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Lyra's Oxford by Philip Pullman

Lyra's Oxford (2003)

by Philip Pullman

Other authors: John Lawrence (Illustrator)

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Series: His Dark Materials (sequel)

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    Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman (rosylibrarian)
    rosylibrarian: Both books are related to Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' series and reference many of its beloved characters.

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Not up to the standard of the rest of the series. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Lyra's Oxford is a short story that is part of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series. It is set in the alternative Oxford and takes place after the trilogy. Lyra is now in college, and while she and Pantaliamon are relaxing on the roof of her dormitory, they see a daemon bird that is being chased by a flock of starlings. Lyra tries to save the bird, whose name is Ragi, and who says that he needs to see an alchemist named Sebastian Makepeace. Lyra understands that Ragi must be a witch's daemon as witches are the only people whose daemons can travel far from them. Ragi must see Sebastian to get a cure for Yelena Pazhets, the witch. Lyra and Pan agree to help, and they all start out to look for Sebastian. Lyra, Pan, and Ragi find Sebastian's house; however, things are not as they seem.

This was a cute story about Lyra. I enjoyed learning a little more about Lyra and her relationship with the world around her. I believe this story could be read as a stand-alone, however, it will be more enjoyed by those who are familiar with the His Dark Materials stories. ( )
  rretzler | Feb 29, 2016 |
Just a fun, really short story, but it made me anxious to read The Golden Compass again! I'd forgotten how good that series is.
  mirikayla | Feb 8, 2016 |
A short story from the "His Dark Materials" world. I had a great time with the trilogy, so it was a pleasure to return...and to see what Lyra was up to after all the big events. ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
I'm not quite clear on why this is called Lyra's Oxford when it only contains a short story called Lyra and the Birds. The introduction implies that the other inserts are what changes the title, but I'm not convinced. Anyway, this takes place a couple years after The Amber Spyglass. It's a nice addition to the series, and the ephemera - the map, the postcard, etc. - are a very nice touch. I'd probably appreciate them even more if I was at all familiar with the real Oxford, but that's okay. They're still charming. Definitely recommended for fans of the original trilogy. ( )
  melydia | Jan 17, 2016 |
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In this tiny, tantalizing sequel to the trilogy ''His Dark Materials,'' Philip Pullman is flying without a net -- or, rather, without the help of such flamboyant creations as a knife that can cut through worlds and a machine that can reveal truth from lies.

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Philip Pullmanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lawrence, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Stensen, DaniëlleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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'...Oxford, where the real and the unreal jostle in the streets; where North Parade is in the south and South Parade is in the north, where Paradise is lost under a pumping station; where the river mists have a solvent and vivifying effect on the stone of the ancient buildings, so that the gargoyles of Magdalen College climb down at night and fight with those from Wykeham, or the fish under the bridges, or simply change their expressions overnight; Oxford, where windows open into other worlds...'
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Lyra didn't often climb out of her bedroom window these days.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375843698, Paperback)

Attention all serious book collectors and fans of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. This undoubtedly beautiful package--cloth-bound in a classy red and adorned by numerous illustrations by master engraver and illustrator John Lawrence--is a must-purchase. A pint-sized pocket volume, Lyra's Oxford packages together a short story set in the same universe as his famous trilogy, a fold-out map of the alternate-reality city of Oxford, a short brochure for a cruise to The Levant aboard the S.S. Zenobia, and a postcard from the inventor of the amber spyglass, Mary Malone. Pullman, in his introduction, suggests that the peripheral items within "might be connected with the story, or they might not; they might be connected to stories that haven’t appeared yet. It's difficult to tell."

A very sumptuous and lovingly crafted but tantalizingly brief book , Lyra's Oxford begins when Lyra and Pantalaimon spot a witch's daemon called Ragi being pursued over the rooftops of Oxford by a frenzied pack of birds. The daemon heads straight for Lyra (the creature was given Lyra’s name as somebody who might help) and is given shelter. Together Lyra and Pan try to guide the daemon to the home of Sebastian Makepeace—an alchemist living in a part of Oxford known as Jericho--but it is a journey fraught with more danger than they had at first anticipated. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay

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Lyra and Pantalaimon (now a pine-marten) are back at Oxford. But, their peace is shattered by Ragi, the daemon of the witch Yelena, who is searching for a healing elixir to cure his witch.

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