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Trader Hardcover – 1 Feb 1997

3.8 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan (Feb. 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312858477
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312858476
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,359,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Outstanding!"
--"Booklist on" Trader
"A master of urban fantasy returns with one of his finest works. Wholly engaging."
--"Publishers Weekly on" Trader


"A master of urban fantasy returns with one of his finest works. Wholly engaging."

"Outstanding!"
--"Booklist "on" Trader"
"A master of urban fantasy returns with one of his finest works. Wholly engaging."
--"Publishers Weekly "on" Trader"


"Outstanding!"--"Booklist "on" Trader""A master of urban fantasy returns with one of his finest works. Wholly engaging."--"Publishers Weekly "on" Trader"

"Outstanding!"
--"Booklist "on" Trader"

"A master of urban fantasy returns with one of his finest works. Wholly engaging."
--"Publishers Weekly "on" Trader"


Outstanding! "Booklist on Trader"

A master of urban fantasy returns with one of his finest works. Wholly engaging. "Publishers Weekly on Trader"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Charles de Lint's evocative novels, including "Moonheart," "Memory and Dream," "Forests of the Heart," and "The Onion Girl," have earned him a devoted following and critical acclaim. In 2000, his story collection "Moonlight and Vines" won the World Fantasy Award. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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By A Customer on 11 April 1999
Format: Paperback
I have had mixed opinions about Mr. De Lint's short stories - some are wonderful and touching, some very forgettable. None seem like they would be of as much value if stretched out into a longer telling. In this fine tome, though, De Lint proves himself capable of writing a wonderful story and more importantly keeping it up for over 400 pages. The end is a bit "happy" for my tastes, especially when looking at the hard realism De Lint often uses, but the book as a whole is a winner. I wish we had gotten to view the world more from Johnny's viewpoint, since every other character's eyes and feelings are used numerous times in telling the story, but the one look we get from Johnny's perspective explains his character perfectly. As always with Mr. De Lint's writing, the prose is wonderful, even if you disagree with some of his philosophy. Highly recommended.
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Format: Paperback
I bought Trader almost entirely on the strengh of its premise, an idea that I still find fascinating. However, I found the book's execution lacking in the extreme. The narrative is flat and unimaginative. The characters are interchangable (there were several switches between Zeffy and Nia in the spiritworld that I felt were completely unnecessary since they were both thinking the same thing). But all this takes a back seat to the book's unabashed preachiness. It's always good when an author tries to do more than tell a story, but the constant hammering of De Lint's (true) ideas about how life should be lived gets old before the story is even into its first 100 pages. Trader shines (and shine it does) only when the characters are allowed to be themselves instead of mouthpieces for some philosophy, such as when Max reminisces about Janossy, or when Zeffy plays her guitar. Finally, and this is really my personal preference, I have a problem with what for lack of a better word I'm going to call the science of Trader. The magic is unexplained, and even after it is named and described it remains a sort of ephemeral "if you wish it, it will come" sort of attitude that is really no more than a new-age deus ex machina. Maybe this is just me being a Scully, but even if I'm going to accept the existance of magic and the paranormal, I would like some internal logic to that fantasy, and I didn't find it in Trader.
After all this you're probably wondering why I gave this book 3 stars, but the fact is I read the entire book and didn't suffer through it, it was quite readable, but not remarkable. In short, this was a 'nice' book. What's really sad is that it had a great premise, and carries within it the thwarted promise of a great book.
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By A Customer on 23 Feb. 1999
Format: Paperback
I like De Lint's work. It's always fresh and fun. The ideas are well handled and the characters (usually just a couple of them) are well honed. Like so many of his other books, this one is set in the semi-Faeriefied "urban folklore" style he's known for. This book is sometimes tedious, but there's so little like it that you'll enjoy yourself (especially if you enjoyed any of his past works).
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Great concept but the book simply gives you no reason to read on. Quiet honestly it's a little boring. The constant changing of character stops the book from having any real flow. The characters aren't really believable. I read the last 10 pages with the same level of interest that I read the first 10. I actually put the book down with 5 pages to go as I was tired. I don't think I've ever done that with a book before. That said the book isn't all bad. The concept is brilliant and it is a complete story.
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