Timshel, December 18, 2006 (view all comments by Timshel)
"A fantastic read" is an understatement. The first time I read this book (about four years ago) I thought to myself "yeck is this moving slowly..." Then, after the first chapter I was in a trance: I felt I was a part of the novel and traversing through worlds with Lyra. The Golden Compass and the two that follow (The Subtle Knife being my favorite) are books suitable for all generations and for all moments in life.
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The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials, Book I
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by Publishers Weekly, (starred review),
"As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension. This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next installment of Lyra's adventures."
by The Washington Post,
"Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past 20 years....It's sheerly, breathtakingly, all-stops-out thrilling."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Fantastic....A shattering tale that begins with a promise and delivers an entire universe."
by The New York Times Book Review,
"Very grand indeed...scene after scene of power and beauty."
by Sally Estes, Booklist,
"Filled with fast-paced action....A totally involving, intricately plotted fantasy that will leave readers clamoring for the sequels."
by Horn Book,
"[A] sweeping, suspenseful fantasy novel....Kidnapped children, armored bears, and evil science experiments are just some of the elements in the touching, exciting, and mysterious story."
by Terry Brooks, author of The Sword of Shannara,
"The Golden Compass is one of the best fantasy/adventure stories that I have read in years. This is a book no one should miss."
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