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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
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Mar 22, 07

bookshelves: fiction
Recommended for: fantasy enthusiasts
Read in November, 2003

The Golden Compass is the thinking man's Harry Potter. It envisions a world in which people's souls are outwardly manifested in the forms of animals, and the struggle of a quasi-religious organization to gain control over a mysterious material called Dust, which binds us to those souls. The protagonist, Lyra, is smart and interesting, and Pullman's thinly-veiled critique of organized religion has considerable bite. Whether you're of the Devil's party, like Pullman certainly is, it's hard to imagine how you won't find this to be an extremely engrossing read.
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