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The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales (Mythic Fiction #3)

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Coyote. Anansi. Brer Rabbit. Trickster characters have long been a staple of folk literature, and are a natural choice for the overarching subject of acclaimed editors Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling's third mythic anthology. The Coyote Road features a remarkable range of authors, each with his or her fictional look at a trickster character. These authors include Holly Bla ...more
Hardcover, 526 pages
Published July 19th 2007 by Viking Juvenile
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Sarah Lu
One Odd Shoe by Pat Murphy: Ever wonder why you see so many odd shoes by the side of the road? This story is Pat Murphy's theory. It is a good tale of how Coyote can appear in all shapes and forms and it is best not to get on his bad side. 3 stars

Coyote Woman by Carolyn Dunn: Poem. Not much to say here other than it was fairly descriptive. No rating

Wagers of Gold Mountain by Steve Berman: A story that takes place during the Gold Rush. The story concerns Ji Yuan and his younger brother Chen, and
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Nancy O'Toole
The trickster has always been one of my favorite characters types in literature. Apparently, I'm not the only one as Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling have crafted an entire short story anthology around the idea of the trickster. This is the second anthology I have read edited by Datlow and Windling, after The Faerie Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm. Once again I found myself impressed by the wide variety of content. We have stories that take place in all over our world, or in completely new wo ...more
M—
Fabulous. I've rarely enjoyed anthology this much. I mostly really liked these stars or really didn't, with little in betweeen.

One odd shoe / by Pat Murphy -- shoes by the highway; archiologyical dig; propositioning a coyote woman. Excellent. Five stars.

Coyote Woman / by Carolyn Dunn -- poem

Wagers of Gold Mountain / by Steve Berman -- Chinese-culture enthused. Three stars.

The listeners / by Nina Kiriki Hoffman -- godstruck in Rome, new path to follow. Felt like the first chapter in a novel. Four
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Althea Ann
I had very high expectations of this anthology, both because of the excellent editors, who are two of my personal favorites, and because of the high number of really good authors featured in the contents list.

Unfortunately, I felt a little disappointed in it. Most of the the stories were, I felt, good but not great. Many of the authors mention in their notes that the stories were written on request, specifically for this anthology, and I think that sometimes it shows, both in a commissioned-not-
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Michele
Overview

This review will offer a look into The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales by Ellen Datlow by exploring observations of ecology, theology, social commentary, and science fiction. This story takes place in North Park for the most part. North Park is the area where most of the unwanted dogs have retreated to for shelter and scraps that they have to scrounge for. The dogs have been given the ability to talk and express themselves through voice. Their owners fell very threatened by the dogs ability
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Lori
The evolution of trickster stories among the dogs of North Park after the Change
By- Lori

Overview
The dogs of North Park share their views on the flaws of human beings when they feel threatened. It shows the different ways that some people deal with drastic changes, in a not so positive way. Linna, earns the trust of the dogs, and listens to their heartbreaking tales. This story offers both ecological and theological observations, as well as social commentary. Many different tropes are displayed
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Kathy Leonard
Datlow, Ellen and Terri Windling, eds. The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales (2007). The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales includes many trickster stories from across the world. ”Coyote Woman“ from Carolyn Dunn, is a twist on the traditional Native American Trickster Tale. Coyote is usually portrayed as male, but as Carolyn explains, Coyote can also be a female. This poem tells the story of love, maybe a first love experience. There is an underlying theme of hurt; it tells of unrequited love. He is desper ...more
karenbee
The Coyote Road came verrrry close to being added to the "did not finish" shelf. In the end, I kept reading, even when I didn't want to, because I knew there were a couple of stories by authors I really liked that I hadn't hit yet.

I'm glad I did, because honestly, I think most of the good stuff was in the last half of the book.

Won't be reading it again, but it was worth slogging through the meh bits to get to the good stories.
Melanti
Not quite what I expected.
While all the tales had a trickster of one sort or another, very few had much of a lesson or a moral to impart. And isn't that the value of most trickster tales, and Coyote tales especially?

While there were several I liked, I was most impressed with the final one - "The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among the Dogs of North Park After the Change."
Sarah
Really enjoyed this collection. A wide variety of trickster tales, from some of the best authors of the fantasy world. My favorite of the stories would be these:

Always the same story by Elizabeth E. Wein: I like the feel of a repetitive circular story. The feeling that underneath there are a lot of commonalities to so many of the stories we read.

