Finder, Vol. 09: Voice

Designed as a jumping on point for new readers, Voice follows Rachel Grosvenor as she navigates the high pressure social gauntlet that is her clan s conformation process, competing for knighthood in an attempt to win security for her mother and sister Lynne, however, can take care of himself But when the heirloom that s key to her eligibility is stolen, Rachel facesDesigned as a jumping on point for new readers, Voice follows Rachel Grosvenor as she navigates the high pressure social gauntlet that is her clan s conformation process, competing for knighthood in an attempt to win security for her mother and sister Lynne, however, can take care of himself But when the heirloom that s key to her eligibility is stolen, Rachel faces the impossible task of recovering it from the sprawling layer cake maze of Anvard and fast She s certain wandering family friend Jaeger Ayers would know where to start but where do you turn when you need to find a finder And what if you dig up one of the stray cat s payback minded enemies first
Finder Vol Voice Designed as a jumping on point for new readers Voice follows Rachel Grosvenor as she navigates the high pressure social gauntlet that is her clan s conformation process competing for knighthood in a

  • Title: Finder, Vol. 09: Voice
  • Author: Carla Speed McNeil
  • ISBN: 9781595826510
  • Page: 159
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. [Edit: I am finally reading the first volume and enjoying it a lot, although I still find the fake-Indian stuff kind of iffy. Also noted that at the beginning they were actually called "Indian" and then she switched to naming them Ascians.]I don't know how or when I ordered this (drunk?) nor did I know reading that it was volume 9 (not indicated anywhere in the text itself) but it is fascinating and bizarre and despite not being my usual sort of thing it was very well-executed in general and wou [...]

    2. The amount of world-building Carla Speed McNeil has done around her stories is way beyond stunning. I don't know who else to compare her to besides Tolkien. Which isn't fair! Because I like her WAY BETTER than Tolkien. There's a really progressive, transgressive, feminist thing happening in McNeil's work but it's also extremely fun & funny & engaging. It would be one thing if she has just created this world with all these insane ideas in it. But then on top of that she tells thrilling, h [...]

    3. [March 19th, 2016] UNSURE WHAT TO SAY FOR THIS ONE1.5 stars.Perhaps it's the lack of context and background I have for this series but it was alright. The story feels more like a mix of falling down a rabbit hole and waking up in some random place you almost have no idea about. Very nice art style but I felt lost as I navigated the story and only had a general vague idea what it was trying to present to us, however one message is clear is that blood is important and can decide on your future, cl [...]

    4. Rachel Grosvenor is a young lady faced with a set of challenges: To get anywhere in her world, she has to win a beauty contest for which she is ill suited, and the night before the finals she is mugged, thereby losing the ring she must have to stay in contention. Her attempt to cajole a judge into giving her a replacement ring by doing him (or her) a favor comes to naught, and the one person who might be able to find the ring, an ex-boyfriend of her mother’s, is elusive, if not evanescent. I s [...]

    5. Any volume of Finder is easier to read then it is to describe. Shaenon Garrity characterized the series in The Comics Journal, as being 'simultaneously straightforward and labyrinthine, genre-based and uncategorizable. It’s solid sci-fi of the kind they were making in the 1970s, Ursula Le Guin/Vonda McIntyre type stuff that’s all about anthropology and world-building and a little bit of the old feminism. McNeil calls it ‘aboriginal science fiction'.’’ Truthfully, reading Finder is more [...]

    6. The skill with which Carla Speed McNeil weaves the world of Finder never ceases to amaze me. Every installment in this series brings out new information, new cultural information, and elaborates upon old characters that we may only have met for a second three volumes before. McNeil's imagination is vast, and I feel truly blessed to be given the chance to delve into it through these volumes.Unlike previous volumes, Voice focuses more heavily upon the Llaverac clan and the way in which one becomes [...]

    7. Carla Speed McNeil's Finder series is the best science-fiction comic currently published, and the most recent installment continues the high level of quality McNeil has established in earlier volumes. The Finder books take place in a rich foreign landscape, but like the best writers of sci-fi (and unlike the worst) she knows that it's more important that SHE has it all worked out and only gives us the audience peeks at that world. Her books are also populated with fantastically rounded out chara [...]

