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The Coyote Road by Ellen Datlow
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May 24, 10

really liked it
bookshelves: 2010, endicott, mythopoetic
Read from May 20 to 24, 2010

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Reading Progress

05/21/2010 page 94
17.28% "trickers are transformers, guardians of the threshold"
05/22/2010 page 280
51.47% "it's snowing!"

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message 1: by Nancy (new)

Nancy This sounds fascinating, Emilie. Have you read Kelly Link before? I really enjoyed Magic for Beginners.


Emilie thanks dave and nancy. (smiles)
dave, i think i would've liked the collection more too if there were more stories with a contemporary setting. i'm sure it wasn't the intention, but it did end up giving the impression that Trickster isn't around so much anymore. it makes me want to to write a contemporary Trickster tale.

nancy, i read Stranger Things Happen, but it was a long time ago. i haven't read Magic for Beginners. i think i'll look for that one now.


message 3: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Mr. Nancy in Neil Gaiman's American Gods is a Trickster in human form.


Emilie that's true, neil gaiman does portray contemporary Tricksters. have you read Anansi Boys? that's a Trickster figure too, by gaiman.
he is playing with your name.
hey, are you a nancy too? (smiles)


message 5: by Nancy (new)

Nancy Emilie wrote: "that's true, neil gaiman does portray contemporary Tricksters. have you read Anansi Boys? that's a Trickster figure too, by gaiman.
he is playing with your name.
hey, are you a nancy too? (smiles)"



I've got all kinds of tricks up my sleeve. :) No, I haven't read Anansi Boys yet. Was it as good as American Gods?


Emilie that's interesting, dave. i've been wanting to read Jung again. i've only read Memories, Dreams, Reflections. and i have to admit, that though i remember the way i felt about it, i don't really remember the substance of the book.
i think that'd be a pretty funny trick, if that is a manifestation of Trickster. what did Jung think Trickster was trying to shake up by doing that?

nancy-(grins)
i really liked Anansi Boys. they are very different sorts of books, so it's hard to compare them. Anansi Boys doesn't have the sort of sprawling epic scope of american gods. though it features gods as characters like American Gods, i think it's a more personal or intimate story, and the theme is more focused on identity. i think American Gods maybe has a lot more cool different ideas at play and is more ambitious. i think the writing and the storytelling and characters are stronger in Anansi Boys. so, yes, i think it's as good, but will disappoint if expecting it to be like American Gods because it's so different.


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