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Trader (Newford Book 7) (Newford #4)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,521 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
Max Trader is a master craftsman - a maker of guitars, solitary, and quiet. Johnny Devlin is unemployed - a ladykiller, a drunk, a charming loser. One morning they inexplicably wake up in each other's bodies - a total switch.

"The [Newford] books have all been written in such a way that you should be able to pick up any one and get a full and complete story. However, charac
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Arielle Walker
Charles de Lint at his best is pure magic. His worlds are hauntingly believable, and surprisingly comforting despite (or perhaps because of) that.

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
Jan 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charles de Lint is rapidly becoming one of my new favorite authors - frankly, given how long I've enjoyed similar urban fantasists like Neil Gaiman, I can't believe it's taken me this long to come across his stuff. And his handling of this premise makes it slightly horrifying and definitely compelling enough to overcome its slight shop-wear.

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
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Max Trader is a luthier who wakes up one morning in a body not his own. After the initial panic and a little further investigation, Trader finds out that charming, womanizing rake, Johnny Devlin, has wished for a different life and somehow they have traded bodies. Devlin has no intention of trying to switch back. He gets a fresh start while Trader tries to navigate his way through the wreckage of Johnny's life. While learning about Johnny, though, Devlin learns a few things about his own life an ...more
Aug 16, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: do you know? I'm not sure.
This book was slightly more mature for De Lint. It still brings up his favorite "don't overlook the spirits in homeless people!" theme a lot, and his sentimental view points of emos, goths, slackers, and all those other disaffected groups. He finds redemption in them. Which is sweet on some level, but again. He tends to beat it to death. The device for this one is about two vastly different guys who get their bodies swapped and their lives changed. One's a horrible guy and one's a good one. The ...more
Body swapping, Newford style. I found myself wondering if maybe I would give it four instead of five stars upon rereading, but... I couldn't put it down and stayed up too late, so...
Feb 05, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished my book, I finished my book, I finished my book, I finished my book!!! I love it when I finish a book.

Good ol' Freaky Friday kind of story. The good guys win.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's nothing particularly special about the premise of this story--guy wakes up and, having somehow swapped consciousness with another guy, now must navigate an unfamiliar life while trying to figure out how to get back into his own body. But that isn't the reason you read this one. You read it because Charles de Lint is a masterful storyteller who creates loveable (and hateable) characters, places you wish you could visit, and has this wonderful way of bringing magic and wonder into the real ...more
Oct 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charles De Lint isn't a perfect writer from a literary standpoint, and every time I read one of his books there are a few moments where I find myself restructuring his sentences in my head, or changing some wording around, to make it all flow more smoothly. Despite all of this, I adore his books. He goes so far beyond making up for slight weaknesses in his style that it seems petty to even bring them up. The characters in his books are more like real people I actually know than any other literar ...more
Stephen Gallup
I was casually browsing the book sale table at the library when this title caught my eye. "Trader" -- my first thought was that it might be about trading stocks or futures. Picking it up, I realized it was a fantasy -- way over at the other end of the spectrum, although on second thought the ambitions of your average trader probably do border on fantasy. But never mind that. I bought it anyway.

Nominally about Max Trader, a renowned but introverted maker of fine guitars, the story shows what hap
Aug 21, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Neil Gaiman
Shelves: dark-fantasy
Charles de Lint is probably one of the most brilliant writers at making you feel wretched one minute and then tremendous the next. He is not well known, but has produced an admirable body of work, all of which I'd term as Dark Fantasy. Many of his books center around the archetypal town of Newford (which I've always thought of as in Canada, for some reason) where dark and dangerous things always seem to happen. This is not horror, but a shadier side of fantasy. Reminds me a lot of Neil Gaiman, ...more
Frank Taranto
Sep 13, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
DeLint shines as usual. A wonderful and interesting tale about a man who shifts minds with another and his travails in finding a soltion to his probelm. Placed in his city of Newford, and using some of his long term characters, he again shows us a world of supernatural bordering and interacting with our world.
Ronan Palmer
May 30, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Nov 03, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another one of my favorites!
miss kerris a scott
I love these books after he literally saved my life in hospital 30 years ago when he showed me a way to see the magic in the world. Being back in Newford being with some of my oldest friends

, 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
May 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I hadn't read any deLint in a number of years. And this book reiterate my love of his writing.
Alex Kuhl
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very enjoyable book. I liked the premise, tie to Native American folklore, and characters. The tone at the beginning of the book--how it would feel to be someone else--was exceptionally well done.
May 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: like-it
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Marion Hill
Jan 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes the best books are not the ones you get the most amazing reading experience from. But, the ones that touch you at the right time or season in your life. Trader by Charles de Lint fits that description.

“I’ll tell you about art. Do the best job you possibly can. Have something to say. And stop equating it only with what you find in libraries, galleries, and foreign film festivals.”

Words of wisdom from a conversation near the end of the novel where one of the minor characters, Tanya, is g
Elizabeth Giosia
Jul 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I began reading Trader, I honestly wasn’t sure what to think. Most people I’ve spoken with about de Lint’s writing tell me that he’s urban fantasy, so I was waiting for werewolves lurking in the hedges or vampires tromping down the sidewalks, interspersed with more sexual encounters than one could shake a stick at.

