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Finder Library Volume 1 (Finder library 1; books 1-4)

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"Completely fascinating." - Warren Ellis(Transmetropolitan, Red)

Lose yourself in a world beyond your wildest dreams...Since 1996, Finder has set the bar for science-fiction storytelling, with a lush, intricate world and compelling characters. Now, Dark Horse is proud to present the first four story arcs of Carla Speed McNeil's groundbreaking series in a single, affordably...more
Paperback, 616 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Dark Horse (first published March 22nd 2011)
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Matthew
If Samuel Delany, Alfred Bester, Bruce Sterling and James Tiptree, jr. had somehow managed to contribute their DNA strands to create one baby, and that baby could somehow draw, I think that baby would create something like Finder.

I'm a big fan of world-building, and that's a big part of this series (at least in this big volume). Be prepared for long--but still entertaining---introductions with each city, town or flashback. As an outsider who is still oddly involved in the world, Jaeger is a won...more
Morgan
I just couldn't take it anymore. This book, for all the high concept, outlandish scenarios, weirdo sci-fi elements, freakish characters and embrace of the bizarre, this is just flat out boring. Dull as rocks. There is story to be had, but the pace is glacial, and finding out what is happening or going to happen feels like a chore.

It is just page after page of seemingly random shenanigans mixed with flaccid domestic conversations. For as much parlor talk that the book has, I never felt that I ev...more
Beth
Humbling and yet annoying. Her figure drawing is lovely and always 100% accurate no matter how small the panel or scene. Her characters have unique faces that stay consistant from begining to end. As an artist, I still struggle with this, and I've read many comics where the illustrators have thrown in the towel and given up on one of these two goals. I love the illustrations, and I would love to see her collaborate with an author.

Why? Because her story has no plot. I stopped reading after page 1...more
Marissa
I picked up The Finder kind of randomly, without really knowing anything about it besides that it was a nice, thick graphic novel by a lady. I haven't really been a big reader of sci-fi or fantasy genre stuff since I was a pre-teen, not including a lot of the comic books I read, although even my comic book tastes tend to be more within the horror/crime/action and serious fiction genres than sci-fi and fantasy most of the time.

This graphic novel is very solidly within the sci-fi/fantasy realm th...more
Ian
I honestly have no idea how to rate this. At times I thought it was a dull, confusing mess, though I enjoyed the last book ("Talisman") tremendously. McNeil's talent for drawing figures grows by leaps and bounds as the series progresses, so it's kind of neat to watch the world come into its own stylistically. I felt sort of lost as to what was happening outside of the main characters (I should point out I am far too lazy to refer to the notes section at the end of the volume while I'm reading),...more
Gayle Francis Moffet
I'm not sure I can put into words exactly how much I enjoyed Volume 1 of Finder. I'm not sure I can put into words how much of it made me think, not just about the story, but about the amount of creativity and talent McNeil has to build a world like we see in Finder and to fill it with emotion and honesty and really interesting characters and situations.

This volume is composed for the first four story arcs of the series (which has been running as a self-published work since 1996): "Sin-Eater,"...more
Matt
The Finder Library puts the word "novel" into the phrase graphic novel for a couple of reasons. For one, it's unlike any other story I've read; it's a fascinating example of world-building, and I couldn't tell you if it's a post-apocalyptic setting or an alien world with some Earth-like tendencies. It's also novel because it requires the attention and time that a good substantial novel does. There's so much subtext that McNeil provides footnotes for pages and various panels, and to be truthful,...more
Chris Boette
When adults start reading graphic novels, they're usually pointed toward a few solid books: MAUS, WATCHMEN, BLANKETS, PERSEPOLIS, SANDMAN, maybe TRANSMETROPOLITAN. Solid works, like I said. Beyond these tomes, though, recommendations get murky: FROM HELL, if you don't mind disemboweling; X-MEN: GOD LOVES, MAN KILLS or BATMAN: YEAR ONE, if you're ok with the superhero & tights thing; SIN CITY, if you're ok with ultraviolence; and so on. For some indiscernable reason, FINDER is never mentioned...more
John
Four stories within a larger arc, originally issued as about two dozen comics. More than half of the thick volume is devoted to laying out characters and setting--both of which are intriguing, but enough already! Said setting is a complex, thoroughly envisioned future society in which remnants of often-inscrutable high tech drive some humongous domed cities but human society has devolved into several traditional models--notably nomads and inbred extended guilds--and there are many signs of genet...more
Michael
Too damn lazy to dig out my boxed-up issues, so I borrowed this from the local library.. :)
Jason Bergman
Complex, dense and utterly fascinating. I can't remember the last time I was so taken aback by a graphic novel.

