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Short review: This is a rework of the myth of Icarus with beautiful picture spreads. Since it is based on the Greek myth, it can't very too much from the story, which I think many people know: Icarus flies too close to the sun and drowns. Like the myth, this story is all about flying as expressing the sin of pride... trying to be too close to the gods... which I think will bother many winged people, because they think that their flying is not about that, or they think that their flying is about being closer to the spiritual world and that's okay. If you want a version of the myth that has beautiful pictures and some poetic feel, you might like this one, but I don't recommend the story in general... especially for young children as it might make them feel "choosing to follow your dreams and be free will cause you to be hurt" if they long for flight.

Writing: The writing has a good poetic feel. Of course it is based on a story already existing so there is not a lot that's creative here, but Jane Yolen does expand on the story a little bit from what I know about the myth. Unfortunately, that expanding is only more driving home that Daedalus was a proud person and that the gods thought that was bad, which is the point of the story so I can't blame her, but it won't make winged people happy to associate pride with flying in a bad way.

From a winged person's perspective...: The art is really beautiful and realistic, with lots of detail that maybe you only notice the second time, and give a feeling of how amazing it is to fly. The wings really look like wings! The sad part is Icarus... he seems to love the flying for its own reasons and not because he has pride. He flies higher only because it's beautiful to fly and he loves the feeling. But in the end that is what makes him lose his wings. I don't think I know a story that has a more "anti-winged-people" message than that really.

Trigger warnings: None other than the obvious ^^;; The "falling out of the sky" picture is very realistic though.

More thoughts...: Since the story is so simple my thoughts are very simple too... this story just feels against all my spiritual beliefs, that we are meant to fly high and touch the spiritual world. I think that wings and flying are spiritual in many ways. And the myth of Icarus goes quite against that. Of course, your feelings on this story will vary. If you find the myth beautiful then this is a great book ^v^ Personally I don't know how to rate the story, you can't give a rating to a myth really ^^;; The pictures are a five out of five.
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Introduction



I decided to create this guide to writing winged people after reading many novels and helping [personal profile] charcoalfeathers with her novel as an advisor. During this, I thought of many issues that commonly happen when writing winged people and many things that are often forgotten. So, I decided to make this guide for writing them.

Important! Please remember that this is only one person's opinion! Like any guide to "writing this type of person" I am only one person who can't speak for everybody. These are ideas only! If your experience is different then please tell me and I will be happy to accept your thoughts and add them into this guide.

Also, this guide will only talk about bird wings, not bat wings, dragon wings or insect wings. I don't know enough about those sorts of wings. m(_ _)m So, if somebody is those species, please help the guide to be better and give your thoughts!

Warning: this might have some triggery content for mentions of cruelty to birds/wings.

Ten points to think about )

Birdwing

Mar. 23rd, 2011 10:14 pm
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Short review: A story that continues the traditional fairy tale written by the Brothers Grimm, The Six Swans, following the life of the youngest brother in the story who is left with a swan's wing, after being released from a curse that turned him to a swan. Because it's based on that story and can't change from it, in the beginning, the swan curse is seen as a horrible thing. But then, the story tells that the youngest brother's swan wing was "on the left side - the side closest to the heart". And this is where the tale really begins, as next we are plunging into a world of joyful flight, and pain, and spiritual wonder. This book is very descriptive which is both a blessing and a curse... it's lovely that it goes into such details about what it is like to be part-bird, and what it is like to be a swan, but because it feels so real this book can be painful to read. But, if you can handle that, I very much recommend it.

Writing: The writing is absolutely beautiful... I said about Gwinna that the descriptions of flying are the most detailed you would see, but about being a bird-person, the writing in this is even more descriptive and has equal poetry. It's a very serious story mostly but even then there are little funny moments, clever-funny though and not cheesy funny as a lot of these books... I actually laughed out loud in parts. At the ending, it starts to get a little slow and drawn out but the very end is worth it.

From a winged person's perspective...: Where do I start?? Usually, what is a good guide of how good the book is on this matter, is how long my notes are. For this book they were two pages long. I think that's the longest I ever had. I would describe all the little details, and I really want to, but that would just spoil it... but, for a character with only one wing, he's more well described than ten two-winged people in other books. The book always notices the wing in an extremely realistic way. His connection to swans is painful and beautiful. So much thought has been put into the whole thing. There are moments where he hates and curses the swan side of himself but you always see the beauty too in ways that make up for that. If you can put up with it not being 100% positive about him, but more like 70%, then you will love this book.

