Lyra's Oxford (His Dark Materials #3.5)
Lyra the little liar is back in full force. she gets to use her special power of super-lying at least twice, so it's clear that despite the amazing and horrible and life-changing adventures of the preceding trilogy, some things will never change. a witch and an alchemist cameo, and naturally her daemon Pantalaimon remains by her side. all is well in Golden Compass Land, at least for this reader. things ar...more
A short story complete with pages of ephemera and published to look a little like an old skool Baedecker guide, the look of the thing is perhaps more of a joy than the short story but, as...more
This particular story is an easy, short and very enjoyable read - that is, if you've formerly enjoyed His Dark Materials books (and why wouldn't you have? they're fantastic).
Perhaps this short story (novella?) isn't deserving of 4 stars in itself, but it filled me with nostalgic longing and I was reminded of the immense love I have for this series and how much it still means to me. We forget these things sometimes, bec...more
To say more would spoil the book, since it is so very short. And that's my complain. While it is certainly enjoyable, and Pullman's writin...more
I started reading this story and it didn’t take me long to remember how magical the first books were. I...more
I really liked this book, short as it was, though I know many didn't. They expected Lyra to have gone unchanged over the two years since her last adventure. But even in the final book of the trilogy, she'd changed. She'd lost some of her abilities as she matured. So I didn't expect anything less.
It still amazes me that Pullman knows his world so well that he throws in the most...more
If you read and liked His Dark Materials, you expect something good, even though it's a short story, you expect Lyra's Oxford to provide some kind of additional insight, some kind of additional information, or, at the least, to describe Lyra and Oxford 2 years since the events of The Amber Spyglass.
None of that happens. This is basically a novella, a short story that was written, it seems, to allow Pullman to make a bit more money off...more
A witch's daemon named Ragi is being attacked by birds when he is rescued by Lyra and Pan. The daemon begs Lyra to take him to...more
Philip Pullman's writing style draws me in, and envelopes me in worlds that no other author aside from Neil Gaiman can seem to put me in. The dark illustrations really iced this chocolate cake, and I found this book full of plot, with characters full of unique personalities, interesting scenes, and the...more
Lyra had courage and an adventurous spirit that I admired. My husband is reading The Golden Compass now and I am truly jealous of him as he gets to meet Lyra for the first time. And if I haven't been able to shake Lyra, what of the author, Philip Pullman?
"Everything has a meaning, if only we could read it."
I knew nothing of this book other than the obvious connection to Pullman's His Dark Materials universe. I was surprised how eager I was to reconnect with Lyra and Pantalaimon! I've missed them so since I completed the trilogy.
Does everything really have meaning? Is the universe pregnant with significance? I think so. But it's still somewhat surprising to hear such almost-mystical ideas from strident atheist Philip Pullman. His description of a...more
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The events in this book occur after those in the final part of HDM, The Amber Spyglass.
The story is only around 100 pages long but still managed to help me reminisce over the stories I loved as a child.
Lyra is back in Oxford with her Daemon Pan, they go on a little adventure around Oxford in the hopes of helping a witch who is apparently very sick but come the end we find this is not the case.
A truly delightful addition to Philip Pullman's Hi...more
Está tan bonito que se merecía unas páginas más. Aunque así, cortito, muy cortito, también está bien.
Siempre me han gustado las historias cortas que los autores escriben, sobre años después de que sus personajes sobrevivieron a la gran travesía a la que se enfrentaron.
Ésta, sin embargo, no sólo es eso.
Es entender que cuando logras pertenecer, incluso hasta tu misma historia te...more
The writing was exactly the same as the trilogy. It was nice to familiarize myself with Pullman's style once more. His personal perspective in a dark spotlight was very entertaining. Reintroducing myself with the characters I loved was refreshing.
It was a pretty basic story, really, but it had a nice little author's note from Philip Pullman that was really interesting and loads of random little maps and things and also contained a sentence which broke my heart:
"Since she and Will had parted two years before, the slightest thing had the power to move her to pity and distress; it felt as if her heart was bruised forever."
Lyra's Oxford takes place two years after the events of The Amber Spyglass and is the story of a witch's dæmon asking Lyra's help in finding an alchemist. I enjoyed the theme of reading meaning into one's experiences, and the way Pullman presented that theme in the end of the story was very sweet. I found myself disappointed, however, with the reusing of the trope of (view spoiler)[wronged witch trying to kill or otherwise punish a former lover (hide spoiler)], as that trope seemed to make for a...more
I enjoyed it simply because it was nice to be reading about Lyra again but it literally took half an hour to read. The story is nicely written as you would expect but, being short, obviously lacks the richn...more
Being a fan of the HDM trilogy, I had expected good if not great things from this book. I was hoping for some sort of extra insight into the HDM world or at least some rollicking fun. Instead I got a very short story (not even a novella really) that lacks any real substance or sense of adventure. It's not terrible, but it's not special.
Also, although the Goodreads description...more
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It's easy to imagine how they might have turned up, though. The world is full of things like that: old postcards, theater programs, leaflets about bomb-proofing your cellar, greeting cards, photograph albums, holiday brochures, instruction booklets for machine tools, maps, catalogs, railway timetables, menu cards from long-gone cruise liners-all kinds of things that once served a real and useful purpose, but have now become cut adrift from the things and the people they relate to.
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