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Trader
Charles De Lint
Adult Fiction DE LINT

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From Publishers' Weekly:

A master of urban fantasy returns with one of his finest works. One morning, a quiet, responsible luthier (guitar-maker), Leonard Trader, wakes up in the body of charming ne'er-do-well Johnny Devlin. At the same time, Devlin takes over Trader's body. Devlin starts cutting a swathe through the money, women and liquor in Trader's circle, while Trader has to struggle for survival on the mean streets while trying to figure out what happened to him and what he can do about it. This quest takes him (as such quests have taken many of de Lint's characters) into what is in, in effect, a marvelously wrought land of Faerie. De Lint (Memory and Dream, etc.) builds his story from a succession of well-chosen and well-expressed details. He eschews herding his lead characters into some grand, eternal arena; nothing is at stake here except their personal fates. Devlin and Trader are made so sympathetic in de Lint's seasoned hands, however, that the lack of a cosmic stage for their drama doesn't detract one bit from their wholly engaging adventures. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Founder of the urban fantasy movement, De Lint again sets his story in the city of Newford. When quiet, responsible luthier Max Trader and egotistical loser Johnny Devlin wake up in each other's bodies, Max has a harder time dealing with it than Johnny, who had desperately wished for a change. Now homeless, Max receives help from a Native American fortune teller to get his life back. De Lint explores the dangers of complacency and self-centeredness in a wonderfully allegorical tale. Highly recommended for fantasy collections. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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