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Someplace to Be Flying (Newford #8)

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  4,107 ratings  ·  158 reviews
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.

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Paperback, 384 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Orb Books (first published 1998)
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Jason Wyatt
Jun 22, 2007 Jason Wyatt rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: modern fantasy fans
Shelves: already-read
This was the first Charles de Lint novel that I had ever read, and it's an interesting place to start. I had honestly never even heard of the author before. Strange, considering that he's been writing this Newford series for nearly two decades...

and it's a travesty that none of my fantasy-reading friends apparently knew about him either, because he's an excellent writer.

Basically, de Lint started creating a world with a series of short stories published in random magazines and whatnot. It's larg...more
Jamieson
There is a myth that is as old as time. The world was created by Raven, the dark bird of mystery, as he stirred magic in an old black pot. The pot created more than the world: it created the Animal People, spirits as old as time itself. They are the First People and they roamed the land, able to change forms.

Out of the pot came the Blue Jay, the Wolf, and The Crow. There also came the Coyote, the Trickster. Always up to no good, he is the outcast of the First People. Most of his mischief is harm...more
Elizabeth
in the middle of this mess, don't judge just yet!

Though I'd never read Charles de Lint before, I liked Someplace to Be Flying so much that I went out and bought three more of his books when I finished. De Lint's prose had some thin spots where the story stretched to transparency and I could see his hand moving the characters and action, but the tale was so entertaining that I barely cared. He created a very compelling world that I didn't want to end with the book.

Someplace to Be Flying combines...more
Alissa
This book could have been good. The premise, that "animal people" live around us in some fantasy world that intersects with the real world, was intriguing.

Ok, so there are about 200 characters (slight hyperbole), and de Lint gets so bogged down by trying to make them all interesting that he fails to make *any* of them interesting.

Then there's the plot: apparently some of the animal people want to reclaim some holy relic and take over the world. Um... I guess? The actual climax of the story is *...more
Michael
After devouring "Trader," "The Mystery of Grace" and "Little Grrl Lost," earlier this year, I was hoping for a similar experience when I picked up "Someplace to Be Flying."

And while this novel certainly had its moments of being just as absorbing as all of those, I still feel like it fell a bit short of my expectations.

It's not that it's a bad story. But the story takes so long for various elements to come together that I found myself taken out of the novel too much. One thing I found missing wa...more
Seymour
The people who become birds, which noone knows about. My first experience with de Lint, this book has a stronger plot, and some very disquieting elements, which nonetheless feel exactly right. Upside-down kind of fantasy. More about people and their strengths showing in adversity, the values of de Lint are very real, despite the magic below the surface.
♥Xeni♥
I always feel so sad finishing one of these books. But at the same time I feel uplifted, and like magic really exists in my own world. It's an interesting mix.

Once more, this story is competely different from the other Newford books. In this one we get an interesting set of characters, characterized by their animal sides. These 'animal people' say that they were there long before us (the 'normal' people) and came from the beginning of time. It's not a new idea, but the way that de Lint integrat...more
Christy
"When we understand each other's stories, we understand everything a little better--even ourselves." (66)

This book was a mixed bag for me. I liked some of the characters quite a bit (particularly Jack, Katy, and Kerry), I liked the premise, and there are several passages where I particularly liked the writing and the ideas, but I just could not get into the plot and I had a hard time keeping track of who all the very, very many characters were. It took me more than twice as long as it should hav...more
Kerry
Yet another amazing book in Charles de Lint's Newford series. This was my first introduction to the Crow Girls, Raven and the rest of that crew and I have to say I love them.... especially Maggie and the Crow Girls.

Before I read Someplace to be Flying, if you had asked me what I loved about the Newford series, I would have mentioned characters like Jilly and Geordie and Christy but I would have focused on what a great world de Lint has created. Now that I have read Someplace to Be Flying, I hav...more
Peter
I purchased a used copy of Charles de Lint’s 1998 urban fantasy Someplace to be Flying for two reasons. I saw the title on a list of the 100 best recently-published scifi novels and I’d never read de Lint who I heard in person two years ago at the Tucson Festival of Books on a panel with Patrick Rothfuss and Diana Gabaldon.

