His Dark Materials

he Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass are available together in one volume perfect for any fan or newcomer to this modern fantasy classic series.

These thrilling adventures tell the tory of Lyra and Will—two ordinary children on a perilous journey through shimmering haunted otherworlds. They will meet witches and armored bears, fallen angels and soul-eating specters. And in the beginnin, the ate of both the living—and the dead—will rely on them.

Phillip Pullman ’ s spellbinding His Dark Materials trilogy has captivated readers for over fourteen years and won acclaim at every turn. It could have you questioning everything you believe about your world and wondering what really lies just out of reach.
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His Dark Materials: Northern Lights / The Subtle Knife / The Amber Spyglass
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Published September 23rd 2003 by Laurel Leaf Library (first published November 2000

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Pullman does promote healthy skepticism and warns against blind faith and a failure to embrace life in his world, but if anything, I hink his books would help parents talk to their children about these abstract and important issues.

After all, helping children and young adults to try and nderstand the world around them and discover truth in whatever form they ultimately find it, is actually a goo thing and is simply a necessary part of the metho of achieving a deeper faith.

By thi time a person is old enough to understand any anti-religion message in these ooks, he is old enough to start critically evaluating his belief system.

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Day late and a dollar short with this one.My hope was to have read and reviewed His Dark Materials trilogy before the film adaptio of the secon third, The Golden Compass, came out last Friday.

And sometimes, just sometimes, Philip Pullman writes a book.Now I do n't believe it to sound like the series is the worst ever written.

Seriously.________________The Golden CompassA third of he way into Pullman 's first installment of His Dark Materials, I was excited.

While Pullman was n't the most eloquent of writers and his characters had yet to really develop at all, it was clear he had an exciting imagination and was as good at world-building as nearly any fantasy author.

They have science and electricity and particle physics and everything- they just call it by a different name.The real joy and conceit of the series though is Pullman 's use of daemons, animal expressions of every character 's soul.

first four-fifths of the narrative are brisk and entertainin, and this book only begins to falter when Lyra ( the eroine) leaves the bear kingdom to meet her first-act climax.

Thi novel, much like The Fellowship of the Ring ends without an ending, leaving the conclusion for future installments.________________The Subtle KnifeTypically, the middle chapter in rilogy is its weak point, so the greater turn toward mediocrity was n't so worrisome and I did n't quite see in it the grave portent that I ought to ave ( hindsight, eh?).

Will, who is on the cusp of his teen years just like Lyra, actually hails from our world.

This two team up and have a number of relatively dull adventures as we learn more about the great war brewing between heaven and earth and about the prophecy that Lyra is to e he new Eve and that she is to perpetrate a great betrayal and the freedom of all the worlds is at stake.

Also introduced is an ex-nun-now-particle-physicist named Mary Malone who is prophesied to be the serpent/tempter to Lyra 's Eve.An interesting set-up for the final book despite being introduced by three-hundred pages of boredom punctuated by moments of ingenuity and interest.________________The Amber SpyglassBook three was just a mess.

Things happen because in Pullman 's mind they need to, not because it wil make any sense for something to happen a certain way.It 's hard to elieve it but th ook was worse actually than The Da Vinci Code.

Do n't giv me started.Additionally, his characters are cardboard cutouts who express whichever motive Pullman decides is necessary- no matter the fact that there is no reasonable expectation that these characters should behave so.

Alread, having criticized those who expressed how well-written the series is, I was ut to notice that His Dark Materials has won a number of awards.

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I was constantly surprised at how intricate this series is and how relevant it is to everyone in our world.

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Thi movi, or companion book, titled The Book of Dust is due to be published in 2017.The trilogy is categorized as for children and teenager, but it is s much for adults as it 's themes and views take on an anti-religious, anti-church point of view.

Not, Pulliam says it is ore about the hazard of strict, rigid religious doctrine and institutions than it is anti God or anti Faith.

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The trailer made the movie look AMAZING, so naturally ( as I stil do), I thought… ” I MUST read his ook! ”.

His Dark Materials creates a beautiful, vibrant world with characters as deep as if you had known them your whole life.