Trigger warnings: Threats of cutting off wings and actual cutting off wings, cruel murder of animals, abuse of birds, use of words like "freak" and "thing" by the main character towards himself and by others towards him. Lots of detailed description of the longing for flying and the longing to belong.

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Frankie!

Mar. 22nd, 2011 02:20 pm
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Short review: A baby griffin is born in a magical human family. The story is all about magic, but somehow, it feels empty of wonder and it jumps around too fast, never giving you time to have feelings about what's happening. It has some small touching and true magical moments, but in general it feels very flat, and there aren't many details for winged people to feel connected too. I don't really recommend it.

Writing: The writing is not that good... it just rushes ahead with the story without connecting with anything emotionally, and rushes into ideas that are really over-the-top without ever suggesting that this is strange or unusual. I guess they're trying to make it feel like magic is a normal part of their lives, but the result is that all the magic is taken out of the story, as miraculous things are treated as normal. The story also doesn't even really have a progression... the plot doesn't build up to a natural ending, but rather, a lot of different events happen and then it suddenly ends.

From a winged person's perspective...: Frankie can fly, but the flying scenes are really short and dull (wow... how did they make flying dull?). There is a brief reference to the joy of flight but the story doesn't dwell on it, or even really allow you to feel what flying is like. What is mentioned of the flying has some good realism in it though, and there are some other good details like descriptions of how the different feathers feel, and some mentions of the unique work it takes to care for a griffin. But the thing that I think most winged people will notice, that will overwhelm this, is how often he is talked about as a "horrible monster"... even by his family. It's meant to show how non-magical see him, not meant as hurtful towards him, but it doesn't make the impact any less.

Trigger warnings: Many people call Frankie a monster, demonic, and terrifying, even the magical characters. At the beginning, one person tries to attack him because of this view.

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What is most important to me when I review a book for this list is trust.

What I mean to say is, when you pick a book from the shelves, you can't trust it. You can't trust that the beautiful descriptions of flying won't end up as a book that has people's wings being pulled off, and a horrible message talking about how it was for the best. You can't just let yourself float along in the story trusting that the hope and lightness that it shows will continue. You can't trust that it won't have some painful description that hurts you and leaves you feeling shivers for ages.

Of course, some people don't want to have that trust. They enjoy seeing where a book will take them even if it hurts. So, for these people, I try to keep anything that might spoil the ending inside the cut tags. (So, when you link to a book, please do what I do, link to the title tag for that book! It looks like this: http://booksofafeather.dreamwidth.org/tag/title:+gwinna Not like this: http://booksofafeather.dreamwidth.org/8140.html They look like they go to the same place, but the first one will make it so you can choose whether to open the full review, or only see the short one, which spoils the book less.)

For me, I care about that trust... although in this project I can't have it. Mostly, I have to read the books not knowing what will happen and usually my stomach is clenched in the feeling that I might be betrayed. But when I've done that, I can pass the review onto everyone so that they don't have to have that same feeling if they don't want to. So it feels good, in the end.

I don't think many winged people have places they can trust. Too many people wouldn't take it seriously if they said, "I want to trust this book not to let me down". But if you have ever been in the situation of desperately hoping that a book would not tell you the same things other people have told you over and over again, and leave you feeling shaken, then maybe you understand what it means. So I want to make just a small place here that people can trust.
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Short review: A powerful story about the power of change, flying and dreams... unlike many "mutant stories" the magic and powers are not treated as a bad thing, except by ignorant people. It's quite violent and some people will find it triggery because there is almost constant abuse. But if you can stand that, this is a great story, that asks the question "is being normal so important to you that you would give up joy?"

Writing: Quite good... although it has a number of cheesy jokes that make it feel less serious.

From a winged person's perspective...: This is another of the books where people fly without wings, but I think that most winged people won't mind as the story is so positive in other ways. The main character is someone who longs to fly in a way that is described really well and in detail (sometimes so much detail that it feels painful to read!) and feels that the sky is her natural home. The descriptions of what it feels like to fly are very magical and will make you shiver... it becomes her most important thing very quickly and she loves to see that other people are interested in it too. Like many characters in these books she has a dream to find the secret people she belongs to. And when things get tough, she fights to defend her dreams and her friends' dreams.

Trigger warnings: Religious abuse and emotional abuse to fliers and others. Animal cruelty and torture. May spoil the story ) This story also describes the feeling of longing for flight in a way that might make some people feel twitchy and needy.

