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Someplace to Be Flying [Paperback]

Charles de Lint
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Aug 2005
Originally published by Macmillan in 1998. Hank Walker sees photographer Lily Carson being brutally attacked. Lily confesses that she came out "looking for animal people" that exist in the city. Kerry Madan arrives in the city and becomes the catalyst in a drama for the prize of the Raven's pot, which could affect the animal people and humankind.
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  • Paperback: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Orb Books; Reprint edition (Aug 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076530757X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765307576
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,153,665 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An off-kilter classic 22 Sep 2005
By Dala
For those who are new to this author, starting Someplace to be Flying may be a bit disorienting, especially coming from a pure Fantasy or even Science Fiction background. But even that won't put you off as you almost instantly connect with the main character, and your first glimpse of a world on the edge of sight, namely The Crow Girls, grabs you and gets the brain whirring with the what, who, why and how.
From then on the pace is spot on, introducing more characters, their stories and their connections to the whole story, leading to a build up and ending which leaves you feeling relieved, nauseous, happy, sad and burning with curiosity - but in a good way!
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5.0 out of 5 stars be careful this isn't a new book! 4 July 2014
By bea
Format:Kindle Edition
Naughty Amazon I'm really annoyed with you, i bought this on kindle as i saw the publication date of 2013, and thought it was a new book, but shortly into reading it it was too familiar, i thought it might have been expanded from one of the short stories, but no i have it in paperback from 1998. it's not like i don't buy enough books on Amazon please be clearer in your descriptions.
still a great book though, Charles de Lint is a master bard of urban fantasy...unmatched and recommended
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5.0 out of 5 stars absolutley magickal wonderfully written 17 Feb 2001
By A Customer
this book is delightful moving exciting the characters are beautifully developed and the way he puts characters from pagan belief in a modern setting is brilliant a must for any true fan
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Exhilirating an uplifting novel 13 Mar 2001
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It is a truly enjoyable story. Once again Charles De Lint approaches his worlds within worlds storyline, but this is his best work to date which leaves you wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I want to meet the Crow Girls. 16 Mar 2002
By Verin - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I resisted reading something by Charles de Lint for a long time after one negative review from a friend. Finally, I decided to get a book by him one day just to take a look.
I am so glad I did. This was an amazing book, and by far my favorite urban fantasy. I haven't read much in this genre before, but I certaintly plan to now, as well as read more books by de Lint. The characters were great; there's no way you can get through it without loving Zia and Maida (or laughing out loud at their dialogues), and many of the other characters. While at points, especially toward the end, the plot thinned some, and turned just a bit too much into your typical 'let's go save the world from ultimate evil and make everything good' fantasy, the characters and the great background of _Someplace to be Flying's_ world carried it through. All fantasy lovers, even those who normally stick to a less modern type, should read this.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best Books I've Ever Read!!! 2 Mar 2006
By AvidReader - Published on
I'm not sure what book some other reviewers read who posted less than favorable comments, but this book was easily one of the top 5 books I've ever read. Given that I have multiple large containers of books, you will understand that I've read quite a lot. With this book, I never wanted to set it down, but I started reading on a business trip and unfortunately work kept interfering with my reading! I did; however, recommend it to some of the people I was working with while only part way through the book. I was ready to read it again as soon as I finished! The characters De Lint develops are extremely engaging as is the storyline he pursues. As someone who is interested in Native American folklore, as well as mythology and folklore in general, the ideas presented in this book were very intriguing. I found this book genuine enough, and realistic enough, that I was ready to start looking for animal people around me. The story may have shifted to different viewpoints throughout, but I had no trouble keeping up and had no confusion as to view or place while reading. My only disappointment is that I do not believe that there are any additional books with these characters as I would love to read more about their lives and their adventures. As it is, I went out and bought 4 or 5 more De Lint books to read. Enjoy!
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite 7 Feb 2006
By Amanda Hiendel - Published on
I've read this book so often that the cover is almost falling off. I've got passages underlined and used to have them memorized. This is by far the best Delint book out there. I love it.

The Crow Girls crack me up and at the same time frighten me. They can be sweet as pie and suddenly dangerous. I love how they like to smell the bacon rather than eat it. How they tried to steal a disco ball.

I also loved Coyote. he is always one of my favorite characters. Always trying to undo the things he's done. Always causing trouble.

It's captivating and beautiful. The end is interesting and sad and happy all at once. Read it. It's lovely.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite De Lint (so far)... 25 Jun 2003
By George Heritier - Published on
For me, this book has all of the strengths (the great ensemble cast, the mythological background, in this case, Native American, and of course, the power of the story itself), and almost none of the admittedly few weaknesses (dialogue tends to ramble a bit in some tales at times) of Charles De Lint.
And then, of course, there are the Crow Girls. Very, very!
There's a lot going on in this story (544 pages worth in the paperback edition), and it's all deliciously satisfying for this reader. In particular, Jack Daw walking into the nest of vermin that tortured and killed his beloved is one of the more compelling and unsettling descriptions of raw violence and vengeance that this reader has encountered from this author.
One of the very best examples of "urban mythology," and if you like that, or you even think you might like that, check it out.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Someplace I want to fly! 3 Jun 2000
By "judithb" - Published on
One of life's greatest pleasures (aside from Belgian chocolates, and these two are best indulged in together!) is tracking down, then opening a Charles de Lint book for the first time. Just reading the acknowledgements sets the scene for the feast of reading waiting and the eclectic quotes and lyrics preceding the story make me wish I had a better knowledge and appreciation of those sources.
When Hank's attempt to rescue Lily from a vicious attacker turns to disaster, the intervention of a pair of almost identical "punky" girls sees the attacker killed, Hank and Lily's injuries miraculously healed, and both of them curiously calm and undisturbed by the experience. But they both realise their home town has whole other layers that each had hardly glimpsed before. Were Jack Daw's stories more than that? Separately and together, they peel back those layers to the very beginning, realising along the way that not everyone is as they seem and 'family' is not necessarily something you're born into.
Charles de Lint makes you believe in a world your rational mind never considered, but for which your soul secretly yearns. His characters are so well defined that, no matter how unique their origins, you feel you would recognise them in a room of strangers. But with the Crow Girls, de Lint's genius for characterisation goes beyond excellence. Try reading their dialogue aloud!
Don't plan on getting much sleep until you turn the last page. Even then, the story might have been told, but the experience will go on.
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