Coyote meets several people during the book though these don’t seem to last the presentation of this book is dull and sad the way the characters are portrayed and how most people are just playing the part on a chess board. This dystopian story carries many different tales. I really enjoyed this fantasy book.
Coyote’s Road Trip by Laura Koerber – Review by Maryn Belling
Coyote’s Road Trip by Laura Koerber is both enthralling and thoughtful. In her clever blend of several types of lore in a relatable main character, the author invites readers to explore beyond the surface. Especially well-done are the descriptions of landscapes and environments. It became easy to “see” the world as Coyote does. Looking forward to reading more by Laura Koerber.
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Reviewed by @marynbelling
Coyote leaving his home of the desert that he has known his entire lifetimes, ends up picking up a couple of hitchhikers that were once his neighbors. They decide to head to the Pacific Northwest and along way discover that life and death is not what it appears to be. Upon arriving at his destination, coyote finds that it is not everything he had hoped it would be but makes he best of his new life meeting some quirky and misunderstood characters to become a part of their community. He also meets another soul like his named Raven and begins to understand in an odd way what community is and his role he plays in one.
This book was such a great read. A real story that is thought-provoking and unashamed to tell it like life truly is. I truly enjoyed the fantasy and ancestral side of the book. It serves as a good reminder that all is not what it seems to appear and to just follow our instincts to see where they lead. I appreciate the Native American ideas and spirit throughout the book and truly enjoyed the quick and interesting read that it was. Looking forward to learning more about Raven!
Coyote’s Road Trip by Laura Koerber
This is the first book I’ve read by the author. Coyote’s Road Trip is a fantastic read. It’s entertaining and we get to see a coyote shapeshifter.
Jim is our coyote shifter in the story. His neighbors commit suicide and he does a goodbye for them. Now he’s stuck with two ghosts and traveling. He doesn’t know exactly where he’s going, but it’s got to be better than where he’s coming from. The quote I chose for Jim is: “Not around here.” I tried another sip and made another face. “Look, people believe all kinds of crap. I just know that most of its BS. Nature spirits are real. There used to be water spirits around before so many of the marshes dried up. Stars are just stars but there’s something holy about them too. Bones. Mountains. I don’t understand all this religious stuff either. How do you expect me to have all the answers? You’re ghosts. That hasn’t given you any great insights, has it?”
Highly recommended for Dystopian lovers.
From beginning to end this story is beautiful. Although this is a story about Coyote, the shape shifter spirit…. this story is so human. The story takes place in a dystopian world affected by climate change and follows Coyote as he leaves everything behind to take a soul searching journey, or a walkabout as I like to call it. Along his journey we meet different characters and hear their stories, and although they don’t stick around for long they leave a lasting impression.
The author has managed to tell a riveting story that makes magic feel like it’s real and made Coyote feel so relatable. He is funny and complex and unpredictable. I truly enjoyed Coyote. Like I really want to gush about him because of how well written his character was. This is a rare talent in authors and I really fell in love with him. Did I say this story was beautiful? This was a quick read, and it pulls you in from the start to finish. This is a 5 star book for me.
This novel was enjoyable. It was fun taking the journey with Coyote Jim as he traveled across the country trying to reconnect with himself and with humanity it. The author built a very interesting world and I found myself wanting more. I look forward to reading more from this author.
Coyote Jim is indeed an interesting character. I’m not sure if I’ve read a book like this before, so it took me a moment to get in the groove of reading it. His journey is in the title. He leaves his home to go on a road trip to see where to go and belong in the world. He starts out with familiar spirits that tag along with him and meets others on the way. For a spirit person, I give him credit for what he’s experienced and how he lives in the modern world. If you like Dystopian spirit books, give this one a go.
This was a very good shorter paranormal story. I normally enjoy paranormal and dystopian books but I was skeptical about this one. The idea seemed odd. But I was pleasantly surprised. I really took a liking to Coyote Jim from the beginning. He’s trying to find his purpose in life and we get to go along on his journey while things aren’t great in the world. We meet some interesting characters along the way as well. Overall I think this is a really good book.
Unique story with shapeshifters, drama and mystery based in a dystopian world. Coyote’s Road Trip is the prequel to Raven Woman’s Tavern, and takes the reader on a journey told by Coyote. The author has done a fantastic job of bringing the reader into Coyote’s mind and interweaving the world as interpreted by him. There are a lot of layers to the story that will appeal to many readers from climate change to grief and finding happiness in the smallest of things.