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Gwinna

Mar. 19th, 2011 09:08 pm
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Short review: A fairy tale that is just pure magic... in every meaning of that word. This is surely the antidote to all the books out there that promise you fantasy and wonder but take it away just as quickly... it's an amazing story, for young and old people, and especially those with wings. It's a beautiful story for anyone who loves magic and spiritual things too, because its spiritual heart is very deep. The pictures are just as beautiful as the story too. This is a "must read" book!

Writing: Pretty and full of poetry, with a soft magical feeling matched with the soft misty paintings... the descriptions are so beautiful and the story is uplifting. The images will just flow into your heart.

From a winged person's perspective...: This is a great story for winged people. Even though this is a fantasy, dreamlike story, the descriptions of flying are realistic and the most detailed you will see. There are many realistic descriptions of birds too and Gwinna's wings are never treated as an afterthought. Gwinna has an ache in her body and heart for the sky and she loves who she is, only happy to embrace it, coming to learn that her parents are not her true family and that they keep her bound out of fear for her, but also not forgetting them for her new life, and continuing to be loving towards them... so it doesn't have a message of "thoughtlessly abandon your family for your true self" either, making this story the best of both worlds. There is no "horror of being not human" in this story at all, except from those who are ignorant... Gwinna sees herself as a bird. I can't think of anything negative about how this story treats winged people, except for the parts in the trigger warnings which might upset some people.

Trigger warnings: Binding wings and making them painful and crippled, described in detail. Some characters treating wings as a curse.

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Short review: A short picture book with very detailed and nice artwork. The main character is a girl who doesn't want wings, but finds out that she loves having them anyway. It's positive in that way, but I don't think that the story describes much "someone who is winged deep in their soul". It's not a bad book for parents to buy for children though as it teaches that it's okay to be unique, and older people might like it for the art.

Writing: It's hard to say really... since there is not much writing in this book. The story is very simple. It has a nice natural feeling to the conversations though.

From a winged person's perspective...: Angela doesn't seem very much like she wants to be winged... although she learns to love it, the story is short so goes into no detail about what that feels like. Really, the lack of "feeling" is why I think this book is not so relevant for winged people, but maybe some people will find that feeling in the pictures, which are very beautiful, and the later pictures do show the joy of flying. There is also a small comment about how it's really a shame if you have wings and don't use them.

Trigger warnings: None that I can see.

More thoughts...: The parts I liked best about this book were the pictures, which have really pretty wings and flying, and lots of different wings poses and details (like little birds in the background), and the dedication... "For Steven Roxburgh, who saw my wings and gave me the sky". This gives you some feeling that there is a winged person's heart behind the story... but this book is too short and has too little detail to give anyone the feeling of what it is like to be winged.

The message of the story is good for young children who are struggling with the feeling of being different, but there is not much for older people. So I would give it a two... or a four if you just want it for the pictures.
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Short review: A boy who hates change and a girl with a dream of flight work to uncover the secret of their town. An adventure story for children that can get quite silly, but is very thoughtful about people with wings.... it has some great twists on the usual way these stories go. Recommended for winged people, if you can put up with all the silly jokes, and the fact that it is a typical sort of story.

Writing: The writing is quite average... and the jokes are terrible! The story is also not very surprising. There is some good philosophy throughout the book though.

From a winged person's perspective...: On this scale, the book scores almost perfectly! The girl who longs to fly is consistent about her feelings and doesn't regret her changes at all. Everyone thinks she is a bad influence with too much imagination, but she doesn't care how people see her and keeps her dreams to the very end... her feelings are described well too, and many winged people and people who dream of flight will see themselves in her... from the way that she keeps her room to her nervous excitement of someone who holds a secret very close and precious, when it comes to telling someone about her dreams. A number of other characters who experience that longing are shown too. The book avoids some human-centric thinking that it could have fallen into. The people who shy away from dreams of flight because they don't want their children to be "weird" are not supported. There's a lot of education about butterflies also. The only problem is shown in the strange way that the main girl character reacts to some later events.

Trigger warnings: A mention of rips in wings, though it is not detailed. May spoil the story )

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A little while ago I made a post about children's books... I'm going to expand that a little. This time, I'm going to talk about why a lot of books I review are picture books. I imagine that a lot of people who read this site are adults. They may not want to read simple picture books that are very short (although some have some good poetry and stories in fact). So, why are there so many of these books?

Again, as I said before it's that these are the books that turn up when I search for flight in the catalogues that I look through. I use my local library catalogues, and Librarything and Amazon to look for books and this is what I find. Often when I go to pick up a book from the library, I didn't know it was a picture book!

