Without this child, we shall all die.
Lyra Belacqua lives half-wild and carefree among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children,...more
Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a childrens tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...more
The protagonist of the book is Lyra, a young girl, who is parentless and seemingly friendless. She has grown up ...more
*Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses*
I also dont love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I dont think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my throat with the jagged edge of a broken CD (compact disc, kiddoslook it up).
So, why risk a severed jugular on the day before Im going to stuff myself so full of turkey that Ill have a snood coming out of my ear? Well, because its ...more
pullman however, has ...more
after the reread, i am suprised that i read this as a child. this is definitely a childrens book that is not meant for children, in my opinion. the deeper meanings are pretty subtle but, ...more
1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless.
2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about being a trophy wife, go right ahead, but to insinuate that I would "skim" a book to have the minimum knowledge required to give the appearance of having read it so that I can give it a bad review b/c reasons, is an attack ...more
M. then said that she didn't think a book, to be special, necessarily had to ...more
Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in North America and some other countries) is the first book of "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of Lyra Belacqua to the Arctic in search of her missing friend, Roger Parslow, and her imprisoned uncle, Lord Asriel, who has been conducting experiments with a mysterious substance known as "Dust". Northern Lights is a young-adult ...more
This is a second reading of Pullman's classic, accomplished on vacation in a car, with the family, by listening to the 9 cd audio collection, with Phillip ...more
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Wildly imaginative and thrilling, this complex and ...more
The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favorites were Daniel Craig as the zealot Lord Asriel and Eva Green as badass witch Serafina Pekkala.
Serafina Pekkala is one of my favorite witches in literature: she's grounded in her connection to the earth, she's ...more
I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in that they are the animal totem of a character, and can change until someone is "set in their ways". How many other people have held conversations about what their daemon or patronus animal is, and then changed it ...more
You cannot change what you are, only what you do.
The writing is so beautiful in this book??? Lyra is the most adorable thing in the entire world. But at the same time, shes brave, kind, heroic, and noble. Lyra is a sweet, sweet sweetheart and shes a better hero that Harry Potter every single day of the week. HARRY POTTER WHO? I wish Harry would.
My favorite thing about The Golden Compass is the concept of a daemon. Every person in the world is born with a daemon, a constant animal ...more
You cannot change what you are, only what you do.
So begins the story of a fantastic invention of a parallel world to the one we live in and the adventures of a brave-hearted young girl.
Lyra is bound to stay in Oxford to learn and play with her friends, however, when talk of Gobblers arise with children disappearing, and with her close friend Roger being one of those children, Lyra, along with her daemon, Pantalaimon, set out and are determined to find his whereabouts.
Their quest leads ...more
it's going to be awesome.
(My name has got that ...more
I should have read this book years ago so thank you BBC for the current production of His Dark Materials which is gripping us on Sunday nights, for finally prompting me to pick up this book. Its a buddy read with the husband (faints with shock, so thank you Aunty Beeb for encouraging him to read something other than The Times from cover to cover, I swear he even reads hatches, matches and ...more
I think I might have been a bit unfair to the book in my original review. Or maybe I was a bit disgruntled with YA literature in general at the time. Or maybe I was getting tired of the whole chosen one with the miraculous oracle bit driving the plot forward.
But let's back up a bit here. In the particulars, I liked running around like an urchin. I did like all the Daemons. I liked growing up among all the academics. I liked running around and being a very English nuisance and ...more
I found elements that questioned Christianity and Catholicism and the nature of God and its works, but I also found elements that questioned parental authority, the ethical and practical roles of Science, and the nature of ...more
There's so much I love about The Golden Compass. The world-building is so vivid and fascinating; I feel so drawn into the settings, I love the dæmons, I love the armored bears, ...more
I'm having a problem understanding why this is considered a children's book. I can't imagine a child fully understanding all the political banter that takes place in the first section of the book. Also there are things like Daemons that aren't ...more
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