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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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A fun, short companion read for those who have already read His Dark Materials. Read the whole thing in under an hour.
  brianinseattle | Oct 1, 2014 |
Just an afterword to the trilogy. Well written, but at some level very little happens. The book, as opposed to the audiobook, is accompanied by some amusing bits of miscellaneous documents from Lyra's world and possibly from others. ( )
  themulhern | Dec 14, 2013 |
"Tantalizingly brief," indeed. Can't wait for The Book of Dust but that won't be anytime soon. And though I can't help wanting more, the end of The Amber Spyglass was so heartbreakingly perfect...how will he top it? Will have to wait and see... ( )
  JennyArch | Apr 3, 2013 |
Good chill out read in between books and a great, light follow on read from Pullman's trilogy "His Dark Materials'. Enjoyed pulling out the map and the extras - postcard, dictionary page etc added to the mystique of Oxford in earlier times. ( )
  rata | Feb 12, 2013 |
Don't read this expecting the epic grandeur of the final battle in The Amber Spyglass. Instead, take this for what it is: as the title suggests, this is a glimpse of Lyra Silvertongue's home town. So, we get a map, which it is instructive to compare with its modern fold-out, full-colour relief counterpart in this world. We get the deliciously realistic post-cards and brochures and cruise timetables that support what we know from the trilogy and hint at what we don't. And we have, almost incidentally, a short dream-like story that shows that, for Lyra back in her own world, things aren't as happy ever after as we might have expected.

Yes, it is a mild disappointment if you were looking for more action. But, on the plus side, the hardback is a handsome volume to own, to hold, to peruse; and, along with Once Upon a Time in the North, it shows that Pullman has not abandoned the worlds that, God-like, he has created and that in time we may hope for something a little more substantial than these tasters. ( )
5 vote ed.pendragon | Jul 1, 2011 |
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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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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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