The Finder Library: Volume 1 collects the first three books of the series Finder, originally self-published by author Carla Speed McNeil. The series has been running since 1996, but somehow I managed to go all this time without ever hearing of it.

Finder is science fiction, but it's not of the spaceships and aliens type. It's not even any kind of high-concept sci-fi, although there are l...more
Mel
I was super excited when I discovered this series. A post-apocalyptic or at least far future scifi world written and drawn by a woman with lots of characterisation and quirkiness. How had I not come across this before? Finally Darkhorse have done something right! They've relased three of the collections in one HUGE tome at a very reasonable price. Granted the book was so huge that at times my hands did hurt reading it but I was still in love.

The book collects three separate stories, Sin Eater, K...more
Juju
I remember coming across these giant Finder Library editions at the library and I was immediately curious, what was this? I had never heard of it before. After flipping through it I made a mental note to pick this up when I would have the time to fall into this series. After reading the first of these monster collections, I'm glad I waited because it is indeed an imaginative, engrossing, dense read. It reminds me of Sandman, Strangers In Paradise, Love & Rockets, while eventually finding it'...more
Jean-Luc
Obligatory disclaimer about sequential art: it's 600 pages, it counts as a book. If you disagree, please DIAF.

I don't even know how to describe this. It's science fiction, obviously. There are enough references to things and animals and people and places and religions that we're familiar with, but... Is it taking place on Earth? I don't think so. Lemme quote the introduction:

"You like crazy world-building science fiction? Smart relationship dramas that acknowledge that relationships and sex are...more
Maia
Finder is one of those comic series I have been aware of for a long time, but could never quite quite get my hands on. Many of the trades are very hard to find, or even out of print. Happily, Dark Horse has republished most of the series in two huge (500+ page) collected volumes, called The Finder Library books 1 and 2. This comic is, simply put, like nothing else I've ever read. McNeil describes the series as 'aboriginal sci-fi' because it takes place in a futuristic society that constantly cla...more
Spearhavok
I work at a bookstore, and a while back we got something in called the Finder library. It looked pretty cool, it had apparently won an Eisner award, and it was being released by dark horse, who may not be perfect but are responsible for the english version of Blade of the Immortal. This fact alone is enough to convince me to at least look at their stuff (Blade remains the only comic book series of any length that I purchased and read the entire run of).
So I bought it. And I read it. And I was fl...more
Daniel Stalter
I came to reading Finder because one my favorite comic series' (Digger by Ursula Vernon) had been compared to it numerous times. I can see where those comparisons were coming from, but I find that they are very different experiences. Where Digger is an epic adventure, Finder is more of a dense and convoluted daydream.

The bulk of this volume is comprised of the "Sin Eater" narrative. Where I found parts of it really interesting, I found other parts extremely boring. Half of the time I felt like I...more
Becky
One of my new favorite comics. Finder is like a slightly less eccentric Love and Rockets set in a far-future world reminiscent of Halo Jones.

Wonderful characters and clever worldbuilding that leaves a lot to the imagination. And fabulous black and white art!

And yes, I have a crush the size of a planet on Jaeger, who is like Sirius Black's older and badder big brother. OH JAEGER.
Tess
I didn't know what I was getting when I picked this up at the library.
It's a strange world in some far far future. You assume it's Earth, but there's little besides snatches of songs and quotes from books that ties the present day story to the Earth we know.
Jaeger's story is fragmented, and all the characters tell a little bit about him. And he tells stories about the other characters.
It reminds me of something Neil Gaiman would write, only without the magic that is usually in his stories.
I'm gl...more
Alex
I have to do something to express my gratitude to this book for its existence.
Delany was namedropped in a previous review, and for me the comparison is inescapable. I've read Dhalgren twice, and to read that book is, to me, a vacation.
Sometimes a story captures and prolongs that cherished moment of discovery, the instant when one finds themselves in a new place, a new city that is boundless in its unfamiliarity. Instead of the discoverer possessing the object, the object swallows the discoverer...more
Matthew
Some people writer long, detailed, insightful reviews. That is not usually me, which is odd. I liked this collection and look forward to reading the next. This is a great example of indie press comic. It reminds me of Nexus, Badger and Cerebus in some ways. Nexus because of the excellent backgrounds filled with inside jokes and pop culture references, but also the oddball "alien" cultures, Badger for some of the same reasons, but also the craziness, and Cerebus because of the pop philosophy.

