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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, affordabl
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Paperback, 664 pages
Published April 5th 2011 by Dark Horse Books (first published March 22nd 2011)
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Chris Boette
Jul 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Marissa
Feb 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: comix
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
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Beth Kakuma-Depew
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
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Morgan
Nov 05, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up
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
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Matthew
Jun 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Miriam
Jun 16, 2011 rated it really liked it

A (probably incomplete) list of books alluded to:
The Last Unicorn
The Killer Inside Me
The Selfish Giant
Parable of the Sower
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There
The Magician's Nephew
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
The Neverending Story
Jaka's Story
The Princess BridePeter Pan
There's also a lot of poetry and old music.
I'm sure there were also lots of film references that I missed because I'm not a movie buff. I caught "Totoro" and "Night of the Hunter."
Gayle Francis Moffet
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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,"
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Jdetrick
I am obviously missing something here, but I simply can not connect with this book; not the world, not the characters, none of it. I like the art, which starts out crude and continues to get better with each story. The early chapters seem somewhat rough and overwritten, but even as things become more polished, I find myself not caring about anything happening here. I wish I could see what others do in this series, but I can't.
Matt
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, reviewed
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
Ian
May 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Emily Brown
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novel
AMAZING. I have no words for the awesome contained in this graphic novel. But I will quote:"Reading is my anesthetic. It isn't enough. I pour books into myself and there are never enough. They're gone too fast, like paper on a bonfire." My reaction? WOAH. Can I tattoo this on my forehead?!?! Yes, I engage in hyperbole to prove a point, but those words are now my mantra (if you will).
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
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Spearhavok
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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 f
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John
May 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Tasha Robinson
Apr 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I don't normally include graphic novels on my official timeline for the year because most of them only take a few hours to read, and it feels like cheating to include them as part of an annual count. But this is a gigantic, meaty, 660-page behemoth of a book that required actual reading comprehension and significant time, and it seemed fair. Besides, I just wanted to write about what an experience this was. As an adult, I don't often run across new fantasy worlds that actually excite me. Everyth ...more
Maia
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Jason
Where has this series been all my life? How had I not heard about this repeatedly over the years I've spent immersed in the comics world? Never before have I read anything that was able to marry the worlds of genre fiction and complex relationship fiction so completely effectively. It's a thoroughly absorbing experience, especially all at once like this. And then you go back through it residing the endnotes and you're blown away all over again. Part of me wonders if it doesn't get more acclaim b ...more
Alex
Sep 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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Becky
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: comics, favorites
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.
Radical
Dec 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
I should've known from the very start when a couple of characters talk about what a rogue (but so trustworthy!) the main character was that this would be bad. It didn't sway from that initial impression. A meandering tale weighed down by unnecessary weirdness and trite characters.
Fraser Sherman
Jun 04, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: graphic-novels
This indie series apparently has a cult following, but I don't feel much urge to join the cult. No question McNeil writes characters and relationships well, but it's so much relationship, so little plot I could never engage with the characters (I gave up a third of the way in).
Michael
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Too damn lazy to dig out my boxed-up issues, so I borrowed this from the local library.. :)
Sam
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I knew not a single thing coming into Finder. I bought it in a Comixology sale and I'm prettt sure that, based on the title, I thought it was an anthology by a comics press. I was totally taken aback by even the intro, talking about being thrown into a deeply strange world and letting it seep into you, picking up unremarked moments of strangeness to be explained some way down the road, or maybe not at all. It's probably one of the most accurate forewords I've ever read. I'm grateful for the warn ...more
Angela
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Weird, pretty wonderful, slow, frustrating, did I say weird? WEIRD. I missed weird. This book brought weird back. Thanks, book!

We're dropped in media res into a far future weirdo landscape; to make matters worse, the plot is circuitous, characters ambiguous and complicated and ever-changing, and GOD THERE IS SO MUCH CHATTERING MUSIC PLAYING. I could have done without the music. But this was a slow-burn of frustrated "wtf"-ness that then, finally, sublimated into something exciting and fun and st
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Zizeek
Dec 19, 2018 rated it liked it
I'd have to rate this book 2.5 to 4 stars. 'Sin-Eater' was rough, dragged, and at times confusing. The art by the end became enjoyable, and sometimes I loved the world building. Other times everything seemed shallow and silly. Then there would be some serious character building, and I'd hang in there when five minutes before I had contemplated bailing. 'Talisman' was by far my favorite. It felt as if the writer had finally figured out what she wanted to say and how she wanted to say it.

It wasn'
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Nicholas
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An all time wonderful classic of boldly imaginative science fiction. Filled to bursting with with so much lush plot detail that it literally will not all fit on the page; each volume comes with special appendices that point out extra detail and elucidate the inspiration behind settings and characters.


True, every volume but the latest (“Third World”)is rendered neatly in black and white, but I truly wouldn’t have it otherwise. Characters’ moods are rendered joyfully, and scenes of action or daily
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Courtney
Apr 04, 2019 rated it liked it
I wasn't crazy about this but I did end up liking it. It takes a while to get into. I think you've probably got to read at least the first two or three books before it starts feeling worth it. McNeil becomes a noticeably better story teller the further she gets into it. You've also kind of got to abandon your expectations around it being a cohesive narrative; it's a kind of like a stream-of-consciousness graphic novel. So you've got to learn to just go with the flow. Unfortunately, the main char ...more
Catherine
Jan 02, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic
Our hero, Jaeger, is a Finder and a Sin-Eater, which in practice seems to mean that he’s the kind of low-class charismatic cool guy everyone wants to hang out with. A Fonzie for the ages. If I had read this twenty years ago, I would have been enamored with him, but, as it is, I lost interest in this collection about halfway through. The art is great, the pacing from panel to panel is good, but most of the effort goes to world-building and backstory, while the characters keep circling the same pl ...more
Susan Haines
Nov 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I read over 500 pages before giving up. That might be a record.
I waited for a plot line I could follow. A new plot starts every few pages or so, and I thought there might be a masterful plan to weave them all together, so I was patient. At one point I realized the author put some explanatory notes in the back, but they didn't help, and that seems like a lame way to narrate, anyway. There was no character development either. I never even knew if The Finder was a hero or a villain or something in
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Howell Murray
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very entertaining and well-drawn story set in a future world where people live in domed cities or in the less-developed outside. The world is very well thought-out. A few elements: It is run by clans, whose people all look more or less alike and work the same kinds of jobs. There are intelligent lions whose leaders speak and walk on two legs. The members of one of the clans all look superficially like women, though they can be either sex. The hero is from outside the cities and has many impressi ...more
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“Most of her contemporaries simply don't understand why she has all these paper books, or indeed all this paper.

It's a hands-on craving. I can't remember anything unless I write it down or draw it. Many of our words for cognition are tactile words. We speak of "handling" a problem, "turning it over" in our minds, "grasping" an idea.

A keyboard just doesn't do it for all of us.”
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