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The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
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Jun 22, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction
Read in June, 2008

This, the second of Pullman's books in the Golden Compass series tightens the plot that was started in the first novel. Many of the loose ends and danglinng plots are further developed, giving the reader a better clarity of where the series is heading. The plot is equally entertaining, and rockets right along, with entertaining and well developed new characters added to the mix.
This book dovetails axactly where the first one left off, and begins by introducing a new character, Will, a boy of Lyra's age from our own world, who discovers a connection to a third world where he meets Lyra. Their adventures again pit them against a variety of challenges and foes, both new and old, thru various richly detailed and highly imaginative settings (worlds).
The umbrage that conservative christianity has against these novels becomes more clear as one of the main plot lines involves a man seeking to wage a war against the first angel who entered consciousness and set himself up as God. In short, this book either directly states, or strongly hints that God is not the divine creator, but a fradulent usurper.
All in all a very entertaining book with a rapid paced highly imaginative plot and well thought out characters, but one that I have a hard time seeing as a childrens novel.

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