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Das magische Messer (His Dark Materials #2)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  222,433 ratings  ·  5,029 reviews
Mit Das magische Messer stellt Philip Pullman nach Der Goldene Kompaß den zweiten Band der His-Dark-Materials-Trilogie vor. Die Hauptrollen spielen der zwölfjährige Will Parry und die gleichaltrige Lyra Listenreich, Heldin der ersten Folge.

Der junge Parry will das Geheimnis um seinen Vater lösen, der vor zehn Jahren bei einer Polarexpedition verschwunden ist. Durch Zufall

Hardcover, 365 pages
Published September 1997 by Carlsen Verlag (first published July 22nd 1996)
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The second entry in a trilogy is often, in my opinion, the best. The author doesn't have to introduce the universe or the characters, as they did in the first installment, but they don't need to worry about wrapping up all the plot points either. Instead, the focus can be on 'the good stuff': elaborating on the story, teasing us more, giving action, chopping off Luke's hand and so on. Instead of the good stuff, in The Subtle Knife I feel as though we've had a bait and switch pulled on us.

In The

I am not a fan of forwarded emails. They frustrate me, because they usually come from the same group of people, people I like a great deal but who never send me a normal "hey, how's it going?" message. Just "Support our Troops" or "Tell every woman you know she's special" or "Microsoft is running a test and if you send this you could get a check for $1,000!" When I see the letters FWD in the subject line, I usually simply delete it.

I lost track of the number of emails I received telling me about
Candace Wynell McHann
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Shayantani Das
Two very strange things happened last week. I gave I Am Half Sick Of Shadows: A Flavia De Luce Novel two stars and am now giving this book five star. It is strange because the former book’s protagonist, my dear Flavia De Luce is my favorite obstinate pre teen. On the contrary, Lyra, another stubborn, precocious, pre-teen absolutely annoyed me in the previous book. Right now though, I can not for the life of me imagine why I did not like the first novel and Lyra. Well, at least I adore her right ...more
For a moment, just imagine that after reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone you were so enthralled by the protagonist (even if you weren't bare with me), his friends and the entire world that has been established. It has moral undertones, but at it's heart it is a fun fantasy novel. Then you pick up Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets and suddenly Harry has been downgraded as a protagonist in favor of Dan, our brand new second main character. He's super awesome and whatnot and sort o ...more

Repetiré lo que dije en la reseña de La brújula dorada la cual pueden ver aquí estos no me parecen libros infantiles, no se que se le metió al editor o a quien se lo ocurrió la brillante idea de clasificarlos de esa forma, pero a mi parecer que tengamos por protagonista a niños no hace que el libro ipso facto sea infantil. Acá se siguen tratando temas complicados, aunque esta vez el centro de la historia parezca la búsqueda del padre de Will, una vez mas Pullman nos
Bookworm Sean
"All through that day the witches came, like flakes of black snow on the wings of a storm, filling the skies with the darting flutter of their silk and the swish of air through the needles of their cloud-pine branches. Men who hunted in the dripping forests or fished among melting ice-floes heard the sky-wide whisper through the fog, and if the sky was clear they would look up to see the witches flying, like scraps of darkness drifting on a secret tide."


The first book was told, almost, exclusive
When I first read this book I was young enough to still pronounce the 'b' in 'subtle', and now I can't look at this book without doing it again. I still think it sounds better that way - it gives the word a sort of dull power that I think depicts the mysterious magic of the knife much better than the silly, flippant 'suttle'. Saying 'sub-tle' opens up previously-unimagined worlds which extend indefinitely into the distance.

