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A novel by Christopher Moore, published in 1994.

Samson Hunts Alone, aka Sam Hunter, runs away from home as a teenager when he's tied to the death of a local police officer. Twenty years later, he's a yuppie insurance salesman living peacefully in Los Angeles. His life is turned upside down when he unwittingly gets involved with the trickster god Coyote.


This book provides examples of:

"He was funny. He tried to teach me how to walk on water. I said I could do that just fine in the winter."
—Coyote, in reference to Jesus.
  • Crossover Cosmology: Anubis is Coyote's older brother and he's met Jesus.
  • Eyes of Gold: Coyote, Anubis and their 'children' (Sam and Minty Fresh, respectively) all have golden eyes to denote their supernaturality.
  • Lemony Narrator
  • No Such Thing as Wizard Jesus: Coyote has met Jesus once and is amused that Jesus makes such a big deal about coming back from the dead one time. It Makes Sense in Context, as Coyote's brother is Anubis, a god who has brought the dead back to life on multiple occasions.
    • It's even funnier without the context from the book. Simply going by existing mythology, Coyote has died and come back to life dozens of times. Of course he'd be amused by a religion based on a guy who only did it once, and took a whole three days to do it even then.
  • Physical God: Coyote.
  • Trickster Archetype: Coyote.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Sam Hunter.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Minty Fresh. Even Sam, who is born as "Samson Hunts Alone".
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