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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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Awesome. Great page-turner. ( )
  Jimbookbuff1963 | Jun 5, 2021 |
After hearing about the religious controversy surrounding this series, I was interested. After the Catholic League described it as “Atheism for kids”, I added it to my list. The movie (which is OK, aside from rewriting the ending, and removing all mentions of religion) didn’t do it justice though. If the thought of children going off to kill god in parallel universes sounds interesting, check these out. ( )
  adamfortuna | May 28, 2021 |
Still as great as the first time I read it. I love how it's in a totally different world, yet Oxford still exists. Listening to it in Audio form was strange. I'm not sure audio books are for me. While it was cool, and I loved the full cast, I found it difficult to zone out with it being read in my ear. Some of the voices were odd, like Pan's, while others seemed so lifelike, like Mrs. Coulter's or the bear's. ( )
  afrozenbookparadise | Apr 22, 2021 |
The Catholic Church doesn't like this book - pretty much everyone else will. This is the beginning of a brilliant retelling of John Milton's long and boring epic, Paradise Lost. ( )
  illmunkeys | Apr 22, 2021 |
The first in the trilogy of His Dark Materials, this is an introduction to Lyra and the start of her adventures in search of Lord Asriel and the unlikely friends she meets along the way. Her resilience and determination to do what is right, whatever the cost to herself is endearing. The innocence and honesty of childhood against the corruption and hatred of her world.

I liked Lyra and felt she was shouldering a responsibility too great for her. Her journey and the friends she makes who pitch in to help her are lovely. It shows the power of friendship. Told in a frank and honest way, all the characters are well developed and Lyra's friends are ones you come to love as she does. They all show her courage, wisdom, trust and love, so you know that she is not actually alone. With all the adventure and dangers she encounters there is plenty of variety and never a dull moment. ( )
  Matacabras | Apr 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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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
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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Ströle, WolfgangÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Torrescasana, AlbertTranslatorsecondary 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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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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