The Philosopher's Flight (Untitled #1)

The Philosopher's Flight (Untitled #1)

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. Eighteen-year-old Robert Weekes is a practitioner of empirical philosophy?an arcane, female-dominated branch of science used to summon the wind, shape cloud A thrilling debut from ER doctor turned novelist Tom Miller, The Philosopher?s Flight is an epic historical fan...

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Title:The Philosopher's Flight (Untitled #1)
Author:Tom Miller
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:The Philosopher's Flight
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:422 pages pages

The Philosopher's Flight (Untitled #1) Reviews

  • Sherwood Smith
    Feb 05, 2018
    Empirical philosophers--the term 'philosophers' used in the historical sense, which could include the practice of the sciences alchemy, astrology, etc. In this alternate world of ours, magic works, has been developing rapidly and scientifically alongside the industrial revolution al...
  • Gertie
    Jul 11, 2018
    I liked this one - I didn't read the blurb first, and was pleased to find such an enjoyable story. It has a lot of elements that are usually something I appreciate... an underdog, growth of character and abilities, a challenging situation, school setting, romance. It can be a little......
  • Mike
    Nov 25, 2017
    This was excellent, and I'm really glad I took the risk with it. It was recommended by a fellow writer on a forum we both frequent, and when I saw it was on Netgalley I picked it up. My big concern was that the genderflip inherent in the premise - women are, for unexplained reasons...
  • Will Byrnes
    Nov 27, 2017
    And what is empirical philosophy?what is sigilry?except a branch of science that we don?t yet fully understand? There?s no dark art to it; it?s nothing more than the movement of energy to produce a physical effect. The human body provides the power, while the sigil, drawn s...
  • Simone
    Dec 18, 2017
    I honestly and truly wished I loved this book. I felt like there's a lot of potential for it being a great series, but after only reading the first novel from both the author and the series I wasn't all too excited. This was definitely more like Harry Potter where magic (also known as ...
  • Marzie
    Feb 13, 2018
    Author Tom Miller's debut novel The Philosopher's Flight is a genre-bending steampunk wild ride. In this world, witches or wizards are philosophers and all the best ones are female. In spite of their amazing prowess in military campaigns, philosophers are feared. Trenchers, a sort of e...
  • wishforagiraffe
    May 23, 2018
    This book is fantastic. It's an alt-history with a truly excellent grasp on the social impacts the discovery of "empirical philosophy" (alchemy/magic by any other name) might have on the course of history. And we get snippets of history throughout the book, not just the course of the s...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Mar 11, 2018
    4.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2018/03/18/... The Philosopher?s Flight might be my first genuine surprise of 2018. Backed by a fascinating premise that blends together historical fiction and fantasy, this novel held my attention captive from beginnin...
  • Bam
    Feb 11, 2018
    *3.5 stars A unique reimagining of history that blends science fiction, fantasy as well as historical fiction. In this story, sigilry, or empirical philosophy, is a branch of science which came into widespread use in 1750. Since women have always been much better at this powerfu...
  • Madeleine (Top Shelf Text)
    Dec 17, 2017
    Review to come! ...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Jan 17, 2018
    $1.99 Kindle sale, April 13, 2018. This WWI era SF/fantasy novel is a 2018 book and a worthwhile read. A strong 4 stars. Full review, first posted on Fantasy Literature: Many historical eras ? particularly the Regency and Victorian, with World War II in the mix as well ? have be...
  • Linda Zagon
    Feb 03, 2018
    My Review of ?The Philosopher?s Flight? by Tom Miller Simon and Schuster, February 2018 Tom Miller, Author of ?The Philosopher?s Flight? has provided a unique story that combines the Genres of Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Magical Illusion, Magical Realism, and Fi...
  • Travis
    Nov 22, 2017
    I received a free copy of this book through NetGalley, but my opinions are my own... ...And my opinion is: Mr. Tom Miller needs to write more books in this world! This is a 4.5 rounded up. The only reason it isn't a solid 5.0 is because I wanted the plot and story to cover a lit...
  • Rachel Stansel
    Nov 18, 2017
    This is one of the most fun books I have read this year. A unique alternate history where "philosophers" use special combinations of chemical or compounds to do what we would consider magic. Smokecarving, hovering, transporting and lots more. Women are the lead sigilists with some men ...
