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Coyote Moon

3.17  ·  Rating Details  ·  58 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
You may think Field of Dreams meets Cocoon, or perhaps, The Natural meets Love Story, some may even say that it's Ball Four clashing with Stephen Hawking's A Brief History of Time.

But, John Miller's Coyote Moon is all of these and more. In a gone-to-seed trailer park on the edge of the Mojave Desert, quantum physics runs headlong into reincarnation as the park's highly ecc
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published November 1st 2003 by Forge Books (first published 2003)
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Michael Brockley
COYOTE MOON by John A. Miller is an ambitious book that doesn't quite realize its goals. A superb baseball player who might be a re-incarnated mathematician shows up at the Oakland A's spring training compound. The player, Henry Spencer, is a prodigious catcher and hitter who accomplishes feats in the field and at bat that defy logic. Yet Henry seems to be indifferent to the National Pasttime, almost biding his time. Meanwhile in a small trailer park in the Mojave Desert, a group of intellectual ...more
Aug 06, 2009 Marvin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure how good a book this is--some of the writing was a little awkward & it was occasionally a little heavy-handedly didactic--but it sure did amuse me. We start out getting to know a couple of MIT physicists, one about 60 & one about 40. When the younger one dies, the older one ditches his old life, drives across the country & settles in an Airstream trailer (along with a young woman he picks up along the way) in the Mojave Desert with a small group of eccentrics. Meanwhile, ...more
Jan 09, 2012 Hardly rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: decent
The writing style is intriguing, even compelling, as is the subject matter, at first: handled with such skill that the reader hardly notices how much "telling" instead of "showing" is going on, with the introduction of the sizeable cast. From the first few chapters, we know that the two sets of characters are fated to meet, and we can't wait for it to happen...

...however, along the way, things get weird. Couples come together without effort, and the author feels no need to show us the intricaci
Jan 31, 2016 Bobbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to claim that this is the best writing in the world. The story is sort of loose and has multiple threads that don't really come together... BUT - I love this book. Miller does a good job of creating the scenes and bringing the characters to life. But then, I'm a desert lover - and a baseball lover.
Jul 07, 2013 Ants rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Do you think I was influenced in my rating since I have owned an Airstream trailer for decades? Do you think I was influenced in my rating and review because I like Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle? Do you think I was influenced since I recently read histories of California and Arizona and I appreciated the historical accuracy wrapped into the histories on some of the characters? Do you think I was influenced by prior travels through Needles and amazement at how the author made the setting app ...more
Richard Givan
This book started out with a great promise of supernatural phenomena influencing peoples' lives, but that was not satisfied by the end. Pleasant read, but ultimately left me wanting more than it gave.
Apr 15, 2013 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read for pure enjoyment and Coyote Moon kept me entertained cover to cover. It resides on my bedside table permanently. I never tire of how Miller draws the reader into each situation and character. What middle aged guy can't relate to Benny's profound intellect. The whole Needles crew are so enchanting. Add in an eccentric/simple athletic freak who shakes up the embedded foundation of the baseball world and it just gets better! Who doesn't dream of a simple life filled with amazing interestin ...more
Aug 17, 2015 Meril rated it it was ok
suffers from a problem I've seen in too many baseball novels: the sense that the writer is writing about the wrong decade of baseball, with the wrong sort of players, with names that do not exactly go with a set of men that would be playing major league baseball in 1996 or later....
that and what comes off as general unrealism in the baseball scenes. I realize a lot of baseball novels are not exactly mimetic fiction, but it's hard, so hard, to get the tone right, and what should be humorous exagg
Oct 06, 2011 Leigh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2006
Not something that I would have picked out for myself, but my husband gave it to me for Christmas, no doubt because of the subtitle ("A Novel of Love, Baseball, and the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle"). I enjoyed it. An eccentric group of trailer park residents in Death Valley, including a brilliant mathematician/physicist who has walked away from his wife and career, and a rookie baseball player with an instictual understanding of physics that allows him to catch and hit anything. Funny and w ...more
The book has an interesting plot line and compelling characters. I was a fun read but not real exceptional. Definitely different and also funny in places.It has some great put downs of the baseball pathos. Good job, John Miller. When are we going to see more more books?
Feb 02, 2008 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this author and will read more of his work. This book is a great read if you are a Red Sox fan, if you are a physicist, if you wonder about reincarnation, if you love the desert or if you like baseball at all. Very cool and unexpected.
Nov 10, 2014 Larry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reading this almost good book about physics, mystisism and baseball is making me apreciate the genius of WP Kinsella. If you like basseball and magic go straight to Kinsella and skip this one.
Travis Coverston
Jan 02, 2013 Travis Coverston rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Totally not what I was expecting story wise. Felt inclined to finish it in case it got better towards the end, which it did not. Too many loose ends and stories that were not connecting.
Shauna Tevels
May 23, 2013 Shauna Tevels rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though the premise seems weird, physics and baseball, they work wonderfully together.
May 29, 2010 Erin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Strange, funny, sad, smart and sexy. What more can I say... .
Kris Marolt
Fun read. About lost fantasies.
Jan 17, 2014 Mark rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
oh my goodness no
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