Aug 18, 07
Read in August, 2007
I first read this upon its American release at the suggestion of a Children's book store owner my mother and I liked and respected. She said the book was excellent and then and now, she was right.
Pullman is an extraordinary writer (I also enjoy his Sally Lockhart trilogy) and in the Golden Compass he is at his best. The mystery and suspense build elegantly, turning The Golden Compass into a real page turner. His characters and their motives are complex and like Lyra, it is hard to know who to trust. There is a strong anti-god/anti-religion/anti-Catholic theme throughout all three books, which makes the sides of right and wrong even more confusing as many generally assume that "god is good," a much less sure concept in Pullman's detailed and fascinating world.