The Philosopher's Flight

The Philosopher's Flight

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"Rarely does a novel begin with rollicking fierceness that grabs readers from its opening lines and doesn't loosen its grip or lessen its hold all the way through... Miller's writing is intoxicating and one doesn't need to be a fantasy or sci-fi fan to adore this book."--Kim Curtis, Associated Press

" The Philosopher's Flight by debut novelist Tom Miller has already set a high bar for any book vying to be the most entertaining novel of 2018."--Ian Schwartz, Bookpage

A thrilling debut from ER doctor turned novelist Tom Miller, The Philosopher's Flight is an epic historical fantasy set in a World-War-I-era America where magic and science have blended into a single extraordinary art. "Like his characters, Tom Miller casts a spell." (Matthew Pearl, author of The Dante Club and The Last Bookaneer )

Eighteen-year-old Robert Weekes is a practitioner of empirical philosophy--an arcane, female-dominated branch of science used to summon the wind, shape clouds of smoke, heal the injured, and even fly. Though he dreams of fighting in the Great War as the first male in the elite US Sigilry Corps Rescue and Evacuation Service--a team of flying medics--Robert is resigned to mixing batches of philosophical chemicals and keeping the books for the family business in rural Montana, where his mother, a former soldier and vigilante, aids the locals.

When a deadly accident puts his philosophical abilities to the test, Robert rises to the occasion and wins a scholarship to study at Radcliffe College, an all-women's school. At Radcliffe, Robert hones his skills and strives to win the respect of his classmates, a host of formidable, unruly women.

Robert falls hard for Danielle Hardin, a disillusioned young war hero turned political radical. However, Danielle's activism and Robert's recklessness attract the attention of the same fanatical anti-philosophical group that Robert's mother fought years before. With their lives in mounting danger, Robert and Danielle band together with a team of unlikely heroes to fight for Robert's place among the next generation of empirical philosophers--and for philosophy's very survival against the men who would destroy it.

In the tradition of Lev Grossman and Deborah Harkness, Tom Miller writes with unrivaled imagination, ambition, and humor. The Philosopher's Flight is both a fantastical reimagining of American history and a beautifully composed coming-of-age tale for anyone who has ever felt like an outsider.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, [2018]
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781476778150
1476778159
Branch Call Number: FICTION Miller Tom 02/2018
Characteristics: 422 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm

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JCLGreggW Jan 10, 2018

This is a dazzling, thoughtful, and imaginative alternative historical fantasy about magic during WWI. Women are by far the best wielders of magic, but a man wants to join the ranks of their most elite rescuer unit. Unique and fun, this is a delight.


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Mar 04, 2018

An interesting concept, that women can fly and do other wonderful things by “empirical philosophy,” that unfortunately bogs down in a run-of-the-mill plot and resolution. This is fantasy/historical fiction. It is neopaganism (Magick Wimmen!) pitted against the caricature of a dimbulb Luddite Christian Fundamentalist. It is almost entirely anachronistic, but not in the usual sense. It projects modern-day beliefs backward in time to World War I. This type of fiction might appeal to readers of 2018 – if they have no inkling of the changes in culture from 1917 till now.

JCLGreggW Jan 10, 2018

This is a dazzling, thoughtful, and imaginative alternative historical fantasy about magic during WWI. Women are by far the best wielders of magic, but a man wants to join the ranks of their most elite rescuer unit. Unique and fun, this is a delight.

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