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The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales

(The World of Riverside #2.7)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,176 ratings  ·  115 reviews
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 ...more
Hardcover, 518 pages
Published July 19th 2007 by Viking Juvenile
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Nancy Meservier
Mar 01, 2010 rated it liked it
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 ...more
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
I first read this book December 28-January 1, 2013. I did not review it after that first reading.
I reread it exactly four-and-a-half years later, from June 28 to June 29, 2017. And I reviewed it! As I read it for the second time, I reviewed it as I read it, reading and reviewing half of the book (51%) on June 28, and the second half on June 29. :-)

I am giving this book 4 stars, for being a very good book that I really enjoyed, for two reasons: Reason One is that it was a book that I very much
Beth Cato
This anthology features a wide variety of trickster-themed fiction and poetry. As with most compilations like this, some stories resonated more strongly with me than others. The most noteworthy included:

"The Fiddler of Bayou Teche" by Delia Sherman
A fantastic take on bayou lore and fiddling and dancing the devil down.

"Crow Roads" by Charles de Lint
I love the moods that de Lint masterfully creates, and here he sets up a strong teenage girl and a fae boy against the backdrop of 1960s cultural
Nightshade Purplebroom
Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
For the most part this book is entertaining, even if I didn't quite like some of the stories in it. Windling's introduction was great. Some of the stories I felt may not have really given the Trickster vibe I was looking for, but were at least entertaining enough, and had some kind of trickery within them.

"The Fiddler of Bayou Teche", "One Odd Shoe", "Crow Roads", "The Fortune Teller", "The Senorita and the Cactus Thorn", "God Clown" were my favourite stories. I did like one poem,"How the Raven
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 09, 2015 rated it really liked it

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
Oct 20, 2008 marked it as currently-reading-anthcoll
One Odd Shoe (2007) shortstory by Pat Murphy
♦ Coyote Woman poem by Carolyn Dunn RE-read 6/11/2015
Wagers of Gold Mountain (2007) shortstory by Steve Berman
♥ The Listeners (2007) shortstory by Nina Kiriki Hoffman - included in e-book Antiquities RE-read 8/9/2015
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
Althea Ann
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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
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.
Dec 31, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthology, 2011
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."
Ralph McEwen
May 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
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.
Robert Sheppard

Folk tales, folk song, folk legend and and folk lore have been with us since time immemorial and
Jul 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
I really enjoyed Kij Johnson's Evolution of Tricker Stories Among the Dogs of North Park and was hoping to find more in a similar vein. At least some good takes on Coyote and kitsune stories to see what's been done with those tropes before I start brainstorming one of my own. Unfortunately this collection is just. . . bad. The stories range from bland and barely on-topic but competent to mediocre and uninspired to a range of rote amateur trash I never expected to see in a published anthology ...more
As an anthology, it was quite difficult to rate the book as a whole, because I felt the different entries were of differing quality. Then again, that inconsistency of quality probably led me to give the rating that I did.

I enjoyed some stories and they were well-written, with interesting takes on the trickster character in different settings. On the other hand, there were others that were... subpar: the story was confusing, the plot and characters could have been better fleshed out despite the
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
I bought this for Theodora Goss' poem "How Raven Made His Bride", which was excellent. Otherwise it's a mixed bag. I enjoyed the stories from the always excellent Patricia McKillip, Charles de Lint and Ellen Kushner, and the new to me authors Caroline Stevermer and Nina Kiriki Hoffman. But the rest I really struggled with. Most of these stories have ironic plot twists, or plucky underdog heroes solving a riddle-type challenge, but they don't really have the anarchic feeling of a true Trickster ...more
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
This book is not quite what I thought it was going to be. I thought it would be new stories about Coyote, Anasi, Hermes, Loki, etc. There are a few about Coyotoe, one about Hermes, a poem about Anasi, and possibly one about Loki.
But, actually, it's more that the editors asked the writers to create a story around the theme of Trickster, so you get a wide range of interpretations.
I found it to be a very mixed bag. Some were enjoyable, some had really interesting ideas, others were romantic and
Kristen (belles_bookshelves)
"The stories will continue: stories do not easily die."

Awesome and interesting collection of tales of tricksters: Coyote, Loki, even the Devil makes an appearance.

My favorites:
"The Chamber Music of Animals" by Katherine Vaz: an crazy original tale of a monkey spirit stuffed animal helping the boy he loves. (Coming off The Velveteen Rabbit, I love this tale).

"The Evolution of Trickster Stories among the Dogs of North Park after the Change" by Kij Johnson: Sad and original and moving and
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional
This traditional literature book encompasses "trickster" stories from cultures across the world, from First Nations to China and everywhere in between. "Tricksters" are characters that embody foolishness and cunning, good and evil, and holiness and profanity, all in one. They can help or harm people and animals, but are usually seeking their own interests at all times. I found it quite intriguing how these stories serve as a common thread between cultures. A truly excellent read.
Nu Nightingale
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: anthology
This is an anthology of short stories focused on the trickster archetype character. I enjoyed most of it (yet skipped some); I think my favorite story was one by Nina Kiriki Hoffman about a slave girl saved from her fate by Hermes.
Oct 25, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this a very mixed bag and initially struggled to get into it. There were a few I found to be not very interesting to me personally. The stories I enjoyed most were A Tale for the Short Days, Friday Night at St Cecilas, Crow Roads, Uncle Bob Visits, Honoured Guest and The Senorita and the Cactus Thorn. The stories are nicely varied through different cultures and trickster traditions. ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Some great writers in this volume, but very few stories that I connected with. For me, the highlight of the anthology was Jeffrey Ford's "The Dreaming Wind." I guess I'm just not that into trickster stories.
Shelby A
Aug 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read the other two anthologies from this same line, and it did not disappoint.
Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great compilation. Enjoyed each tale . . .
Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, anthology
A nice mix of stories I liked a lot and stories I ... didn't. (The Kij Johnson is kind of brutal.) I does love me some tricksters, so that aspect was fun.
Haviva Avirom
Dec 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ellen Kushner's story, "Honored Guest" made me want more of the enigmatic and fascinating Jessica Campion. I can't wait for the whole Jessica novel!
Jan 26, 2020 rated it liked it

Some of the stories are quite good. Some of them, well, the connection to Trickster is a stretch.
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another fabulous Windling/Datlow anthology. Definitely a worthwhile read
Oct 07, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Jul 04, 2015 rated it liked it
The evolution of trickster stories among the dogs of North Park after the Change
By- Lori

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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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

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