I wouldn’t put Someplace to be Flying on my list of my favorite scifi/fantasy novels not because it doesn’t imparts a good feeling at the end which it does, although it border...more
Jo
Dec 03, 2007 Jo rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: David Caron
This is one of my favoritist fantasy books today. The old gods may still walk the earth, but what if even they have forgotten who they are.
Rob
One of my 2 favorite de Lint novels.
zjakkelien
It took me a little while to get into this book, but then I loved it. I think the getting into it might have had something to do with my concentration and less with the book. In any case, in the beginning a lot of characters are introduced and recognizing all of them and understanding a little how they were connected took a while. But once I had a feel for the universe of Someplace to be flying, it was really enjoyable. I love the atmosphere in the Newford books and I love the characters. In Som...more
Shauna
I've read a few of Charles de Lint's books now and the problems I have with most of them are true of this novel as well. His writing bugs me, and that's just a personal preference, but I usually quite enjoy the stories and world he creates so I struggle through it. Generally I don't mind a multiple character perspective but in this case, the different voices are too much and too little–it's enough to give a glimpse into the character but not much else and the many different personalities are ove...more
M—
Beach Vacation Read #2: Second of two books dragged with me on the plane. I'm amused that I brought this the whole way from Pennsylvania to Florida when it originated from a Florida moocher to begin with, located not so far away from my vacation spot. This copy isn't very pretty, though; and I'll leave it behind at the beach house for someone else to find and acquire a better copy later for my permanent collection.

A dreamy, dreamy book, but I lost track of the large cast of characters quite a fe...more
Jennifer
This is one of the most beautifully written books I've read in a long, long time. The plot is very hard to explain --- the back of the book cover states: "Here is Lily, a photojournalist in search of the "animal people" who supposedly haunt the city's darkest slums. Here is Hank, who knows those slums all too well. One night, in a brutal incident, their lives collide --- uptown Lily and downtown Hank, eac with a quest and a role to play in the secret drama of the city's oldest inhabitants. For t...more
Fysierm
Sep 26, 2010 Fysierm rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone, everyone
I had fallen in love with Charles de Lint's writing before this book, had read several of his works (though I still have a lot more to get through). I had gotten this off of Betterworld Books on a whimsy, a kind of a "I like this author; it's cheap, and I'll probably enjoy it, so why not?" But I'm so glad I did.

If I had to choose a place to start, this would seem to be as good as any (especially for someone like me, used to starting in between a series as at the end of it), but you're put in th...more
Vickie
I was not expecting the ending. I'll stop there to avoid spoilers.

It's dense, and keeping track of not only the myriad named characters but also their identities is dizzying until things begin to reveal themselves. I felt like (and don't get me wrong, I was entertained) the exposition and building of detail was slow in terms of plot but so rich, the story arc looked like a very skewed normal curve. It felt, therefore, that the surprise of the climax and what actually IS happening behind and beyo...more
Luke
Let's start with my current three favourite.

Here's a story starting with a simple rescue, blossoming into an awkward romance between two very different people and then revealing layer after layer of intertwining stories and lives which seem disparate at first but link in a seemlessly organic fashion as the plot unfolds.
Every character here is vivid, relatable and distinct, and quirky enough that reading about the most mundane of problems (like helping a timid foxgirl move in to a scary place)...more
Leslie
Once again de Lint's blend of fantasy, Native American mythology, and reality of small city Newford charmed me. Whilst I wasn't quite as entranced by this as I was by Trader, it did keep me glued to its pages (and listening to the crows that live in the woods near my home!). The ending was a bit disappointing, but I am still mulling it over so may change my mind about that.
Rebecca
Ah, literary comfort food. No matter what is bad in my life, I can count on Charles DeLint to make things better. But since he's not putting out anything new, I have to settle for rereading my favorites.

Thankfully, this stands up to rereading as well as everything else of his. It's still every bit as haunting and beautiful and heartbreaking and heartwarming and wonderful as the first time I read it, and it still makes the world a better place.

