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Lyra's Oxford by Philip Pullman

Lyra's Oxford (original 2003; edition 2017)

by Philip Pullman (Author)

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Title:Lyra's Oxford
Authors:Philip Pullman (Author)
Info:Doubleday Childrens (2017), 80 pages
Collections:Your library, Lewes
Tags:read in 2018

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Lyra's Oxford by Philip Pullman (2003)

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    Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman (rosylibrarian)
    rosylibrarian: Both books are related to Pullman's 'His Dark Materials' series and reference many of its beloved characters.

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This is a quick little peek into Lyra's life after the events of the third book. So quick that it should be called 3.25. I fail to see how it really connects to anything or adds to the world. It was nice to simply read more about her and Pan though.

I'm glad I got this book for a few bucks though. I think it would be better suited as part of a larger collection of shorts and such.

My edition did come with an awesome pull out map, as well as little illustrations and mock page clippings. I loved these touches. ( )
  MillieHennessy | Dec 4, 2017 |
A quick little story set in the world of The Golden Compass. Unfortunately, it's a cash grab. The story is so brief, I read it in 15 minutes. Though the hardcover has a few interesting extras tucked into it, such as a foldout map of Lyra's Oxford, its just not worth the $12.99 retail. Had this been bundled together with the other short story released as a hardcover, it would have been worth it. As it is, this just isn't worth the cost (even for the paperback). ( )
  jshillingford | Sep 19, 2017 |
More than anything, Lyra's Oxford is a tease. It's a mini-adventure for Lyra, as she attempts to help a witch's daemon find the alchemist that he is looking for. Some of the things I loved most about Northern Lights are certainly here - the slightly fantastical Oxford of her world, the hints of magic and Lyra being her old, irresistible self - but as soon as it begins it is over again.

His Dark Materials is such a well-loved series that this in itself is a shame. The book is just a taste of this world, reminding the reader of why Northern Lights was so popular, but as a "sequel" to the series it is a lacking. There is only the smallest of mentions to Will and due to length of the story, it's certainly not as deep and meaningful as the main series. While the story did have an obvious message, it was delivered a bit heavy-handedly in its opening paragraph.

Yet this book is a lovely gift for a fan of the series as the hard-backed version does contain some beautiful maps and inserts, as well as the lovely cloth cover. It's been hinted that some parts of this story may be significant to The Books of Dust as well, so perhaps it does have some hidden importance that will become clear next month! ( )
  ArkhamReviews | Sep 12, 2017 |
Not up to the standard of the rest of the series. ( )
  ndpmcIntosh | Mar 21, 2016 |
Lyra's Oxford is a short story that is part of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials series. It is set in the alternative Oxford and takes place after the trilogy. Lyra is now in college, and while she and Pantaliamon are relaxing on the roof of her dormitory, they see a daemon bird that is being chased by a flock of starlings. Lyra tries to save the bird, whose name is Ragi, and who says that he needs to see an alchemist named Sebastian Makepeace. Lyra understands that Ragi must be a witch's daemon as witches are the only people whose daemons can travel far from them. Ragi must see Sebastian to get a cure for Yelena Pazhets, the witch. Lyra and Pan agree to help, and they all start out to look for Sebastian. Lyra, Pan, and Ragi find Sebastian's house; however, things are not as they seem.

This was a cute story about Lyra. I enjoyed learning a little more about Lyra and her relationship with the world around her. I believe this story could be read as a stand-alone, however, it will be more enjoyed by those who are familiar with the His Dark Materials stories. ( )
  rretzler | Feb 29, 2016 |
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In this tiny, tantalizing sequel to the trilogy ''His Dark Materials,'' Philip Pullman is flying without a net -- or, rather, without the help of such flamboyant creations as a knife that can cut through worlds and a machine that can reveal truth from lies.

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'...Oxford, where the real and the unreal jostle in the streets; where North Parade is in the south and South Parade is in the north, where Paradise is lost under a pumping station; where the river mists have a solvent and vivifying effect on the stone of the ancient buildings, so that the gargoyles of Magdalen College climb down at night and fight with those from Wykeham, or the fish under the bridges, or simply change their expressions overnight; Oxford, where windows open into other worlds...'
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Lyra didn't often climb out of her bedroom window these days.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375843698, Paperback)

Attention all serious book collectors and fans of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials. This undoubtedly beautiful package--cloth-bound in a classy red and adorned by numerous illustrations by master engraver and illustrator John Lawrence--is a must-purchase. A pint-sized pocket volume, Lyra's Oxford packages together a short story set in the same universe as his famous trilogy, a fold-out map of the alternate-reality city of Oxford, a short brochure for a cruise to The Levant aboard the S.S. Zenobia, and a postcard from the inventor of the amber spyglass, Mary Malone. Pullman, in his introduction, suggests that the peripheral items within "might be connected with the story, or they might not; they might be connected to stories that haven’t appeared yet. It's difficult to tell."

A very sumptuous and lovingly crafted but tantalizingly brief book , Lyra's Oxford begins when Lyra and Pantalaimon spot a witch's daemon called Ragi being pursued over the rooftops of Oxford by a frenzied pack of birds. The daemon heads straight for Lyra (the creature was given Lyra’s name as somebody who might help) and is given shelter. Together Lyra and Pan try to guide the daemon to the home of Sebastian Makepeace—an alchemist living in a part of Oxford known as Jericho--but it is a journey fraught with more danger than they had at first anticipated. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay

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Lyra and Pantalaimon (now a pine-marten) are back at Oxford. But their peace is shattered by Ragi, the daemon of the witch Yelena, who is searching for a healing elixir to cure his witch.

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