The OF Blog: Limited-Edition Book Porn: Jeff Vandermeer's Finch

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Limited-Edition Book Porn: Jeff Vandermeer's Finch



Was too tired to post this yesterday, but my copy of the ultra-limited edition version of Jeff VanderMeer's Finch arrived in the mail.  For those curious about the $110 version, the following pictures illustrate what I received.  The line quoted on the jacket was excised from the final text.  I received copy #30.  Love the gold cover, by the way.  Book is solid and opens easily.  Very nice to hold.




Exclusive to the Heretic Edition is a 22 page chapbook that outlines the original story that morphed into Finch.  Good story, but I believe I prefer the final version much more.  Also included was the soundtrack to the novel, composed by Murder by Death.  Very good, atmospheric instrumental music.




Finally, here are two little extras: an Ambergris-inspired beer label sticker and a letter written on a special letterhead. Nice touches, but the other extras were the reason that I bought this limited-edition.

Was it worth $110? It depends on how much of a fan of an author's work you are. For me, it was worth the money, especially since I have hardcovers of the other two Ambergris Cycle novels (including the limited-edition for Shriek:  An Afterword that was published last year).  Hopefully, others purchasing this or the $50 other limited-edition version will find satisfaction in their purchases.

5 comments:

tim said...

I just received my copy as well. Truly a beautiful book with wonderful extras. Do you think all the quotes go together to form a story? My copy is numer 20, and it reads:
"Distress on Bosun's face. Finch didn't mind that. Shoved him i the cage. Let him rot."

Larry said...

From what I recall, the quotes are just cool bits that were just pruned out of the final draft, so I'm uncertain if it'd be parts of a greater whole or not. Perhaps Jeff can answer this when he returns from tour?

Fabio Fernandes said...

It´s worth it all right. Sadly, I wasn´t able to purchase it.

Larry said...

Maybe there's still time? Or is it because you live outside the US?

drxray said...

I got the 50 dollar version and it's great as well

 
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