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The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman
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The Amber Spyglass (2000)

by Philip Pullman (Author)

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Series: His Dark Materials (3)

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    Leishai: Also a story about fantasy with another world
  2. 10
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    The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers (Leishai)
  4. 10
    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (thebookpile)
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    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.
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    Lycidas by Christoph Marzi (Leishai)
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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 |
A fitting end to the multifaceted, imaginative and gripping series. The fact that the story got extremely complicated and then resolved all the mysteries in the last couple of chapters only adds to its charm, really (they searched for the Authority for three books length, yet they dealt with him in, like, 5 minutes).

Lyra bugged me a little the first half of the book (a lot of which she kind of slept through), but she kept growing on me as she herself kept growing up. I liked the bit about Lyra and Will realizing how much they loved each other - and all the decisions they had to made were heartbreaking and too tough for twelve-year-olds.

Actually, there were so many moments that broke my heart that my admiration for Philip Pullman's storytelling has no limits. His characters, being not only humans, but also witches, and armored bears, and little people, and people who look like animals, and monsters and harpies, are all complicated in their own way and as real as they could possibly be in a fantasy novel.

In conclusion, I only have praise for this story, its plot and its characters, and I would recommend it to anyone who is hungry for some fantastic adventures, mystery, and heartbreak. ( )
1 vote v_allery | Apr 19, 2015 |
A bittersweet ending that couldn't have really gone differently. Overall, exceptionally enjoyable. ( )
  benuathanasia | Dec 22, 2014 |
Philip Pullman's writing is superb. This final book is exciting and does not disappoint the reader who is hoping for a complex ending. ( )
  greatbookescapes | Nov 20, 2014 |
Philip Pullman's writing is superb. This final book is exciting and does not disappoint the reader who is hoping for a complex ending. ( )
  greatbookescapes | Nov 20, 2014 |
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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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Pullman, PhilipAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bützow, HeleneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bruno, FrancescoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pullman, PhilipNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Epigraph
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.
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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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The unabridged audio recording is narrated by a full cast, so there are a large number of narrators.
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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
Midi-chlorians.
(Noisy)

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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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