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Lyra's Oxford

(His Dark Materials #3.5)

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  21,504 ratings  ·  1,226 reviews
Lyra's Oxford begins with Lyra and Pantalaimon spotting a witch's dæmon. Lyra shelters the daemon from the pursuit of a frenzied pack of birds, and then attempts to help by guiding the daemon to the home of an alchemist living in a part of Oxford known as Jericho. The journey through Oxford reveals more dangers than Lyra had anticipated.
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published October 28th 2003 by Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published 2003)
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ToniHiggsReviews It's based in the same universe. La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust book 1) takes place when Lyra is a baby and book 2 The Secret Commonwealth takes place…moreIt's based in the same universe. La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust book 1) takes place when Lyra is a baby and book 2 The Secret Commonwealth takes place when Lyra is 20 (so 20 years after La Belle Sauvage and 7 years after end of The Amber Spyglass). Not sure about where book 3 fits in yet although I'd assume it will be after the events of The Secret Commonwealth.(less)

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(B) 74% | More than Satisfactory
Notes: Accomplishes its purpose as a solid 'bonus' story, but is too thin, both figuratively and literally, to be anything more.
Nov 02, 2018 rated it liked it
“Everything has a meaning, if only we could read it.”

Lyra's Oxford is a lovely addition to His Dark Materials trilogy. Neat and fast-paced it's another great adventure for Lyra and Pan. A must-read for Pullman's fans.
David Schaafsma
Sep 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picturebooks, fantasy
"Everything means something," Lyra said severely. "We just have to find out how to read it."

I finished His Dark Materials (maybe better known as The Golden Compass trilogy) this summer for the second time and finally turned to this short story sequel, set in Lyra’s home after her travels, Oxford. The book is small, and packaged beautifully, with wonderful engravings and a map of Lyra’s Oxford. It also includes a cruise brochure, pages from Baedecker’s guide to Oxford, a post card from Mary Malon
mark monday
"Everything means something," Lyra said severely. "We just have to find out how to read it."

Lyra the little liar is back in full force. she gets to use her special power of super-lying at least twice, so it's clear that despite the amazing and horrible and life-changing adventures of the preceding trilogy, some things will never change. a witch and an alchemist cameo, and naturally her daemon Pantalaimon remains by her side. all is well in Golden Compass Land, at least for this reader. things ar
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another lavishly beautiful book by Philip Pullman. Again, this little volume is cloth-bound and contains a number of illustrations along with these:

The story takes place 2 years after the end of the trilogy His Dark Materials and tells of Lyra watching a flock of starlings when they suddenly attack a witch's daemon (it has to be a witch's daemon because it is alone). She saves the daemon and then lets him persuade her to find a man who supposedly can help him save his witch, who is ill. The man
Luka Pejić
Jul 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'd enjoy reading Pullman's grocery list, so my rating isn't to be trusted at all here.
Phillip Pullman lite. Treat either as an amuse bouche for those who are yet to read His Dark Materials but want a little hint of the tone and content of the sub-oxfordian world of little girls and their daemons or, for those au fait with the excellent His Dark Materials trilogy this is a little unexpected extra.

A short story complete with pages of ephemera and published to look a little like an old skool Baedecker guide, the look of the thing is perhaps more of a joy than the short story but, as
Aug 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, 1-men, own, reviewed
Is there such a thing as literary roots? If so, this series is part of mine.

This particular story is an easy, short and very enjoyable read - that is, if you've formerly enjoyed His Dark Materials books (and why wouldn't you have? they're fantastic).

Perhaps this short story (novella?) isn't deserving of 4 stars in itself, but it filled me with nostalgic longing and I was reminded of the immense love I have for this series and how much it still means to me. We forget these things sometimes, bec
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: r2017, stars-4-0
”Everything means something”

I wondered how Lyra would come across after the events of the first trilogy and her being two years older. As it happens, she is still so easy to follow. Pantalaimon too and his chosen form...

Nice short story that tintillates the reader while promising the hint of the future, especially with all the extra features in the book, such as maps, postcards, ads, etc. I’ll keep this in mind when reading Pullman’s Book of Dust trilogy, in case there are indeed clues :0)
Stacey (prettybooks)
I loved being back in Lyra’s Oxford (*waves to an early appearance of Malcolm*) but it’s a little pricey for such a teeny-tiny book!

“Everything has a meaning, if only we could read it.”
Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
What is there is very charming (and hints of future events, eh?) but the volume is so thin it's hard to rate it higher.
This was way too short! I wanted it to be much longer than it was. We get to catch up with Lyra who is now at Oxford studying. She and Pan (remember Pan?) get caught up in a plot that ends with them winning the day.

Honestly the book was just a nice sneak peek at what Lyra has been up to since "The Amber Spyglass." It's been I think two years since the events of that book and Lyra is learning how to read the alethiometer. What I did like was this sounds like something that will come into play I t
Oct 29, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a strange little book, basically a beautifully bound short story set in the world of "His Dark Materials" and amongst the sleeping spires of Oxford, Lyra's Oxford that is.

