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and Falling, Fly Paperback – March 2, 2010
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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
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 ›
Dominic O'Shaughnessy is a neuroscientist. Wonderfully gifted with intelligence and good looks, Dominic has been plagued with visions since he was twelve. Believed to be "Reborn", reincarnated over and over again, Dominic lives memories of the past through his uncontrollable visions. They are not memories of his own past, but memories of others before him. Dominic does not believe in reincarnation and believes himself to have a mental illness. He pops pills to try and keep the visions under control, but he is determined to find a scientific solution to his problem.
Olivia is an Angel of Desire, fallen and damned for all eternity. She is just a shell, unable to feel hate, love, or pain. She is a vampire, feeding off other's desire for her, and she spends her immortal life seeking a loophole. She wants her curse reversed, she wants to love, she wants to fly. But after many years, she is discouraged and her despair rises within her that she seeks shelter in an underground labyrinth in Ireland. She is ready to stop her search for the loophole and commit to becoming fully damned.
Dominic's research leads him to Ireland, and he revisits the underground hotel. He wants to test the vampires, see if he can find the neurons to reverse or eliminate memories of what darkness overtakes them. But on his first day there, a beautiful woman appears and when their eyes meet, the pull is too much for them to ignore.
Olivia would love to be set free by love and be returned to heaven, and she wants Dominic to use her in his research.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 on February 19, 2014 by Shannon
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
First of all i want to say that this is not the typical vampire novel. Forget everything you had read about these creatures so far and prepare to be surprised. Read morePublished on July 10, 2010 by A.