De Lint does none of this, and I must say: I am so much happier for it. Unlike other novels I’ve read in the urban fantasy genre, de Lint creates a town that is seemingly normal,
Иван Величков
Вече имам чувството, че си изчерпих суперлативите за новия любимец.
Прекрасен роман, не знам защо. Сюжетът във всяка книга писана от друг автор би ме приспал на десетата страница, но Чарлз де Линт ме държи на ръба на стола до края. Авторът отново нарушава повечето правила в писането на успешен търговски продукт. Имаме поне 8 главни героя, действието минава през очите на всички, дори и на някой от второстепенните, има множество ретроспекции и ретроспекции в ретроспекциите, които би трябвало да нак
Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Though I only just read it, I can't describe my feelings for this book as anything other than intensely personal and deeply rooted. It's been on my bookshelf for years, and I've always known I would love it. But for some reason I kept reading only the first few pages, and when I'd see it in my shelves would remember how glorious they were. I kept wanting a "perfect" time to read it - just as I did with Wuthering Heights (which I kept thinking of as a "winter book" and eventually read in mid-summ ...more
Andrew Dyer
Apr 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was intresting and keeped my intrest through out the whole book. This book out of most I have read really gave me a suprise through out the story with not only looking through the life of Leonard Trader but the different perspectives of other chaters as the story played out. "trader" realy gets enjoying to read whihle looking at a situation of a person how has swithed bodys with someone else and brings in other perceptions as you coutinue to read.Mostly Lenard Trader was try to find a ...more
Isabel (kittiwake)
Dec 08, 2011 rated it liked it
When Max Trader wakes up in the body of Johnny Devlin, a man he has never met, he can not believe that his comfortable life has been usurped by a loser who is just about to get evicted for non-payment of rent. But Max lives in Newford where the threshold of the world of spirits that most people only visit in their dreams is easily breached, and the street people are closer to the liminal zone than most, so when he finds himself living in a park with a stray dog, his new friends and the real John ...more
Steve Haywood
Jan 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
Max Trader is a successful luthier - a master guitar maker - with a quiet, relatively contented life. Johnny Devlin is selfish, mean spirited and chronically unemployed. One morning the two of them wake up in each other's bodies. Devlin quickly and gleefully sets up in Trader's life, while Trader - friendless, penniless and about to be homeless, attempts to reclaim some semblence of his former life...[return][return]Bodyswopping - a tired, worn out science fiction cliche you might say. But this ...more
Kirk Macleod
Jun 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charles de Lint's Trader (1997) was, for me, a pretty great way to use fantasy elements to tell a story about starting over. The novel focuses on a luthier (stringed instrument creator) named Max Trader who wakes up one day inhabiting someone else's body. The story follows Max as he tries to come to terms with what has happened, attempts to put things back the way they were and tries to stop the man who seems to be ruining his old lie.

What I really loved about the book was how it showed the inte
Adela Bezemer-Cleverley
Love it. Love love love it. It's a body-swap story, but not campy or silly. Just improbable, and then afterward, perfectly inevitable. The best story of soul-switching I've ever heard of. And that's about all I really need to say. Here are some quotes I liked:

"This is a perfect world," Jilly said. "The only things wrong with it are those we screw up." --pg. 143

What kind of a world are we living in where this kind of thing can just happen?
I wonder if the world's getting worse, or if we're just p
Marie Browne
This book starts with a good boost for me because I really like the way DeLint writes. Trader is another of his urban fantasy books that brings back a lot of his favourite characters such as Jilly and Geordie but introduces us to some new players as well.

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
Masha Toit
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a sort of fantasy equivalent of Kafka's Metamorphosis: A Max Trader, a well respected instrument maker, wakes up in the body of another man. The man who's body and life Max now inhabits is Johnny, the human equivalent of a cockroach; a nasty loser who cheats, steals and treats everyone around him with contempt. An Johnny has taken over Max's body and life.

The story follows Max's attempts to make sense of what happened to him and to regain his old life. He has to deal with the people
Apr 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: urban fantasy fans
Trader is pure magic, not just in the central plot point of the story, but also in the language and world-building. The main plot involves two men who wake up in each other's bodies and have to deal with the very real possibility that they may not get back to their own bodies, their own lives, before irrevocable damage is done... if ever. Complicating the matter is the fact that only one of the men really wants his old life back. Add in a terrific group of secondary characters, a heavy dose of u ...more
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A nerdy guitar-maker wakes up in the wrong body. He's been body-swapped, against his will, into the body of a douchey man-whore. Other people are drawn into his drama. Pleasant and readable with likable characters. Dialogue is a little clunky, first chapter is super over-written (it gets way better immediately after), very, very little happens, but I was pulled along anyway. Also, a Magical Red Man who was a cool character, but needed to be balanced out with other indigenous characters. de Lint ...more
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Charles de Lint is the much beloved author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children's books. Renowned as one of the trailblazers of the modern fantasy genre, he is the recipient of the World Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, and White Pine awards, among others. Modern Library's Top 100 Books of the 20th Century poll, conducted by Random House and voted on by readers, put eight of de Lint's b ...more
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