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Preview — The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2)
PUBLISHED IN 40 COUNTRIES, with over 5 million copies in print in North America alone, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy -The
Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass - has graced the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. For these deluxe editions, Philip Pullman has create...more
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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 ...more
And this is what is good about this series. I've come up with a list of ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
The first book was told, almost, exclusive ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
(Read later for an interpretation of Eden as a cautionary tale)
Although I am not typically a fan of purposeful retellings, His Dark Materials is an exception. I read the Golden Compass and was so enthralled with it that I didn't begin to suspect i ...more
My only main criticism is ...more
Pullman se declara abiertamente en este libro enemigo de la religión que llama "Magisterio", con sus barbaridades, sus oscuros propósitos y su inmenso y corrupto poder.
No me gusta el modo qué planea combatir tantos años de represión, ignorancia y poder del Magisterio, sustituyendo é ...more
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