Now all I need to do is avoid going on a binge and ju...more
Carol Waller
Lovely Newford entry. The crow girls are back, and for small pages Christy. Raven, Coyote, Magpie and other corbae tell us about magic from their view. And humans too. And don't forget those with just a little canid and corbae blood (or both) see the world just a little bit differently. And the little cousins.

"What makes people not believe?" she asked. "Not believe in what?" "Corbae. Magic. The Grace. All of it." Katy shrugged. "Maybe the same thing that makes them not believe in love. Because...more
jill crotty
I could not put this book down. There are many characters to remember and keep up with, but it becomes an easy flow once you get them straight. This mythology captures almost immediately with the "animal people" hiding amongst the humans. It is set in modern times with a flare of old European and Native American. As the worlds collide, many come together to stop the villains and their evil intent to bring the world to an end.

I love the the stories and relationships that develop among the main c...more
Rachel
An excellent Newford book which tells the backstory for Jack Daw, Kerry, and Katy. A photographer (Lily) is rescued from a mugging by a passing gypsy cab driver (Hank). The mugger turns on him, but before he can kill Hank, he and Lily are saved by the crow girls, and healed. This begins an odd adventure, as they discover that it wasn't a random mugging, and that Lily has something the cuckoos want. And that it has something to do with Raven's pot, and with Cody trying to remake the world again....more
Lucy Pollard-Gott
This is the first Charles de Lint book I read, and I haven't stopped since, reading nearly his full backlist and eagerly awaiting the next installment. Many of his urban fantasies are under the rubric of "Newford" books, set in a fictional Canadian city a lot like Ottawa. The characters are a recurring group of artists, writers, and musicians whose mutual friendship and support of each other is as notable as their adventures in the dream world.

Someplace to be Flying takes place in a mixture of u...more
Shara
Reading books like this make me wonder why certain readers have such a hissy fit over the fantasy genre, saying it can't be literary or it has nothing to offer in terms of social reflections. Clearly, they haven't read books like this, or if they have, they simply don't care for using magic, mythology, and folklore as a means to explore humanity. If that's the case, it's a shame. Someplace to be Flying is a beautiful book, something to break all those stereotypes of what people seem to think urb...more
Bob
I never heard of this author before, but I saw a bunch of his books listed on a "100 best books" somewhere. Since I liked many of the other books on the list, I figured I would try him out. But this book was pretty boring. I can't stand quitting a book once I've started, so I slogged through all 546 pages...but it's weak, man. The cover compared him to Stephen King, but King kicks this guy's ass! Under the Dome at 1100+ pages goes by much more quickly than this did - it's way more satisfying too...more
Lea
Charles de Lint weaves myths and stories like magic. This was such a wonderful story- a story for storytellers. It took me a few days to read it, as it seemed sacrosanct to skim or read quickly. There were lines so pretty I want to engrave them somewhere permanent and lasting.
Joyce
Nov 25, 2007 Joyce rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Fantasy Lovers
I was introduced to De Lint some time ago, when a book club member recommended one of his books, the name eludes me at the moment. His books tend to have to have the same theme; otherworld characters that have native american subtext. Althogh I enjoyed this book, not as much as the first, De Lint introduces so many characters I feel as though I need a character key to keep up with who's who. I like venturing into something other than what is real, and so I like the fantasy aspect of his novels a...more
Zoe
I forgot how much I love this book. Charles de Lint is a childhood favorite of mine, so it's hard for me to judge his skill as a writer objectively. All I can say is that I enjoyed this just as much today, in my fourth or fifth reading, as I enjoyed my first go at it when I was about 15. I love de Lint's use of myth and folklore. It doesn't get too obtrusive, but he clearly knows his stuff and has done a good job of weaving it into his contemporary urban setting. This particular book is very hea...more
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“But what the evil people do, that's their responsibility. The burden they have to carry. Sure, when we see 'em starting on causing some hurt, we've got to try and stop 'em, but mostly what the rest of us should be concerning ourselves with is doing right by others. Every time you do a good turn, you shine the light a little further into the dark. And the thing is, even when we're gone, that light's going to keep shining on, pushing the shadows back.” 29 likes
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