    8. It's good. I've been less-then-pleased with the past couple of Finder collections, but with this one I feel McNeil is back at the top of her game.The story focuses on Rachel, who may be the least interesting of the Grosvenor-Lockhart children, but this story hints that she'll have a pretty interesting adulthood. Lynne gets some good scenes, but most of his story remains untold. Chief Coward also makes an appearance, in which he is his usual awesome self, though he spends most of the story uncons [...]

    9. this was the first volume of the "finder" comics that i've read and i think i would have enjoyed it more had i known a bit more about the series before picking it up.

    10. Looking for more diversity in my graphic novel reading habits, I found this at the library – no indication of it being a ninth volume in an ongoing series / world, just a seemingly stand alone, strange little book. But when I got to the end of the novel, mostly confused but a little comprehending, the notes revealed that whatever the reader will get out of her work is as nothing compared to the intensity of the author's communion with these characters, this setting, this world. It's not an exp [...]

    11. Anvard is a society split in to clans, and Rachel Grosvenor is the daughter of a Medawar father and a Llaverac mother. Rachel has worked long and hard to be part of the contest to be admitted to the Llaverac clan. Being accepted in to the clan will secure her family's future. Only days before the final competition, her mother's Llaverac heirloom ring is stolen, and Rachel can't compete without it. Now she has to find a Finder to help her get it back, and in doing so she uncovers more of Anvard t [...]

    12. I get an emotional rush unlike any other from reading a book in the Finder series. This latest installation is no exception.Rachel Grosvenor feels like someone I've watched grow up, raised by two differently-crazy parents and her mother's terrifying vagabond mutt boyfriend (series protagonist Jaeger Ayers), she and her siblings were bound to turn out remarkable and odd. Rachel's story does not disappoint.The burden placed on Rachel's shoulders has always been that she has to be accepted by her m [...]

    13. This was absolutely wonderful and, still flush from having just finished it, I'd say that it was even better than Talisman, which seemed to end roughly where Voice picks up. Anyone planning on reading this needs to read at least the first three volumes in the Finder series beforehand. Many of the background characters that show up here were introduced in those volumes. The Finder series is nominally about the adventures of Jaeger, but my favorite volumes have always been the ones that focus on t [...]

    14. The ninth volume of "Finder" puts Rachel Grosvenor, previously a rather minor supporting character, into the spotlight. It's time for her to make it big. As a member of a powerful clan from one side, she has the chance to rise high on the social ladder, securing financial stability for her and her sister. She only has to win what rather strikingly resembles a beauty pageant.Spending her evenings showing herself in fancy dresses to the clan elders, she has invested it all. But there are other thi [...]

    15. I am a big fan of the graphic novel and was extremely excited about this book. I was sadly disappointed on many levels which may have been from my own expectations, who knows.Even though this is the 9th volume in the series, it has been described as a good launching point for new readers. I could not have been more confused when I started reading this book. This could be because it is just a piece of a huge series, but I don't really have a desire to explore the other books to find out. The stor [...]

    16. Carla Speed McNeil is brilliant!This is an amazing graphic novel, a kind of Persephone story set in a future self-contained city ruled by genetic clans. Rachel Grosvenor, privileged daughter of a major clan, loses a valuable physical artifact at a critical time, and to find it, she must descend into the depths (both literally and socially) of the city. In the process, she must also lose and find herself as well. As the chapter headings indicate, her psychological journey takes her from being a p [...]

    17. I don't think I've ever read a weirder book. The world-building is intense enough that it took me several pages to catch up to what the hello was going on - and I tend to be relatively dense when it comes to figuring new worlds out, anyway. But once I got the hang of it I was enthralled. I didn't realize this was part of a series, but I don't get the impression that the volumes are closely linked plot-wise. I would love to read the others though - it's an incredible world. The edit-notes at the [...]

    18. Sadly, book club discussion did not really increase my appreciation of this novel (though it did suggest I might have gotten more out of it had I read the preceding volumes). The plot is too fragmented for my taste, the worldbuilding is shallow, and the protagonist goes from bland to outright unlikable, mostly because of her habit of casually outing trans people.I liked the panel layouts and some of the art, but in the end, I'm just not a huge graphic novel person. I can read text or I can look [...]