Quick read, but not short on entertainment, humor, grief or captivating characters.
This book touches on climate change, the changes in the world that is causing droughts and deaths. It also reminds me a lot of native American coyotes stories and spirits I have heard before even though this author clearly states in the beginning of the book that this is not based of off any indigenous groups. Maybe this is just where the author pulled her inspiration from when writing this book.
This paranormal character coyotes ventures out of a sad, dry, empty desert valley of Nevada. As Coyote searches for a new home, he finds new friends and beauty in the most unlikely places throughout his journey. Beauty is defined in the book as more of necessities like water, shelter and food. This book is and can be very dark, moody and sad but the author does a great job of balancing it out with lightness and humor.
Coyote has a lot of depth to his character, Laura did such an amazing job writing, storytelling and growing this character throughout the book. Not only does the story go together seamlessly, she also does a phenomenal job describing the landscape, places and feelings of Coyote and the world that he lives in as he makes his travels across the Pacific Northwest to find his new home. Laura completely engulfed me in this story and had me finishing this book in one sitting.
This is not normally a genre of books I would read, but I am so glad I ventured out and read this story. I highly recommend and will definitely be reading more from this author.
Although quite a short book this was definitely an enjoyable one. I was caught up in the story and the main character. He seems to go on such a journey and I really became engaged with him. I thought the book was fast paced and exciting. This author really does know how to create a brilliant story. This is another great one to add to the collection and I can’t wait for more.
Coyote Jim is a shapeshifter, who is trying to find his way in life. This story is told while he is on a road trip. This story is told in first person and all the characters are connectable, and relatable. It’s a dystopian story, magical and paranormal. I truly enjoyed this book and will be looking for more from this Author.
A quick read that winds like a road. A very dystopian-style read that hints at Native American storytelling roots that takes the reader along like the shotgun rider in a vehicle. The attention to detail is nice as we follow along with the movements and shifts of Coyote and all of the chaos that ensues with it all. A lovely example of neutral chaos with a classical tease that is neither good nor evil. Coyote is a loveable and respected character with a glint of mischief hiding in his eyes.
The writing style is very different but quickly appreciated, and overall an easy read. The wind and turns quickly hold the reader and the attention to detail, as well as the storyline, pull the reader in easily.
This is not my first book by this author, and it won’t be my last, somehow I am always pulled right into these books. In this story we have Jim going on a journey of finding himself really, and the different people Jim meets along the way. The cast of characters are interesting but Janey and her father stuck out to me the most. The way Jim describes the scene with the two really broke my heart, but it was also sort of beautiful at the same time. Rachel also stood out to me, I like that Jim found his ending for now alongside Rachel. There were moments I found myself chuckling, such as the farting scene and just all around enjoying the journey along with Jim. I look forward to more from this brilliant author.
Coyote is a nature spirit, a shapeshifter who lives in a valley in the Nevada Desert, he watches life in his territory with a distant interest, he has seen many people pass through his home, but he has never seen as much change in the desert as he has these last few years, so when the last two people he was friends with pass away, coupled with the heat and the drought, he decides to leave the one place he has ever called home.
He sets off North on the only road out of the desert and even though he doesn’t have a destination in mind, something points him in the right direction, just as he is about to leave the desert, he stops for one last look and then turns towards the future.
As he travels, Coyote meets people and experiences different places along the way as he tries to find somewhere new in the Pacific Northwest, but will he find what he is looking for and a new purpose for his existence? In this dystopian sci-fi meets fantasy tale, where the future has been affected by the climate change scientists are just now predicting, this is a journey of self discovery and talks about hard subjects in a manner that all who enjoy this genre of book, it is charming and pulls you through the story to find out how it ends.
Reviewed by @roxsannel
Coyote’s Road Trip by Laura Koerber is the prequel to Raven Woman’s Tavern. It is a dystopian story with magical realism, paranormal elements, drama, messages on climate change, mythology, and more.
This is an original and interesting story with thought provoking elements. And as Ms. Koerber always manages to do, she weaves her story in a way that takes the reader on a journey, while also giving them pause for thought. There’s always more to her characters and storyline than first meets the eye.
Thank you, Laura Koerber!
