rummaged in their old things and found.

That being said, the editors could probably have done a better job of curating the stories, as even though this is a children's book, I believe it should still uphold a standard of quality. This one was very much lacking.
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" A very nice collection of well written tales and poems. Short stories and poems are not my usual choice of reading, even so I really enjoyed this book. " said.

" Not quite what I expected. While all the tales had a trickster of one sort or another, very few had much of a lesson or a moral to impart. And isn't that the value of most trickster tales, and Coyote tales especially? While there were several I liked, I was most impressed with the final one - "The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change." " said.

" The Coyote Road came verrrry close to being added to the "did not finish" shelf. In the end, I kept reading, even when I didn't want to, because I knew there were a couple of stories by authors I really liked that I hadn't hit yet. I'm glad I did, because honestly, I think most of the good stuff was in the last half of the book.Won't be reading it again, but it was worth slogging through the meh bits to get to the good stories. " said.

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