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Tantric Coconuts

3.01  ·  Rating Details ·  128 Ratings  ·  58 Reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas!

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance meets Life of Pi in this quirky spiritual journey across the wild highways and byways of America.

Free spirit Angel Two Sparrows—artist and musician extraordinaire—is having trouble making ends meet. On the verge of desperation, she inherits her crazy Aunt Lilly’s
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by Crown
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Selwa
Aug 22, 2016 Selwa rated it did not like it
Man, I feel so bad giving such a low rating to a free book I requested! I mean, I didn't have to enter the GoodReads giveaway, right? But I did. And here we are ... the book's rating goes down a touch and I feel like I've wasted reading time reading something that got to feel like a chore. No one wins!

In my defense, though, the synopsis could have been a bit more accurate. I was expecting a quirky love story with a dash of new age spirituality. This was actually a spirituality book with a lukew
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Susan Swiderski
Aug 19, 2014 Susan Swiderski rated it it was ok
I received "Tantric Coconuts" from Blogging for Books in exchange for a blog post review. Before requesting it, I read the handful of reviews already written for it, and noted that they differed dramatically, with ratings ranging from one-star to five. Still, I was intrigued with the notion of a Nicholas Sparks-like novel with a spiritual element. Besides, the author has a "New York Times" bestselling track record. It HAD to be good, right?

Now then: reality. Say there are two Ferraris zipping do
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Julie Failla Earhart
Aug 06, 2014 Julie Failla Earhart rated it did not like it
I’ve enjoyed Greg Kincaid’s previous three novels (A Dog Named Christmas, Christmas with Tucker, and A Christmas Home) so I was excited to see that he had a new book coming out.
In rural Kansas, Ted Day is a divorced, workaholic lawyer. One of his grandfather’s last wishes was that he take a vacation. One of the things that Grandpa left him was an old silver and black Winnebago 32RQ Chieftain. After Grandpa’s funeral, he packs with the RV and his dog, Argo, and sets out.
At the same time on the
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Ryan Dejonghe
Jul 28, 2014 Ryan Dejonghe rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book came at the right time and changed my life. I didn’t expect it. I thought this was going to be a cute romance book about a hippy-ish woman meeting an uptight lawyer, and you know the rest. And it was. Thankfully, it was much, much more than that. Much more.


No matter your religion, even if you don’t claim one, this book will help deepen your path. The name of the book takes itself from an image presented by the main female character, who comes from an American Indian reservation. She ca
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Heidi Gonzalez
Aug 28, 2014 Heidi Gonzalez rated it liked it
This book seems like religion or spirituality 101 -If you ever wanted to know a little bit about different religions and how they all fit together, this book is for you. Its like taking a bunch of different self help/spirituality books mashing them together and throwing in a love story. I really struggled through this book. Maybe because I have read most of those books individually and the definitions and discussions of different philosophies was a little too rudimentary for me but I also just f ...more
Tyler Steele
Dec 03, 2014 Tyler Steele rated it it was amazing
I greatly enjoyed reading Tantric Coconuts (a novel) by Gregory D. Kincaid. There is just one problem for me. It’s not a novel. Not really.
There is no major character development (enlightenment yes, but no substantive background or information). There is no plot per se and descriptions of places and events is minimal, if at all. No protagonist and no antagonist as such. Yet I consider this book one of my most treasured possessions.
Gregory Kincaid has written the story of two people, Ted Day and
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Denise
Jul 22, 2014 Denise rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Full disclosure: I was chosen a First Reads winner, and received a paperback uncorrected proof of Tantric Coconuts in the mail.

Tantric Coconuts: A Novel is an unusual book, in that it describes a spiritual journey that two people (who didn't know each other at the start of the story) and their two canines unexpectedly take together. The author, Gregory D. Kincaid, tells the tale as the main characters take their road trip (which they embark upon for separate purposes that I won't spoil here) and
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Elizabeth
Aug 02, 2014 Elizabeth rated it did not like it
Tantric Coconuts by Greg Kincaid sounded like something right up my alley.

"Free spirit Angel Two Sparrow is having trouble making ends meet. When she inherits her crazy Aunt Lily's bookmobile and half-wolf named No Barks, she dreams up yet another life plan."

I knew it would be new-age and a little out there but didn't realize that it would be so far out there that I couldn't even get into the story. While it is a work of fiction, there are too many actual footnotes about books and philosophies t
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Kyrie
Oct 22, 2014 Kyrie rated it liked it
Shelves: religion
Those books in which a man tells his dog about physics? That's what this made me think of, only it wasn't physics, it was religious philosophy. And well, while there were dogs, there were two people discussing it and
the dogs never expressed an opinion.