Reviewed by @angelahayes
I enjoyed this. My first book from this author. I really enjoy dystopian books, and this was far different that all the action packed others I’ve read. It was like a nice walk through the woods. It was a quick read, not entirely disappointed, with it was a bit longer.
Coyote is a nature spirit who lived in the desert all his life. After climate change ruined what he remembers as home, Coyote decides to find his new home elsewhere. He jumps in his truck and just drives with a few different people to keep him company along the way. Coyote tries relentlessly to find where he belongs while fighting the urge to return back to what he is used to.
I really enjoyed the writing of this author. They have a way with words. The world building was portrayed amazingly. The way the author described all the different sceneries made me feel like I was actually looking at the same thing Coyote was.
This book is a dystopia set in the near future with hints of magic along the way. It was a calm short read and I would recommend settling in and reading this book.
I did not expect to be enthralled by this book but as I was reading, it was like nothing else around me mattered. This paranormal story is about Coyote, a shape shifter that is trying to find his way to where he belongs. In a heat of the moment decision, he leaves behind everything to take a trip and do some “soul searching”.
Coyote is a complex character. He keeps you guessing as to what he will do next. There is plenty of background story for him and his people, which opens the door to understanding his personality. Throughout his journey, Coyote learns a lot about himself and realizes there is more to him than he ever imagined. This short story of a post dystopian world is so detailed that you get something from every single page, giving it the quality of a longer story in a smaller package. I am looking forward to reading more from this author!
I truly enjoyed this story and the message that it represented. It was a story many can connect with finding the great in all things, and the journey to find ones true self. Coyote Jim was a unique character and the author brought him to life beautifully. This author truly told this tale vividly and left a powerful long lasting message.
Dystopian novels will always be my ride or die, for as much as I enjoy contemporary/historical romance and mystery, this will always have a spot in my heart, mind, and soul. This novella is right up there too, from the very start we are curious as to how the Guardian Spirit of a desert valley is going to find his new residence, what with combating the climate change and the changes that he just can’t handle anymore. Coyote has been through so much through his lifetime, and it’s scary to know that the one thing that we as a people can almost control, will cause an irreversible impact on not only us, but the wildlife and nature that prospered long before our time.
This author really allowed for the reader to connect with the changes that are brought up through Coyote’s point of view, and I absolutely adored the way we got to watch him develop and ultimately better himself along the way. His connections with the characters he runs into ultimately changes throughout the pages as well, and in a short period of time, we want to meet, explore, and know more of these people. There is good and bad in this world, and it’s truly about how you decide to approach these things that make all the difference. I do believe that there is a home for all of us. I will be reading the authors work to my daughter as well, the perspective is so refreshing, and alive. Well done!
Set in a dystopian future this book seemed interesting so I decided to give it a fair try. There are a lot of characters in this story so keeping up on who’s who can be challenging. While this story is about a road trip that is exactly how it feels as we read through the thoughts of Coyote. The description feels like you are right there with the characters and can see the trip playing out like a movie in your mind. I found myself reminiscing about road trips taken in the past.
The main character of our book is a coyote shapeshifter named Jim who takes this trip with no destination in mind. After recalling the numerous deaths around him including his beloved planet he needs a new start somewhere to call home. On this road trip he comes across a cast of characters, some good and some not as good but definitely lost and need help to find a good path in life again. Along the way he realizes that what he is searching for may not be a place at all but a purpose for being alive. Can Coyote Jim find a new place to call home? Will he find his purpose in life and is he courageous enough to step into it?
Overall, this was a very quick read. You definitely have to pay close attention because if your mind wanders or gets distracted it is hard to keep up. Especially with the amount of characters in this book and their interaction with Coyote Jim. It is a new take on ancestral spirits and a dystopian world. This book definitely takes you on a trip both figuratively and literally, definitely worth a read if you are looking for something new and a bit different!
A dystopian fantasy set in a post-climate change future, in which a coyote shapeshifter goes in search of a new home. Shapeshifter and guardian spirit of a desert valley in Nevada, Jim, is forced to leave his home, due to the heat and drought which has caused the death of his friends. As he journeys through the Pacific Northwest looking for a good place to live, he meets people along the way. Jim ultimately discovers a new purpose for his existence following his road trip. This is an original story with a dystopian setting and an intriguing storyline which also has a climate change warning to it. Jim is a unique character who I felt engaged with throughout the story. The post-climate change dystopian future really came vividly to life from the descriptive narrative and world building.