The book I will admit was picked up on my travels and at a fraction of the cost (I would have baulked at the idea of paying what it was listed at) anyway the book really is just a short story however there is a sub-text "everything has a story to tell" which helps put a interesting twist to the book. The introduction o
The setting is Oxford University about two years after the end of His Dark Materials trilogy. It's a very short story about Lyra Silvertongue, and hardly satisfies the multitude of fans patiently waiting for Pullman's follow up novel to his successful trilogy. Maybe this year or next he says.
Dannii Elle
This is a novella following the events that occur during His Dark Materials series and featuring central character, Lyra Belacqua, falling into more mischief whilst she is at school in Oxford. Events here occur during Lyra's teenage years and, whilst unrelated to the previous story-line, do produce new mysteries, and pose questions for Lyra's future adventures.

My only wish for this short story was that it was longer. It measured in at under 50 pages and packed secrets, mysteries, and an abundan
Rhys Thomas
Mar 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I found this little delight in a charity shop the other day and read it on my commute today (it’s quite short). I loved the Dark Materials trilogy, and have a special affinity with Northern Lights because I bought it after quitting my job at British Gas (I walked out and didn’t go back) before taking it to the roof garden café of David Morgans where I stayed reading it until 8 o’clock at night.

I started reading this story and it didn’t take me long to remember how magical the first books were. I
Lyra's Oxford is a small publication, a short story essentially, which can be easily read in one sitting. It is after the events of His Dark Materials trilogy and features the familiar duo of Lyra Silvertongue and her daemon, Pantalaimon. Both are stationed at Oxford, when a witch's daemon arrives, begging Lyra to help him find a person who's unknown to her...

To say more would spoil the book, since it is so very short. And that's my complain. While it is certainly enjoyable, and Pullman's writin
Katie Lumsden
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable addition to His Dark Materials. I do love that world.
It’s been a few years since I’ve read Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, but I remember it as being absolutely phenomenal reading: adventurous, philosophical, spiritual with wonderfully complex characters and the delightful heroine, Lyra, and her daemon, Pantalaimon. I had completely forgotten that the novels take place in Oxford and so when I traveled there last month I was thinking of Tolkien writing his novels in this university city, but not of Pullman. While wandering around waiti ...more
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
"everything has a meaning, if only we could read it"

i miss this world and these books so much, i'm definitely going to have to reread the his dark materials trilogy as soon as possible.
Jiny S
Dec 30, 2019 rated it liked it
This short and quick read is full of nostalgia. The map, postcard, and cruise menu are delightful inserts.

The story began when Lyra is sequestered on the rooftop of the Lodge Tower with nothing but her daemon, Pan, and the vast sky above. In their seclusion from the world they noticed a bird, a witch’s daemon, frightened and being attacked by other birds. The bird requested Lyra’s help to find an alchemist, who is rumoured to be crazy and a manslaughterer. Upon finding this man, the truth came o
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
3.5 stars
May 21, 2018 rated it liked it
3.5 stars
Short story about Lyra. I always enjoy going back to the characters of a series I liked. Lyra isn’t my favorite character though and the story didn’t add much to the main books nor was it a very intriguing story. Liked Scoresby’s background story better. I did like the added material.
Nandini | Novels and Nebulas
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
This book followed Lyra and Pan on a small adventure after the events of His Dark Materials series. This has made me even more curious about The Secret Commonwealth. I'm so ready for it! ...more
May 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
See my review on my book blog: ...more
Jan 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Such a cute intriguing addition to the world of Lyra Silvertongue. Made me remember fondly events in His Dark Materials and piques my interest for The Book of Dust.
Mar 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
A quick glimpse back into the world of His Dark Materials. No need for a book mark, this can be achieved in one sitting.

I really liked this book, short as it was, though I know many didn't. They expected Lyra to have gone unchanged over the two years since her last adventure. But even in the final book of the trilogy, she'd changed. She'd lost some of her abilities as she matured. So I didn't expect anything less.

It still amazes me that Pullman knows his world so well that he throws in the most
May 05, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Only Pullman / HDM fans
The main problem with this book is the issue of EXPECTATIONS.

If you read and liked His Dark Materials, you expect something good, even though it's a short story, you expect Lyra's Oxford to provide some kind of additional insight, some kind of additional information, or, at the least, to describe Lyra and Oxford 2 years since the events of The Amber Spyglass.

None of that happens. This is basically a novella, a short story that was written, it seems, to allow Pullman to make a bit more money off
Young Lightning in Dark Sky
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who enjoy Philip Pullman/Neil Gaiman, and want a quick read
Recommended to Young Lightning in Dark Sky by: Becca
This was a very quick read-sixty pages at the most, though I'm not sure, and I knocked it out in about half an hour. This one will surely be a re-read though-I was doing some extreme multitasking.
Philip Pullman's writing style draws me in, and envelopes me in worlds that no other author aside from Neil Gaiman can seem to put me in. The dark illustrations really iced this chocolate cake, and I found this book full of plot, with characters full of unique personalities, interesting scenes, and the
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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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