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Finder, Vol. 03: King of the Cats (Finder #3)

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Jaeger Ayers doesn`t take to crowds or conformity, and there`s an abundance of both in Munkytown. Th

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Paperback, 120 pages
Published September 15th 2001 by Lightspeed Pr
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Emily Joyce
King of the Cats has a much tighter plot than Sin-Eater. It pokes satirical fun at Disney Worlds and modern society's obsession with technology and entertainment, as Jaeger gets stuck inside a hermetically sealed amusement park that is revered like a holy pilgrimage site. The real interest is in two "outside the dome" cultures that wealthy city people come to gawk at as exhibits - the Nyiman, nomdadic lion hybrid warriors, and the Ascian, Jaeger's own ethnic family and equivalents to Native Amer ...more
Adam Boisvert
This is the story Jaeger's visit to the city of Munkytown (which is one part Mecca and two parts Disneyland), where he becomes involved in a conflict/treaty between the Ascians (his people, based on various Native American societies) and the Nyima (a race of lion headed people). It's quite good.

Why is it good?

Well, for starters, it's good to see Jaeger interactive with "his own" people (though he's only half-Ascian), and it's good to see Native-American-like folks in a situation that's far remov
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Edward Rathke
The worldbuilding is the only good thing about these books, I think. It's kind of disappointing because the world is so great and interesting, but the stories are sort of boring.

This has interesting concepts but these feel really thin in weird ways, since the world is very deep and layered. I think it's because none of that is really in the story. Most of the worldbuilding is put into endnotes, so the significance of the setting, the words, the people becomes lost.
Kate Sherrod
Jaeger and the Ascians and the weird bipedal lionesses. all that's missing is a surprise visit from the Doctor. But maybe Jaeger is the Doctor!
Mikael Kuoppala
Jaeger finally gets fleshed out as a character in a tale mixing civilization sci-fi with its anthropological cousin. "King of The Cats" finds Jeager visiting the cacophonic city/theme park/religious monument of Munkytown where his people the Ascians are in conflict with a mutated tribe of the Nyima.

Jaeger doesn't emerge as the most nuanced character yet, but his background and the culture of his people gets explored nicely, elevating our protagonist above the "sexy rebel" cliché. This volume als
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Hilary
Getting away from Jaeger's story this volume focused greatly on the conflict between the Ascian and Nyima cultures. It delved deeply into the different cultures as well as the classic counting coup that was utterly hilarious to watch fall out. I liked this one better than the Sin-Eater volumes story-wise, though that may just be because I'm getting used to Speed's world now.

Highly recommended, either way. This series has not failed to deliver yet.
Matt
Perhaps my favorite Finder book. That puts it at the best of the best in terms of both comics and novels.

What happens when you put a truly scary rebel-vagabond into The Happy Place-- a sci fi Disneyworld that is only slightly exaggerated? Throw both Ascian tribesmen and Nyiman lion-women into the mix and you've got yourself a party. A scary, funny, revelatory party.

And how does a species of all-female humanoids reproduce? Who is the King of the Cats?
Jim
i didn't understand this book. there are lion people, lions, people lions and people people. there's the Disney world we all know that Really exists. there's really lovely art.
i plan on reading more of the story because i think the fault for not getting it was mine for showing up in the middle of a story.
Genevra Littlejohn
This one starts off, like all the best stories, with no explanations; what you pick up of the world, you have to hunt for. And it's worth the hunt. A story of pride, necessity, and(as ever in McNeil's writing)the willingness to perform your duty, it's also surprisingly funny.
Jonathan Towne
All right, truth be told, it's a toss-up for best finder story between this one and Voice. This one is funnier and prominently features Jaeger's naked boy bits. However, I think Chief Coward really makes this story. The Nyima are beautifully alien yet familiar.
Brian
Brilliant well constructed speculative fiction of the future with amazing internal cohesiveness. Believable characters dealing with everyday issues not seen in real life or other fiction.
James
Reread. Weird and wonderful science-fiction world. Very anthropological. Why don't more people read this? Looking forward to picking up the new Dark Horse complete editions.
Darrell
i liked the skewering of Disneyland, the curious mating rituals of the Nymia and the sin eater backstory but the density of the first two books was absent
Kimberley Shaw
One of the funniest chase scenes I've ever read! A good writer/artist who only gets better.
Taylor Cayes
Another excellent installment from Carla Speed McNeil.
Amanda Coppedge
Every time I reread this, I love it a little bit more.
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They'll see you; they just won'tnotice you.
This works even if they're looking for you.”
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