The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2)
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I've also seen it claimed, and thought it accurate, that the character called God in the third of the series has all the characteristics of Christianity's Satan, and so is suitable to be destroyed.
However, the author is a professed atheist, very hostile to the barely-veiled (for adults) Christianity of Lewis's Chronicles of Narnia, finding them "racist" and "misogynistic" (which they are, to the sensitized 21st-c reader), who consciously set out to write a corrective. Whether Pullman is the opposite of Milton, who famously was "of the Devil's party without knowing it", I don't presume to say; I'm not doing an analysis for a class or a book club! I do know I was mildly annoyed by his militancy without having my enjoyment greatly reduced or my beliefs shaken.
Which may, of course, merely measure the smugness of my faith.(less)
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
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
In The ...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
There are still a lot of things I love about The Subtle Knife:
• The world-building continues to be very entrancing, e ...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
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
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
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Hello friends! Welcome to Cassi @ My Thoughts Literally and I's first joint review for our His Dark Material Re-Read. This will be happening all December long so if you want to join in PLEASE DO SO! Here is the schedule we are following!
The Golden Compass Nov 30- Dec 5
The Subtle Knife Dec 7-12
The Amber Spyglass Dec 14-19.
Here we go...
So how long has it been since you first read the book?
B: Hmmmm. I was preggers with my son so it had to be 2010.
C: I read it immediately...more
The first book was told, almost, exclusive ...more
te deja con la NECESIDAD de saber que sigue.
Estos no son 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 protagonistas a niños no hace que el libro ipso facto sea infantil. Esta vez el centro de la historia, al parecer, es la búsqueda del padre de Will, pero una vez mas Pullman nos muestra que su trama es mas complicada de lo que aparenta ser.
Los puentes entre los mundos ...more
Reseña de "El Catalejo Lacado" (La Materia Oscura 3)
¿Habéis intervenido en la evolución humana?SÍ.
Este segundo libro me gustó muchísimo más que el primero. Se dieron muchos giros, conocimos nuevos personajes y arribamos a nuevos mundos. Todo lo planteado en Luces del Norte gana mayor terreno (diría que colosal) y todo lo que pensábamos que podía ser de una forma, termina siendo de otra.
Sin embargo, puedo ver por qué hay alguno ...more
Can I just say that this book is getting a little too tragic?
When I had read the Golden Compass I had fallen in love with the main protagonist Lyra, the thought provoking concepts and the fantastical writing. Now I must say that I am a little disappointed. For one thing I would have expected a lot more of Lyra but all I got was this dominating main character Will who stole all the glory.
Granted Will was an interesting character and his mother was a dear, he was nothin ...more
And I don't have the next book at my immediate disposal. A real-life tragedy.
I've only ever read The Northern Lights before so this was all new to me yay! I think I probably enjoyed this one even more than The Northern Lights? There was more going on and more suspense. I just found it slightly more gripping than the first book in the trilogy.
The only thing that could frustrate me at times was the jumping between the different plots. And I get why that had to be done in the st ...more
En esta segunda parte vemos un poquito más de magia y viajamos a mundos realmente nuevos. Me ha gustado mucho el argumento (o el planteamiento) de la novela, tal vez más que el de la primera parte, o al menos igual, pero me he sentido un poco perdida con tantos cambios de escenario, la verdad. Algunos de los pequeños giros argumentales que aparecen en la novela los fui anticipando desde capítulos anteriores y prácticamente nada me ha sorprendido. He echado en falta algo más de profundidad en alg ...more
Reading I thought this business of the human mind and the flow of consciousness through a multiplicity of universes reminded me of something else. As always it takes some days for this kind of thought to percolate down to the answer - I re ...more
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