The senorita and the cactus thorn by Kim Antieau: I love the idea of the older woman trying to trick the younger woman and being tricked herself. I didn
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Malaika
I love anthologies because I find short stories more powerful in their brevity. Also, it allows me to sample authors without the commitment of an entire novel or (worse) an entire series. Even in the anthologies I love most, I usually like only 3/4ths of the stories, really like about 1/4, and absolutely love only one to three. I loved every story and poem in this anthology except for one, and that one was still well written. Since I've not liked (though again, appreciated) other works by that s ...more
Ralph McEwen
A very nice collection of well written tales and poems. Short stories and poems are not my usual choice of reading, even so I really enjoyed this book.
Susan
Jun 11, 2015 Susan is currently reading it
One Odd Shoe • (2007) • shortstory by Pat Murphy
Coyote Woman • (2007) • poem by Carolyn Dunn
Wagers of Gold Mountain • (2007) • shortstory by Steve Berman
The Listeners • (2007) • shortstory by Nina Kiriki Hoffman
Realer Than You • (2007) • shortstory by Christopher Barzak
The Fiddler of Bayou Teche • (2007) • shortstory by Delia Sherman
A Tale for the Short Days • (2007) • shortstory by Richard Bowes
Friday Night at St. Cecilia's • (2007) • shortstory by Ellen Klages
The Fortune-Teller • (2007) • shor
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Katerine
Однажды ничего не было, и тогда Создатель придумал землю и людей. Спустя какое-то время ему стало скучно, и он придумал Койота. С тех пор скучно не было уже никому. Койот крал, врал, ел, что попало, и сколько влезет, спал и гадил, где придется, и смеялся надо всеми. Все его ненавидели, и сам Создатель задумывался временами: а так ли плоха была спокойная жизнь? Однако, темными долгими вечерами, усевшись у огня, о ком люди рассказывали свои истории?

Потому что правда в том, что каждому время от вре
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Jenne
I like to read books of short stories to find new authors and am often pleasantly surprised to find tales by those whose books I already enjoy. This collection of short stories written by well–known authors and less well-known authors alike is no exception.

Don’t be mislead by the title, though, because while there are many tales of Coyote inspired by the North American tales, (some which take awhile for the reader to recognize him!) the authors also use tricksters from other mythologies. “The L
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Keera
If I could, I would give this novel 2.5 stars, because it's a mixture of good stories and okay stories. However, since the okay stories outweigh the good, I have to go with okay.

That said, I am perhaps biased. I absolutely adored the two other anthologies that Datlow and Windling produced: The Faery Reel: Tales from the Twilight Realm and The Green Man: Tales from the Mythic Forest. You should definitely pick up those over this one.

My biggest problem with The Coyote Road is I often felt like the
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Shawn Thrasher
Collections of short stories are kind like a bag of mixed jellybeans. There are flavors you like (mmmm... buttered popcorn) and flavors you don't (always the darkest or lightest ones), and flavors you might dislike now but later find to be tasty (mmmm??? cream soda?). Coyote Road was a pretty standard book of short stories by a variety of authors, collected by two master "collectors." I have to admit, I didn't read each and every story, but I started each and every story. Some of them I spit out ...more
Erin Guimon
I thought I was going to be cherry picking my way through this anthology. I picked it up because I was in a mood to read about foxes, and since they're traditionally tricksters I figured I'd find a few of them in this book. I only found a few foxes (one kitsune to be specific), but it doesn't matter because just about every story and poem in this book is wonderful. I read it straight through.

My personal favorite was "Honored Guest" by Ellen Kushner who brought in my favorite character from one
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Phoenixfalls
This was a mediocre collection. Looking over the table of contents I remember liking quite a few of the stories, and really disliking only a couple, but very little stands out.

"The Listeners" was very engaging, but ended just when things were getting started: it felt like the opening chapter of a fascinating novel.

"The Chamber Music of Animals" by Katherine Vaz and "The Dreaming Wind" by Jeffery Ford were dense with metaphor and style, and almost elevated themselves to poetry, but not quite.

"The
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Stephanie
"Coyote Woman" by Carolyn Dunn: Poem about female Coyote. This poem, I like it! ANOTHAH. 5/5
"Wagers of Gold Mountain" by Steve Berman: Everyone is tricking everyone because everybody has a lot to lose. Also there is a foo. Dog. Thing. 4/5.
"The Fiddler of Bayou Teche" by Delia Sherman: I am quickly becoming a huge fan of Sherman's short stories. This one had a slow beginning but built up the story really well so by the denoument, everything was beautiful and nothing hurt. 4/5.
"The Fortune-teller"
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Robert Sheppard
FOLKTALES AND FABLES IN WORLD LITERATURE--THE PANCHATANTRA, THE INDIAN AESOP, LA FONTAINE'S FABLES, THE PALI JATAKAS, THE BROTHERS GRIMM, CHARLES PERRAULT'S MOTHER GOOSE, THE CHINESE MONKEY KING, JOEL CHANDLER HARRIS' TAR-BABY & THE AMERINDIAN COYOTE AND TRICKSTER TALES ----FROM THE WORLD LITERATURE FORUM RECOMMENDED CLASSICS AND MASTERPIECES SERIES VIA GOODREADS—-ROBERT SHEPPARD, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


Folk tales, folk song, folk legend and and folk lore have been with us since time immemorial and
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Elizabeth
Having previously enjoyed Datlow & Windling's collections (The Green Man and The Faery Reel), I was looking forward to reading this latest anthology, now out in trade paperback. A smart collection of short fiction and poetry, featuring many of my favorite writers, it did not disappoint.

