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The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
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Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year.

Please join us if you can!

-- Discussion on blog: February 28th
-- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read on Twitter.

More details on the blog: http://www.themidnightgarden.net/2014...


My review:

Wildly imaginative and thrilling, this complex and beautiful story follows brave, fierce Lyra Belacqua in her quest to save her childhood friend. The book is filled with dazzling adventure and marvelous inventiveness, as well as many scenes that will fill readers with utter horror and pity.

There are witches, gypsies, daemons, and best of all--armored polar bears! The warrior bears have a spectacular battle scene towards the end that still shakes me to the core when I read it. There aren't words enough to describe what an important work of literature this is, not only for children, but also for thinking, feeling, dreaming adults as well.
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Finished Reading
September 16, 2009 – Shelved

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message 1: by Jo (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jo I really need to re-read this series, it has to be one of my all time favourites.
I love Philip Pullman, he's really down to earth aswell!

Wendy Darling I really want to re-read this one, too. Somehow whenever I start to do it, I make it through the first book and then get distracted. Have you met PP?? That must've been amazing!

message 3: by Jo (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jo I've not met him properly but he had an honorary degree at my university and he regularly visited the English department to talk about his writing.
But he always stayed behind to answer questions and he was really enthusiastic and you could tell he actually wanted to be there not just had to, if you get me?
My friend studied creative writing and she got to go to a writing class lead by him! Needless to say, I was so jealous!

Wendy Darling That's so nice to hear (er, the enthusiastic part, that is). And sweet heaven, to study creative writing under Philip Pullman! The mind boggles.

I've only visited Oxford once--it was so lovely. I picked up a copy of Lyra's Oxford long ago with the idea of someday going back and seeing it through her eyes!

message 5: by Jo (new) - rated it 5 stars

Jo I've never been to Oxford! I'd love to go though.
I always see Lyra's Oxford in my library but I've never read it! Might have to pick it up next time... I love Lyra, she's definitely one of my favourite heroines.

Wendy Darling I love Lyra, she's definitely one of my favourite heroines.

Likewise. I love that she's prickly and defiant, but so full of courage and love and compassion and loyalty as well. Such a great character.

Wendy Darling FML. You haven't read this yet, Cillian? It is GORGEOUS. It still makes me anxious when I read it.

Ceilidh Wendy Darling wrote: "FML. You haven't read this yet, Cillian? It is GORGEOUS. It still makes me anxious when I read it."

It's so amazing. Have y'all listened to it on audiobook? It's a fantastic recording, full cast, really awesome. PP does the main narration, so that's of the good

Diamond Ooh I wanna join! I was thinking I'd like to reread this :)

Wendy Darling Ceilidh--I have not! I think I may do the audiobook for this readalong, because several people have told me how wonderful it is.

Dee--you totally should! It's going to be SO much fun. :)

message 11: by Fry (new)

Fry I've read this so many times in the past 17 years, though I never continue onto the other two (only ever finished Subtle Knife twice and Amber Spyglass once).

message 12: by Angela (new) - added it

Angela I've been meaning to re-read this forever now - I'm going to try and join in :)

Wendy Darling Exactly the same for me, Fry--I've reread the first book many times, but have never been able to face up to sequels again. Someday I intend to do it, though. (view spoiler)

Angela--yay! Please do. :) The more the merrier.

Ceilidh Wendy Darling wrote: "Ceilidh--I have not! I think I may do the audiobook for this readalong, because several people have told me how wonderful it is.

Dee--you totally should! It's going to be SO much fun. :)"

It's great, I recently listened to all three in the trilogy, so, so good...

message 15: by Kate (new)

Kate I'm considering giving this another shot just for you Wendy. Well, also Caitlin. but mostly you.

Wendy Darling I would be honored, Kate. And I promise to be nice, hah.

♥ Charlotte ♥ What kind of age group is this? I've always looked at it as more of a elementary-middle school level book, but I've never read it, or even heard much about it.

♔Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ Veronica Ƹ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒ ♔ Its shelved in our young adult section although the serie's protagonists are of middle school age if I remember correctly...

Wendy Darling Exactly what Veronica says, Lee. I consider these more YA (themes, writing, depth, etc), although the protagonist is younger--and I suppose in some ways the circumstances are more MG as well. It's one of those books that really straddles the age categories, and I'd recommend it for all ages, really.

message 20: by Danielle. (new) - added it

Danielle. I'm happy to read that you and the ladies at The Midnight Garden will be hosting a read along for The Golden Compass! I've been meaning to read this book for quite some time now so I'll definitely check this out and participate! :)

message 21: by Tara (new) - rated it 3 stars

Tara I have a copy of Northern Lights and I have only just realised that they are the same book. I have had this on my to read pile for such a long time and this is the perfect excuse to start reading!

Matthew Hunter Have fun with the group read Wendy! I read the series so recently, but I might just have to pop in for the discussion. Thanks for the heads up!


Wendy Darling Lady Danielle and Tara--it's the perfect time to read it! It's a snowy, beautiful book, plus we'll be here to hug you when you need it.

Thank you, Matthew! You're one of my favorite people, so I'd love for you to chat with us about the book if you can. :)

message 24: by Tara (new) - rated it 3 stars

Tara I live in Australia where it is ridiculously hot so maybe reading a snowy book under the air conditioner is the best thing for me to do right now. I look forward to the discussion :)

message 25: by Danielle. (last edited Jan 18, 2014 01:30AM) (new) - added it

Danielle. Wendy, a snowy read sounds good now, LA has been a bit too warm for me lately.

Though, Tara, I can't imagine being in the same weather you're having there. I hate the heat.

Shera (Book Whispers) HOw fun! I read this way back when, but never bothered finishing the series.

Sarah I picked this up a few days ago to re-read it quite randomly. Maybe I should get back to it. This has long been one my favorite YA trilogies, and I think was one my earliest intros to steampunkish type elements.

Wendy Darling Tara--I do the same thing sometimes in reading books that are the temperature I want to be! I'm glad you're going to join us for the discussion.

Lady Danielle--it has been unseasonably warm here, even for us. I've been so sick that I've only been outside twice in the last 3 weeks, though, so I rather enjoyed the sunlight when I was outdoors.

Shera--It's funny, I've only read books 2 and 3 once, but I've read Golden Compass at least a half a dozen times. It's definitely my favorite.

Sarah--Oh yay! I hope you will continue with the reread and pop in to chat with us. This book means a great deal to me, and I think this was one of my first steampunk books, too. Plus ICE BEARS.

message 29: by K (new) - rated it 5 stars

K This series is fabulous. One of my favourites. It's everything na adventure book should be and its extremely enchanting. Plus, it is not "overly simplified" because it is for children.It shows all the grey ares and the complexities about them. I must re-read it!

Tabitha My love for this series teetered out by the end of book two unfortunately.

message 31: by Zefi (new) - rated it 5 stars

Zefi Too bad I wasn't a member of Goodreads at the beginning of the year, I'd definitely have joined in the re-reading! I might do it now though... I also always wanted to write a paper on this book, might be a good time to go back to it again :D
I read it for the first time when I was 11 and then again at 13 but never as an adult.
I remember the deep emotional and mental impression it had on me and how it did, on some levels as your friend says, contribute to my developing character, especially when it comes to responsibility, freedom and religion (it did not make me an atheist if some people worry about that - that seed was there before I got to that awesome book :P)

message 32: by lynx (new) - rated it 5 stars

lynx i love this book, on of my faves!

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