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Coyote (Coyote Trilogy) Mass Market Paperback – November 25, 2003
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o Coyote just isn't that interesting a world. There are less than 10 species of plants and animals, and they don't vary across very different landscapes. There's only one kind of flying thing, only one kind of land-based preditor, etc. etc.
o The rivers violate physics on multiple levels
o The continuity is poor, a bunch of short stories cobbled together, with constant unneeded exposition
o A real hostility towards conservative politics and politicians
o Politics of the Earth in the time the novel is set don't make any sense and are never clearly explained.
o It was way too easy for the events around the launch of the Alabama (don't want to give too much away)
o Some of the book reads like a teen adventure novel that could have been set on any remote river in this world.
Having said all that, I did eventually get drawn into some of the characters, and did enjoy the book. When, however, I picked up the next book in the series, I was very disappointed by the opening. We'll see if it gets better from here.
The book contains a list of the main characters and several maps of the 47 Ursae Majoris system and the moon on which the colonists land, which are very helpful.
Steele presents a good variety of people, so the reader can find himself or herself identifying with one or more of them.
The author also introduces the reader to, and explains, a number of fascinating scientific theories and describes how they might actually be applied. (Personally, I am a propulsion-technology fan.) Steele makes it all seem so "lifelike."
In this book, Steele describes several adventures and a number of helpful survival skills. Although I was a Boy Scout, served in the military, and have read a number of survival-skill books, this author mentions a few tips that I hadn't thought about, previously. I was surprised, but pleased, because it is always good to learn something new from the books you read.
Having read the second book, it is somewhat difficult to focus on the events that only happened in this book. Therefore, I am being careful not to reveal too much.
This book, Coyote, is a visionary story that takes the reader on the first steps toward colonizing our section of the galaxy. It sets the stage for the following book, introducing another governmental group who wants to "share" this new site with the original colonists.
Steele introduces us to some new technology and includes a few surprises, to delight and fascinate the reader. I don't want to spoil it for anyone, so I will just encourage you to purchase this book and blast off into a bold new adventure, on an unspoiled world!
All this might have worked well enough, but the story is actually cobbled together from several short stories. As a result, the focus of the book shifts from one central character to another as it moves from one storyline to the next. As a whole, COYOTE has an episodic feel to it, and the benefit of seeing events from more than one viewpoint is wasted as key early players are left to become secondary characters later on.
Rather than arousing sympathy, conflicts among the characters came across as petty and annoying. In the end, I found myself not caring overly much what happened to any of them.
COYOTE is apparently the first book of a trilogy. On that basis there's hope that the other installments will turn out to be more coherent and compelling than this one. It's not that it was a bad read, just that it wasn't especially good, either. As a standalone, I wouldn't recommend it. If the entire trilogy turns out to be entertaining, then this one's worth the effort. As things stand, the jury's still out.
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