Northern Lights

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Northern Lights (Chivers Press Ltd)

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Published by Chivers Press Ltd.

ISBN:
9780754051411

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4 stars (34 reviews)

In a landmark epic of fantasy and storytelling, Philip Pullman invites readers into a world as convincing and thoroughly realized as Narnia, Earthsea, or Redwall. Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford's Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped …

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Review of 'The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1)' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I originally read this back in the 90s, sometime after the second book came out but before the third. I remember enjoying it at the time, but for whatever reason I never got around to reading the rest of the trilogy. As part of my goal to finish more series that I started but never finished, I decided this would be the next trilogy/series I tackled.

The Golden Compass definitely holds up. I didn’t remember too much – just the broad strokes of the plot and characters – but what I found welcome about it is that it’s the rare young adult book where the main character behaves like a kid, but she’s also smart and capable in a way specific to children. Lyra Belacqua never feels like a little adult trapped in a child’s body, and the book is all the better for it.

Pullman also has a way …

Review of 'The Golden Compass' on Goodreads

3 stars

1) '''What is it?' she said.
Pantalaimon, a wildcat still, crouched on the table six inches away, his green eyes following it round and round inside the glass.
'If you was to crack it open,' said Farder Coram, 'you'd find no living thing in there. No animal nor insect, at any rate. I seen one of these things afore, and I never thought I'd see one again this far north. Afric things. There's a clockwork running in there, and pinned to the spring of it, there's a bad spirit with a spell through its heart.'''

2) ''The enormousness of the task silenced them. Lyra looked up at the blazing sky. She was aware of how small they were, she and her dæmon, in comparison with the majesty and vastness of the universe; and of how little they knew, in comparison with the profound mysteries above them.''

Review of 'The Golden Compass' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

After being told repeatedly by people for years that I should read this series, I sat down and sped through the first book. It was great world building, and I found it very engrossing, but I'm unsure the slowish writing style and high level philosophy and politics would appeal to the younger readers it's aimed for. Reading the second now.

Review of 'The golden compass' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

This book definitely has a dark feel to it. The writing style is very different than books such as the Harry Potter Series. Reading this out loud to my son, it took a couple of chapters to get into the rhythm of the story.

The book takes place in a world similar to ours, but with many striking differences. It's easy to get hooked on the story after the initial introduction to the world. There is plenty of action and adventure, and the book is well written.

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