All of us are familiar with stories about tricksters, whether we're aware of it or not. From Br'er Rabbit and Bugs Bunny to Anansi and Coyote, every culture has tales of tricksters. The stories in this collect
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Betsy
Twenty-six tales, some prose and some poems, and all of them intriguing and enticing by turns. And just listen to their content. A deal with the devil takes the form of a competitive eating contest. A spirit decides that it will do everything possible to stop a classroom from diagramming sentences. A boy draws inspiration from Brer Rabbit to outsmart his kidnappers. A girl collects ghosts on ribbons, taking them wherever she goes, feeding them her blood. Each story relates to a trickster charact ...more
Yvonne
The Anthology Series by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling are the most amazing reads while traveling. Each story is unique and while some are not always my favorite, I always find so many stories that resonate with me. When reading these on vacation each story attaches itself to a location and so when I reread the stories I get a chance to relive my travels along with the story.
Tiffany Fields
From poems to prose, this book has all of the variety you could want in a short story collection. I had fun trying to decide what direction each tale was going in. Many of the stories featured the Tricksters I know and love, and some contained new faces, but I enjoyed all of them.
A few particular favorites were "One Odd Shoe", "Uncle Bob Visits", "Honored Guest", and "The Dreaming Wind".
Melanie
There were more stories that I liked in this book of short stories and poems than those I disliked. However there were 4 which I disliked which stopped me from giving this book a 4 star rating.

The highlights were: "Crow Roads" by Charles De Lint; "The Evolution of Trickster Stories Among The Dogs of North Park After the Change" by Kij Johnson; "A Tale for the Short Days" by Richard Bowes; "Fiddler of Bayou Teche" by Delia Sherman; Fortune Teller by Patricia Mc Killip; and "Constable of Abal" by
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Jason
A pretty amazing collection of short stories from favorite authors including Charles deLint, Patricia McKillip, and others, all celebrating (after a fashion), different mythological tricksters from many different cultures. It also introduced me to several new authors I've never read before. Favorites include One Odd Shoe, by Pat Murphy; Friday Night at St. Cecilia's by Ellen Klages, which definitely put a different spin on games I've love; Realer than You by Christopher Barzak, which has an int ...more
Julia
Stories about Tricksters by Holly Black, Charles de Lint, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Kij Johnson, Ellen Kushner, Kelly Link, Patricia McKillip, Delia Sherman, Will Shetterly, Midori Snyder, Caroiline Stevermer, Jane Yolen. How could it not be wonderful?

Jessica Campion, the adventurer/ pirate from The Fall of Kings is in China in the story “Honored Guest” by Ellen Kushner. Delia Sherman writes about a deal with a Trickster in New Orleans in “The Fiddler of Bayou Teche.” “The Listeners” by Nina Kiriki
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Sarah Louise
I read about 7 stories from this collection. I overall enjoyed it but was a little disappointed that more than one of the stories were repeats from other collections. Holly Black's was one of them and being that she was one of the main reasons I chose this collection it was a big bummer. I would however recommend this book because the stories are easily read in one or two sittings and each wraps up nicely at the end. This is why I read collections of stories from my favorite fantasy authors beca ...more
Kristina Wojtaszek
The Chamber Music of Animals by Katherine Vaz was unforgettably good. The idea of a stuffed animal being a hero really appealed to me. I have a strange notion left over from my childhood that stuffed animals can have souls, if they are loved enough, and indeed I think my Mr. Bunny, who sits in my son's bed to watch over him as he sleeps, is one of those soul bearing stuffties! Rangy had more personality and humanity in him in that story than many people have in real life!

Many good stories in thi
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Ellen Datlow has been an award-winning editor of short science fiction, fantasy, and horror for over twentyfive years.

She is editor of the Best Horror of the Year and has edited or co-edited a large number of award-winning original anthologies. Her most recent are Supernatural Noir, Naked City, Blood and Other Cravings, The Beastly Bride, Teeth, Trolls Eye View, and After (the last three with Ter
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