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Finch Hardcover – 1 Aug 2010

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus (1 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848877633
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848877634
  • Product Dimensions: 16.7 x 3.1 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,973,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I can't remember ever reading a book like Finch. Audacious... extravagant... macabre. I'm impressed Stephen R. Donaldson Fungal noir. Steampunk delirium. Paranoid spy thriller ... A clear signal, if one were ever needed, that VanderMeer remains one of modern fantasy's most original and fearless pioneers Richard K. Morgan Wow, what a cool novel. Heavy with shadows and dark as sin detective fantasy... Hell I loved it. In fact, I'm a little jealous Joe R. Lansdale Finch just blew me to hell and gone... I loved the meeting of the grime and the sublime and oh so beautifully crafted... Think Cormac McCarthy... with an amazing nod to Lovecraft and still that doesn't capture the spell this novel casts Ken Bruen Fans of the avant garde will appreciate VanderMeer's latest work. VanderMeer skillfully pairs horror motifs with dreamlike imagery Wall Street Journal [An] intriguing and highly original novel... VanderMeer can write beautifully Washington Post --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jeff VanderMeer writes for The Washington Post, The New York Times Book Review and Publishers Weekly. He has won two World Fantasy Awards and has been shortlisted for the Hugo Award, the Bram Stoker Award and the Philip K. Dick Award. He lives in Tallahassee, Florida, with his editor wife Anne. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Format: Paperback
At long last: Finch. Nearly a year since its publication in the States, the Locus nominee has come to bookstores closer to home, courtesy of stellar new Atlantic Books imprint Corvus. I don't often dwell on something so tertiary as cover art in my reviews, but the original Underland Press edition came adorned with a truly remarkable piece of work by John Coulthart at once spectacular and stark - a startling and indeed award-winning composition that perfectly captured the fungal wonders of the city of Ambergris a century after the events of Shriek: An Afterword. A new edition means a new cover, of course, and it gives me great pleasure to say the new art nearly equals the darkly fantastic charm of the old. Corvus have traded Finch's grimy noir looks for a hallucinatory fusion of colour that brings David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas to mind, with fiery organic pinks set against the faded blues of the industry the grey caps have overpowered. The gorgeous cover is but the first thing about Finch that will take your breath away; far, far from the last.

Six years ago, the gray caps swallowed an Ambergris already decimated by decades of petty civil strife. With the city weakened and its people hopelessly divided, the mushroom monstrosities that had colonised the cave systems beneath the great state rose up to rule over the citizens. Now, those who survived through the unspeakable horrors of The Rising live in a state of perpetual paranoia: there is something for them to fear around every corner, some terrible consequence of the fungal invasion on every street, every building, every person.

Ambergris has become a vibrant city of red, green and gold; purplish hues and dirty spatters of all the lurid shades of an artist's palette have infiltrated its every aspect in spore form.
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By D. Harris TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Aug. 2010
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"Finch" is third in a trilogy although it can be read on its own - I enjoyed it a lot even though I hadn't read either City of Saints & Madmen or Shriek: An Afterword. In form it is a hard boiled detective story. Laconic sentences. A bleak outlook. A solitary hero. However, the mean streets of Ambergris are rather - odd. The city has been occupied by alien fungoid creatures, "Gray caps" who lord it over the remaining humans, assisted by their creations the Partials, part-human, part-fungus and also by a team of detectives - Finch and his colleagues.

In the midst of a decaying, half drowned city, whose citizens are pressed into work camps to construct two enigmatic towers for the gray caps, the detectives attempt to behave as if nothing is awry, investigating calls to find missing cats or resolve domestic disputes - and murders. Which is where we come upon Finch, up to his eyes in a case with sinister political overtones, trying to do his job, satisfy his boss, the gray cap called "Heretic", avoid the gangster Stark and the rebels, and keep his friends safe. Over a single week, everything goes to pieces and we learn that Finch is keeping dangerous secrets.

This book has an audacious concept which Vandermeer carries off with amazing aplomb. The cloying, seedy atmosphere of Ambergris is conveyed perfectly and the plot twists continue to the very end. Decaying Ambergris reminded me somewhat of
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By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Finch returns the reader to the much loved city of Ambergris that has appeared in earlier titles by this author (City of Saints and Madmen, Shriek.) Whilst still firmly within the remit of Sci-Fi, it's perhaps more Spy Fiction with a touch of mastery backed up with a whole host of spores and Fungi's. Whilst I did find certain parts implausible, Vandermeer's writing style gets under the readers skin and gets them to read just a few more pages. It's Dark, has interesting characters and you know that there are no other authors quite like him.

Add to the mix a huge supporting cast who add more flavour to the plot alongside an almost photogenic writing style and it's a tale that will keep you up long after you really should be asleep. Watch out for Finch, don't open the cover or the Vandermeer spore will root and hold onto you forever.
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If you liked Shreik you'll live Finch. It's more accessible and more entertaining than Shreik but just as good, just as haunting, just as creepy.
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