Finch by Jeff VanderMeer

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In Finch, mysterious underground inhabitants known as the gray caps have reconquered the failed fantasy state Ambergris and put it under martial law. They have disbanded House Hoegbotton and are controlling the human inhabitants with strange addictive drugs, internment in camps, and random acts of terror. The rebel resistance is scattered, and the gray caps are using human labor to build two strange towers. Against this backdrop, John Finch, who lives alone with a cat and a lizard, must solve an impossible double murder for his gray cap masters while trying to make contact with the rebels. Nothing is as it seems as Finch and his disintegrating partner Wyte negotiate their way through a landscape of spies, rebels, and deception. Trapped by his job and the city, Finch is about to come face to face with a series of mysteries that will change him and Ambergris forever.

About Jeff VanderMeer

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Jeffrey Scott VanderMeer is an American writer, editor and publisher. He is best known for his contributions to the New Weird and his stories about the city of Ambergris, in books like City of Saints and Madmen.
Published October 12, 2009 by Resurrection House. 339 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The other is a "gray cap," member of a race of sentient fungal beings who are the occupying forces of the city of Ambergris (also the setting for two of Vandermeer's previous books, City of Saints & Madmen and Shriek: An Afterword).

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If Finch had been a slushpile submission by an unknown, one suspects the reader’s report would’ve been: “Basic premise – humanity enslaved by evil Nazi mushrooms – is silly.

Jul 30 2010 | Read Full Review of Finch

Grasping For The Wind

This time to let you know that my review of Finch by Jeff VanderMeer which I call “a Salvadore Dali painting in prose” is up at SF Signal.

Nov 16 2009 | Read Full Review of Finch

The Zone

Finch is the third in Jeff Vandermeer's Ambergris Cycle following the mosaic novel City Of Saints & Madmen (which featured the World Fantasy Award winning novella The Transformation Of Martin Lake) and Shriek: An Afterword.

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Albedo One

Now Finch goes through the motions of investigating disappearances and murders with no hope of solving them, whilst trying to avoid the attentions of his Grey Cap masters and their Partial accomplices (part human, part fungus, all nasty).

Oct 16 2012 | Read Full Review of Finch

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