My...more
Andrea
Aug 11, 2012 Andrea marked it as flipped-to-the-end
Readers of Hellblazer or Transmetropolitan will recognise something of this protagonist, Jaeger. An insider/outsider, who knows what's what, elusive, trickster, double-crossing, always something up his sleeve bastard. The success of the story depends very much on whether the main character charms you, gets you on his side - or makes you long for his failure.

Jaeger bored me.

The world is extremely complex, the plot full of tangents, and increasingly the volume focuses not on Jaeger but on a family...more
SA
For the whole series. I literally have no words to effectively describe how transformative and fundamental the Finder series is. If I try, I will fail, and that failure will just make me sad.

Suffice to say I am now slavishly devoted to every tiny offshoot and half-whispered concept related to the Finder universe. I recommend this to, well, to everyone, but especially people who love stories that break into your brain, rummage things around, leave it all in a massive tip, and depart with a snark...more
Kirsten
I'd vaguely heard of "Finder" prior to seeing this at my library, but I'd never had an opportunity to read any of McNeil's work. I'm so glad I found this!

McNeil has created a fascinating, complex world full of messed up people, joy, and magic. It's exceedingly hard to describe. I was grateful for the author's notes at the back of this volume, because they clarify some of the details that I otherwise would have had to feel out on my own. It turns out that nine times out of ten I was on the right...more
Anna
My full review: http://isak.typepad.com/isak/2012/03/...

What makes this world so utterly consuming, so glaringingly immersive, is that it does not make sense. This is a world that is unexplained. Symbols will catch your eye, but have no apparent follow-through. Storylines flow deeply, but take abrupt turns, loose threads a-flying. There is no here-to-there narration. There are no instructions on how to make sense of these strange places, and the creatures in them. This, then, is what makes the w...more
Albert
Picked up the "Finder" anthology based on the review by Glen Weldon and it definitely lived up to the expectation. Very imaginative writing, strong characters, and a unique world. The artwork is quite detailed and even though it is black-and-white, it seems to shine on the page. "Sin Eater", the longest of the stories, is just a bit too episodic and unfocused, but this is a very minor complaint because any content that doesn't directly contribute to the main plot line still manages to set a mood...more
Jeff Raymond
I suppose I should preface this by saying I liked this. How much I liked this does not necessarily match up with how much I appreciated it as a work of literature and art, but I liked it. It's a science fiction tale, but it's also one about current and past issues in that future context, and it's one that usually works.

With that said, I don't exactly know what to say about it. There's a lot of deep philosophy here that I may be missing, and the sheer brilliance of the Talisman arc really ended...more
Philip
Nov 05, 2012 Philip rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2012
Finder is one of my favorite comics, which is why I bought this even though I had purchased the contents twice before (in single issues and previous, smaller collections). McNeil has created some great characters and set them in a complex, well-thought-out world. She has done some of the best world building I've ever encountered.
While the entire book is great, an especial highlight is the final story, Talisman, which will feel familiar to anybody who has been a bookworm since childhood.
I cannot...more
Eric
Some sort of far post-apocalyptic world where low-tech mixes with residual hi-tech, populated by humans, talking animals, and hybrid animal-people. I gather that "finders" are those who go out into the wastes and gather remnants of ancient civilizations.

The black-and-white illustrations are nice but tiny for the most part, with tiny crowded text. This is probably a good book but it just wasn't grabbing me. When my to-read pile is as big as it is right now I find I have less patience for annoying...more
Tara Schaafsma
What a fabulous book! She must have had this world in her mind for years before she wrote/drew anything, as it was so complex. The world, the species, the characters were all well thought out and interesting. It is not a quick read, though, and make sure you read the notes in the back as you go along, it will answer any questions that pop up. And they will pop up. Sci-fi/graphic novel. A young aboriginal/marginalized man living in a world of domed cities, bipedal lions, and groups of very homoge...more
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