by Emma Bull

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

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BN ID: 2940014753029
Publisher: CatYelling
Publication date: 06/04/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 317
Sales rank: 376,737
File size: 219 KB

About the Author

Emma Bull is the author of War for the Oaks and other books.

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Finder 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
selfmanic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite authors and books. Anything by Emma Bull is gorgeous but the Character Orient and the people and world he inhabits is stunning.
Jenson_AKA_DL on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Borderlands is a city between worlds, The World which is where we (humans) reside and the Elfands. Sometimes people arrive on purpose but often people arrive on accident, the ones who are unconsciously looking for an escape. But, it is not a paradise, Bordertown can be a harsh, unforgiving place to live and those that reside there have to find their niche or Bordertown may eat them alive.Orient is a "Finder", a human with the inexplicable psychic power to find anything, so long as he knows it exists. Tick-tick is his partner, best friend and savior. She is also an elf. When Orient is brought in by Officer Sunny Rico to help find the distributor of a terrible new drug what he finds is something worse than he could imagine.This book had some contradictions for me. Although I found the plot and characters interesting, the story seemed to drag a bit, especially in the last couple chapters. It left me with a slightly melancholy feeling which is not necessarily a bad thing, it just means that I had to have been invested in the story. After I started reading this book I discovered that it is an older novel than I expected, written in the 1980s (my generation!) I wish I had picked it up as a teenager, I think I would have loved it! I also discovered that is based in a world which is apparently shared by a few other authors. This book could be read as a stand alone or, I assume, as part of that series. I do plan to pick up the Borderland books, Elsewhere and Never Never by Will Shetterly which have a cross over character in this story. Overall I did enjoy the story. I thought that the premise was quite imaginative, the cover was fascinating (it's why I picked the book up in the first place) and the characters were very sympathetic and likeable. Certainly one I'd be happy to recommend to young adult readers of urban fantasy.
tinLizzy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reminds me a bit of Keeping It Real by Justina Robson in the clash between elf/human culture, and the mix of tech/realism and magic.I like the story and the char development in Finder. In Sunny Rico's manner I couldn't help being reminded of Law and Order SVU's Olivia Benson. Tough, all-business, hot-chick in-charge, while the male narrator Orient - who's likable enough - is more the touchy feely emo love-prone char. Nice switch up of what would otherwise be standard stereotypical fare if the genders were reversed. I did feel wanting for a bit more exploration of the Bordertown world and back-story, I have a lot of gaps in my mind's eye of who inhabits Bordertown (like more backstory on Wolf Boy), and "where" it is relative to the World (what they call the real world) and the Elflands. So much was left undeveloped or just assumed, and I wanted more!Emma Bull lays out an engaging story thread - I liked where the story went - including both the unexpected turns and the bread crumbs.
aszanoni on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is one of my comfort books, one that I read despite knowing the bad things that will happen to these characters that I love. I'm not telling you anything specific because I want you to open the book; I want you to fall into this world as I did. I will say that you'll remember this - you'll remember that time when you were neither fish nor fowl, teetering between worlds, and it will tug at you. That memory, that sensation, has happened to us all.I had never known of the Borderlands before now, so I read backwards - first FINDER, then Will Shetterly's two novels, and then the anthologies. Read them in whatever way you like. Perhaps you'll feel as I did. Perhaps you'll want to find B-town yourself. Perhaps you'll find yourself addicted to Emma Bull's work too...
Crowyhead on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A real treat -- rock n' roll, elves, the big city, and murder.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An interesting story about secrets and murders. Elves are dying of a plague and humans are dying while trying to be elves, where are the plagues coming from and why is the evidence being hidden as Finder looks for it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable.
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The author imagines a fascinating world on the border between fantasy and realitt.
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have read all her books. good writer and stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the greatest book I've ever read. I really enjoyed reading this, and was on the edge of my seat the whole time! The characters were easy to connect with and very realistic. I'm glad to see some elves that aren't all about fluff and magic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I wish I could give it more than 5 stars, but I guess I'll make due with what I have. This has to be the best book I've ever read. It has an wide variety of amazing characters you'll love before you're even halfway through the book, and sudden exciting plot twists. But it's not all one long slueth story either. It's got comedy, action, and romance. All in all, I'd give it a 6 out of 5 stars! The front cover is amazing, too!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Cant i have six stars? i love this book so much, im jealous i didnt come up with it! My favorite book so far!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Underneath it's urban fantasy trappings, Finder is a hard-boiled detective story with characters so real, you'll miss them long after you've read the last page. Prepare for the long-haul when you sit down to read this one - you won't get up until it's over. And bring and open mind and a box of tissues, it will make you think and break your heart.