And this is what is good about this series. I've come up with a list of

It is so surprising to me that the thing I found vastly irritating right at page one of the first of this series - the daemon - so quickly captivated me. You have this daemon in you, all of us, just as the story goes. And as a child it is anything, it has the fantastical vision that children have, there is nothing to stop it. But then we mostly grow up and we mostly lose the idea that we can do anything, we lose imagination, we lose the unconscious bravery of our childhood, we lose the i
Jan 30, 2008 Annalisa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Annalisa by: Ryan
What I did like about this book is that it starts with Lyra, a girl we have become acquainted with from another world, meeting Will, a boy from our world. Bringing the fantasy into our own reality was surreal and interesting. But only for a minute and then it became a bore. The story was slow and at some points stopped altogether to allow Pullman his theological preachings of anti-church and anti-god. If the story had been metaphorical I would have enjoyed it more, but it became less fiction and ...more
I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that, after those last 4 chapters or so, I will never be happy again.*

*OK, may be a slight exaggeration. Damn Pullman, you're worse than Ness.
5.0 stars. Fantastic sequel to The Golden Compass. The plot is expanded expontentially from the story line of the first book and becomes epic. Fantastic read. Highly recommended!!
As a second reading of this book, I was disappointed. I remember liking it much more when I first read it about 6 years ago. Pullman’s imagination is again shown off in the alternate worlds he creates, but the story did not grab me like The Golden Compass did.

Lyra is so wonderfully written in The Golden Compass, but here she seems to be more ordinary and boring. I realize the author is trying to show her change and grow up, but all that happens is she gets dull.

I miss also the detailed descrip
The strangest thing about Phillip Pullman's The Subtle Knife is that it doesn't feel like the second book in a series, making me wonder whether Pullman first wrote this in conjunction with The Amber Spyglass, then wrote The Golden Compass as a prequel, which then became the first book in the series once they were published.

Not that it matters.

What matters is that The Subtle Knife is too fast, too plot driven, and too much "a set-up" book to be an effective second book in the trilogy. Second bo
The Subtle Knife which is the second volume in His Dark Materials trilogy fails to live up to the first installment.

In Nothern Lights (or The Golden Compass, as it was titled in the US) readers were treated to a rich alternative universe. It was clear that the Philip Pullman had an active imagination and was good at constructing his worlds just as any good fantasy author.

That's one of the reasons why I didn't enjoy this volume as much as the first one. As it was stated that the books will take p
Jan 02, 2008 Bonnie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high school and above
Not happy with the ending otherwise it would have gotten 5 stars. Well written, kept me hanging on the edge of my seat.
I have the third one downloaded on my Sony e-book and will start soon.

One thing I can say about Pullman is that he is a master at detail, at character, at setting. His imagination is immense.

I don't like revealing plots in a review so I won't tell what happens but I am impressed.

I can see where some might feel challenged regarding this book. It throws a lot of church dichotomy
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Eric Allen
When I was a kid, like 4 or 5, in that strange and mysterious era called the early '80s, two of the things I loved were a movie called Beastmaster, and a little cartoon that has been much made fun of in recent years for its unintentional homo-erotic subtext called He-Man. I was sooooo excited when Beastmaster 2 and Masters of the Universe came out in theaters, and I begged my parents to take me to see them. And you want to know what completely ruined those two movies? Well, they took something I ...more
where i found the stark, barren wilderness and the surreal beauty of the aurora striking in northern lights, the impact of the subtle knife is more difficult to pinpoint, more difficult to reduce to a single breathtaking image because it's a story of many worlds, of things closer to what we know of reality and things much, much further. we see our world, will's world, a world of ring roads and fundamental physics and fast food joints. we see lyra's world of witches and shaman and the growing men ...more
It gets progressively worse as the need to hit the reader of the head with the fact that religion is evil becomes greater than that of telling an actual story. The plot makes so little sense it makes me cringe. First of all, why isn't anybody trying to fight the evil evil wicked oppressive nondescript all-encompassing, but probably 17th century Catholic Church inspired Church? I mean, it doesn't make any sense - everybody knows the Church are a bunch of deviant charlatans, yet nobody tries to qu ...more
The adventures of young Lyra continue, and now she's with Will Parry, a 12-year-old boy from our world. The two meet when Will, trying to escape trouble in his home city of Oxford, England, slips through an invisible window (kind of like a sheet of air inside air) into a third world, Cittagazze, where he bumps into Lyra. They piece together their stories and deduce that there are many worlds, all "hooked on" to each other, coexisting, and only those who have discovered the windows can travel amo ...more
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Notice: I have made a review for every book of this trilogy and they need to be read in order since they are supposed to feel like an on-going impression. So if you read the second without reading the first will feel rather off.

