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The Amber Spyglass

(His Dark Materials #3)

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Will is the bearer of the knife. Now, accompanied by angels, his task is to deliver that powerful, dangerous weapon to Lord Asriel - by the command of his dying father.

But how can he go looking for Lord Asriel when Lyra is gone? Only with her help can he fathom the myriad plots and and intrigues that beset him.

The two great powers of the many worlds are lining up for war,
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Mass Market Paperback, 467 pages
Published September 9th 2003 by Laurel Leaf (first published October 10th 2000)
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Boy Blue The temptation was knowledge. Just as in the garden of Eden, Eve is tempted by knowledge. In Lyra's case this is knowledge of love and the other adult…moreThe temptation was knowledge. Just as in the garden of Eden, Eve is tempted by knowledge. In Lyra's case this is knowledge of love and the other adult emotions she is yet to experience. The tempter is Mary and the Fall is Lyra becoming aware of love and adult desire. The allegorical feeding of Will by Lyra again echoes the garden of Eden. This is all matched by the falling away of her innocence. Lyra goes from being an innocent child oblivious to the world around her, to a courageous young women with the ability to make a difficult moral decision about what window to leave open. The fact that she can't easily read the compass at the end of the series is also another sign that she has lost that spiritual purity or innocence. In its place she has been given the opportunity to actually learn how to use it, to gain knowledge through hard work and determination. In this way Pullman presents the Fall as a natural and good thing to happen, which is in stark contrast to the biblical version. He doesn't say it's easy but he does believe it's right.(less)
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Bekah I wondered this same question. I assumed that, just like with Lyra needing to "invite" her death to her in order to see him, there was something…moreI wondered this same question. I assumed that, just like with Lyra needing to "invite" her death to her in order to see him, there was something similar with Will needing to be able to know and feel his daemon before he could actually see her. He didn't know what she felt like until she was pulled from him in the land of the dead. We can also speculate that Will's father, being an adult, had his daemon appear because it was settled, whereas Will's may not have appeared because he lacked the connection with dust? (Again, just speculation, but the difference between an adult and child may be part of the reasoning and seemed fairly rational to me).

I also considered the notion that Will, being the knife-bearer may have gave him some sort of exemption from developing daemons, deaths, or any other form of inner-outer manifestation that other worlds may have. The Guild masters that made the knife traveled to many of the other worlds and though the book never mentions them having or not having daemons after traveling around, I think the knife, being a major piece of a person's fate, could reasonably exempt them from easily developing daemons.(less)
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Maciek
This is the way the world ends
Not with a bang but a whimper.

-T.S. Eliot

Warning: Contains spoilers.

The Amber Spyglass is the final volume in His Dark Materials trilogy.

I really enjoyed Northern Lights (or The Golden Compass as it is titled in the US), the first volume of the trilogy. Pullman introducted us to a fantastic world of great scope. It was suspenseful, the presented world was enchanting, and Northern Lights was pregnant with interesting ideas and concepts - that's why I chose to read al
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Paul
Jan 19, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Jayson
(A-) 83% | Very Good
Notes: A sad but necessary ending; its exceptional last chapters may have seemed unconvincing if penned by a lesser writer.
Brad
Mar 27, 2008 rated it did not like it
My entire review could be this: Phillip Pullman's "The Amber Spyglass" is one of the poorest closing books of a trilogy ever written.

But I feel compelled to continue. At one point, I actually stopped reading "The Amber Spyglass," put it down and vowed not to finish, but I wanted to be able to slag off the book with authority, so finishing became a must. And I even had a slight hope that Pullman could save his series

I did finish, but it never got any better.

Mulefa? Gallivespians? Iorek Byrnison
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David Schaafsma
I would not have read this book were it not for my friend Pat E. who told me several years ago that it was one of the best books she had ever read, and also said it was the first children’s book to have won England’s prestigious Whitbread Prize for Literature. So I read the whole series over the next couple years, and in this process discovered that one of my English department’s medievalists said it was one of his favorite series. Did I know, he asked, that Pullman was actually in conversation ...more
mark monday
Mar 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
i just decided to copy-and-paste a response i wrote regarding this book in one of the GR groups. that is inexcusably lazy. so sue me! also, it is full of SPOILERS.

- i think one of the most unique things about this book is the fact that one protagonist is a liar and the other is a murderer. not only is that uncommon, particularly in YA lit, it is transgressive. i like how the tools that help these two in their amazing adventures are ones that are normally displayed by villains. and without their
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Corie
Sep 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone over 12
If you haven’t read the ENTIRE three books, please don’t read any further. I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you because the ending is so endearing and…..lasting, that I would HATE to take it away from you.

