Someplace to Be Flying

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Lily is a photojournalist in search of the "animal people" who supposedly haunt the city's darkest slums. Hank is a slumdweller who knows the bad streets all too well. One night, in a brutal incident, their two lives collide--uptown Lily and downtown Hank, each with a quest and a role to play in the secret drama of the city's oldest inhabitants.

For the animal people walk among us. Native Americans call them the First People, but they have ...

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Overview

Lily is a photojournalist in search of the "animal people" who supposedly haunt the city's darkest slums. Hank is a slumdweller who knows the bad streets all too well. One night, in a brutal incident, their two lives collide--uptown Lily and downtown Hank, each with a quest and a role to play in the secret drama of the city's oldest inhabitants.

For the animal people walk among us. Native Americans call them the First People, but they have never left, and they claim the city for their own.

Not only have Hank and Lily stumbled onto a secret, they've stumbled into a war. And in this battle for the city's soul, nothing is quite as it appears.

The 1999 Best Novel World Fantasy Award Nominee.

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Editorial Reviews

Booklist

"As page-turning and intelligent as usual for de Lint, who clearly has no equal as an urban fantasist . . . . First-rate."
The Washington Post

"The reader does not have to be strictly a fan of either thrillers or fantasy to thoroughly enjoy this delightful tale."
Toronto Globe and Mail

"De Lint is as engaging a stylist as Stephen King, but considerably more inventive and ambitious."
From the Publisher

"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

Toronto Globe and Mail

"De Lint is as engaging a stylist as Stephen King, but considerably more inventive and ambitious."

Booklist

"As page-turning and intelligent as usual for de Lint, who clearly has no equal as an urban fantasist . . . . First-rate."

The Washington Post

"The reader does not have to be strictly a fan of either thrillers or fantasy to thoroughly enjoy this delightful tale."

VOYA - S. Ashley Burns
When cab driver Hank sees a man beating a woman in an alley, he stops to help and gets shot in the shoulder. Just before he's finished off, two punkish girls appear, stab the near-killer, heal Hank's shoulder by licking a finger and placing it on the wound, and run off without answering any of his questions. Thus Hank and photojournalist Lily begin their foray into the world of the "First People," creatures who are part animal, part human, and immortal. Joining Hank and Lily are Jack, who tells stories but hides from his own; Kerry, who struggles to separate reality from hallucination; the Crow Girls, eternally mischievous, wise, and whimsical; and many others who are all caught up in a battle to find "Raven's pot," a powerful artifact that was used to create the world. Someplace to be Flying is the perfect blend of Native American folklore with the real world in de Lint's now familiar fictional Canadian city of Newford. The plot is often surprising, and the characters are so fascinating and realistic that readers easily empathize with them. The book could not be better than it already is. Not only will it please committed visitors to Newford who read Dreams Underfoot (Tor, 1993/VOYA October 1993), Memory and Dream (Tor, 1994), The Ivory and the Horn (Tor, 1995), and Trader (Tor, 1997/VOYA August 1997), but also anyone interested in folklore and urban fantasy. For those who do not read fantasy at all, this engaging tale provides a good introduction to the genre. VOYA Codes: 5Q 4P S (Hard to imagine it being any better written, Broad general YA appeal, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).
Neil Walsh
If you don't find something in the plot to keep you turning pages ravenously (and I'm sure you will), then the colourful characters, both animal people and people people, will charm you thoroughly. All in all, this is a very enjoyable book from one of the genre's best.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765307576
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Series: Newford Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 388,847
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in Holland in 1951, Charles de Lint grew up in Canada, with a few years off in Turkey, Lebanon, and Switzerland.

Although his first novel was 1984's The Riddle of the Wren, it was with Moonheart, published later that same year, that de Lint made his mark, and established him at the forefront of "urban fantasy," modern fantasy storytelling set on contemporary city streets. Moonheart was set in and around "Newford," an imaginary modern North American city, and many of de Lint's subsequent novels have been set in Newford as well, with a growing cast of characters who weave their way in and out of the stories. The Newford novels include Spirit Walk, Memory and Dream, Trader, Someplace To Be Flying, Forests of the Heart, The Onion Girl, and Spirits in the Wires. In addition, de Lint has published several collections of Newford short stories, including Moonlight and Vines, for which he won the World Fantasy Award. Among de Lint's many other novels are Mulengro, Jack the Giant-Killer, and The Little Country.

