- Series: Newford
- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: Orb Books (August 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 076530757X
- ISBN-13: 978-0765307576
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 80 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #643,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Someplace to Be Flying (Newford) Paperback – July 14, 2005
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“An enthralling blend of old European and Native American mythology, seamlessly worked into a modern setting and situation. De Lint's best so far.” ―Kirkus Revews on Someplace to Be Flying
“The reader does not have to be strictly a fan of either thrillers or fantasy to thoroughly enjoy this delightful tale.” ―The Washington Post on Someplace to Be Flying
“De Lint is as engaging a stylist as Stephen King, but considerably more inventive and ambitious. With Someplace To Be Flying he has produced a book that should appeal even to those who, like this reviewer, do not generally care a lot for fantasy.” ―Toronto Globe and Mail on Someplace to Be Flying
“As page-turning and intelligent as usual for de Lint, who clearly has no equal as an urban fantasist and very few equals among fantasists as a folklorist. First-rate.” ―Booklist on Someplace to Be Flying
About the Author
The World Fantasy Award-winning author of The Onion Girl, Moonheart, and many other novels, Charles de Lint lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
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So what is the real story? This is a book about love, about loss, about being apart, about caring for others even though you don't know them because they're real people too. It's about characters, listening to stories about the truth, looking at the world as it is. It's about screwing things up because you're so well-intentioned that you worry about screwing it up, and it's about trying to do the right thing even when it all goes wrong. It's about looking at the world in a whole new way, then realising that some people will never see things the same; but it's alright, they're not bad people, there's a reason there. It's about trying to find meaning in the maelstrom of life, and then being confronted by a childlike innocence about it all and realising everything you thought you'd figured out was just an exercise in futility. But it's more than that. It's always more than that.
The first sections of the book were hard for me to get through, so many characters were introduced and plots started and they weren't always clear how they were relevant, but once I settled in I fell in love with it. De Lint rarely dumps info - even though he has ample opportunity to in some sections - and by simply showing things on the page lets the reader figure out things for themselves; something I found highly rewarding, not just because he respects the intelligence of the reader but because this is such a more effective way of putting things in the readers mind so they remember them.
Another thing I really like is the way that the characters aren't neglected at the end of the book. A personal tick of mine is that authors will end the plot and be granted just a few pages to wrap up the story of the characters. Not here, however, and I love how de Lint treats his characters with respect and dignity, bringing not just the plot arcs but the character arcs to a satisfying conclusion. Too often do authors neglect this aspect of their stories.
My preferences for reading are page turners that get me engrossed in the characters and the story, so I want more when it's all over, and then I can reflect on it all without having any major qualms. Someplace to be Flying isn't like this - it's no page turner - but it's as equally as satisfying, and it resonates with me after it's all drawn to a close. I feel different, like a better person, for having read it.
As an avid reader, I have read hundreds upon hundreds of fantasy books, and this one easily makes my top ten. I first came across this book in a college library, and was so moved by the first few chapters I ended up buying myself a copy. This is a beautiful book, a fantastic meld of Native American legends with urban fantasy. De Lint is a master at weaving stories and characters together, and it was amazing to watch all the different stories being told in the book came together as a whole. Not to mention that the ending itself was one of the most deeply uplifting conclusions to a story that I'd read in a long time, not fake-sweet or cliche as many "uplifting" endings, but very real.
I would recommend this book to anyone with a penchant for fantasy, or for that matter, anyone who just loves intriguing characters and a great story. This book single-handedly turned me into a De Lint fan, and I would recommend it to other first time readers, as it stands on its own with no need to have read any of his other works. Although, with due warning, after reading it, you may, like me, suddenly "need" to procure more De Lint books :)