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Finder [Kindle Edition]

Emma Bull
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Death and dark magic hang like a shadow over the city called Bordertown. Orient has a magical gift—or maybe a curse—for finding lost objects. But can he find a way to save the people he loves?

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

The author of the Hugo- and Nebula-nominated Bone Dance here offers a murder mystery with an agenda: its bittersweet undertones plead for tolerance among all living beings. The story takes place in Bordertown, where elves, humans and halflings (half elf and half human) coexist near the edge of the Nevernever, a country to which only pure Trueblood elves can go. A designer drug that mutates humans and halflings so they become more like Trueblood elves is being used by those desperate to enter the Nevernever. There is a problem, however: the drug horribly kills its users before they complete the mutation process. The tale's human hero, Orient, who has a magical talent for finding lost items, is recruited by Sunny Rico, a policewoman dedicated to seeking out the drug's creator. As they search, love and betrayals flourish, and we learn much about the depths of elven-human friendships. Bull has proved in past works that she can weave a web of magic and truth around her characters. Finder is not as original and exciting as Bone Dance , but this stylishly dark piece displays the author's virtuosity with pathos and command of melodious language. It's yet another case of good writing triumphing over a mediocre concept in the land of the fantastic.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA?Finder is a delightful bit of alchemistry that deftly blends the detective and fantasy genres. Orient is a young man with unique "talent": ask him "where is..." and add the "non-abstract noun of your choice" and he will be tugged toward the object. In the World, this odd ability made his life nearly unbearable, but in Bordertown, the mysterious land at the edge of Faerie, such magical abilities are appreciated, and Orient earns his living using his peculiar gift. An uneasy truce exists between the fey and the human, but a lethal drug that promises the credulous the opportunity to pass the border into Faerie threatens Bordertown's stability with a trail of deaths. Enter Sunny Rico, a hard-boiled lady cop who is more than ready to have Orient find a variety of things she hopes will help her track down the killers. The characters get under your skin, and a world in which the young and disaffected are willing to risk death in a mad bid for redemption is oddly familiar in spite of the setting. Bull's delicate touch allows her to exploit the genre crossover with particular success?as in the best of both genres, the tragedy seeps through the thrills, humor, and relationships so slowly that one finds the tears on one's cheek with a shock.?Cathy Chauvette, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • File Size: 395 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: CatYelling (June 4, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008962HDA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #267,898 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sound Cue: County Hell Fairgrounds, Please. May 4, 2000
It's interesting to see what a unique talent can do with characters and material originally created for one of the "shared universe" anthologies that no longer plague us quite so much as was the case a few years back. (Though "Borderlands", along with the "Liavek" books -- featuring many of the same crew of authors were among the Very Best of the breed...)
All of the important elements of Bordertown are here -- the "Cat Street Crier", the Dancing Ferret, (and Goldie, Sai and Strider), the Mad River, Ho Street, and so on -- but it is still uniquely Bull's imagination and her story, and hers alone.
Other reviewers have gone into the What Happens Next aspects -- i'd like to touch on some of the Why It's Interesting When It Happens.
Orient, Tick Tick and Sonny Rico and all of the other characters who get mixed into this wind up *changed*. I mean *really* changed -- some die, some have to live with tose deaths and some never really understand what the hell is going on.
One of Johnny Cash's recent songs refers to "a long walk in a cold rain" -- and that's what Orient and company set out on -- this is an almost classic trip " ... down these mean streets ... [by] ... a man who is not himself mean ..."
You will not be indifferent to the fates of Orient and friends, as we all too often find ourselves indifferent to those of the "heroes" in all too many recent works of boilerplate conanistic "heroic fantasy". As a matter of fact, if you are not careful, you may care just a bit too much and could suffer for it... but even that is worth it and part of a truly memorable reading experience.
"How does he make his hands do that?" "Too much Fairport Convention in his youth..."
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars oustanding, mesmerizing, heartbreaking March 16, 1997
By A Customer
I picked up Finder without having read any "Borderlands" stories.
Not knowing waht to expect, I was overcome by the story. I fell in love with the characters immediately.
The humor was infectious, the mystery exciting, and the relationship between Orient & Tick Tick, and it's outcome, literally broke my heart. This is a book not only for sci-fi and fantasy buffs, but for everyone who loves the possibilty of magic and believes in love and
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emma's the only writer who can make me cry August 2, 1999
By A Customer
I was wandering through a bookstore three years ago with my then boyfriend and stumbled across a book called 'The War of the Oaks' by Emma Bull. I literally devoured this book, and have continued to re-read it twice a year. I was happy to discover that she wrote a short story for the Borderland books that I've had since I was fourteen (it's been 15 years since then, imagine that!) and then to my utter delight that she wrote another, 'Finder'.
Emma catches things in ways you can't imagine, she takes you in and you're there, at the Borderlands caught in this town between worlds. If you want to fully experience the Borderlands, search out the Music for it- Tempest's 'Serrated Edge', her own band or any other number of 'Celtic Rock'.
And if you fin 'War for the Oaks', buy it. It's out of print. It's worth it a thousand times over.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars help! Orient, where are you when I need you?? August 23, 1998
By A Customer
I mean, really. I never thought it was possible to crush on a fictional character, until I read "Finder." If I could somehow slip into Bookworld--where all the worlds in books are real--I'd head straight for Bordertown (after a lengthy visit to Pern, perhaps) so I could marry Orient. I mean, he's perfect! He's handsome, he's friends with the best mechanic in the universe (vive Tick Tick!), you'd never lose anything again, and hey! he's even Jewish. Dig this: we have here the only man who could possibly locate the socks that disappear in the dryer! Hmmmm. OK, sex drives aside, this is a fun book. Bordertown: a sleek, hip world where magic melds with technology and bohemians dabble with royalty. (Kinda makes me homesick for NYC, mmmm?) Anyway, the Elves have returned...and they're cool, not a jot like the deified Tolkien-esque elves found in epic fantasies nowdays. Orient, our hero, is a fugitive from the regular world, who has found Bordertown a haven from his dark, secret past. He's friends with Tick Tick, a runaway elven princess who is the best mechanic known to man, a werewolf named Wolfboy (who stars in "Elsewhere" and "Never Never" by Will Shetterly, which were fun but not great), and a determined, mysterious cop named Sunny Rico. Anyway, the book centers around a mystery--some strange disease is turning humans into elves and killing real elves--and how Orient comes to grips with his past. Fast-paced, sleek dialogue, interesting characters, cool locale, strong plot, and Orient. Definately a great find! (Sorry about that last 8-)!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Emma Bull suprises you. She continually finds new paths to explore and new emotions for the reader to experience.
FINDER literally takes a fantasy realm and drops it into your backyard to explore. Within she mixes a werewolf, an absent-minded artist, an elven mechanical genius, and our hero, whose talent for finding things cannot help him in a crisis where his courage and his friends are all he has.
What is best about her books is that in a few lines she makes you care about the people within; you may love, pity, or despise some of them-but you won't be indifferent about any of them.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Finder (another Borderland Book) *5* stars!
Another Good Book about the Borderland series. Emma Bull does an excellent job with
Finder! *5* star reading material. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Roger Zelazny Fan
4.0 out of 5 stars Doesn't read like a young adult novel
'Finder' is part of a larger urban fantasy series called 'Borderlands' aimed at young adults. To its credit, it doesn't read like teen fiction and I didn't realize that it was... Read more
Published 7 months ago by V. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Contemporary fantasy not fully crafted
Interesting story - but not enough time spent developing the characters and the places, I never really felt like I was submerged in the book.
Published 7 months ago by Johanna Haas
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid and dreamy fantasy
I enjoyed this one immensely.
Emma Bull's writing comes across in the way some graphic novels do: a lot of attention to setting and atmosphere. Read more
Published 11 months ago by M. S. du Toit
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
This is the first borderlands book I read, 10 years ago. I forgot about it for a while, but some things stuck, like the enchanting descriptions of white strawberries and... Read more
Published 13 months ago by R. Hutson
5.0 out of 5 stars Deeply satisfying, even without the background of Borderlands
There are "comfort foods," and there are "comfort stories." Emma Bull is my go-to author for the later. Read more
Published 17 months ago by David Stickney
5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful!
Emma Bull has brought Bordertown and many of its inhabitants alive in this book. The mystery is interesting and compelling, and the tension between the characters is well done. Read more
Published 20 months ago by adrianne
3.0 out of 5 stars Great story. Horrible iPad Kindle edition.
Love it, but there are technical flaws with this on the iPad: leading (line spacing) doesn’t adjust, there are random words in italics, random paragraph breaks, and worst of... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Sixten C. Abbot
3.0 out of 5 stars So many typographical errors
I first read this book in the early 90's and loved it. It survived moves across several states, but I can't find it now. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Ronda Sly
5.0 out of 5 stars Bordertown again
As I said before, there is just no end to the stories you could tell from Bordertown. Characters like Finder and Tick-Tick always leave me wanting more
Published on February 23, 2013 by vic in the sticks
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More About the Author

