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The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

The Amber Spyglass (2000)

by Philip Pullman

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Series: His Dark Materials (3)

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    The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (Leishai)
    Leishai: Also a story about fantasy with another world
  2. 10
    Cold Fire by Kate Elliott (Jen448)
  3. 21
    The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers (Leishai)
  4. 10
    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (thebookpile)
  5. 00
    The Once and Future King by T. H. White (themulhern)
    themulhern: This book follows a similar trajectory to the HDM trilogy, starting out fairly light and bright and growing gradually more somber, mature, and troubled.
  6. 11
    Lycidas by Christoph Marzi (Leishai)

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A silly book. ( )
  middlemarchhare | Nov 25, 2015 |
A terrific conclusion to a series that expands so many great fantasy and philosophical elements. The last book moves quickly along, tying up all the characters drives and ambitions, into a fitting end to their story. The thing I like most about this YA series, is that there are layers and layers of meaning spread throughout the books. Religion plays a big role in the series, and at times does seem to have an anti-organized religion aspect to it, but in the end it became more clear that the message was think for yourself and be open minded. There were other great messages, like people can change, making sacrifices, and best thing you can do in life is to be compassionate. The series pushes the message really of just try to get along with each other. Have tolerance, appreciate differences, and help each other out. Nothing is pushed to hard though, and anybody could enjoy these books and be able to get something new out of it with every read through. ( )
  renbedell | Nov 21, 2015 |
In my opinion, The Amber Spyglass is the best of the series. ( )
  lunaluxor | Oct 29, 2015 |
I'll write a review later; I'm dealing with my feelings and ideas still. 5 stars for absolutely amazing. ( )
  engpunk77 | Aug 10, 2015 |
Pullman's attitude to God would probably be of interest to a psychologist and he obviously doesn't like Christians. It's this which will probably date the book in the same way that a fondness for racism will date a book read today. Northern Lights worked so well because there was such a sense of mystery but here all is revealed and unfortunately the central conceit is rather silly.

Having said that it's well written and highly readable with an imaginative story and some great visual effects. ( )
  Lukerik | May 17, 2015 |
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And as the bumpy journey among these dark materials comes to an end, there is the most moving of scenes: all fantasy subdued and only human frailty revealed in the real world of Oxford's Botanic Garden.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Pullman, Philipprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bützow, HeleneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bruno, FrancescoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pullman, PhilipNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.

    Robert Grant, from Hymns Ancient and Modern.
O stars,
isn't it from you that the lover's desire for the face
of his beloved arises? Doesn't his secret insight
into her pure features come from pure constellations?

    Ranier Maria Rilke, The Third Elegy.
    From The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (transl. Stephen Michell)
Fine vapors escape from whatever is doing the living.
The night is cold and delicate and full of angels
Pounding down the living. The factories are all lit up,
The chime goes unheard.
We are together at last, though far apart.

    John Ashbery, The Ecclesiast.
    From River and Mountains.
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In a valley shaded with rhododendrons, close to the snow line, where a stream milky with melt-water splashed and where doves and linnets flew among the immense pines, lay a cave, half-hidden by the crag above and the stiff heavy leaves that clustered below.
I used to be a nun, you see. I thought physics could be done to the glory of God, till I saw there wasn't any God at all and that physics was more interesting anyway. The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that's all.
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In the astonishing finale to the His Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra and Will are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone. All the while, Dr. Mary Malone builds a magnificent Amber Spyglass. An assassin hunts her down, and Lord Asriel, with a troop of shining angels, fights his mighty rebellion, in a battle of strange allies—and shocking sacrifice.

As war rages and Dust drains from the sky, the fate of the living—and the dead—finally comes to depend on two children and the simple truth of one simple story.
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Heroine suffers.
But in the end it's only

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Lyra and Will find themselves at the center of a battle between the forces of the Authority and those gathered by Lyra's father, Lord Asriel.

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