Of course, if I didn't know that, then other people don't know that either. So I mention these books so you can know: this is a short children's picture book. If you're not interested in those books then you know not to get that one now (^-^)

But, others who read this site might be parents. And I want to help those people find books too. So these reviews might be useful for them too. That's why I write a full review, not just "this is a picture book so don't bother to get it"... I'll review every book I find because it may be to some people's interest.

And that's the final reason too. I want to review every book that I find on this subject to have a complete catalogue for people. Even if it ends up not relevant. That way... you can look at the review, and know it's not relevant, and not waste your time.

So... those are the reasons I review picture books. (^-^)
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Short review: A boy feels disappointed with the new home his family move to, so he tries to get back to the old home using wings from a mysterious wing shop, but it doesn't go as he planned. I loved the pictures in this book... they have a soft delicate watercolour feeling and lots and lots of detail. Sadly the pictures are the only good things about it... the story is very silly and simple, even for children, and the boy doesn't feel any connection to the wings at all. I don't recommend it unless you just want to look at the pictures... they could make some very beautiful art on a wall.

Writing: Sadly not that good... I think that the message of the story is supposed to be "if your family makes you move home, don't worry, you will like the new place anyway. Also don't try anything silly to get back to the old one". For a story about wings it's very anti-wonder... I mean... what child wants to read a story where all it says is, in a really over-the-top and not subtle way, "you will end up liking this thing you really don't like now and you shouldn't misbehave or you will get into trouble"? I think a parent would buy this for their child to try and make them feel better, but it's not so good for the children.

From a winged person's perspective...: Lots of beautiful pictures... but that's it. There aren't any things in this story that a winged person would connect with I don't think... the boy only wants the wings so he can get home. Not because he wants to fly at all. And the book doesn't have much to do with the sense of wonder.

Trigger warnings: None that I can see.

More thoughts...: Heh... it's hard to have more thoughts about this book because it is a really simple book, just like what I said above. A lot of children's picture books come up in my search for flying books somehow. Some of them are good for even adults, but this one is not so much, and it's not even good for younger children. I give it one out of five, but the art is a four out of five.
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Well, this is a little different from my usual reviews... surely some are going to say, "what does music have to do with books?" Well... music can tell stories... and I just wanted to take a little time to share with you, the stories that are told by one artist, KOTOKO.

KOTOKO is a Japanese popular artist. I first began to like her songs for the series Kannazuki no Miko. But I discovered later that there's a little hidden treasure trove in her music... a lot of her songs are about wings, or flight. So far, there's at least five songs that I've found that describe these things. Not just describing them, but filling them with the passion of flight. It really makes me think that KOTOKO has a sympathy deep in her heart for the image of a winged person... or maybe she's hiding something... what do you think?

These are the songs, with the lyrics translations into English as well, for your information....

Free Angels: Video / Lyrics

Wing My Way: Video / Lyrics

Hane (Feather): Video / Lyrics

Snow Angel: Video / Lyrics

Second Flight: Video / Lyrics

I hope that you enjoy this little "aside"... just a little thing that I think the winged people will appreciate. (^-^) The "Hane" video, some have said, also has a feeling of "longing to fly" to it... do you think so too?
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Short review: The second in the series from Mercedes Lackey (which begins with The Black Gryphon). Has a less of a confusing plot, and stronger and more interesting plot, than the first book... although slightly less content for winged people I think, there's still a lot of attention to the culture of gryphons that is built around flying creatures, and the plot will keep you reading. The villain is also not as badly done this time... still evil with no good qualities, but he is more of a full character and not just mysterious darkness in the distance. I recommend reading both books, but this is still a great book!

Writing: Again, this is a greatly-written plot with lots of twists and turns, just like the first book. Lots of fun to read!

From a winged person's perspective...: Like the first book, this has lots and lots of little details that make the gryphons feel like real winged people... not just humans with a different shape that is "conveniently" forgotten for most of the book. There is a little more in the first book that might be interesting to otherkin and winged people specifically, such as the "species-queer" elements, and the discussion of human-centric thinking... they are not so much in this book. There's not a lot of flying either so people who look for detailed descriptions of flight, it's not the book for you. And the gryphons are in it a slight bit less I felt. But there are still lots of details and realism to make winged people happy, and a society that seems to have grown naturally around these people with lots of bird metaphors common. Also, there are two adorable baby gryphons! ^v^

Trigger warnings: Violent torture with some sexual aspect. May spoil the book ) One of the characters gets stressed and becomes close to plucking her own feathers. As far as triggers go, this is not nearly as bad as the first book, for winged people, though there is still a lot of violence.

