Kathy Fraser, March 9, 2008 (view all comments by Kathy Fraser)
"Never judge a book by its movie." Our whole family devoured this trilogy, thrilled to find a series of unexpected caliber after the end of the Harry Potter books. Pullman weaves mythology, science and real emotion into a serious page-turner. Occassional violence and some deep themes are treated with the same descriptive detail throughout. You will want all three books in hand before starting the first!
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mel_poehlman, December 21, 2007 (view all comments by mel_poehlman)
I really enjoyed this book. I did not find it to be particularly anti-Christian or anti-religion, as the hype would lead you to believe. It's a fast-paced, engaging story that both younger and older readers will enjoy. I can't wait to start book two.
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Cathy from Olympia, Washington, November 5, 2007 (view all comments by Cathy from Olympia, Washington)
I had been meaning to read this book for years. So when I saw previews for the upcoming movie Golden Compass, I finally did it. I would have read straight through, but alas, work and meals and such prevented this. But I REALLY enjoyed Golden Compass, and read the next two in the trilogy-- The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. Of the three, my personal favorite is The Subtle Knife, but I definitely recommend reading the series in order, beginning with the Golden Compass. The whole trilogy is excellent and has won several awards. I believe it it considered a YA novel, but adults will certainly enjoy this, and I believe my 9-year old will enjoy it as well. That said, I would NOT recommend this book to my daughter's friend-- there are some scary and intense moments in the series!
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Melissa Kinsey, July 11, 2007 (view all comments by Melissa Kinsey)
In the "literary school of morals," Pullman examines deep questions like the nature of consciousness in the context of a fast-moving and compelling story. The main characters are strong and unforgettable. This is technically "juvenile literature," but adults will love it.
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