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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
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Jun 25, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: fantasy, young-adult
Read from June 25 to July 05, 2011

In terms of style, this book reads well and does an ok job of creating a world not too dissimilar from ours 130 years ago. Intriguing, but somehow, not quite interesting, that is to say I enjoyed the tale, but was never drawn in. I never felt any of the pain or mystery or turmoil that the characters were engaged in. I was merely an outside observer to an oddly fantastical story with talking bears and people and mostly who had changing companion animals. Times where I should have felt attached, I never did. But my enjoyment was crushed by the last chapter in which overwhelming atheism that read like a hammering manifesto, not even parable or allegory, that struck so fiercely it felt as though it did not fit with previous pages I had just read. If anything the betrayal of the author to his readers may be akin to the betrayal that the main character feels at the end, but that doesn't really make for good reading now does it?
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06/25/2011 page 35
10.0% "I picked this book up on the cheap with the intention of trading it in for something else at a bookshop. But I decided to start reading it and I have been pleasantly intrigued. I enjoyed the film and the book seems quite descent as well."
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Christina (A Reader of Fictions) Ouch. Do you have a review to go along with the rating? I'd be interested to hear/read your opinion.


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