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Lyra's Oxfordby Philip Pullman
I reread Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy every year or so and was thrilled with this short story, the latest installment in the saga of Lyra Belacqua. Enhanced with maps and illustrations, it’s a wonderful story and a collectible gem.
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Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass) has become a modern classic of fantasy literature, beloved by adults as well as children. Lyra's Oxford offers a return, however briefly, to this distinctive and unforgettable world. This compact volume contains a forty-nine-page short story, "Lyra and the Birds," that is as enchanting as the earlier novels — though I dare not reveal any of the details for those readers who have yet to experience Pullman's series firsthand (what are you waiting for?). What is arguably most notable about this book is the ephemera included: gorgeous engravings by John Lawrence, some reproductions of authentic-seeming postcards, and a fold-out map of Pullman's Oxford. As noted in the introduction, "The world is full of...all kinds of things that once served a real and useful purpose, but have now become cut adrift from the things and the people they relate to." These are the very miscellanies with which Pullman has filled his book, and they are intriguing both individually and in tandem with the story. While it will most likely be a curiosity piece to the uninitiated, for any true Pullman fan Lyra's Oxford offers a delicious puzzle and a little something extra, like a slice of pie and a scoop of ice cream after a sumptuous feast. Chris Bolton, Powells.com
Lyra's Oxford, a collectible clothbound gift hardcover, includes not only a beguiling new His Dark Materials episode from Whitbread Award-winning author Philip Pullman but also black-and-white woodcut illustrations by John Lawrence, a lavishly-illustrated fold-out map of Lyra's Oxford in three colors, and other ephemera never before seen in this world.
Lyra's Oxford opens in the thrilling comfort and familiarity of Jordan College, where Lyra and Pantalaimon sit on the sun-drenched roof looking out over all of Oxford. But their peace is shattered when a strange bird — a witch's daemon, on its own — tumbles out of the sky. It is Ragi, daemon of Yelena Pazhets, and he seeks a healing elixir from an infamous Oxford alchemist (and rumored man slaughterer) to cure his witch of a strange new disease from the South. Lyra and Pan decide to help and guide him — witches are friends, of course — but the closer their winding walk leads them to the alchemist's house, the stronger Lyra's sense that she's walking into a deadly trap.
"Fans who can't get enough of Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy will embrace this small, gifty-looking cloth volume....[P]uzzle enthusiasts will enjoy poring over the clues." Publishers Weekly
Lyra's Oxford is a short story depicting the fate of Lyra Belacqua after her adventures in the His Dark Materials trilogy.
An exciting new tale set in the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials saga. This collectible hardcover volume includes a short story by Mr. Pullman, plus a fold-out map of Oxford and various "souvenirs" from the past. The book is illustrated throughout with woodcut illustrations by John Lawrence.
About the Author
Philip Pullman won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in honor of the body of his work. He lives in Oxford, England.
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