Trader

Trader

Charles de Lint / Feb 29, 2020

Trader 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

  • Title: Trader
  • Author: Charles de Lint
  • ISBN: 9780312858476
  • Page: 154
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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,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, leaving Leonard to pick up the pieces of a life he had no part in breaking Penniless, friendless, homeless, Leonard begins a journey that will take him beyond the streets of the city to an otherworld of dreams and spirits, where he must confront both the unscrupulous Johnny Devlin and his own deepest fears.

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      • Charles de Lint

        Charles de Lint is the much beloved author of 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 books among the top 100.De Lint is a poet, folklorist, artist, songwriter and performer He has written critical essays, music reviews, opinion columns and entries to encyclopedias, and he s been the main book reviewer for The Magazine of Fantasy Science Fiction since 1987 De Lint served as Writer in residence for two public libraries in Ottawa and has taught creative writing workshops for adults and children in Canada and the United States He s been a judge for several prominent awards, including the Nebula, World Fantasy, Theodore Sturgeon and Bram Stoker.Born in the Netherlands in 1951, de Lint immigrated to Canada with his family as an infant The family moved often during de Lint s childhood because of his father s job with an international surveying company, but by the time Charles was twelve having lived in Western Canada, Turkey and Lebanon they had settled in Lucerne, Quebec, not far from where he now resides in Ottawa, Ontario.In 1980, de Lint married the love of his life, MaryAnn Harris, who works closely with him as his first editor, business manager and creative partner They share their love and home with a cheery little dog named Johnny Cash.Charles de Lint is best described as a romantic a believer in compassion, hope and human potential His skilled portrayal of character and settings has earned him a loyal readership and glowing praise from peers, reviewers and readers.Charles de Lint writes like a magician He draws out the strange inside our own world, weaving stories that feel real than we are when we read them He is, simply put, the best Holly Black bestselling author Charles de Lint is the modern master of urban fantasy Folktale, myth, fairy tale, dreams, urban legend all of it adds up to pure magic in de Lint s vivid, original world No one does it better Alice Hoffman bestselling author To read de Lint is to fall under the spell of a master storyteller, to be reminded of the greatness of life, of the beauty and majesty lurking in shadows and empty doorways Quill QuireHis Newford books, which make up most of de Lint s body of work between 1993 and 2009, confirmed his reputation for bringing a vivid setting and repertory cast of characters to life on the page Though not a consecutive series, the twenty five standalone books set in or connected to Newford give readers a feeling of visiting a favourite city and seeing old friends.More recently, his young adult Wildlings trilogy Under My Skin, Over My Head, and Out of This World came out from Penguin Canada and Triskell Press in 2012, 2013 and 2014 Under My Skin won 2013 Aurora Award A novel for middle grade readers, The Cats of Tanglewood Forest, published by Little Brown in 2013, won the Sunburst Award, earned starred reviews in both Publishers Weekly and Quill Quire, and was chosen by the New York Times Editors as one of the top six children s books for 2013 His most recent adult novel, The Mystery of Grace 2009 , is a fascinating ghost story about love, passion and faith It was a finalist for both the Sunburst and Evergreen awards.De Lint is presently writing a new adult novel His storytelling skills also shine in his original songs He and MaryAnn also a musician recently released companion CDs of their original songs, samples of which can be heard on de Lin


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    1. 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 [...]


    2. 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 [...]


    3. 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 [...]


    4. 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 [...]


    5. Great 2/3s and a wonder 1/3. 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 [...]


    6. 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


    7. 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.


    8. 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 [...]


    9. 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 [...]


    10. 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 [...]


    11. 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 [...]


    12. 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 ofNeil Gaiman, th [...]


    13. 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.




    14. 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


    15. The body-swapping plot device here is almost shakespearean and the places it'll take you may not be where you expect. 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 [...]


    16. I loved this book. I hadn't read any deLint in a number of years. And this book reiterate my love of his writing.


    17. 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.



    18. “So long as there is one to sing, one to dance, one to speak, and one to listen, we don’t give up.”MY TAKE:“Live intensely. Live big. Walk tall as trees, with the blood quick in you and swift-running.” This book is about living big – taking your life by the horns and firmly implanting yourself in it so you can’t get lost. Don’t allow yourself to drift through life. Embrace your life, fully live it, interact with the people around you and allow yourself to love completely. “You [...]


    19. 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 [...]


    20. 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 seeming [...]


    21. 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 пи [...]


    22. 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 [...]


    23. 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 [...]


    24. 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 [...]


    25. 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 boo [...]


    26. 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 [...]


    27. 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 [...]


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