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His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
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Jan 11, 2009

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Read in January, 2006

When I heard a discussion of these books on morning radio panning them because of their content about God and sex, I felt like I had to read it. People were calling in urging listeners not to allow their children to read the books. Many of the callers hadn't even read the books themselves. They'd just been told by some evangelist censor to keep their minds closed. So, I went in to reading these books with an agenda. I wanted to like them. I also wanted the wonderful escape that comes with a good fantasy series, characters you can live with over hundreds of pages, a world of the author's design letting me travel outside of my then-pregnant body. The books were okay. The slowly untangling reveal of characters' relationship to one another were fascinating and the possibility of a godless universe or one in which children are divine kept me reading the entire trilogy, but I wasn't satisfied with the payoff. This was no Harry Potter, no Lord of the Rings.

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Laura Man, this trilogy is one of my all time favorites of the fantasy/realism genre. I thought the writing, philosophies, the exploration of scientific theories in it an amazing example of well-hewed storytelling; It is right up there with C.S. Lewis' and even Tolkein's trilogies and expositions as literature in that regard and better than the Harry Potter series, which I dearly love. As far as not being religious, I felt the books to be cyclic and inclusive as the ending can reflect a return to a resurrection of man and relationship with G-d. The kids--a boy and girl--are left with a new world or, biblically--the garden to begin again.
The trilogy is definitely worth the read for imagination and pondering the age old questions of about G-d, peace, war, good and evil.

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