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The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
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Mar 16, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: fantasy-scifi
Read in March, 2008

I enjoyed this book but was disappointed with the seemingly lack of direction this one took. But then again, perhaps that was the author's intention. Things do get all thrown up in the air before a big war. But I found myself wondering just which side is the "bad" side. Angels are supposed to be good, but they appear to be on the side of the bad guy - or are they? I couldn't tell. It doesn't seem to be clear cut good vs. evil. It is clear, however that organized religion is the intended target, but lines get blurred. Perhaps the 3rd book will pull it all together.

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message 1: by Judy (new)

Judy Humbert pullman is known for his distrust of organized religion. thus the bruhaha over the movie the amber compass. when i was still involved with kids at school, they really loved his books, at least the more intelligent of them did.

lionlady I've been asking my students about this series and they all seem to like it a lot (the ones that read anyway). As I think about it, organized religion does blur the lines and it is often difficult to tell good from evil. I'm eagerly anticipating The Amber Spyglass.

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