  • Koeur
    Nov 20, 2017
    https://koeur.wordpress.com/2017/11/2... Publisher: Simon Publishing Date: February 2018 ISBN:9781476778150 Genre: Fantasy Rating: 4.4/5 Publishers Description: Eighteen-year-old Robert Weekes is a practitioner of empirical philosophy?an arcane, female-dominated bra...
  • Princess
    Mar 04, 2018
    Robert dreams of becoming a flying Rescue-and-Evac specialist. Even though females are better at arcane magic/science. We spend the bulk of this book at Radcliffe college where Robert trains among formidable women. The gender issue could have easily been mishandled, but the author does...
  • Stephanie
    Feb 15, 2018
    (The publisher provided a copy for me to review) In this alternate history novel, empirical philosophers have discovered how to manipulate energy with sigils to send messages, grow better crops, control fire - even flight. Although women have an overwhelming ability for sigilry, our...
  • Katie
    Feb 27, 2018
    The world building in this book is incredible! I can?t remember the last time I felt as confident in a universe. In a way, Tom Miller reminds me of JK Rowling. If I were to ask Miller an obscure question about the history of sigilry or drawing a messaging glyph, I know he would have ...
  • Out of the Bex
    Jan 21, 2018
    In a world much different, yet entirely similar to our own, debut author Tom Miller crafts a story for the ages. Between a spellbinding front and back cover, 405 pages explore artfully crafted characters and phenomenal world-building. The play between science and magic introduces a ...
  • Chrissie
    Feb 05, 2018
    Subtly executed, Miller turns gender domination on its ear in the most delightful way. A fantasy novel that reads with the detail of historical fiction . . . this one needs more attention! The Philosopher's Flight is an absorbing mix of Harry Potter and a Patrick Rothfuss. The detai...
  • Xavier (CharlesXplosion)
    Feb 17, 2018
    A high-fantasy, Harry Potter-esque story about a female-centric world. Although Miller's worldbuilding is unparallel, the lack of characterization and plot made The Philosopher's Flight a complete misfire. ...
  • Chelsey Mae
    Mar 02, 2018
    K I friggin love this book. So glad I picked it in one of my BOTM last month!!!! It was so different and fun and nothing like I expected at all really. Very pleasantly surprised!!! Magic ? ...
  • Atlas
    Jul 05, 2018
    * * * * * 5 / 5 ~Review to come~ http://atlasrisingbooks.blogspot.com This book with a totally wacky premise, that was a little bit difficult to get into, and made me a bit cautious with it's "reverse-sexism" theme, ended up being a five star read. The Philosopher's Flight h...
  • Juli
    Feb 08, 2018
    I love books about alternate history. But The Philosopher's Flight is something more....a combination of fantasy, sci-fi, alternate history...and pure magic. The Basics: Certain symbols, called sigils, can be used to focus power. That power can be used for mundane things like makin...
  • Abi (The Knights Who Say Book)
    Nov 23, 2017
    *I received an advance reader copy of this book in exchange for an honest review* I HAVE A HEADACHE (unrelated to this book) SO LET'S GET THIS OVER WITH QUICKLY. (lmao this is me from the end of the review adding on: i did not get this over with quickly) The Philosopher's Flight ...
  • Laura LVD
    Dec 03, 2017
    I know I'm in the minority here, but didn't like it. I give two stars because it's really well written, but couldn't connect with the story at all. Sorry, but couldn't suspend my disbelief for one moment. I found the use of certain words irritating ("Sapphist", "cartogramancer" for...
  • Robin Bonne
    Jan 04, 2018
    Robert ?Boober? Weekes is one of a few male philosophers. His mother is a famous war veteran transporter, and he aspires to become the same, despite the limited capability of his gender. This book was fun, despite how harsh the gender politics came across during the first half. Ev...
  • Barb
    Nov 28, 2017
    Trying to like this book, but finding it a bit challenging. I know, I know. The other reviews are great. And while I promise to come back when I've finished and layer more review on top of this brief one, I have some pet peeves for now. The main one is the use of unknown words that mad...
  • Book of the Month
    Feb 01, 2018
    In an alternate world where only women are strong enough to wield magic, a gifted boy goes where no man has gone before: Radcliffe, a prestigious female-only school of sigilry. Learn more at https://www.bookofthemonth.com/the-ph... ...
  • biblio_reine
    Feb 17, 2018
    *i got an arc of this book from NetGalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review* 2.5 stars I enjoyed this book but the pacing was really slow. There were times where I got so bored to the point that I had to stop reading. I loved that the author wanted to put in femini...