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The Book of Flying by Keith  Miller
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Jun 06, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy, reviewed, owned

This is a strange book that I've found difficult to categorize. It's almost like a faerie tale the way faerie tales should be told - not everything turns out right; the prince doesn't always wake the princess from her eternal sleep, and the wicked witch doesn't always meet her justifiable end. People die in this book, and there is a lot of sex that is as far from the sanitized Disney-esque romance crap as one can get without actually becoming blatantly pornographic. The hero does things that classic heroes normally don't do, and there are a lot of questions of morality that normally don't come up in your everyday faerie tales.

And that's why I liked this book. It was like reading (?watching?) someone's mind while they were fully ensconced in a dream-state. The prose was at times lyrical and at times harsh, and there were moments when the hero (or rather protagonist, because there is little that could justify the main character to be lumped into the classical 'hero' category, save his unquenchable desire to gain his wings) seemed doomed to fail beyond all hope and measure.

While The Book of Flying may not be a book for children, or even for those who are in search of today's standard of fantasy story, I highly recommend that this book be read at least once, if only to see what goes into the making of a 'real' faerie tale. In today's Deluge-scale mass-market drivel, this book is far closer to a work of literary art than many of the so-called "best sellers".
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message 1: by Keith (new) - added it

Keith Miller Hi - This is Keith Miller, author of The Book of Flying, and fellow member of Goodreads. I just wanted to let you know that my new novel, The Book on Fire, is out. It's about a book thief who comes to Alexandria to steal from the fabled library, but falls in love with a librarian. It is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Powell's, and other online bookstores.

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