Married since 1980 to his fellow musician MaryAnn Harris, Charles de Lint lives in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Darkstrike ADDITIONAL APPRENTICE CEREMONY

    "Let all cats gather! Apparently I have forgotten one very special kit." He shrugs bashfully. "I will learn. Anyway, Truthkit! Please step forward. You have been a trustworthy kit, and I hope that the mentor I choose for you will guide you on the right path. Dustflight, please step forward. You will be Truthkit's mentor, until you see fit her training." He smiles at Truthkit. "Truthkit, your name is now Truthpaw!" He flies off canting her name. "Truthpaw! Truthpaw!" (Sorry 'bout that, Truthpaw... :3)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Snowglaze & Dustflight

    Snowglaze cheered, "Truthpaw! Dustflight!"
    <p>
    Dustflight bent down to brush noses with his new apprentice, smiling

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2014

    Truthpaw

    She smiled then bounded up to touch noses with Dustflight. (( lol its okay

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2014

    Lifepaw

    Sorts herbs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    ~`| CelestialClan Medicine Cat Den |`~

    ~Lionstar &starf

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    Posted May 28, 2014

    Miraclekit

    goes to guo

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Banes bio

    Name: Bane. Age: 14 Looks: small and too thin with long dirty blonde hair plae skin and violet eyes. She works for Holmes and co. And is very independant and cold.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2014

    Paula's Bio

    Name: Paula (was known as Rain in other roleplays)
    Age: 16
    Description: jet black hair that fell to her waist and is usually straight, tan, skinny, and has soft skin, also blue eyes
    Personality: unless I'm upset I'm nice, caring, trustworthy and Loyal of course.
    Anything else just ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2008

    For fans of Charles de Lint and new readers...

    My first book by de Lint was 'The Onion Girl'. And though it was a book that was in the middle of some already established characters, I fell in love with de Lint's style of writing and the way he tells stories like they are the veins of what makes the world the way it is. 'Some Place to be Flying' is no exception. You will not be able to put it down. And if you do, you won't be able to wait until you can pick it up again. I now have 12 books of his, and every book is a new adventure with characters you grow to love or hate, you'll be gripping the pages in some places in aticipation. This book sent me flying and made me want to be corbae. This book is great for de Lint lovers and perfect for new readers. Enjoy!

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    fine urban fantasy

    In 1996 Newford, Canada cab driver Hank leaves his vehicle to stop a man beating up a woman in a nearby alley. The Good Samaritan takes a bullet in his shoulder for his efforts with the assailant apparently ready to kill him. Instead a girl comes off the roof and somehow kills the punk. She licks her fingers and touches Hank¿s wound with her moisturized fingers before running off. His shoulder immediately fully heals. Both Hank and the initial victim photojournalist Lily are stunned by the turn of events. --- Hank and Lily have had their initial encounter with the immortal 'First People,' a hybrid human-animal mix. The two shocked humans soon meet other strange individuals like Jack and Kerry, who both differently shun the ¿normal¿ world. The humans soon join the hunt by members of the First People to find the object that created the world, 'Raven's pot¿, for war is brewing and the winner is assured if they obtain possession of this magical artifact. --- Newford fans of course will appreciate this fine urban fantasy, but so will anyone who enjoys a strong tale with intriguing characters regardless of whether they are human or out of mythos. Jack and Lily are fabulous opposites who come together in search of the First People and soon begin a quest to find the Raven¿s Pot so it does not get into wrong hands. Though allegedly targeting high school readers, Charles de Lint¿s latest tale is urban fantasy at is best that all genre fans will enjoy. --- Harriet Klausner

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2001

    A Murder of Crows, An Unkindness of Ravens

    Once again, Charles de Lint has written a magical tale that will not disappoint the reader. The characters are complex, the story line fast paced and suspenseful, and the interweaving of Native American folklore into the Newford setting creates an entertaining read that will leave the reader wishing for more. Definitely a book to be savored and re-read,in between searching for the Crow Girls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2000

    Wonderful

    Charles De Lint is a wonderful author and his dialog is superb! I loved his characters and I really enjoyed reading his books. Anyone who knows that you can find a little magic as long as you look will like reading this book. I did!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2000

    Urban Fantasy At Its Very Best

    I'm a long-time Charles de Lint fan, and this book didn't disappoint me. The characters are magical and fantastic, yet easy to relate to. De Lint uses elements of earthy folklore and weaves them into a wonderful story set against the background of a modern city. A must-read for anyone who likes a good tale.

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