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The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch

August 21, 2008

Those of you, who know Neil Gaiman are probably not surprised by the long title of this book, as he has written several stories with two (or even more) line titles. The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch is one of his not so well know short stories, that had only been published in a program book and a magazine before it was thrown into one of Gaiman’s collections.

It is a story told by a writer (not unlike Gaiman himself), who has returned to England to write a script for a movie, in the hopes that it might be easier to work at a hotel there than at home. He is however invited to join his friends to catch a show at the theatre. They are trying to entertain an old acquaintance and so they thought it might be nice if the author joined them. When we meet the young woman, who is only called Miss Finch (although the author insists that it is not her real name), it becomes clear, why the couple wants to have him tag along, as their guest seems to be a bit of a know-it-all. However, the planned trip to the theatre is replaced by a circus show and that’s when complete strangeness sets in. At first the circus performance seems to be a normal freak show, but this changes, when one of the audience is granted a wish. I don’t want to give away the ending and so I’ll go on with a few words about the artists.

The Facts in the Case of the Departure of Miss Finch is a typical Gaiman story, full of his specific kind of language and very strange in its down to earth kind of way. Michael Zulli adapts the story in his unique way and brings it to life with his special art style. His art might not be everybody’s cup of tea, but I must say it was perfect for this story and as such I enjoyed it. This might not be one of Gaiman’s best works, but it is intriguing, short and fun to read. Yet, I still think it will mainly sell because of the name Neil Gaiman and sadly not because of its quality.

Story                 7

Art                     8

Reread Value    7

Overall rating   7.5/10

One Comment leave one →
  1. Landi permalink
    August 21, 2008 4:09 pm

    I read the short story in one of the “collected shortstories”-book by Gaiman. I really did like the story, but it’s hard for me to comment on the artist in an objective way 🙂 I tend to see everything he writes with little glitter and sparkles.

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