I am mostly focusing on the style of storytelling and a lot less on if it reads well or something sophisticated like that. For the same reason I tend to have lots of SPOILERS which means that if you read this text you will know THE OVERALL PLOT and how much I DIDN’T like
Oh how I loved thee. Let me count the ways.

Seriously though. This book was phenomenal. I know that Moonlight Reader and I cannot wait to get to the final book in this trilogy. We plan on starting the third book, The Amber Spyglass as part of our #FridayReads.

Here is my review of book one, Wonderful Beginning to His Dark Materials Trilogy. When Moonlight finishes her reviews I will add links here so you can read them. Looks like we finally got some good book mojo our way.

Spoilers for those who h
Manni P
4,5. Nyt harmittaa se etten lainannut kolmatta osaa, olisin nimittäin aloittanut saman tien lukemaan sitä!
Ksenia Anske
Well, what can I say? Stupendous. Fascinating. Rich and dark. I have read THE GOLDEN COMPASS and loved it and immediately started on THE SUBTLE KNIFE, and oh, the glorious multiple worlds. We are now in our world, there is a boy, Will, and he had a secret talent that he doesn’t know of, and he is fleeing from his world—our world—into a world that is like a crossroads between other worlds. And he meets Lyra. There are more witches here, and angels, too. And new things, ethereal beings, columns of ...more
That cliff-hanger! UGH!
Plot gets interesting and characters get more likeable. Lyra is great as usual.And there is new character-Will Parry. He is as brave and clever as Lyra. He has to find his father and go on footsteps of him. But he needs Lyra's help, so Lyra has to led him to his father. While in progression, many secrets come to surface. Lord Asriel's task is to destroy Authority and Mrs. Coulter's desire is to know the prophecy surrounds Lyra.I still hate both of them.And there is a new

There is a kind of paradoxical element to writing: you must write with an agenda or else risk having no structure and content to your work, however if you write with too much of an agenda your work becomes rigid and inflexible. I mused on this idea about halfway through this book last night. I find Philip Pullman to be both writing in places with too strong an agenda (i.e. to recreate Paradise Lost as he understands it and from an atheistic perspective - some have also mentioned the whole anti-N
"Tu credi che le cose debbano essere possibili? Devono essere vere!"

Tutto meno che un libro di transizione.
Il primo libro di questa trilogia si è chiuso con Lyra che attraversa l'apertura verso un nuovo mondo: un grande passo che ora tocca al lettore. Di Lyra non c'è traccia, così come del suo mondo: al suo posto, un ragazzino in fuga tra il nostro mondo (!) e un altro ancora, crocevia di tutti gli infiniti mondi collegati dalla Polvere. Il ritorno in scena di Lyra non si fa attendere, ma a quel
His Dark Materials is what a true trilogy should be - each successive book deepens the power of the story and builds an intricate crescendo of events and twists. In "The Subtle Knife," the attack on free will and knowledge continues, and the revelation of how far its reach has extended is astounding. Though we face that attack day-to-day in our world, Pullman's mastery is that he forces readers to reject their apathy about this and realize the horror of this attack, not just in this world but in ...more
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In 1946, acclaimed author Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, into a Protestant family. Although his beloved grandfather was an Anglican priest, Pullman became an atheist in his teenage years. He graduated from Exeter College in Oxford with a degree in English, and spent 23 years as a teacher while working on publishing 13 books and numerous short stories. Pullman has received many awards ...more
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  • The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
  • The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3)

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