Coyote’s Road Trip by Laura Koerber. This is a great dystopian/fantasy story. Its not my favorite genre but it was so good I loved it. Its the story of Coyote who is a shape shifter and he’s on a journey to discover his self identity. He is trying to decide what his purpose is and on that journey he’s finding out what is most important. He believes what is most important is happiness and finding your purpose. While on this journey he makes some crazy decisions but doesn’t really hurt anyone. The author makes this read so real that you feel as if you are actually in these beautiful places. I read this book in one sitting! Such a good read!
This story was definitely an interesting one. While most dystopian stories areaction based this one was the perfect pace, it had that certain feel like your taking a long drive on a Sunday afternoon. I also really loved that it was told from the first person point of view, it was definitely one of my most unique reads this year. When i first saw the beautiful cover I had a feelinh that I would enjoy this book and its originality and I was definitely right.
This was a very interesting read! This was a quick dystopian read. I really enjoyed the authors writing style and will definitely be reading more from them. The descriptive words help you visualize the scenes in the story. This story makes you want to take a road trip and have an actual good conversation. Its really an interesting perspective to read about. I believe this is a prequel to another of this authors books so I’ll be picking that one up soon!
I enjoyed reading this shorter paranormal story. This is not my first book by this author but it is one of my favorites yet. One of the things I enjoy most about this author is her ability to pull me in with her attention to details. I also enjoy her writing style that not only makes the story pop but also makes it come to life. I found this book to be fast paced and engaging. It is a hard to put down story about a shapeshifter that is looking for a new home. He will take you on an adventure of not only finding where he belongs but also finds so much more than he expected. This is a great story with characters that are connectable and creative. The growth of the story and characters made the story easy and entertaining to read. This is a great story that I highly recommend. You don’t want to miss this one.
Review by @bjwagner
Coyote Jim is a shape shifting coyote stuck in a world that has gone to heck. Climate change has ruined his desert climate so he’s taken off on a journey from Nevada up towards Washington. On the way, he sees how much the climate has been ruined by the humans. Though fiction, the perspective of seeing the world through the eyes of a nature spirit puts a new spin. Like the myths of the coyote, he gets into mischief, good and bad, just to get by. He tries to help others. I found the ghost characters really fascinating. Every book from this author leaves me wanting to dive more into all the topics I find in these books: myths, climate change, etc. The book was incredibly profound. I feel there were so many little things to pick up. The characters all felt like they each had their own quirks to their personalities. TJ was a messed up teen that Jim made sure went were she needed and didn’t end up in the wrong hands. He made sure Jane and her dad were well taking care of. The community that Raven had made was just ripe for making friends. It seemed to be just what Jim needed. The plot was fairly smooth, a little choppy in spots, but that may have been interruptions on my end. I loved the tone and the descriptions were incredible of all the sunsets and the ocean. The desert and the mountain descriptions made it so easy to picture them just like I was there. It is such a descriptive book that you feel like you are experiencing it with him. A wonderful book that I highly reccomend to all.
I really enjoyed this short read. The author does an amazing job of mixing genres in one book which makes it a very unique and interesting read. I love the theme if climate change and the effects it is having on the world. I love how the author writes our main character Coyote Jim.
Coyote Jim is a spirit/shapeshifter. He had lived a long life and had seen many changes and people come and go. From the original people to what he terms new people which is us. He is now on a journey to find a new home. His journey isn’t straight forward and we meet some interesting characters along the way.
Coyote Jim is a good soul who sometimes doesn’t bad things to survive and get by but deep down he is a good person as the things he does is never with malicious intent.
It was a very interesting read and journey and fully captures how we are humans are and the negative effect we are having on our natural world
This book was more than a well worth read. I was fascinated by the story and what the story came to be. It was something different compared to most stories that are considered dystopian. None the less, I was very intrigued and enjoyed myself as I read.
Coyote was a character that really was captivating. What he was and is was the matter to describe. A spirit, but belonging and self discovery was the mode he was in. I was very much intrigued as he went on his journey, he passed others and met others, all were connected I found in this thing called life. The book and adventure was eye opening. The things we need to survive we often take for granted, and this book very much showed me not to take the small things for granted in life. Beautiful story!
This story was very heart felt to me. I very much enjoyed it It was a fast paced read for me, and I could not put this one down. I highly recommend this story, don’t pass it up, it is a rare and beautiful read!
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