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Product Details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley Trade; 1 edition (March 2, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0425232344
  • ISBN-13: 978-0425232347
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,982,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

White's debut is a trippy urban fantasy, an esoteric battle between myth and science told in floods of evocative prose. Olivia, a fallen angel cursed to eternity without pain or pleasure, feeds on the blood of those who desire or fear her. Dominic is her polar opposite, a skeptical scientist explaining away the paranormal as mental illness. He immerses himself in neuroscience to seek a cure through selective memory removal; haunted by images of his past lives, he begins experimenting on himself. Looking for research subjects, Dominic finds Olivia. She longs to be set free by love and returned to heaven, but at what price? Reeking of blood and sex, the swaths of atmospheric text sometimes overwhelm the story. Despite the story's enormous plot holes, longtime paranormal fans will appreciate White's willingness to take chances and try something new. (Mar.)
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"Wow, what a mindf*ck ... an ending that satisfies and yet leaves the reader's brain buzzing." --Fantasy Literature

"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

Skyler White writes angels and scientists, demons and revolutionaries, secret societies and sacred sex to play in the places where myth and modernity tangle.

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.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful use of mythology, philosophy and science.
Frieda J
I also found the pace of the novel to be a bit off at times, and certain elements of the story confusing.
Dark Faerie Tales
Recommendations: Adults that enjoy Urban Fantasy and Dark Paranormal will enjoy this novel.
Parajunkee

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By VampFanGirl on March 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
AND FALLING, FLY is not an easy read. Its a twisted, layered plot that has you continually questioning the sanity of its characters. Are they really fallen angels turned vampires? Does the hero truly recall dozens of lost lifetimes and lost loves? Or are they all as delusional as they claim to be? Am I delusional for believing them? Am I being tricked? All these are questions I asked myself repeatedly from page one to the very last sentence. And one question still lingers: Was any of it even real?

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.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By J.J. Macken on January 25, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was excited to read And Falling Fly by Skyler White, the cover was completely gorgeous, the blurb was interesting, the book was surrounded by a huge amount of hype... I REALLY didn't like it.
**** Contains spoilers ****
My main grievance is the fact that And Falling Fly is just flippin weird. I'm not really sure what it was trying to achieve. Olivia, the main protagonist is a fallen angel of desire who is also a vampire and feeds through quills, which are like sharp hollow spines on her teeth and nails, people can't even tell when they have been fed on. Well, that was a bit weird but I was willing to roll with it. Then I find out that Olivia is kind of like a succubus, her appearance morphing into whatever it is that her observer desires, kinda like Richelle Mead's succubus books only Olivia and all her fellow fallen angels of desire/vampires can't actually have sex. Why? Because of some rather bizarre physical abnormalities.
Okay, I'll be honest, that really wierded me out.
Olivia and her brethren refer to the humans they intend to hunt and drink from as 'Figs'. Why? Not really sure. The vampires sharpen one another's quills, called keening so as not to hurt their figs too much in the feeding.
Dominic, the male protag and love interest for Olivia is a scientist, working with the brain specifically, who is also a reborn. He has thousands of memories from all of his past lives that haunt him. Dominic refuses to believe he is a reborn, instead claims to be the victim of detailed hallucinations and seizures.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Dark Faerie Tales on March 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
Quick & Dirty: A complex, intriguing and atmospheric read that will have you thinking.

Opening Sentence: The angel of desire is damned.

The Review:

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.
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