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Lyra's Oxford (His Dark Materials #3.5)

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An exciting new tale set in the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials saga. This collectible hardcover volume includes a short story by Mr. Pullman, plus a fold-out map of Oxford and various "souvenirs" from the past. The book is illustrated throughout with woodcut illustrations by John Lawrence.
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Published October 28th 2003 by Listening Library (Audio) (first published 2003)
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David Schaafsma
Sep 21, 2015 David Schaafsma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, picturebooks
"Everything means something," Lyra said severely. "We just have to find out how to read it."

I finished His Dark Materials (maybe better known as The Golden Compass trilogy) this summer for the second time and finally turned to this short story sequel, set in Lyra’s home after her travels, Oxford. The book is small, and packaged beautifully, with wonderful engravings and a map of Lyra’s Oxford. It also includes a cruise brochure, pages from Baedecker’s guide to Oxford, a post card from Mary Malon
mark monday
"Everything means something," Lyra said severely. "We just have to find out how to read it."

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
Phillip Pullman lite. Treat either as an amuse bouche for those who are yet to read His Dark Materials but want a little hint of the tone and content of the sub-oxfordian world of little girls and their daemons or, for those au fait with the excellent His Dark Materials trilogy this is a little unexpected extra.

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
Aug 23, 2012 Kirstine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, own, reviewed, 1-men
Is there such a thing as literary roots? If so, this series is part of mine.

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
Lyra y Pantalaimon están de vuelta en su Oxford natal con una nueva aventura, con brujas, alquimistas y por supuesto Daimonions.

Me gusto esta pequeña historia, pero tiene el problema, de que deja más preguntas que respuestas, es como el primer episodio de una serie, que sabes que podría llegar a gustarte mucho, porque tiene las cosas que ti te gustan, pero, por ser solo el principio quedas algo perdido en la trama y quieres saber más, mucho más.

Así me encantaría que Pullman desarrollara mas est
The setting is Oxford University about two years after the end of His Dark Materials trilogy. It's a very short story about Lyra Silvertongue, and hardly satisfies the multitude of fans patiently waiting for Pullman's follow up novel to his successful trilogy. Maybe this year or next he says.
Rhys Thomas
Mar 02, 2011 Rhys Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this little delight in a charity shop the other day and read it on my commute today (it’s quite short). I loved the Dark Materials trilogy, and have a special affinity with Northern Lights because I bought it after quitting my job at British Gas (I walked out and didn’t go back) before taking it to the roof garden café of David Morgans where I stayed reading it until 8 o’clock at night.

I started reading this story and it didn’t take me long to remember how magical the first books were. I
Katie Lumsden
Mar 31, 2017 Katie Lumsden rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable addition to His Dark Materials. I do love that world.
Lyra's Oxford is a small publication, a short story essentially, which can be easily read in one sitting. It is after the events of His Dark Materials trilogy and features the familiar duo of Lyra Silvertongue and her daemon, Pantalaimon. Both are stationed at Oxford, when a witch's daemon arrives, begging Lyra to help him find a person who's unknown to her...

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
Oct 29, 2015 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a strange little book, basically a beautifully bound short story set in the world of "His Dark Materials" and amongst the sleeping spires of Oxford, Lyra's Oxford that is.

The book I will admit was picked up on my travels and at a fraction of the cost (I would have baulked at the idea of paying what it was listed at) anyway the book really is just a short story however there is a sub-text "everything has a story to tell" which helps put a interesting twist to the book. The introduction o
maddy ✨
Jul 23, 2014 maddy ✨ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"everything has a meaning, if only we could read it"

i miss this world and these books so much, i'm definitely going to have to reread the his dark materials trilogy as soon as possible.
Mar 05, 2008 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A quick glimpse back into the world of His Dark Materials. No need for a book mark, this can be achieved in one sitting.

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
Young Lightning in Dark Sky
Aug 04, 2009 Young Lightning in Dark Sky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy Philip Pullman/Neil Gaiman, and want a quick read
Recommended to Young Lightning in Dark Sky by: Becca
This was a very quick read-sixty pages at the most, though I'm not sure, and I knocked it out in about half an hour. This one will surely be a re-read though-I was doing some extreme multitasking.
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
May 26, 2007 Shannon rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hate when authors don't know when to end something. His Dark Materials trilogy is OVER. We get that you're a sell-out, Philip Pullman (judging by the movie previews.. oh man).. just leave it alone. You wrote some great books. Now hush.
May 05, 2011 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Only Pullman / HDM fans
Shelves: kindle-books, fantasy
The main problem with this book is the issue of EXPECTATIONS.