    19. As always this is the greatest work ever written and Carla Speed McNeil will someday be lauded as our cartooning fantasy laureate. While so often genre work deals with these unambiguous but fun metaphors and indie work deals with small human emotion she combines both as people leap between trains in order to figure out where they belong in their own sexualities. Plus, dealing with topics in such a way that in the hands of any other cartoonist they could come off as treacly. The Patriarchy is exp [...]

    20. Very nice art. Interesting subjects---racism/police violence and non-traditional genders, oh my!---even though none of the characters was likeable or relatable. (Actually, that's not completely true---Lord what's-his-face was interesting, even though he's supposed to be the main antagonist.)The thing that really charmed me was a liberal sprinkling of what we'd call trans* women, and effeminate butches of indeterminate assigned sex (many with facial hair, OH MY). My heart went pitter-patter. All [...]

    21. Stunning. How could I have missed this long-running series. Definitely want more or this intelligent SF thriller. Apparently this is a good starting point for new readers. Rachel is vying for admittance into a clan. If she succeeds it will benefit her family. We learn a lot about the world and how it works as Rachel attempts to recover a family ring. The ring is her entrance ticket to the clan competition, and that makes it near priceless. We also learn about Rachel.Finder explores prejudice, ca [...]

    22. This was the first volume I read in the finder series, and while the narrative just tosses you into this complex world without very much of an explanation, it wasn't too hard to hold on to the narrative and get the important details. (The notes in the back helped a lot for a second read-through)I loved the art. It's a plot point that a lot of the characters in this look a lot like the main character, but I was never confused as to who was who. The expressions were amazing, and there were evocati [...]

    23. For me, this is one of those books where I like everything except the main character and the plot. (view spoiler)[Rachel seems constantly angry at her world and her situation, but also resigned to it. I love angry young women and I love selfish characters but I can’t stand whiny characters. Rachel spends the book running from one place to another, wishing and whining that it would magically be different. And then, basically, it happens. Her whining is rewarded with a magic ring from a magic pe [...]

    24. Compared to comic books of superheros running around saving the world this was very good. Compared with comics that are totally honest and rip your heart out it wasn't quite there. It was interesting, a young girl coming of age and trying to make her way in the bizarre world in which she'd been born. The problem was how normal the girl was, trying to win a beauty contest to join the ideal beauty of her clan. She was just a bit normal and dull and hard to identify with, her mismatched brothers an [...]

    25. Rich food for thought. What ends up being sacred and taboo in McNeil's world endlessly fascinates me, a comment on what people can accept, on the cultural lens through which we view things. I love how McNeil examines that, and rather being something that pushes narrative like an agenda, her narratives drag this stuff out to play with like toys. I am left thinking about choice in identity, audacity, boundaries that one doesn't cross, ritual, and the space and interconnectedness of our actions. I [...]

    26. One has the feeling, when reading Voice that there's more to these drawings, and this book, then meets the eye. That reading it over one or two more times will catch details that were missed in the first read-through. And yet, even a single reading yields a fascinating world filled with authority politics, gender-queer/neutral/huh? people, special powers and talismans, and compelling characters. Even more interesting is that this is Volume 9 of a longer series. Must see about getting others. p.s [...]

    27. A volume read out of order. I had never encountered Finder before, and was mistakenly led to believe that Voice was its first entry. It speaks volumes, then, that the complex world within was believable, legible, and reasonably translucent. Without heavy exposition, I was able to glean enough about the characters and their world to understand both, and to enjoy them as well. Dealing as it does with complex issues of class and gender, and deftly so, I find myself looking forward to starting the s [...]

    28. Oh, Finder. I love you so. That's, uh, really all I have to say on the matter.Reread 2016: Struggled a little the second time around. Some of the Llaverac "gender play" seems less subversive and more coy. On the surface they all seem androgynous/genderfluid/gender transgressive, but underneath, they still seem somewhat tied (or at least Rachel does) to the idea of a person's "real" gender--see Rachel's confrontation with Lord Rod. What seemed so progressive on a first read was somewhat disappoin [...]

    29. I really am running out of ways to tell you to read this series. Voice is the same high-caliber story in the same fully fleshed world with the same lovely art and depth as volumes 1 and 2. This story focuses on Rachel, the eldest sister from the first volume of Finder, and her story is interesting and intense and equally heart-breaking and lovely. If you like sci-fi, if you like women, if you have thoughts on gender politics, read it. If you just want a good, interesting story, read it. If you w [...]

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