This book. This book. This book.
I don’t even know where to begin. I brought The Philosopher’s Flight home thinking my son might like it, because it’s kind of alternative history, kind of fantasy (not usually his thing, but it will work if it’s on the edge of sci-fi), and kind of different. He likes that. A day later, he announced that he loved it and that I needed to read it, too. He’s a teenager, so if he likes something enough to suggest it to me, I try to read it and soon. It’s really an honor when someone tells you about a book they love, and when it’s your teenager — who probably thinks you’re an idiot about half the time and doesn’t detach from the devices as often as you’d like — it’s worth taking the time to make some kind of connection, right?
The Philosopher’s Flight is a coming-of-age story set in an alternative early twentieth century. Women empirical philosophers dominate human flight and sigilry—which is not exactly like signaling or casting spells, but can be used for transporting humans, creating smoke shields and other things, healing and more. Robert has grown up with a mother and sisters who can do all of this, and he wants to fight for his dream of becoming a rescue and evacuation specialist. There are all kinds of other things going on – a group of zealots who hate the women who do this, factional fighting within the women philosophers, war, love. You know. All the usual stuff.
I can’t shut up about this book. I’ve told at least ten people about it already, including a few who I know don’t like reading things outside of their usual very limited boxes. Oh well. This is one to take a chance on, because it is just SO fun. I can’t be friends with you anymore if you hate it. Well, actually, I can. But I’d be bummed you didn’t like it, because it’s just THAT good.
Also, the author is from our neighboring state of Wisconsin–Wauwatosa to be exact. Having spent a delightful afternoon at a ‘Tosa city pool/biergarten some summers ago, I have an extra fondness for it, and I’ll be looking for the next one, Tom Miller. Don’t make us wait too long.
The Philosopher’s Flight by Tom Miller