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: Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day

Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day
By Seanan McGuire

My Edition:
Paperback, 182 pages
2017, Tor
ISBN: 9780765391421

Jenna blames herself for her sister Patty’s death. She blames herself for her own death too. Now she works in New York City as a suicide prevention hotline rep, trying to help the living hold on to life a bit longer. Jenna is serving out her time, waiting for her haunting to end, when the ghosts of New York begin to disappear. She must tame up with a witch, despite the risks, and figure out who or what is behind her missing friends.

I bought this book with exactly zero idea of what it was about. Seriously. It was on Book Outlet and it had Seanan’s name on it, so I added it to my cart without even reading the blurb. I’m not the least bit disappointed.

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Book Review: Strange Practice

Strange Practice
By Vivian Shaw

My Edition:
Paperback, 357 pages
2017, Orbit
ISBN: 9780316434607

Dr. Greta Helsing has inherited her father’s practice and its paranormal patients. Amidst treating ghouls, mummies, werefolk and other creatures that remain hidden from the average eye, Greta finds herself caught up investigating a string of strange murders after a friend of a vampire friend is attacked.

I had the chance to buddy read this book with Ekho (their blog and Instagram), if you call the two of us finishing it in a span of two and four days, respectively, a buddy read. I’m pleased to be able to bring you our buddy review too!

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Book Review: Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge

Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge
By Paul Krueger

My Edition:
Paperback, 281 pages
2016, Quirk Books
ISBN: 9781594747595
Expected Publication Date: June 7, 2016

I received this book for free from Quirk Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. All opinions in this post are my own.

Bailey Chen has graduated college and, like many typical graduates, has ended up moving back in with her parents, with no money and no job. An old friend, Zane, offers her a position as a bar back at his Uncle’s Chicago bar, Bailey jumps at the chance. When she decides to sneak a drink on the job and it starts glowing, Bailey finds there’s more to the bartending job than she ever imagined. Turns out there are magical types of alcohol that the local bartenders are consuming to help them battle the nightmare demons that literally drink the life from unsuspecting patrons.

This book was clever and funnier than I expected.

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Book Review: The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl

The Strange Adventures of Rangergirl
By Tim Pratt

My Edition:
Paperback, 399 pages
2005, Bantam
ISBN: 0553383388

What if characters from a comic you wrote suddenly began creeping their way into your life and were less than friendly? Would you take a stand against them or call a shrink? Marzi finds herself facing The Outlaw, a nemesis she created for her gun-toting, badass alter ego, Rangergirl, in her wild west themed comics. As The Outlaw and his minions force their way into her life and threaten to destroy her town she must face them and defend her home. 

If you enjoy urban fantasy mixed with a healthy dose of western adventure, this is the book for you.

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