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Northern Lights (1995)

by Philip Pullman

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Series: His Dark Materials (1)

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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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YA fantasy fiction; not my cuppa tea ( )
  dualmon | Nov 17, 2021 |
I have to agree with Laura. I enjoyed reading it, but it never really grabbed me. Of course, I was quite ill most of the time I was reading it so that may have had something to do with it. I found the writing to be good in most places, but his explanations made things to simplistic at times. ( )
  LeBleuUn | Nov 14, 2021 |
I'm throwing in the towel at 56%. I really wanted to like this, but it was just too boring and slow. My reading time is too precious to spend it on books that I dread picking up. ( )
  KrakenTamer | Oct 23, 2021 |
2.5 stars ( )
  Annrosenzweig | Oct 15, 2021 |
A pretty good YA fantasy romp with a dose of atheistic agenda. Overall I really liked this book and Pullman's personal politics weren't so front and center that I couldn't enjoy the book. I love the setting and the protagonist, Lyra, is great. The inclusion of academicians and scientists is always nice and I love that it's a pseduo-stempunky yet magicky yet sciencey world. A nice self contained read but unfortunately I'm going to torture myself with the sequels. O, and gotta love those gyptians, panserbjorne, Texans, witches, and daemons. That pretty much sums the story up... ( )
  nosborm | Oct 10, 2021 |
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As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension. This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next installment of Lyra's adventures.
 

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Pullman, Philipprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Astrologo, MarinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bailey, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baylay, KateCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bützow, HeleneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beck, IanIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beck, Rufussecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Berdage, RoserTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Borbás, Máriasecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Brooks, TerryIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rohmann, EricCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rooijen, Quirijn denEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Sahlin, OlleTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ströle, WolfgangÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Targo, LindaToimetaja.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Into this wild abyss,
The womb of nature and perhaps her grave,
Of neither sea, not 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
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Lyra and her dæmon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen.
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We are all subject to the fates. But we must all act as if we are not...or die of despair.
...this was in the seventeenth century.  Symbols and emblems were everywhere. Buildings and pictures were designed to be read like books.  Everything stood for something else.; if you had the right dictionary you could read Nature itself.
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Northern Lights was published in the US as The Golden Compass
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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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In a universe somewhat like our own, children are beginning to disappear from cities around England. For Lyra Belacqua, a half-wild orphan girl living at Jordan College, Oxford, the kidnappings are just another excuse for games, battles and tall stories - until her best friend Roger is reported missing. Vowing to rescue him, Lyra embarks upon a journey to the savage North, where physicists and theologians alike are conducting controversial research into the nature of something known only as 'Dust'. Apart from her friends the gyptians, her only guide is a curious golden instrument called an alethiometer. If she is to survive her ordeal, she will have to learn to interpret its cryptic and peculiar messages. 432
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