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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:
- All Bikers Are Hells Angels
- Braids, Beads, and Buckskins: Both averted and played straight.
- Clap Your Hands If You Believe: Gods will die out unless people believe in them and tell stories about them. Ultimately the fate of Anubis.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Coyote.
- Cool Shades: Minty Fresh wears a pair to hide his Eyes of Gold.
- Comically Missing the Point:
- 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".