More thoughts... )
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These are reviews of two short picture books I read... there's not enough content really to give proper reviews and both of them are for very young children, there's not much in them for adults (unlike some other short books like Hawk, I'm Your Brother which any age can enjoy). But, to be complete, and for the sake of anyone who wants to buy books for their children, I'll give these short reviews.


Leonardo's Dream... I actually found it by chance. I made a long list of library books that I wanted to review. By chance, I was going by the picture shelves and I saw this book, with a penguin on the front wearing artificial wings strapped to his small penguin wings. I thought, haha, what a lucky find! So, I picked it up.

This book is basically what it looks like on the cover. All the other penguins like to swim, but one penguin feels different from the others. He only wants to fly. As in many books, this part of the book is written well with his descriptions of longing to fly. But as in many books, too, the story gets let down later on. He manages to build his artificial wings, but crashes. The crash landing helps him find a plane which he then uses to finally fly and take all the other penguins flying too... but the plane runs out of fuel. The albatross who was standing by him all through the book tells him sadly that it was his first, and last flight because now the fuel is gone. (If a penguin can fly a plane with goggles and a pilot's hat, he can't also find more fuel?) But he doesn't mind, because he got to have his dream and now practices swimming with all the other penguins.

Obviously, from the story you can see that there is good and bad to this book. Good, because the penguin found something amazing by following his dreams. But it's bad in terms of representing winged people... because for any real winged person I really imagine flying once would not be enough... and part of the message seems to be that after you've tried your dream once, you should go back to being normal. It's hard to say what the message was... and I don't think it is that good because of that. What will children get out of this book? It's hard to say. So, with a mixed message like that, I don't think it is very useful.


Flamboyan is quite a simple and dreamy story about a girl who sits under a tree and dreams that she is flying... or, by the end, is she really flying? It isn't explained. There's nothing negative in this book... it's just a story about a girl who takes joy in flying. It's suggested too that she will fly many more times in the future. As a joyful book for children, I recommend it, just to show children that dreams are beautiful, that loving who you are is beautiful, and to have a book about that with no harsh messages, or feelings that you should give up your dreams. For Flamboyan there is a time to fly and a time to be with family, but she can always fly again.


I don't think I can give scores for either of these books. The plot is described simply here, so that should be enough to decide whether you want these books for your children.
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Short review: A fantasy story, quite unrealistic, but beautiful, of a girl who always believed she could fly, and learns to fly with a goose who becomes her friend. Unfortunately, this story has a very painful ending. But for most of it, it's beautiful, and has a lot of refreshing differences from most books like this, although the writing has a simple sort of feeling.

Writing: It's not as good as it could be... a little average. Though the things that happen generally make up for it.

From a winged person's perspective...: The main character in the story has wings in her soul for sure. Like the boy in Wings, she believes in her flying from an early age while her family long to "cure" her and make her "normal", but she keeps flying and believing. A lot of flight scenes, in fact, most of the book is this. The book is very good at not being negative about non-humans.

Trigger warnings: There is a big sub-plot about hunting and shooting geese with some vivid descriptions.

More thoughts... )
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Short review: An anthology of stories about people who are caught between human and not... "beings that stand between the two worlds feeling the emotions, thrills and confusions of both". From an otherkin perspective, it's mixed with some stories about longing to be more human and some stories about longing to be more not, although most of the stories have something in them about accepting both parts even if it is very near the end. From a winged person's perspective, there are three stories about winged people and a fourth that mentions them: one doesn't have anything about the wings, one has only a tiny bit, one is negative, and a fourth is positive or negative depending on how you look at it, but has a lot of beauty. That one story is quite worth reading but how you feel about the ending may vary. There is also a poem that mentions winged people and other species. I think otherkin and winged people will find more interest in it than not, although there are some very negative things said about being non-human.

For the information of otherkin, the species in these stories are: medusa, mermaid, selkie, tree-person, mixed (poem), scarecrow, centaur, half-dragon, half-hawk, and fallen angel. The selkie one is by far the best! I'm pleased for any selkies out there, because this is a great story. ^-^

Writing: This book is an anthology of stories by various authors, so the writing varies, although I thought they were all well written in a technical way, though maybe offensive to some.

