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The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales – Ellen Datlow, ed. ***

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The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales
The Coyote Road: Trickster Tales by Ellen Datlow
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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-inspired feel to some of the works, or a sense of “maybe I can work a trickster into this work-in-progress.”

One notable exception was Kelly Link’s “The Constable of Abal,” which I loved. I really need to get my hands on more of her stuff!

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