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Finder : talisman
McNeil, Carla Speed.
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Annapolis Junction, MD : Lightspeed Press, 2002.
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89 pages : chiefly illustrations ; 26 cm
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If you've never been tempted to steal a book from a library; If you've never dreamed of being given a book with all the answers in it, and awakened disappointed because it's not really under your pillow; If your mother never gave away, threw out, or sold a book that had changed your life; If you're not still half looking for that book every time you pull one off the shelf...But of course you are.Talisman is about hunger and magic.

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Booklist Review

McNeil's awesome world, more than 15 years in the making, is notoriously difficult to penetrate. This volume, however, can be an ideal starter course for newbies, or a stand-alone story that doesn't require knowledge of the dense, complicated machinery of the futuristic/aboriginal world in which it's set (though, as always, McNeil provides pages of illuminating end notes that comment, page by page and sometimes panel by panel, on the proceedings). This is one of those elemental stories about a story, following Marcie, the youngest daughter of the Grosvenor clan, as she grows up cherishing a certain book even before she can read. After losing it, refinding it, and discovering that it was never what she thought, Marcie digs deep to create the story she's so desperate to have exist. McNeil's narrative plays at matters ranging from family tension, digital-print divides, and the terrifying expanse of the blank page for an uncertain artist. Her artwork is both loose and elegant, letting the details, backgrounds, and facial expressions tell much of the story. McNeil's most accessible story should persuade otherwise hesitant readers to dig deeper.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

Since 1996, the Web comic Finder, by McNeil, winner of the Eisner and L.A. Times book prizes, has illuminated a futuristic world clearly descended from but different from ours. In this largely postliterate society, young Marcie's life is transformed utterly by the gift and subsequent loss of a book she herself cannot read, Marcie becomes determined to master the art of reading despite the indifference and dismissive hostility most of those around her have toward static, physical books. A chance encounter with the lost book brings momentary disillusionment and inspiration to become a creator herself. Talisman focuses on that least promising of narrative potential, the quietly bookish future writer; but the doleful track record of other writerly protagonists proves misleading as McNeil transcends the usual limitations of the subgenre to create a genuinely engaging figure in young Marcie. Marcie's betrayal at the hands of a work that cannot live up to her memory of it is skillfully handed; McNeil builds on this nearly universal experience to create an engaging and rewarding work, a demonstration of the skills that have won and will continue to win McNeil accolades, awards, and the admiration of her readers.(Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.