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by Philip Pullman

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Title:His Dark Materials 3 Volume Set Folio Society the Golden Compass, the Subtle Knife, the Amber Spyglass
Authors:Philip Pullman
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His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

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    The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis (guurtjesboekenkast, BrileyOC)
    BrileyOC: Both series provide excellent fantastical escapism as well as profound (though different) religious viewpoints.
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    Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J. K. Rowling (guurtjesboekenkast)
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    Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling (guurtjesboekenkast)
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    Paradise Lost by John Milton (Jannes)
    Jannes: Not for your average young reader of Pullman, I would imagine, but Milton is a great read if you want to get to the stuff that inspired His Dark Materials. It's not as difficult a read as you would imagine, either, if you just give yourself some time to adjust to the style.… (more)
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    Monster Blood Tattoo, Book 1: Foundling by D. M. Cornish (Bitter_Grace)
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    Titus Alone / Gormenghast / Titus Groan by Mervyn Peake (Lirmac)
    Lirmac: The gothic world of Lyra's Oxford shares a certain similarity with the miles of mouldering masonry that is Gormenghast.
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    Archivist Wasp by Nicole Kornher-Stace (wosret)
    wosret: Take a journey through through the underworld; there's more to reality than you know.
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    Dust City by Robert Paul Weston (kaledrina)
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    Hollow City by Ransom Riggs (thenothing)
    thenothing: Hollow City could easy be fan fiction of His Dark Materials
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"The Golden Compass" is the first in a trilogy of books about a world much like our own, but with key differences. For one thing, no human is ever completely alone because each one has a daemon -- an animal companion that is a part of them, like a soul. The main character, Lyra Belacqua, is an 11 year-old who finds herself at the center of a growing confrontation between the forces of evil and good. There are similarities with the Harry Potter books, though Pullman's book comes off as more profound than Rowling's series. It will be interesting to see where it goes. ( )
  Marse | Apr 12, 2019 |
If these are children’s books, then I’m not the intended audience. Still, I found them very interesting as the quantum mechanics and religious philosophy wandered in. The main character/characters are believable despite the settings, and they behave as the reader would wish to behave himself. The blend of fairy tale, fantasy, and sermon does not quite smooth itself out, however. Some of the descriptions of the setting, to make things realistic, are a bit too simplistic and stock, especially in the midst of the fantastic events. One section stood out awkwardly for me, the description of a character climbing a giant tree. It seemed like a recollection of the author’s own mountain climbing adventure, not the character’s. Also, the final battle scene was weak, not because any possible creature or weapon was left out, but because describing such a Ragnarok/Armageddon is difficult. However, the end of the book recovers its style and resolved the fate of the characters nicely. Overall, its obvious why these books are such a success. ( )
  drardavis | Dec 7, 2018 |
Read this years ago ... loved it. ( )
  ReneePaule | Jan 23, 2018 |
Philip Pullman's dazzling trilogy is a dark adventure story on one level; on another, it is an epic tale of rebellion, vengeance, religious repression and the power of destiny. While the first book is better than your average children's fantasy adventure, that is still the category it fits into most comfortably. The second book allows Pullman to play with some of the myriad alternative universes on offer, while also setting in motion the drama that unfolds in the complex, daring third book. Pullman's scope is magnificent and the trilogy has a final battle to rival anything we've seen in the cinema. Powerful, philosophical and deeply satisfying. ( )
  TheIdleWoman | Dec 8, 2017 |
These books are amazing, The Golden Compass was the fist book that ever made me cry. This set of books is giant and it was the first "big book" that I ever read. I was just going to read the first one but I loved it so much that I just kept on reading. ( )
  Samantha_D | Jul 16, 2017 |
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For The Golden Compass:

Into this wild abyss,
The womb of nature and perhaps her grave,
Of neither sea, nor shore, nor air, nor fire,
But all these in their pregnant causes mixed
Confusedly, and which thus must ever fight,
Unless the almighty maker them ordain
His dark materials to create more worlds,
Into this wild abyss the wary fiend
Stood on the brink of hell and looked a while,
Pondering his voyage...

--John Milton, Paradise Lost, Book II

For The Amber Spyglass:

The morning comes, the night decays, the watchmen leave their stations;
The grave is burst, the spices shed, the linen wrapped up;
The bones of death, the cov'ring clay, the sinews shrunk & dry'd
Reviving shake, inspiring move, breathing, awakening,
Spring like redeemed captives when their bonds & bars are burst,
Let the slave grinding at the mill run out into the field,
Let him look up into the heavens & laugh in the bright air;
Let the inchained soul, shut up in darkness and in sighing,
Whose face has never seen a smile in thirty weary years,
Rise and look out; his chains are loose, his dungeon doors are open;
And let his wife and children return from the oppressor's scourge.
They look behind at every step & believe it is a dream,
Singing: "The Sun has left his blackness & has found a fresher morning,
And the fair Moon rejoices in the clear & cloudless night;
For Empire is no more, and now the Lion & Wolf shall cease."

--from "America: A Prophecy" by William Blake

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 the pure constellations?

--from "The Third Elegy" by Rainer Maria Rilke, translated by Stephen Mitchell

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.

--from "The Ecclesiast" by John Ashbery
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Lyra and her daemon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen. (Northern lights)
Will tugged at his mother's hand and said, "Come on, come on..." (The subtle knife)
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. (The amber spyglass)
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This work is all three books (Northern Lights aka The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass) in one volume.
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In the epic trilogy His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman unlocks the door to worlds parallel to our own. Dæmons and winged creatures live side by side with humans, and a mysterious entity called Dust just might have the power to unite the universes--if it isn't destroyed first. The three books in Pullman's heroic fantasy series, published as mass-market paperbacks with new covers, are united here in one boxed set that includes The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. Join Lyra, Pantalaimon, Will, and the rest as they embark on the most breathtaking, heartbreaking adventure of their lives. The fate of the universe is in their hands. (Ages 13 and older)

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Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

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