- Paperback: 550 pages
- Publisher: Grove Press, Open City Books; 1 edition (June 16, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 189044751X
- ISBN-13: 978-1890447519
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.5 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #227,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Flight Patterns: A Century of Stories about Flying 1st Edition
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That said, I can't help but feel a bit disappointed. I ended up skimming a lot of the tales as maybe it's just me, but most of them seemed horribly dry. Some of the historical ones were the worst at this, I fear. Not all will appeal to all audiences either. For instance the one where the boy is fingering the older woman wearing the feminine hygiene pad as they fly in adjacent sets in a jet airliner (sorry, but that is what the story is about).
Anyway, considering the variety of stories, this book is good in some ways, but I would be careful who I recommend it to. For instance, those interested in flight history or airplanes won't like a lot of the stories where planes are merely settings or tangential items. Those who are pilots will possibly think likewise (some might not completely care about a story where the main character is dating a pilot but never goes in the plane?) That's not that much different than a romance, really. For those who like short stories, this may run to boring. For those that like non-fiction or historical, the fictional or personal stories might grate. It's almost precisely because the collection of stories is so broad that while anyone might find one or two stories in here they like, I doubt most people will find themselves liking the whole book...or even most of it unless your tastes are incredibly broad.