I absolutely fell in love with Lyra. Didn’t you? She was the sister I wish I would have had growing up. She was myself as I played with all of my brothers in the mudfields, she was the daughter I’m sure every woman would yearn to have. In my opinion, Philip Pullman was brilliant in his creation
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Manny
- George, wake up!

- Ungh... what time is it?

- I think about four am. You were having a nightmare.

- Mmmn.

- Hey, you're shaking. Come over here. It's alright. Do you want to tell me about it?

- Ann Coulter and Satan jump into the void and pull him down with them. The evil archangel.

- I'm sorry?

- Ah, it doesn't make much sense, does it? But it did in the dream. It was even noble and tragic. I think.

- What else happened?

- Well, I know I shouldn't have stayed up reading that physics book. There was
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~Poppy~
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“All the history of human life has been a struggle between wisdom and stupidity.”



“I stopped believing there was a power of good and a power of evil that were outside us. And I came to believe that good and evil are names for what people do, not for what they are.”



“I will love you forever; whatever happens. Till I die and after I die, and when I find my way out of the land of the dead, I’ll drift about forever, all my atoms, till I find you again… I’ll be looking for you, every moment,
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Bookdragon Sean
I’ve been putting this book off for almost four years. I’ve been truly terrified to read it for such a long time. The first book, The Golden Compass, is one of the best fantasy novels I have ever read. I adore it. The second book is something else entirely. I was horrified when I read it and truly disgusted with the unexpected direction the series took. I did not want to read this one because I did not want my memories of the first book shattered completely.

So I finally picked it up and I appro
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Porter
Jun 09, 2009 rated it did not like it
When I was in high school, the local video arcade passed out fliers that that evening, after a $2 admission, you could play all the video games for free. I and several of my friends went and enjoyed ourselves.

And then suddenly they closed the doors, turned off all the games, and a preacher got up and proceeded to try to "save" us.

True, we had already gotten our money's worth, and we we could have gotten up and left (even though all of us wanted to but none of us had the nerve). But we still felt
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials, #3), Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials is an epic trilogy of fantasy novels by Philip Pullman consisting of Northern Lights (1995, published as The Golden Compass in North America), The Subtle Knife (1997), and The Amber Spyglass (2000). It follows the coming of age of two children, Lyra Belacqua and Will Parry, as they wander through a series of parallel universes.
عنوانها: نیروی اهریمنی اش کتاب سوم - دوربین کهربایی در دو جلد؛ نویسنده: فلیپ پولمن؛ تاریخ ن
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Jim O'Donnell
Dec 21, 2007 rated it liked it
Oooooof.

Too much. Way too much.

Pullman's series concludes like it started. Good but nothing great. And tiring. Very. The Amber Spyglass weighs as much as the other two books put together....and then some. Pullman pulls in still MORE main characters and still MORE beings and still MORE complications and still MORE unlikely, unbelievable turns-of-event. It just got to be too much. Between the witches and the angels and the cliff-ghasts, the shadows, the specters, the ghosts, the Gallivespians, the
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Jan-Maat
Coleridge in his criticism of Paradise Lost somewhere wrote that Milton was really of the Devil's party without realising it.

I don't know about Milton, but I feel that what Coleridge wrote was true of Philip Pullman channelling Milton by means of his appearance to William Blake in poetic vision while in Felpham, all of course transmogrified into a children's book - with armoured bears. Even the Jungian Daemons, anima and animus to every character, have their counterparts in Blake, while the sexu
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Antonio

¿Conocen esa mezcla de felicidad y tristeza, ese dulceamargo, que solo los buenos libros pueden dejar? Que aunque pase el tiempo, los sigues recordando, y quisieras que la historia continuara, aunque sabes que se desarrollo justo como debía ser, así me hace sentir "La Materia Oscura"

