Book Review: Trader

Trader
By Charles de Lint

My Edition:
Paperback, 352 pages
1997, Orb
ISBN: 0765302969

Max Trader makes guitars and Johnny Devlin is unemployed, mostly friendless, and a shameless womanizer. When the two wake up in each other’s bodies, Johnny is interested in keeping his cushy new life while Max struggles with the mess Johnny left behind. Max must come to grips with the impossible and journey through a world of dreams and spirits if he wants to regain the life he had.

Fun fact, the back of my book has the name Leonard, instead of Max – but throughout the book, Max is referred to as Max. Unless there’s like one sentence that I missed about Leonard being his first name and Max his middle and him preferring Max, I’m pretty sure someone made a mistake! (Tbh, Max Trader sounds way better than Leonard Trader so I’m glad the change was made) This has nothing at all to do with my thoughts on the book, I just noticed it as I’m writing this.

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Book Review: Only Forward

Only Forward
By Michael Marshall Smith

My Edition:
Paperback, 310 pages
2015, Harper Voyager
ISBN: 9780008117443

Stark is the Private Eye you call when Something Happens and you need help. Stark has a way with dreams and the past that makes him the man for the job. Living in a world where people are separated by Neighborhoods governed by specific (and usually bizarre) rules, Stark has found a way to bend the rules and move from Neighborhood to Neighborhood the way most people can’t. But when his friend Zenda calls him to help with Something that Happened, Stark discovers he might be in over his head.

This book is utterly weird and I loved it! It is the first book from my Mr. B’s subscription that my girl Melissa gifted me for my birthday. I’d never heard of M.M. Smith before (he also writes as just Michael Smith) and now I need to get my hands on more of his work.

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Annotated: The City of Dreaming Books

I’m slowly adjusting to the idea of writing in (some of) my books. I don’t always have a lot to say – in the case of City of Dreaming Books, I mostly underlined or highlighted passages that had meaning or were particularly descriptive. But this is one of my favorite books and since I have two copies, I figured I’d mark up my well-loved paperback edition.

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Book Review: Circe

Circe
By Madeline Miller

My Edition:
BOTM Hardcover, 393 pages
2018, Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316556347

Circe, the daughter of the Titan Helios and a nymph, was born with no apparent powers. She grows up, mocked by her mother and siblings and ignored by her father. It’s not until she falls in love with a mortal fisherman and desires to make him a god that she discovers what she truly is – a witch. After committing a crime, her powers are revealed to the other gods. Concerned about the trouble she might cause, mighty Zeus banishes her to a solitary island. There, Circe comes into her powers and rather than fade into obscurity, she draws the eyes of gods and men alike.

Yo, this book was excellent!

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