Michelle Wilczewski, March 10, 2010 (view all comments by Michelle Wilczewski)
I am currently reading this series for the second time. I was thoroughly intrigued the first time through and wanted to go back to really soak in all the ideas and philosophies that Pullman introduced. He really manages to make me think about so many concepts; from the idea of a soul, to angels, to "preemptive penance" which is quite the idea to cogitate. Anyone who has given any thought to religion at all should read this book.
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Mary Bradley, January 31, 2010 (view all comments by Mary Bradley)
My husband bought this series after we saw the film version of _The Golden Compass_ and then suggested that I read it; I'm glad he did. The first book is by far better than the film version, and the second and third books build on the first in a very satisfying way, with one of the most inventive group of alien intelligences in the third book that I've seen in a long time. I would recommend the books for mature kids as well as adult readers who are open to some challenging ideas.
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tatterblossom, January 2, 2010 (view all comments by tatterblossom)
It's important to recall that this is a young adults genre book, and in that context - it provides a complex and deeply thoughtful story. I suppose this ranking highest for me has something to do with having just finished re-reading it, but if I were to have children I would want them to wrestle with the kinds of thoughts I find this book provoking. Way up there with the Harry Potter series. Touching on trust, critical thinking, challenges to Hope, facing the consequences of our actions and owing up to them...
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Bridget Cote, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Bridget Cote)
His Dark Materials will be most enjoyable for those fans familiar with Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and the like. Following the young Heroine Lyra though her trials and tribulations of childhood and young adulthood, this fast-paced, epic science fiction adventure is sure blow your socks off!
These are my favorite books of all time. I am nominating the entire series for the 2010 Puddly Awards, as it would be unfair to choose just one.
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margaret dahm, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by margaret dahm)
Thoroughly inventive, thoughtful and unpredictable adventure. It was a real joy to read. Great storytelling. So nice to read something 'fantastic' which does not rely on predictable fantasy elements like magic, wizards, etc.
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His Dark Materials Omnibus (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass)
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by Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) on The Golden Compass,
"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 on The Golden Compass,
"Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past 20 years....It's sheerly, breathtakingly, all-stops-out thrilling."
by Booklist (Starred Review) on The Subtle Knife,
"The character development as well as the relentless pace...make this a resoundingly successful sequel...it will leave readers desperate for the next installment."
by The New York Times Book Review on The Subtle Knife,
"Phillip Pullman measures up; his work is devilishly inventive....Put Philip Pullman on the shelf with Ursula K. LeGuin, Susan Cooper, Lloyd Alexander..."
by The Horn Book (Starred Review) on The Subtle Knife,
"The intricacy of the plot is staggering....There is no doubt that the work is stunningly ambitious, original, and fascinating."
by Kirkus Reviews on The Amber Spyglass,
"[S]atisfies deeply: full of grand set pieces, resplendent language, and glorious storytelling....[A] brilliant and vivid canvas....There are roaring battles and moments of great tenderness; there are unforgettable scenes....Readers will be chastened — and warmed — and sorry to see the last page."
"Absorbing....Like Harry Potter creator J. K. Rowling, [Pullman] invents a world filled with strange divinations and wordplays."
by J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series,
"Philip Pullman is a writer I very much admire. I think he can write most adult authors off the page....I think he's amazing."
FOR THE FIRST time, all three books of Philip Pullman's award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass) will be published in their entirety in one volume. Perfect for both new and established Pullman fans who want to read (or reread) the whole trilogy before The Golden Compass movie debuts on December 7, 2007, this handsome 6 x 9 omnibus will feature every word of the trilogy as well as Philip Pullman's chapter opening art. Also, new and exclusive to this edition: Philip Pullman has written two pages of new vignettes for each book in the trilogy. Readers will be delighted to discover these intriguing new passages at the end of each book's section in the omnibus.
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