From a winged person's perspective...: The one story that I thought was most relevant to winged people in this anthology was Soaring by Tim Waggoner, which has powerful descriptions of the need to fly, although I have mixed feelings about the ending. The poem How To Make A Human by Lawrence Schimel is quite negative towards both birds and humans, but does have some beauty for fliers and those who long to fly. The story Becoming, by Nancy Springer, mentions winged people but is very negative about them. The story The Hardest, Kindest Gift by Bruce Coville has a winged character but doesn't mention anything about the experience, and Princess Dragonblood by Jude Mandell has only a very small mention. I think for Soaring it is worth reading.

Trigger warnings: In Becoming, there are mentions of cutting off wings in order to become more human which is seen as a positive thing. In many stories, there is the use of words like "freaks", "monsters", etc. to describe non-humans or half-humans.

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Short review: This book can't be described in a short review so well without spoiling it... or even a long review without spoiling it. All I will say is it's a strange, beautiful, ethereal feeling story that is absolutely recommended for everyone with the heart of a flyer... and also just as a great story... you won't understand why for a while, but it is worth waiting for as it slowly unfolds, and in the meantime, the rest of the story unfolding is a joy. Even the cover and the size of the book are part of the beauty.

Writing: Amazing... full of poetry, a beautiful sort of melancholy wistful feeling, mystery, and hope. The writing never lets this book down.

From a winged person's perspective...: At first, this book may not seem that it has much for winged people. The main character is a girl who is so light that the wind carries her, but soon she is bound to the ground. But you will understand in time why this book is called "Bird". All through the book, too, you will get an indirect feeling of her love for the air... in the way that she always describes the weather and the quality of the air and the feeling of being up high... more subtle than most books, but it is all through the story in a way that makes it really a story about a flyer, in a way that is rare, and realistic. To say more would spoil it....

Trigger warnings: A child is imprisoned and treated poorly.

Extra note: This book is by Rita Murphy who also wrote Night Flying (which I review at that link). Clearly, she has an attachment to this idea... flyers may want to watch out for her work in the future.

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Short review: A short picture book with beautiful words, that managed to amaze me by being very powerful. It directly speaks to the experience of people who want to fly. The ending may be disappointing or delightful depending on how you look at it... but it's very worth reading, even though it is a short book.

Writing: This book has a beautiful poetry... it's simple enough that children can understand it, but very lovely. There's just one issue with the writing at the end, but otherwise, it's really good.

From a winged person's perspective...: This book directly talks about someone who longs to fly and feels that birds are their kin (which is the reason for the title). It captures the desire for flight and the nature of such a person very well... in a heart-aching way that other books miss. I think that most winged people will feel that the dream of this book speaks to them, at least in the beginning. Whether you feel that the ending is magical, or is denying of the things said earlier in the book, is up to your perspective.

Trigger warnings: A hawk is tied up and kept in a cage.

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Short review: A boy, trapped in a desperate situation, is given a chance to exchange his life with the life of the "loblolly boy", a mysterious winged spirit... but he finds out that the life of the loblolly boy is not all he had hoped. I have very mixed feelings about this book... despite that it suggests that being human is the best way to live, it's full of the joy of flying and very fun to read. It's worth reading for just how beautiful some of the descriptions are.

Writing: Very good! It's so fun that even though I felt it was very human-centric, I enjoyed reading it anyway and didn't ever feel bored for a page. The story takes lots of good twists and has fun ideas.

From a winged person's perspective...: The descriptions of wings and flight are enchanting and ethereal feeling and all through the book. You can really feel like you're flying, and appreciate the wonder of the world up high through the descriptions. At the same time, this story has its roots in the horror of being not what you really are identity-wise... and that "being who you really are" is presented only from the perspective of humans. Just once I'd like a book about being who you really are as a winged person! The only character who seems to enjoy being the loblolly boy is shown as using the power for cruelty. There is still some joy here for the winged I feel though.

Trigger warnings: A person's wings being touched against their will, and the person showing they are uncomfortable with this. Also, when people changed bodies they are called by the pronouns of their body, not their self inside; no one seems to mind this or feel uncomfortable with it, though that also might bother some people.

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I just went on a grand tour of the local libraries, with a long list of book titles in hand, and now have a great number more books to review! So you should be seeing those coming up fast very soon! Just to let you all know... I'm going to be busy. Hehe. ^^

Also, maybe I'll put even more tags on here just to keep track of things... maybe things like tagging books that I recommend. Let me know if there's a kind of categorisation you would like to see, in particular. ^-^

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