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The Coyote Road Hardcover – July 19, 2007

Book 3 of 3 in the Mythic Anthologies Series

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile (July 19, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0670061948
  • ISBN-13: 978-0670061945
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 1.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,215,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 6 Up—As they did in The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest (2002) and The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm (2004, both Viking), the editors have assembled 26 stories that present tricksters around the world. A shape-changing Japanese fox-girl comforts a lonely American boy; three generations of oil barons run afoul of Hermes and three human summoners protesting the family greed; an albino Cajun girl fools the devil. Settings are mostly other than present day and include ancient times. Readers who pay attention to the author's note will learn much about tricksters worldwide and their various natures. Each author's background is profiled, and while only a few have written books for children, all are previously published short-story writers. This excellent collection is bound to find an audience among experienced readers of the genre but is attractive to less-able readers, as well, for the short, punchy stories and an always-engaging trickster character.—Susan Hepler, formerly at Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA
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About the Author

Ellen Datlow lives in New York City. Terri Windling divides her time between Tucson, Arizona, and Devon, England. Charles Vess lives in Abingdon, Virginia.

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Coyote is one of my favorite mythic creatures.
Amazon Customer
Another brilliant addition to the Datlow/Windling Firebird collections ... I absolutely loved this amassing of brilliant writers and tales.
praetor1983
Each story relates to a trickster character of some sort.
E. R. Bird

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 4, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Is it just me, or do short story collections get the short end of the stick these days? With a love of child and YA novels at an all-time high, you'd think that some of that lovin' would slough off onto the other forms of fantasy out there. The shorter forms. Yet ask your average everyday kid to list their favorite collection of short stories and nine times out of then you'll find yourself facing a very blank look. You can't make the argument that there aren't worthy short story collections out there either, since books like "The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales" crop up every so often without much fanfare or media blitz. Such collections are subtle sly little affairs. They do not demand your attention, knowing full well that if you accidentally happened to stumble into reading one of their tales you'd be utterly unable to extract yourself until you'd swallowed each and every story in the collection whole. That's sort of what happened to me when I was given a copy of this book. As someone whose favorite book as a teen was Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury, I'm inclined to enjoy tales of thirty pages or less (which probably explains why I like to review so many picture books). Top that off with the subject matter (tricksters of every age, gender, generation, and stripe) and the author roll (everyone from Holly Black and Michael Cadnum to Ellen Klages and Jane Yolen) and you've got yourself one heckuva book. Use the lack of marketing surrounding its release to your advantage. Consider it your own personal secret and discovery.

Twenty-six tales, some prose and some poems, and all of them intriguing and enticing by turns. And just listen to their content.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. Russell on October 14, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It's important for us to remember that the mythic world isn't far away in "Once upon a time" land, but all around us. I like the fact that these stories connect the mythic world to the world we think of as reality. Like all anthologies, some approachesand some stories appealed to me more than others, but generally, I really liked all the different perspectives on Trickster. It's always a good idea to keep him in mind, because if you forget him or ignore his power, you become subject to his tricks!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Josh More on September 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I picked up The Coyote Road because it's edited by Ellen Datlow and Terry Windling. This one is in the same line as The Green Man and The Faery Reel, so it's aimed at adults and collects some of the bigger names in the Mythic Fiction genre. This volume aims to be a collection of trickster tails, but surprisingly, the majority of the stories don't involve what I would generally consider "tricking". I was somewhat disappointed in this, as I was expecting some modernized variants of the Coyote, Loki and Anansi myths. These stories do not tend to fit that pattern, though they touch on the traditional myths by reference. That said, given that this is an anthology, some of the stories do -- just not the work as a whole.

"The Listeners" by Nina Kirki Hoffman does fit my conception of the trickster theme, focusing on Hermes. As usual, I absolutely enjoyed Nina's writing, and time (for the most part) just dropped away as I read it. Basing the story in ancient Greece provides a backdrop for the story to meander through myth and social commentary, taking the reader along for the ride. Unlike most of Nina's works, I didn't feel like I was pulled into the middle of the story, but that's OK, I can handle stories with a bit of structure too. I will say that the ending is both surprising and wholly appropriate, though I shan't spoil anything.

"The Fiddler of Bayou Teche" by Delia Sherman, however, does give the feeling of starting in the middle. While, in framing, the story matches the common "devil challenge" pattern, the characters are believable enough that it's not too jarring to be pulled along somewhat predictably. Luckily, the end, while not surprising, breaks out of the pattern.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 21, 2011
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Excellent! I don't usually read short story collections, but I picked this book up about a year ago and have been reading a story or two out of it every so often. Coyote is one of my favorite mythic creatures. These stories do him/her justice. Some are tragic (the last story about the talking dogs was one of the best and terribly disturbing), some are hilarious, and some are just jaw-droppingly excellent. Highly recommended!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kat Lyn on July 16, 2011
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Great blend of old and new trickster tales. Some were godly, some were mere mortals, and even one was a demi-goddess. Many were well-written and self-contained short stories. Some shorts though could be expanded into novel size. I personally would love to see some more of the Link's, Mckillip's, Cadnum's, and Johnson's characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Akethan on January 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
Great collection and gift (Thanks, Frank!). Some longtime favorites here (De Lint, McKillip, Yolen). The Trickster is certainly a theme that De Lint has played with in a number of his books. Out of 36 contributions, only 3 were total rubbish (Barzak, Cadnum, Ford). Holly Black's story just narrowly misses being in this group, being just silly and deliberate from the outset - mysterious sexy neighbor, genie on the bus granting wishes, the dog running out into the driveway... come on. It is the disovery of new writer's and more books to go on the ever-growing wishlist that made this collection for me. Kij Johnson's closing paranthetical parable on humans and the owning of things is a strong finish to the book. Ellen Kushner's HONORED GUEST had the cleverness of pitting two sharp-tongued tricksters against each other for perceptible and imperceptible treasure. Kelly Link's CONSTABLE of ABAL - has a very TURN OF THE SCREW feel. These ghosts are real; it's the quick turns from chicanery to seeking something, following the mother and the daughter. The tight string of their own relationship. The fantastic concepts of spirits on leashes, ghosts in pockets. I loved this one. Katherine Vaz's CHAMBER MUSIC OF ANIMALS brings to life imaginary playmates and it brought to mind L'Engle's A WIND IN THE DOOR: the exploration of disease and the body from the inside. The stitching in of the power of connection and music was well done. I think Delia Sherman's FIDDLER of BAYOU TECHE is my favorite here. The idea of a fiddle contest with a devil isn't new, but it is Sherman's clear character voice that is. Her wild dancing changeling child thick in her own culture is so concise. She is almost from a different world; a science fiction in its handling of an alien mind and culture tucked in a world corner. Great collection.
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