Definitely something I imagine children would get more out of than an adult. One thing I did find quite fun was Lucy and Charlotte's narratives -- their overwrought style of n...more
The main plot is that a maid in the castle of the vill...more
Set in the fictional swiss village of Karlstein, it tells the story of the evil Count Karlstein; who makes a terrible deal with the Demon Huntsman, Zamiel. The Count's two young neice's Lucy and Charlotte are in danger as a result of their Uncle's bargain and it is up to Hildi, the castle's maidservant to help them. With...more
Hildi, the maidservant, overhears his evil plan and knows she has to do something. She can't let anything happen to Lucy and Charlotte. So, Hildi comes up with a plan of her own.
Philip Pullman is a favorite a...more
�� abbastanza simpatico e divertente: le cose pi�� divertenti sono state per me: la trasognata Charlotte che trova in ogni oggetto e fatto qualcosa di gi�� visto in un qualche libro; il capitolo scritto da Miss Davenport, un'efficace presa in giro della donna-pratica-inglese, contrapposta alla melodrammatica Lucy.
Narrativamente, per��, non regge:...more
Seven out of ten.
Count Karlstein makes an offer to the Demon Huntsman - his own two nieces. Can a lowly maid-servant, her brother and a travelling magician save the girls and sate the Demon Huntsman.An atmospheric and amusing short story with lots of interesting characters.
This was his first novel, republished, and unfortunately it shows a little. Count Karlstein isn't a bad book, it's just a bit predictable from quite early on - the moment the missing heir is mentioned, for example, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to f...more
Count Karlstein made a deal with Zamiel, the Demon Hunstman, that in 10 years Karlstein would provide Zamiel with a human victim. Being the evil villian, he decides to sacrifice his two little nieces, Charlotte a...more
Pullman is a great writer, and knows how to make memorable characters. His problem is plot. He goes off on tangents (that are often fun, but serve to weaken the reader's involvement). I found myself liking this book, but not feeling particularly interested in what might happ...more
A taut, wrenching terror tale for children, this novel is far more nerve-wracking than the “Golden Compass” series. It’s a straightforward, fast-paced tale of good versus evil but with a touch of consideration at its center. We get to see the thoughts of the evildoer as he ruminates on his past deeds and future behavio...more
I listened to it on audiobook - with the voices it was actually a nice, captivating tale, and I listened to it very happily for the hours I was driving to my parents house. It may not be amazing, but it is solid, and I enjoyed it.
"I was born in Norwich in 1946, and educated in England, Zimbabwe, and Australia, before my family settled in North Wales. I received my secondary education at the excellent Ysgol Ardudwy, Harlech, and then went to Exeter College, Oxford, to read English, though I never learned to read it very well.
"I found my way into the teaching profession at the age of 25, and taught...more