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Fine reading on a cold afternoon…

November 16, 2008

coyoteblue_lgJust finished a book that I had thought I read before, but turns out it was new to me. Christopher Moore’s Coyote Blue. I’ve read several of Moore’s books – often without realizing it was the same writer who created some of my favorite works. (Part of this is my horrific memory for names and titles.) Fluke, Lamb, Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove… all by this twisted genius, yet all different in so many ways. Especially Lamb; The Gospel According To Biff, Christ’s Childhood Friend.

Coyote Blue recounts the adventures of a Crow Indian, The Coyote (aka Trickster) of Indian legend, a beautiful woman, her baby, a motorcycle gang and a casino strongman named after a toothpaste slogan.

And speaking of Moore, Christmas is just around the corner and the perfect season to read his heartwarming novel, The Stupidest Angel. A warm and fuzzy story about a boy, an angel, Santa Claus and killer zombies from the grave.

A visit to Moore’s official website will unveil an amazing collection of book covers showing the many versions created for other countries and languages.

Like Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett, Moore takes mythology traditional and newly invented to new heights.

I read Coyote Blue just after finishing Neil Gaiman‘s collection of short stories, Fragile Things, read by thefragilethings_unabridgedcd_1185501006 author on disk. I enjoyed his work while shuttling back and forth between St. Louis and Southern Illinois. Gaiman created the amazing graphic novel series Sandman, which I was introduced to by Todd Davis. He always knows the best stuff.

Fragile Things covers a wide range of topics and genre. From a dip into ‘traditional’ science fiction, fantasy, mayhem and terror to an American Gods novella. The introduction is quite lengthy and somehow much more personal when read by the author himself.

His language evokes the mysterious and makes the mundane suspiciously bizarre. If there’s anyone who has not experienced this master’s work, you owe it to yourself to get yourself to a library. Immediately.

Is there anyone out there who has not read him yet? I wonder.

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