Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday Memes: The Philosopher's Flight by Tom Miller

Happy Friday everybody!
Book Beginnings on Friday is now hosted by Rose City ReaderThe Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

But you must never call philosophy "magic," for there is no such thing. Traditional
A few weeks ago, my daughter, who is nine years old and learning to fly, asked me the question I've been expecting for a long time: Why do so many people hate empirical philosophers?
Friday 56 (from 56% of the eARC):
"You're just excited because you get to see a lot of young ladies in their underwear," Astrid said, laughing.
This week I am reading The Philosopher's Flight by Tom Miller. I got this eARC from NetGalley. Here is the description from Amazon:
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.


  1. This looks (and sounds) like a great book. Startling cover. Ladies in their underwear lol

    Here is mine:

    Have a lovely weekend, Kathy!

  2. Sounds exciting! Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

  3. Your 56 had me laughing out loud! Sounds like a fantastic story. I hope that you enjoy it. :)

  4. The 56 had me rolling with laughter as well. Sounds like a great book! Happy weekend!

  5. Sounds a bit interesting, hope you enjoyed it.

    Friday Memes

  6. That's quite a question about philospher's from a nine-year-old! I've been eyeing this one and love the cover.

  7. I don't think this one would be for me, but I hope you enjoy it.

  8. This sounds really interesting! Hope you have a great weekend! Happy reading! :)

  9. I just received this book from Book of the Month this month and looking forward to reading it!

    Here is my link for the week:

  10. What a lovely cover! Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  11. I love books that are so original. Happy reading and thanks for the visit.

  12. An ambitious idea, but I don't think this one would be for me. I hope you're enjoying it though!!

    Ronnie @ Paradise Found

  13. Sounds like very interesting and unique! Have a great weekend and happy reading :)

    Jo-Ann at Inspiration Pie

  14. Historical fantasy set in World War 1? I can't resist that! The teasers sound great!

  15. Sounds like a great book. I have lately enjoyed books with magic realism and this might be another one.

  16. This book sounds awesome - definitely going to have to try it! :)


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