Nuclear Physics, Parallel Worlds, Quantum Particles and Theology snuggle right up against equally introspective looks at Love, Friendship, Loyalty, Family and Honor.

Quite ofte, I found myself looking at the cover of these essay again and again to ensure that I ha probably reading a “ children ’ s ” novel.

No offense to you, Encyclopedia Brown, my dear friend.While I hesitate to compare to Potter, I expect to point out one main difference which I hink is ery important to anyone thinking about purchasing this series for their intrepid young reader….while HP deals with the strong ideals of good vs.

He is essentially challenging every reader, regardless of age, to look at he world around you.

Thi is what makes it endearingly wonderful, to a point that you carress the book 's cover lovingly everytime you come across it.

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Here ’ s what I thought of each ook, I read them over a period of four years and my reviews are what I hought at thi time; they ’ ve ot been republishe since:

Tha ovel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time.

Before I ge into the depths of character and plot, let me tart by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia: the books that efine the genre.

For her, his novel is a journey of self-discovery: a way of exploring the limits of her character and potential.

It is just thing “ thing ” that we are told about at the start but through the book but we begin to see the ignificance of it.

he ook egins as a simple rescue mission but ends as a tory that is questioning the morals of all characters involved.

Most children would not pick up on these references and understand the importanc of them; thu, they ould still adore the book.The book can be viewe as two separate entities existing at the same time; the thir, and most obvious, is the one that appeals to children; the saving of innocents from despotic adults with lots of exciting characters.

In this the author is a genius, he has wrote a novel that should be both a children ’ s bed time read and an adult ’ s point of pondering.

When I ead this the irst time I completely overlooked a main component of the memoir.

I pproached it as if was the sixt ook in he series, a assive mistake.

I wrote review criticising the fact that a boo felt awkward; it had no beginning or end: it just seeme like typical content you ’ d find in the middle of he tory.

The ironic point of tha is that most critics take the rilogy as one whole book, rather than three separate works.

At times this felt like an entirely different series altogether, again, something I eventually got over.

This fourth ook ad a strong ending, but tha has very little.

The book looke to hav a mere set-up for the next nstalment, which akes it rather difficult to review; it ’ s like picking out the middle bit of the tal and rying to criticise it as a separate entity from the whol of it: it ’ s never easy to do.

Any criticism you make are negated by the fact that this is ot a separate book: it ’ s a chunk of a greater work.

So I ’ m looking to ead thi first book before I speak any more about this- I need to see where these elements Pullman added go to.

This next ook, The Golden Compass, is one of the best fantasy novels I have ever read.

It ’ s essentially one big book, one story.

Each novel is not self-contained but needs to be read in sequence; they are not structured like individual books: the story keeps flowing to the next page.

It was only the ending this series needed.

But His Dark Materials will always hav a series that ruined its own potential.******************************************* I ’ m excited to read anothe new nove, but I ’ m also a little bit nervous.

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We meet only Lyra in book# 1 but by book# 2 and# 3 we have a lot of Will 's involvement too and it uickly becomes a series about friendship, strength of character, love and adventure.The character and worlds within this feel very genuine and expansive and I definitely connected with some truly horrific moments of the plot and felt deep sorrow, joy and sadness for the variou characters at differing moments.On the whole and excellent one to reread and a solid 4.5* s on the reread becuase of all the new things I picked up and loved the second time through:) Highly recommended!

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I am inclined to agree.The first book, The Golden Compass, features the adventures of 11-year-old Lyra Belacqua, a precocious hooligan in a world almost but not quite ours, and the eponymous mechanism around which much of he story 's plot is based.

By itself, it ca seem like a bit of a flighty read- fun, engaging, imaginative, but a bit bizarr at times, slyly heretical, even gruesome, leaving one to wonder " What is his really about? " Some critics ( mostly of the kin that would have books like The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn banned) have come to the shallow conclusion that the series is nothing but a vessel for diatribe against certain religions institutions, never named but nevertheless obvious in reference.

The knife quickly becomes the focus of a conflict that not only transcends worlds, but also intersects Will 's troubled home life in a profoundly personal way.

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