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Someplace to Be Flying
     

Someplace to Be Flying

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by Charles de Lint
 

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Charles de Lint's beloved fictional city of Newford is the backdrop for this riveting urban fantasy which pays homage to ancient Native American legends of secret "animal people" living among us and features an afterword original to this edition.
Come join the misfits, marginalized and orphans of the modern world—street folks who sit around the fire by

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Charles de Lint's beloved fictional city of Newford is the backdrop for this riveting urban fantasy which pays homage to ancient Native American legends of secret "animal people" living among us and features an afterword original to this edition.
Come join the misfits, marginalized and orphans of the modern world—street folks who sit around the fire by Moth's trailer in the junkyard in their own "family of choice." Meet a punky pair of Crow Girls—delightful yet dangerous, who will insert themselves into your heart and change you forever; Raven—engimatic keeper of the pot that safeguards the ways of our world; Coyote—handsome Trickster ever driven to stir the pot with good intentions yet dire consequences; Fox—seductive canid whose past indiscretions return to haunt him; Jack Daw—storyteller who spins captivating tales while hiding his deepest sorrow; the Cuckoo family—viscious, amoral and determined to gain control of whatever will destroy the corbae (crow) clans.
Combine these with a host of other compelling characters—animal and human—whose lives are woven together as they try to come to terms with complex personal relationships and damaged pasts. The mysterious threads of this story will set your imagination soaring on the winds of change, and culminate in a final battle over an object of such incredible power that it has the ability to destroy the entire world.

Someplace to Be Flying, print edition review excerpts:

"Nobody does urban fantasy better than Charles de Lint. He has a gift for creating engaging, fully realized characters, totally believable dialogue, and a feeling that magic is just around the corner … He can make you believe 'as many as six impossible things before breakfast.' "
—Amazon.com Editorial Review

"De Lint's elegant prose and effective storytelling continue to transform the mundane into the magical at every turn. Highly recommended."
—Library Journal, Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

"In many hands, the urban fantasy plot involving strange beings just around the corner fails dismally. It does not in the hands of the reliable, the inimitable de Lint …
"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

"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

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

"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

Editorial Reviews

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).
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

Product Details

BN ID:
2940045370585
Publisher:
Charles de Lint
Publication date:
10/27/2013
Series:
Newford Series
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
428,129
File size:
591 KB

Meet the Author

Charles de Lint is a full-time writer and musician who makes his home in Ottawa, Canada. This author of more than seventy adult, young adult, and children’s books has won the World Fantasy, Aurora, Sunburst, and White Pine awards, among others. Modern Library's Top 100 Books of the 20th Century poll, voted on by readers, put eight of de Lint's books among the top 100. De Lint is also a poet, artist, songwriter, performer and folklorist, and he writes a monthly book-review column for The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction. For more information, visit his web site at www.charlesdelint.com.

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Someplace to Be Flying 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
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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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She smiled then bounded up to touch noses with Dustflight. (( lol its okay
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Snowglaze cheered, "Truthpaw! Dustflight!" <p> Dustflight bent down to brush noses with his new apprentice, smiling
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cool beans. Hey I gotta go, but it was nice talking with you! :)
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Sorts herbs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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