I write science fiction and fantasy, both novels and... Well, I'd say short stories, but they often wind up as novelettes. Or novellas. Usually novellas. My parents observed early on that I was a yakky kid.

I was born in Torrance, California. After that, my family moved to Houston, Texas; Beloit, Wisconsin; South Plainfield, New Jersey; and Rockton, Illinois. Since I was still short a few states at that point, I moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota after graduating from Beloit College. From there, I moved to Los Angeles, California; Bisbee, Arizona; and Tucson, Arizona.

Hmm. Still short a few states.

I'm married to author Will Shetterly. I have two cats: Toby, the best cat in the world; and Barnabas, the worst cat in the world.

I'd list my published work, but hey, this is! If there isn't already a link to everything somewhere around here, just search for me!

In addition to my solo writing, I'm the Executive Producer of Shadow Unit, the best science fiction thriller TV show in prose form ever. So far, at least. My Co-Producer is Elizabeth Bear. Writing staff includes Will Shetterly, Sarah Monette, Amanda Downum, Leah Bobet, Chelsea Polk, and Holly Black. We're in our third season as I write this. Check it out at

As my Amazon Wish List shows, I'm a Man from Uncle and Wild, Wild West fan. I crochet. I sew. I like cowboy reenacting and Victorian dress-up and dancing. I also play guitar and sing, and was proud to be a member of Minneapolis band Cats Laughing and goth-folk duo the Flash Girls.

I'm just a little bit obsessed with coffee.

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