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"A curious and interesting mix of philosophy and myth which takes it a step beyond the ordinary paranormal." --Dear Author
"A wonderfully strange novel ... among the best vampire writing I have read in years. [She'll] have a cult following in a few years ... I can see fans of unconventional fantasy writers like Tanith Lee appreciating what White is doing." --Mondo Vampire
"The perfect novel for hopeless romantics, sinners, saints and those in the mood for a completely different vampire novel. Highly recommended!" --Fatally Yours
"Rocked my imagination ... Ms. White put the vampire legend on its ear. I love her world and insight to the mythology we know and love ... I am Joyfully Recommending and Falling, Fly in all its dark and wonderful glory." --Joyfully Reviewed
More About the Author
The child of two college professors, Skyler grew up in an environment of scholarship and academic rigor, so she naturally left high school to pursue a career in ballet. She's been dancing around research and thinking through sprains ever since. She has a master's degree in theater and work experience in advertising, has won awards as a stage director and appeared on reality TV. She is mother of two, married to a Mohawk-wearing inventor, and lives in Texas.
Top Customer Reviews
Also, this book takes commitment with a capital C. On numerous occasions I dropped the book, willing to give up and walk away from this supposed "novel". I couldn't connect to the characters. I couldn't even figure out what the hell was going on! But I stuck with it, determined to figure out the confusing mystery laid out in this complex pattern of words and phrases. The author wanted to convey something to me. And while I don't claim to be smart enough to know for a fact that I took away from AND FALLING, FLY exactly what the Ms. White intended, I do believe that I took at least one thing from her incredible imagination and that is that love can, and does set us free.
Olivia Wright is a vampire, cast from heaven to be the angel of desire - desire in corporeal form for others to covet but never desire for herself. Molded and shaped into a being to satisfy other's appetites, Olivia is sickened by their lust-fulled gaze that forever keeps her from seeing her true native face. All she sees it what they want and while their cravings allow her to momentarily fill the void of her everlasting numbness with their blood, it does not provide for her the love that she seeks and that of which would ultimately set her free.Read more ›
Opening Sentence: The angel of desire is damned.
Olivia is a vampire and fallen angel of desire. She goes through the motions, but in reality she's dead inside. Olivia feeds off the fears and desires of others while she herself derives no pleasure. Trapped in hopelessness, despair, and unable to feel pleasure or pain, Olivia is on the hunt for love. She wants to get her wings back so that she can return to Heaven. Dominic O'Shaughnessy is a neuroscientist battling his own demons. He's haunted by memories of suffering and loss and struggles to separate reality from delusion. They both end up at the Hotel of the Damned in search for answers.
"and Falling, Fly" is a philosophical journey that delves into desire, life and death. Ms. White certainly did an excellent job of setting the mood of the novel, making it very atmospheric. In addition, The Hotel of the Damned especially is a fascinating concept/place. Olivia has pretty unique abilities that intrigued me, but I don't want to give too much away.
I had a hard time writing this review. This dark tale of despair, desire, damnation left me a little frustrated as a reader. Ms. White switches between narrative POVs, which at times pulled me out of the story. I was never able to really establish a connection with Olivia, and as a result I didn't like her character. She never felt sympathetic to me. I also found the pace of the novel to be a bit off at times, and certain elements of the story confusing. I did enjoy many elements of the worldbuilding, but sometimes I thought that the mythology was a bit dense.
Overall, lovers of dark fantasy should read this book.Read more ›
The most striking aspect of "and Falling Fly" is Skyler White's language, which is simply put...artful and graceful. It highlights the rift between the mythical and the contemporary realms, it gives succor to the ethereal mood that is ever present from start to finish, and it poignantly illuminates the heartrending relationship between its two main characters as they journey the corridors of Hell. But in many instances this same beautiful language works against the fragile foundation of the plot and tears it apart like tissue paper.
As other reviewers have mentioned, "and Falling, Fly" is a challenging read, mainly because of its presentation, and what White is actually presenting to her readers...some very thought provoking ideas about reality, continuity, sacrifice, science, love, and the existence of God and Hell. These philosophical battles slow the pace down considerably while wondering is the real quest for truth the only tangible issue pushing the plot...or has it been character angst all along?
In a world where the masses have mostly forsaken God and forgotten the Devil, what are the Damned, the Cursed, and the Reborn to do? Are they still Damned? Are they Damned because they choose to be that way? Do their immortal lives have any meaning anymore? Has Hell lost its meaning?
This cultural sea change has led some of Hell's ilk to believe that they were never damned or cursed to begin with or at least question the roots of their damned nature. In this, White has managed to recombine the eternal debate between age-old mysticism warring with science and reason. And she has drawn her readers into the battle. At the end of book, you will definitely question over and over again whether the characters were really damned begin with.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ok, this book is definitely NOT one that you would pick up to fill your Saturday afternoon with some frilly love story or kick ass heroine. This book takes brain power. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Shannon
A neuroscientist who does not believe in what he cannot see or touch. A fallen angel who is looking for a way back to the Heavens. When the two of them collide, sparks fly. Read morePublished on August 13, 2013 by Wendy L. Hines
I absolutely love this book...I was very hesitant on purchasing it but in the end, I am EXTREMELY happy that I did...The author does such a wonderful job wording it. Read morePublished on November 26, 2011 by J. Duncan
I think I should preface this with the fact that I love vampire books, whether the ending is contrived, or not fulfilling, and especially if it exceeds my expectations. Read morePublished on July 6, 2011 by Keesha H.
This book was a gift from a friend, and the desire to be able to honestly tell her what I thought about it was the only reason I made it from start to finish on this one. Read morePublished on February 8, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Olivia was a fallen angel of desire. She was forced to feed on the blood, fear, and desires of others, but was never able to experience it for herself. Read morePublished on November 2, 2010 by Lady Rogue (Escape Between The Pages)
Wow! What a great read - and I'm not even much of a vampire fan...Published on October 12, 2010 by M. GRADZIEL
This is really a 2-star and 4-star book by turns. There was some really nice prose, mixed with some really amateurish prose -- White has a lush writing style that needs tighter... Read morePublished on September 12, 2010 by David
I had a really rough time with this one. It has interesting characters. And an interesting plot. But when reading it, I found it to be uneven and disjointed. Read morePublished on August 26, 2010 by Donna Simmonds