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Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman
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Jun 29, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: speculative-fiction, young-adult, fantasy
Read from June 29 to July 08, 2011

By far the weakest of the series - and not because of the shorter length - this text seems written solely to earn money from the His Dark Materials name. As a children's book, there is too much bad language and violence to make parents comfortable, and as an adult-oriented novel, the plot is rather thin. All we get is Old Western good cowboy moralizing against bad cowboys, and young characters moralizing against big corporations. The only female spares no talk except about marriage, and then she needs the protagonist to explain it in terms of honor. Even the board game cleverly included in the book is a ripoff of Chutes and Ladders with printing errors. I did enjoy many of the illustrations within the text, but some were just non sequitur images included to lightly tie this story to the much more engaging one about Lyra in the original trilogy.
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