Pros: Brilliantly written. Great story. Evocative. Smart. Witty.
Cons: There was never a sequel.
His work is terrific. It's witty. Very well written. The characters are cleverly filled out and very REAL and the situations are delightful. It is full of the whimsy that you would expect from Douglas Adams, the intellect you would expect from John Irving and the sarcastic cynicism you would find in early Vonnegut.
COYOTE BLUE is the best of his work, with the smoothest most fluid story and most human characters (oh, yea, of course, one of the characters is an Indian god, but... well don't worry about it).
This is a story about people coming to grips with what they are, what they want to be, and what they are destined to be. It's also a story about good people, bad people, and impishly dangerous Indian gods. It has just the right amount of romance and adventure.
COYOTE BLUE should have won prizes -- it was a WONDERFUL book. His newer works (ISLAND OF THE SEQUINED LOVE NUN, and THE LUST LIZARD OF MELANCHOLY COVE) tried to reach the level of this early work (his 3rd, I believe, after PRACTICAL DEMONKEEPING and BLOODSUCKING FIENDS) but didn't quite make it.
If he doesn't succumb to Hollywood and go into the more profitable venue of screenwriting full-time I predict that Christopher Moore will become one of the top modern novelists of the early decades of the next century.
Read COYOTE BLUE first, then go back and read all his books in chronological order -- you won't be disappointed, and by then, maybe there will be a new one.