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His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
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Jul 04, 2008

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Being of the generation that did not experience a well developed 'older child abler reader' or 'young adult' genre, I was impressed at what a good read the first Harry Potter book was. And while I would never denigrate Rowling, her achievement in that set of books has been to produce page-turners. Northern Lights (I can't bring myself to call it 'Golden Compass' beacuse I love the word alethiometer so much!), which I read ages ago and was my second foray in so-called young people's literature, is definitely different. Darker, more complex and more philosophical. The second book continued in the same vein. What blew it for me was the third book. Having started out treating his young readers without a hint of condescension, Pulman does just the opposite in the last book is so unsubtle about its 'lessons in life'. Still, Mrs Coulter is a fabulously rich character and her relationship with her husband and daughter is so finely honed - that's what kept me going.

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