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
You may recall Lyra from the His Dark Materials trilogy or from another post I made regarding the best female literature characters of all time. This small book is intended to be a small sequel to that series that marked my childhood so intensely. I greatly recommend HDM as a young-adult read, as well, for it tackles important subjects such as theology, ethics and alchemy. Moreover it explores the theory of parallel universes and fuses fantasy with science fiction in a mesmerizing way. So when I ...more
Jan 11, 2008 Debbie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of His Dark Materials
Lyra's Oxford is a short story that continues, albeit briefly, Lyra's adventures. A map of Lyra's Oxford, a cruise brochure, and a postcard from Mary Malone are also included. In the introduction, Pullman writes that these items "...might be connected with the story, or they might not; they might be connected to stories that haven’t appeared yet. It's difficult to tell."

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
Lyra and Pan are settled in Jordan College, and life's mundane, but good, until one afternoon they see a flock of starlings attack a witch's daemon. They save the daemon, who professes to them that he's looking for a Mr. Makepeace, an uncanny alchemist who has a golden elixir that will save the life of his dying witch. Lyra and Pan devise to help the daemon, little do they know that it's a trap.

This was all in all, quite enjoyable. A nice slice of nostalgia for all the fun I had reading His Dar
Thibaut Nicodème
It's not a bad continuation, but also…not very interesting. Not much of a point to it, and it raises more questions than answers.

And what's the deal with Lyra going "Be like Will"? Like she can't be brave on her own anymore?
The world created in His Dark Materials could be home to some great short stories, unfortunately Lyra’s Oxford isn’t one of them. Ignoring the fact the book 40 page* book and costs the same amount as The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, nothing really interesting happens. Philip Pullman introduced just enough new things to make people feel compelled to read it before his starting his upcoming The Book of Dust. Lyra’s Oxford isn’t bad it is just really unsatisfying and doe ...more
May 28, 2014 Coralie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Aah it makes me want to live in Oxford, or at least to visit it again with the story in mind!
This really thin book is a nice little story but I think the "plot" is more of a pretext to give the reader a tour of Lyra's Oxford. It isn't supposed to be a real sequel to His Dark Materials (this would be much more ambitious and risky...), but I enjoyed it. I like the map and other little additions, especially the postcard, because there are some important spots for Lyra and Will on it...
I miss them.
Feb 20, 2012 Robin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Cute, but... no substance and lacking all the depth and sweeping adventure of His Dark Materials. I really like the map. But then I fell asleep.
Darth J
Apr 01, 2013 Darth J rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Was it just me, or did Lyra's Oxford look a bit like Hogwarts? They were filmed at the same location? What? Madness, I say. Madness!
Aug 03, 2009 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lyra fans
Shelves: fantasy
The book is attractive as a tangible object, but the story disappoints.
Matthew Hunter
Sep 18, 2012 Matthew Hunter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
"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
May 11, 2010 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I finish a good book, it can take ages for me to stop thinking about a character, a scene, a feeling I got from the book. After consuming the His Dark Materials trilogy in the span of only a few weeks, I was a little fixated on Lyra.

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?

Oct 16, 2012 Kerry rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, ya, 5, 2006
I've given this a mediocre rating. It was a nice little story about Lyra and Pan, but didn't feel particularly necessary. Either there's very little substance here, or Pullman is being so clever (and the included postcard, maps etc etc certainly imply he's trying to be clever) that I don't get it. I'm left feeling a bit disappointed, stupid or possibly both.

I liked the story about Lyra, but the thing we learned from this short tale doesn't seem worth the effort. Yes, it might be important, but
Mar 15, 2011 Felix rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
German edition – German review:

Es handelt sich um eine kleine Kurzgeschichte, die einige Jahre nach dem Ende der His Dark Materials-Trilogie spielt und eine weiteres Abenteuer von Lyra erzählt. Beigefügt sind eine fiktive Postkarte, eine Werbeanzeige für eine Kreuzfahrt und ein Stadtplan von Lyras Oxford.

Die Kurzgeschichte ist zwar ganz nett, gibt jedoch wenig Neues her. Weder ist Lyras Figur wesentlich weiterentwickelt worden noch erfahren wir wirklich mehr über Lyras Welt. Die Handlung ist ab
Aug 06, 2007 Skwerlie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I loved the His Dark Materials trilogy, it is one of my favourite book series ever. When I heard that there was a short story that follows the series, I was really excited and checked it out from the local library.... ugh. I really disliked the story, wish I had never read it- I felt like it took the character I'd loved through 3 books and ripped off all the interesting bits so that she was an ordinary and unexciting teenaged girl. Where was the Lyra from the earlier triology? I certainly didn't ...more
Mar 29, 2013 Jerfus rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps I am being unfair but I have very high standards for Mr. Pullman, but that's his own doing after all. The thing is, this book is either one of two things: Either it was an entirely unnecesary short story that contributed with nothing and was just mildly entertaining or it was the beginning of something grand, some sort of teaser; I'm feeling more inclined towards the later and thus being positive I gave this book a higher rating (otherwise it'd be a measly two stars). Unless proven that ...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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