At first, I thought it was just going to be quirky, like Carl Hiassen or Tom Robbins. Then it kind of went to a stilted dialog between an exceedingly right brained woman and and equally left brained man. I got aggravated with minor details that d
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Michelle Hankes
Aug 19, 2014 Michelle Hankes rated it liked it
I received this book for free through Blogging for Books and I was excited. In Blogging for Books, you get to choose what books you want to read or experience and then you review them. I love this concept. It matches the writer with books they want to be a part of. And that is why I chose Tantric Coconuts.

A metaphysical, New Age journey of two spirits who couldn't be more dissimilar in their quest for life - a straight-laced, unapologetic lawyer who wants to just go by in life in a small unassu
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Liz Ballif
Aug 10, 2014 Liz Ballif rated it liked it
Tantric Coconuts by Greg Kincaid is the story of 2 very different paths merging together.

Ted Day is the stereotypical, workaholic lawyer.

Angel Two Sparrow is a free spirit–as free as they come.

When they bump into each other (literally, with their giant vehicles–an RV and a Bookmobile), is it fate or coincidence that their paths merge?

Together, they journey to the Southwestern United States and back to the Midwest, discovering spiritual truths, solving murder cases, and even falling a little bit
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Kim H.
Aug 05, 2014 Kim H. rated it really liked it
From the New York Times bestselling author of A Dog Named Christmas!
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance meets Life of Pi in this quirky spiritual journey across the wild highways and byways of America.

Free spirit Angel Two Sparrow—artist and musician extraordinaire—is having trouble making ends meet. On the verge of desperation, she inherits her crazy Aunt Lilly’s bookmobile and half-wolf named No Barks, and dreams up yet another life plan. Painting her business card on the side of the van
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Jacqueline (Fall In Love With The Sound of Words)
I was given Tantric Coconuts for free with the promise of a review through Blogging for Books. From the synopsis this seemed like a cute read, maybe even funny. This was my first time reading anything from Gregory Kincaid, I hadn't even really heard of him. I do like to venture into different genres of books than I usually like reading, you never know when and where you will discover a favorite...unfortunately this was so out of my league that I could barely finish it.

Tantric Coconuts is a philo
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Amanda Leigh
I think I won this through the First Reads goodreads contest. I'm not sure since I never got an e-mail telling me I won, but it did show up in my mail. :)

Also, I read the paper copy, not hardcover.

There are many books like this, that try to get across the spiritual nature of being, and just don't make it through, or the message is lost in many topics most people don't understand. The dialogue made me feel like I was there with Angel and Ted, and could join in the conversation. This books asks th
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Nelda Brangwin
Sep 08, 2014 Nelda Brangwin rated it liked it
This is one of those books that will be a hit or a miss, depending on where you are in your life. I think I would have loved this book as a college student. If you are searching for meaning in your life and exploring life views, this book will be perfect for you. If you’re in your 60’s or older you’ll probably say “Just get on with the zany girl meets uptight boy story.” I liken this book to Atlas Shrugged for me. I loved that book in college, but I couldn’t relate at all to the message when I t ...more
Kathy
Aug 27, 2014 Kathy rated it it was ok
I tried. Native American, travels with dogs, the southwest; all things I love to read about but I struggled with then lack of a cohesive plot line. There was nothing to keep me going. The characters: a divorced small town attorney on a trip in his grandfather's motor home and a Native American girl looking to start a traveling business as a spiritual advisor who is traveling in a refitted book mobile., are an interesting duo. They meet by crashing their vehicles into each other. This was the beg ...more
Dan
Jan 09, 2015 Dan rated it liked it
After the death of his grandfather, Ted Day takes his dog Argo, leaves Kansas to go on a much needed vacation. Meanwhile, Angel Two Sparrow, who has inherited her Aunt’s bookmobile, travels with her wolf in her newly created vocation as a spiritual consultant. And then they meet through an automobile accident. Together they go on a journey not only physically but spiritually.

Some may say that this is a religious story, but it is a story of self-actualization. Not only does Ted want answers that
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Rachel
Apr 02, 2016 Rachel rated it did not like it
I really did not like this book. The loose outline is as described: the plot of Dharma and Greg. Uptight lawyer meets free spirit Lakota Indian and spiritual journey ensues. Sounds enjoyable enough for light reading.

My major gripe with this book is that the author did very little writing. He essentially took a Mindfulness 101 text and wrote it as dialogue. Even Ted's sarcastic quips could be subtitles within a chapter. Only two characters were described enough for me to have any picture of them
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Chris Meads
Jul 22, 2014 Chris Meads rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads, humor
This proved to be an interesting book.

It starts out with Ted Day, a lawyer, taking a vacation after the death of his grandfather. On the other end was Angerl Two Sparrow heading out in a bookmobile made home. They collide at an RV Park. Ted doesn't know what to think and neither doe Angel. She tries to talk him into being a student of hers since she is a spiritual consultant. Angel also tells him her aunt is in jail and since he is a lawyer, could he help her aunt?

