A novel of loss, identity, and, in the strangest of places, hope.
Leonard Trader is a luthier, a maker of guitars. Johnny Devlin is chronically unemployed. Leonard is solitary, quiet, responsible. Johnny is a lady-killer, a drunk, a charming loser.
When they inexplicably wake up in each other's bodies, Johnny gleefully moves into Leonard's comfortable and stable existence,...more
In Trader, familiar and beloved characters mix with fantastic newcomers. A man wakes to find his body is no longer his own, and the rest of the story loosely revolves around identity: the finding of your own, and the struggles that come from not knowing who you are - whether you belong in your body or not. It's not as serious as all that, though - or r ...more
This particular volume was recommended to me by a fellow musician, as proof of de Lint's fine grasp of what it means to be a musician. I must say, in that s ...more
World: De Lint's Newford is magical. It's dense, it's fully fleshed out, and a living breathing character in the story. The depth and tone and lived in feeling of the world is a delight. There are no info dumps, you are in the hands of a master storyteller and the world is awesome.
Story: The story on premise has been done so many times and the book recognizes this and even calls itself out. But in the hands of De Lint and the characters and the setting make this so ...more
In this story, Johnny, who is an unemployed, womanizing, party boy of a man falls asleep wishing for a more stable life has his dream intersected with Max, a man whose life is so about work that he is not even living it anymore, and they wake up in each other's bodies. This story, shaped around their quests to truly find themselves, is Newford at it's best.
DeLint's way of portraying magic as just right outside our own perceptions, excels at making the unbelievable seem ...more
Nominally about Max Trader, a renowned but introverted maker of fine guitars, the story shows what hap ...more
As usual the action has a musical/arty theme and his characters tend to be a little boho and 'alternative'.
The only reason I'm giving this only three stars is that, in this book, his moral message is delivered with a slightly less subtle hand th ...more
I’m a big fan of de Lint. He’s one of the authors whose work I hoard (and sadly am very behind in reading) so it’s not surprising to me that I really enjoyed this book. He’s excellent at writing urban fantasy with a Native American twist. Trader, like many of his novels, is set in the fictional town of Newford, where the barrier between “our world” and the spirit world seems to be pretty thin. Many of his characters pop in and out of each other’s s ...more
, well what's not to like ? My only complaint is he doesn't write them quick enough but I'll take what I can xx
The spiritual mashup thing that goes on in the Newford books isn't for everyone but it worked for me.
Did you like reading Stephen King 's 11/22/63? Did you find yourself unable to tear yourself away from James Franco's portrayal of Jake Epping in the mini series of the same name even though you'd read the door-stop of a book ? did the pre-ordained feeling of dread that overlay t ...more