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La Belle Sauvage

by Philip Pullman

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Series: The Book of Dust (1)

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When Malcolm finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust, he finds himself embroiled in a tale of intrigue featuring enforcement agents from the Magisterium, a woman with an evil monkey daemon, and a baby named Lyra.

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I loved the original trilogy, and while I also loved seeing a whole new aspect to the world that Pullman created, I felt like this story was slightly lacking in narration. It often felt a bit jilted, but I did appreciate the darker themes that he dealt with in this book. Needless to say I'm reading the next one and am anticipating the release of the third one later this year! ( )
  viiemzee | Feb 20, 2023 |
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  Fortunesdearest | Oct 23, 2022 |
I'm shocked at how bad this is. It's infantile, even below YA. An entire book of describing in very basic prose the random encounters that continually pop up everywhere the main characters go.

I'd call this fan fiction, but that's giving fan fiction a bad name ( )
  easytarget | Sep 18, 2022 |
I waffled between 2 and 3 stars for this book. In the end, I rate the first half as 3 stars and the last half as 2 stars. I liked the first half because it focused on some new characters in the universe of Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy and extended the universe in interesting ways. The second half of the book was overly long, got weird, and became less about the new characters and more about characters from the original. Overall, I liked it enough that I'll read the next book when it comes out this fall -- more for the universe than for the book itself. ( )
  eri_kars | Jul 10, 2022 |
A little too much like The Odyssey for my liking. Felt formulaic.

Living as I do in Oxford, however, I appreciated that! My kid's school is even mentioned. ( )
  mvolz | Jul 10, 2022 |
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I recognize that my expectations are impossibly high and that, in literature as well as in romance, you cannot return to the exact feeling you had before. I’d like to think that Pullman is biding his time, laying down the groundwork for what is yet to come.

And even with its longueurs, the book is full of wonder. [...] It’s a stunning achievement, the universe Pullman has created and continues to build on. All that remains is to sit tight and wait for the next installment.
added by melmore | editNew York Times, Sarah Lyall (Oct 18, 2017)
The Greeks permeate his writing. Like Odysseus, his new hero, Malcolm, is on a self-appointed quest, fighting off enemies from his boat. (He’s also very unlike Odysseus, being 11 years old, ginger-haired and partial, like Pullman, to woodworking and meat pies.) “The Book of Dust” has other touchstones too: William Blake, the occult, ancient civilizations, East Asia and a eight-minute piece by Borodin called “In the Steppes of Central Asia.” Most of all, Edmund Spenser’s epic, 16th-century allegory, “The Faerie Queene.” Pullman copies the structure of “The Faerie Queene” — strange encounter after strange encounter — but thankfully not its style. When I admitted how I had struggled with the countless pages of archaic verse, Pullman shouted, gleeful, from his seat: “So did I! Couldn’t read it. Couldn’t read it at all until I was doing this.” His own novel is more readable, and earthier, locked into reality by character and geography, Malcolm and Oxford.

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Pullman, Philipprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sanderson, TomCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sheen, MichaelNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tierney, JimAuthor lettering on coversecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Wormell, ChrisIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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