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Once Upon a Time in the North (2008)

by Philip Pullman

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Series: His Dark Materials (prequel)

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Charming read, but unnecessary extension of the series nevertheless. ( )
  _amritasharma_ | Feb 5, 2016 |
It was a pleasure to return to the world of Dark Materials, and I enjoyed the story okay, but it was one of those that, in retrospect, was pretty light (as in: no substance). I've come to expect a little more from Pullman. Hope he doesn't keep pawning off little airy short stories as real books. (Too harsh?) ( )
  bibleblaster | Jan 23, 2016 |
It has been awhile since I read and of the books from this series, but this brought most of it back and I have to say the voice actors were phenomenal (I listened to the audiobook). The story kept me engaged and how can you not love Lee? I would definitely recommend this to people that liked his trilogy! It's worth the read/listen to. ( )
  Beammey | Dec 9, 2015 |
This is a little story about Lee Scoresby as a young aeronaut. He stops by a little town and finds himself pulled into the middle of local politics. Being Lee, things turn crazy fast. This would only be of interest to fans of His Dark Materials, but it was fun seeing him and Iorek Byrnison meet for the first time.

A note on the audio: this was recorded with the full cast from the original trilogy, which was a nice touch. I really felt like I was back in that world. ( )
  melydia | Oct 23, 2015 |
Further adventures of Lee Scoresby, the Texan ballonist, and Iorek Byrnison, the armoured bear in the magical "His dark Materials" universe. ( )
  LindaLiu | Feb 22, 2015 |
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Philip Pullmanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lawrence, JohnIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stensen, DanielleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The battered cargo balloon came in out of a rainstorm over the White Sea, losing height rapidly and swaying in the strong north-west wind as the pilot trimmed the vanes and tried to adjust the gas-valve.
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Lyra Silvertongue's
tale: cowboy meets polar bear
a long time ago.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375845100, Hardcover)

In this new prequel episode from Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials universe, Lee Scoresby--Texan aeronaut and future friend to Lyra Belacqua--is just 24 years old, and he's recently won his hot-air balloon in a poker game. He finds himself floating North to the windswept Arctic island of Novy Odense, where he and his hare daemon Hester are quickly tangled in a deadly plot involving oil magnate Larsen Manganese, corrupt mayoral candidate Ivan Poliakov, and Lee's longtime nemesis from the Dakota Country: Pierre McConville, a hired killer with at least twenty murders to his name.

It's only after Lee forms an alliance with one of the island's reviled armored bears that he can fight to break up the conspiracy in a gun-twirling classic western shoot out--and battle of wits. This exquisite clothbound volume features the illustrations of John Lawrence, a removable board game—Peril of the Pole—on the inside back cover, and a glimpse for Pullman fans into the first friendship of two of the most beloved characters in the His Dark Materials trilogy: Lee Scoresby and armored bear Iorek Byrnison.

(retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:18:46 -0400)

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In a time before Lyra Silvertongue was born, the tough American balloonist Lee Scoresby and the great armoured bear Iorek Byrnison meet when Lee and his hare daemon Hester crash-land their trading balloon onto a port in the far Arctic North and find themselves right in the middle of a political powder keg.… (more)

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