So Ted decides to become her st
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Nancy H
Sep 27, 2014 Nancy H rated it really liked it
This book was very different than I thought it would be. That being said, I loved it! Through a fictional story, the author discusses religion and philosophy in ways that are accessible to the common person, while putting that discussion in an interesting setting. This is one that I will have my husband and my friends read just so we can discuss all of the many points of the story. I found myself marking pages that I wanted to quote, until I had so many little pieces of paper sticking in it that ...more
Sam
Aug 29, 2014 Sam rated it it was ok
When I read what Tantric Coconuts was about it really sounded cute. But try as I might I just couldn't get in to it. I liked it till a few pages past where Ted and Angel Two Sparrow collided. I know this book is a spiritual adventure but I thought maybe a little more adventure and less spiritual would have kept the story moving better. There were times I felt like I was being preached too and I really don't like that in a book. All in all not my cup of tea. I received this from LibraryThing Earl ...more
Ollie
Dec 07, 2015 Ollie added it
This book is the best of two worlds- romance and religion. We travel with a Spiritual guide, Angel, and a guy, Ted, seeking to find his way. As they travel around the southwest in a remodeled bookmobile, Bertha, they seek the meaning of Christianity, Muslim and Buddhism. They travel with their two canine companions. Angel takes Ted to an authority of each of these religions. She also teaches Ted to meditate with a little fly fishing thrown in. Great book that presents new ways of presenting reli ...more
Hermes Aponte
Jul 24, 2015 Hermes Aponte rated it did not like it


I can't believe I actually finished this book. I thought I would never be able to do it, but I forced myself out of reader pride, because once I start a book, I must finish it. This experience was horrible, and I actually feel bad about it because I have never had to give a book one star, but apparently, there is always a first time.

I couldn't get into this book, no matter how much I tried. The main characters, Ted and Angel, felt very bland and just plain boring. The plot was senseless and I fe
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Kimm
Sep 17, 2014 Kimm rated it it was ok
Flat characters I didn't care about, very shallow plot to jackhammer the idea home that mysticism (6th grade religion) is better than everyday (1st grade) religion, silly notion that one can get from one to the other (or at the very least, accept the negativity of one and embrace the positivity of the other) on a two-week road trip, very long passages explaining the history, evolution, pros, cons, etc. of one or the other, far too many dogs going for walks with their owners at sunset, something ...more
bookczuk
"Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance meets Life of Pi in this quirky spiritual journey across the wild highways and byways of America," they said. "Okay!" I said. "I'm in!" What I hoped for was a quirky boy-meets-girl (if the boy is a stiff-necked small town lawyer taking a road-trip/vacation to fulfill a promise to his grandfather and the girl is a free-spirited, new age, Native American, beginning her career as a spiritual advisor from the back of a converted bookmobile.) The problem is ...more
Danielle Rider
Oct 29, 2014 Danielle Rider rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Won on First Reads!

Will update review upon finishing the book!

Update : An insightful book that touches on the surface of spiritual exploration. You follow two main characters and their dogs as they explore the purpose of life and more importantly of self. It was a great book and the mention of dogs shouldn't make people fear it is a doggy love story. It is not. It touches base on several different religions and how they can help the individual awake to a better understanding of the world but how
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Daniel Hembree
Aug 25, 2014 Daniel Hembree rated it did not like it
The book started with an interesting story about two young adults from opposite backgrounds meeting and learning about each other. It quickly degenerated into a new age diatribe purporting to explain all religions and spiritual points of view. The authors point of view is sophomoric and even though the book became extremely boring, I stuck with it to the end, hoping for a return to the story line. It did, briefly, and then he wrapped up the whole thing in a Hollywood ending in the epilogue.
Alison
Oct 15, 2014 Alison rated it it was ok
I received this book from a First Reads win and I was hopeful about the story. However, I am not sure how much of a story there is. It doesn't seem to go anywhere and the dogs seem to be strong characters too, often involved in most of the journey and discussed at length. I can see how it would appeal to some people but it was not for me!
Marlene French
Mar 16, 2015 Marlene French rated it liked it
Shelves: adult-fiction
I won this book in one of the Goodreads contests and finally got around to reading it. It is a sweet and interesting novel written by Gregory D. Kincaid and I believe the first one in this genre for him. At first I wasn't that impressed with the synopsis but after "Ted Day," a lawyer from Kansas and very much an "A" personality met Lakota beauty " Angel Two Sparrow Spiritual Consultant" I became enthralled in this truly spiritual story. I must say that after their journey begins it felt complete ...more
Sherri
Nov 29, 2014 Sherri rated it liked it
I received this book as part of Library Things early readers. I am a person who is interested in the spiritual life and the connection of all faiths so I found this book enjoyable. Taking all the spiritual steps and putting it into a story made it less boring to absorb. I felt it made the process more real as you see Ted, a workaholic spiritually dead person become aware of this aspect of himself that he denied for so long come alive. It is definitely not a book for everyone and not realistic th ...more
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