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  • File Size: 1645 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Jayplate; 2 edition (December 26, 2013)
  • Publication Date: December 26, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BND1L3S
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176,269 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Paul Bisson was born in 1976 on the Channel Island of Jersey. Having attended Liverpool University he spent five years teaching English at a secondary school in North London, before returning to Jersey in 2002, where he currently works as a college lecturer and semi-professional musician. He has contributed stories to various local anthologies, and has written two novels; Coyote Jack and the Bluebirds (2013) and Marigold Dark (2015). Paul is married with three children.

Come say hello to @LeBiss on Twitter, or for a more general sift of his wares go directly to www.paulbisson.com.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lib on September 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
This is a warm and engaging read, which is also highly amusing! That's not to say the book is not without it's drama, as the whole piece builds to a wonderful crashing crescendo of stories. A great read.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Emma on April 14, 2013
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This is a warm, witty, engaging read which has kept me company a bit like a group of old friends over the past week, and I'm already missing them! The authors brings to life a diverse range of voices in a narrative which keeps you hooked until the final pages. On the surface, it's about music and performance, but it's also an intelligent and profound reflection on love and resilience and betrayal and and flights of fancy and identity and acceptance. The author's music ear clearly extends to dialogue, which is beautifully rendered, and the female characters were, in my opinion, particularly powerful.

More, please!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patricia Austin on January 4, 2014
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This book has no plot. It takes place over about 20 hours, from the arrival on the English channel island of Jersey of the Texan blues singer Coyote Jack to his departure the next day. Jack has contracted to perform with a local blues band, the Bluebirds.
The tale follows each of the Bluebirds (Charlie, Oz,Rupert, and Anne Marie) through the life crises triggered by the imminent performance as well as through the angst of the pub owner where the performance is to take place. And of course, there's Coyote Jack!
Each character is a complete living and breathing entity and their interactions (helpful and hurtful alike) cram the pages of this book till it's impossible to put down.
The spell-check made a few serious mistakes but the yarn is excellent, once you stop looking for some earth-shattering thing to happen!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 24, 2013
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I guess I have lesbian tastes in music, seeing that Eric Clapton is probably my favorite alltime performer. Have never really been a fan of the true blues, but I absolutely LOVED this book. What a great surprise, and THANK YOU!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jimston on July 2, 2013
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A must read for anyone with a even a passing interest in music and life within a band. Sharply observed, witty, and often hilarious. A thoroughly engaging read which I highly recommend. More please!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Todaro on May 28, 2013
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"It was a full house--it was always going to be--they've done it!" So begins this paean to the art of live blues music, as Coyote Jack and his new band, the Bluebirds whip the crowd into a frenzy. Or at least, in Charlie and his Bluebirds' dreams...

The music business is known for chewing up young artists and spitting them out. Even when they get a contract, it often fails to turn them a profit. So, the ambitious young musician who tries to realise his dream is a great premise for a story, and Paul Bisson's novel delivers on this promise. I recommend it to anyone at all, but especially those who love the blues. If you've ever cranked up a record by BB King, or tried to emulate the great Buddy Guy on drums, you'll find much to love in "Coyote Jack and the Bluebirds".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Leah Cassorla on June 25, 2014
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Good story, for the most part well told. Well told enough to read at night in bed instead of sleeping. However--and it is a big hoewever--the book is in dire need of editing. I do provide such services (lfc04e at my dot fsu dot edu), but there are many others and a good editor is worth her weight in gold! There are times when the story has clearly been changed and a small part (a pronoun or verb tense) has been forgotten. There are times when errors are merely basic editing issues. But the inherent errors make the intentional "mistakes" that make the story work disappear, and for avid readers, they are disruptive.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sam Hankins on May 23, 2013
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"Coyote Jack and the Bluebirds" is a unique story, a suspenseful comedy that follows a small-time English blues group on the day leading up to their performance with Texan superstar Coyote Jack. One by one, however, things begin to go wrong. One of the group's members fears that her husband is cheating on her. Another gets lost. Another has his own agenda for the big night. And just where is this Coyote Jack? Through all of these setbacks, the group only manages to pull through because of their belief in the power and importance of traditional blues.
I'm not a blues fan myself, but it didn't take long for me to become thoroughly enraptured by the struggles and misadventures of these characters. The story is told almost in real time and bounces between the perspectives of each of the major characters, with all of the characters and their goals and motivations for the night lovingly brought to life. The book has a strong message about sticking by your friends and by your art even through the toughest of times so that you can come away better for it. There are a lot of books out there that feature really cheesy depictions of musicians, but this is thankfully not one of them.
This is a quality book, well worth the read to anyone. Would highly recommend.
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