EL comienzo del final, la tan esperada guerra neoapocalíptica ha llegado, con sus terribles bandos, comandados por Lord Asriel y Metatron...
la historia de la vida humana ha consistido en una lucha entre la sabiduría
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Emma
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I’ve finally finished my reread of His Dark Materials before starting The Book of Dust. It is literally decades since I read it and all I could remember was that I loved it, and the mulefa. But of course there was so much more to it than that. And I cried my eyes out at the end.
It also made me feel like I’d love to chat to Philip Pullman about his metaphysical beliefs and the meaning of life. Wonderful writing. Wonderful story.
Shannon
Apr 20, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Heartbreaking, cynical, beautiful, potentially life-changing.
Joe
Jan 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
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Pige
Sep 13, 2007 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
I actually finished this book a couple weeks ago. But life outside of goodreads, my general frustrations with the book, and the sense that reading it and thinking about it was contributing to an extended bought of grumpiness kept me from putting any thought or effort towards commenting on it here.
I suppose I should get it over with now. I have to say that reading this book was at times overwhelmingly painful and my main motivation for actually finishing it was to be able to know for myself that
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Trish
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the conclusion to the trilogy known as His Dark Materials. I’m glad I was told about the connection to Milton, but in this last volume there are hints enough for the reader in form of poems and quotes at the beginning of each chapter; of William Blake, Emily Dickinson and John Milton.

The Amber Spyglass is about Will further travelling through the worlds, now in the possession of the Subtle Knife (how much I love that boy with his quiet courage and sense of duty and faithfulness). Lyra ha
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Snooty1
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOODNESS!!! This cannot be a children's book, because I am not feeling child-sized feelings right now....my heart...oh my heart....
This was SOOOO good, the entire trilogy, amazing! This book, however, was the best of the entire trilogy. HANDS DOWN!

Wonderful, amazing, and so damn relevant. What an amazingly brave and thought provoking book....I'm gushing.....This book makes me gush.

I can't wait for the new trilogy to come out...please find a way...(those who read it know what I'm talking ab
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Maria Espadinha
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A República do Céu


As aventuras de Lyra e Will continuam a surpreender-nos por entre um rol de querelas mistícas entre bem e mal...

Lyra cresce, amadurece, descobre o amor, e... apercebe-se da urgência em criar um mundo novo e melhor!

Subscrevo ;)


“Temos de ser todas aquelas coisas difíceis, como alegres e simpáticos, corajosos, destemidos e pacientes, e temos de estudar e pensar e trabalhar muito, todos nós, nos nossos diferentes mundos e então construiremos...”

“— E depois?”
“— Construiremos o quê?
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Rebecca
Jun 17, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: children
This book was an experiment, and while there were moments that were clever and compelling and emotionally resonant, as a whole, the experiment failed. That experiment was to take a piece of complex, religious poetry intended for adults (Paradise Lost), turn it on its head, and make it into an anti-religion/coming-of-age allegory for children. Even though Pullman ultimately failed to create a believable, subtle, or controlled narrative universe, even The Amber Spyglass did have its good moments.

P
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Duane
This book, this 3rd and final volume, is an incredible conclusion to this outstanding series. It has left me drained. It has left me heartbroken. But it has also left me in awe. I have followed Lyra Belacqua Silvertongue every step of the way on her amazing quest, and I could do it all again right now. This book is deserving of all the praise and awards it has received. It truly is a masterpiece of fantasy literature. Well done Philip Pullman, well done.
Jamie
Apr 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those with an open mind, lovers of great storytelling
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Eric Allen
Feb 02, 2015 rated it did not like it
This review contains crude language, because I'm too pissed off to be eloquent at the moment. Reader beware.




What the fuck did I just read? Seriously! What in the hell was that supposed to be?

Spoilers ect ect ect.




Everything I loved about the first book is completely gone, the author seems to have forgotten that he's telling a story rather than railing against organized religion almost non-stop, the characters seem to have been lobotomized, and it was just long, horribly boring, and extremely ant
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Seth T.
Dec 05, 2007 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no one, really
(This fits within the scope of my review of the full series)

Book three was just a mess. It's almost nonsensical as it strives against reason and its own narrative to bring the story to some kind of resolution. The great betrayal prophesied? Not really a betrayal at all. Lyra being tempted? Never happens. Mary playing the role of the serpent? Nope. She just kind of stands around. Oh, and the big plan to take war to heaven and kill God? Has nothing to do with anything in the story really. Though t
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Amy | shoutame
- Possible spoilers - Fantastic ending to a brilliant trilogy, although I don't know how many times I have read these books this last one breaks my heart every time. Will and Lyra's relationship blossoms so well over the course of the three books and I'm almost tempted to stop reading before the end and try and trick myself into believing they lived happily ever after!
Chris
Jan 26, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
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In 1946, acclaimed author Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, into a Protestant family. Although his beloved grandfather was an Anglican priest, Pullman became an atheist in his teenage years. He graduated from Exeter College in Oxford with a degree in English, and spent 23 years as a teacher while working on publishing 13 books and numerous short stories. Pullman has received many awards ...more

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