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The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch Hardcover – May 6, 2008
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Gaiman reenlists the remarkable artist who made Creatures of the Night (2004) so staggeringly beautiful. Here Michael Zulli visualizes a much better story from Smoke and Mirrors (1998), which was excluded from its American edition. In it, a fantasy writer much like Gaiman recalls a strange night in London. Prodded out by an old pal and his wife, he meets their biogeologist acquaintance, Miss Finch, at dinner and goes with them to an odd, animal-free circus performing in the cellars underneath the train tracks near Southwark Cathedral. The audience is ambulatory, passing from one chamber to another to see various ostensibly spooky acts; scientifically skeptical Miss Finch is not amused. In the next-to-last room, Miss Finch is pulled away, stoutly protesting, by a performer who says her most ardent wish will be granted in the ninth room. It is. In his characteristic crisp pen-and-ink and watercolor, Zulli has a field day with the garish, freakish, ultimately animal (after all) circus denizens, and he renders regular London interiors and exteriors as gorgeously fore and aft of the circus sequence. --Ray Olson
About the Author
Neil Gaiman was born in Hampshire, UK, and now lives in the United States near Minneapolis. As a child he discovered his love of books, reading, and stories, devouring the works of C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, James Branch Cabell, Edgar Allan Poe, Michael Moorcock, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gene Wolfe, and G. K. Chesterton. A self-described "feral child who was raised in libraries," Gaiman credits librarians with fostering a lifelong love of reading: "I wouldn't be who I am without libraries. I was the sort of kid who devoured books, and my happiest times as a boy were when I persuaded my parents to drop me off in the local library on their way to work, and I spent the day there. I discovered that librarians actually want to help you: They taught me about interlibrary loans."
Neil Gaiman's work has been honored with many awards internationally, including the Newbery and Carnegie Medals. His books and stories have also been honored with four Hugos, two Nebulas, one World Fantasy Award, four Bram Stoker Awards, six Locus Awards, two British Science Fiction Association Awards, one British Fantasy Award, three Geffens, one International Horror Guild Award, and two Mythopoeic Awards.
Michael Zulli is a comic book artist who has worked on Creatures of the Night, The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch, and The Last Temptation. Zulli is also a very popular wildlife illustrator.
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Miss Finch makes for a good read, an odd duck woman set up for a blind date with the "author" of the story and the weird undergound London antics that follow, which Neil has identified as "Mostly True". It has a dark appeal, but unlike many of Gaiman's other works it is very much a one-shot no need to revisit kind of tale that you recognize instantly and predict with ease. For Miss Finch its more about the getting there than the there itself. Gaiman tells great stories, and this is told well, based off a short story he wrote in Smoke and Mirrors: Short Fictions and Illusions. But the familiarity of the story keeps it from rising to Neil's best. Worthy read if you can get it for under $10. Otherwise, there are better Gaiman works to spend your money on.