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The Subtle Knife (1997)

by Philip Pullman

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Series: His Dark Materials (2)

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As the boundaries between worlds begin to dissolve, Lyra and her daemon help Will Parry in his search for his father and for a powerful, magical knife.
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I pointed out in my review of [b:The Golden Compass|119322|The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)|Philip Pullman|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1290482272s/119322.jpg|1536771] that the Dark Materials trilogy to me isn't really three books but one book split in three. At first this book seems like a real left hand turn. Will Parry takes centre stage, and he's just as complicated a character as Lyra, but living in what seems to be modern day London. Like Lyra, he seems to be a good person who does bad things for good reasons - with some interesting complete contrasts. For instance, Lyra saves a life early on in book one, Will takes one. I wonder about the chronology here - I see elements of so many other novels in this one. There's shades of [b:Lord of the Flies|7624|Lord of the Flies|William Golding|http://photo.goodreads.com/books/1165637417s/7624.jpg|2766512] , and the Thomas Covenant series for instance. Who begat who?

This book is shorter, and starts to answer the questions brought up in book one, but leaves each answer incomplete. It's this book that turns the adventure epic, and multiplies the threads of tales. Nobody could read this one and not continue on to book three. ( )
  furicle | Aug 5, 2023 |
Geen vijf sterren vanwege soms wel vergezochte dingen wat de wereld betreft. De karakters en de vaart in het verhaal maken echter veel goed ( )
  weaver-of-dreams | Aug 1, 2023 |
First book: good. Second: just a bridge to the third? I won't know how I feel about it until I finish the series, I suppose, but on its own it's just... adequate.
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
Good sequel. Focuses on a new lead, and so feels very different from the first novel. Although I have sympathy for Will, I find I don't like him much.

This book is where the bigger plot is explained and the links to the major characters and events to come are made. It is still written well, and engages and intrigues it's audience. While it's plot it's revealed to swing largely into religious rhetoric, the impact will depend upon the reader. ( )
  calenmarwen | May 29, 2023 |
I don't know what took me so long to read this trilogy!!! I loved loved loved Book 2! I will certainly be looking into other works by Philip Pullman after this! ( )
  LynnHansen | May 22, 2023 |
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J. R. R. Tolkien, the granddaddy of modern high fantasy, asserted that the best fantasy writing is marked by ''arresting strangeness.'' Philip Pullman measures up; his work is devilishly inventive. His worlds teem with angels, witches, humans, animal familiars, talking bears and Specters, creatures resembling deadly airborne jellyfish... Put Philip Pullman on the shelf with Ursula K. Le Guin, Susan Cooper, Lloyd Alexander, at least until we get to see Volume 3.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Pullman, Philipprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bailey, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bützow, HeleneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nielsen, CliffCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Peterson, EricCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rohmann, EricCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ströle, WolframÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tutino, AlfredoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Will tugged at his mother's hand and said, "Come on, come on..." But his mother hung back.
“I’m only an ignorant aëronaut. I’m so damn ignorant I believed it when I was told that shamans had the gift of flight, for example. Yet here’s a shaman who hasn’t.”

“Oh, but I have.”

“How d’you make that out?”

The balloon was drifting lower, and the ground was rising. […]

“I needed to fly,” said Grumman, “so I summoned you, and here I am, flying.”
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As the boundaries between worlds begin to dissolve, Lyra and her daemon help Will Parry in his search for his father and for a powerful, magical knife.

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