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Finch By Jeff Vandermeer : Fungal Noir and insect invaders


Finch is an absolute cracker of a read.
Marry a hard boiled detective tale with science fiction and a bleak end of the world scenario and this is what you get. The tone resembles Blade Runner but with a fungal twist.
The city of Ambergris is probably the biggest character in the novel though and you can feel its every nuance through the eyes of Finch and you will never look at spores, fungi and mushrooms quite the same way again after reading Finch.
The novel begins with One and a half bodies. Both of them dead. One human, the other one being what the author calls a gray cap. A murder mystery if ever there was one.
The case is forced upon John Finch who is a detective not by choice but by compulsion. As is expected from a detective tale the mystery is more than it seems on the surface and everyone has a back story and no one knows who they really are.
This is apparently the third book in Ambergris trilogy and although they are self contained I am looking forward to reading the the first two.
This book is not for everyone though. I am still not sure that I have got all of it but you owe it to yourself to read Finch if you have a taste for either Science Fiction, Fantasy or Noir.

You can buy Finch here.

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