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The Amber Spyglass (2000)

by Philip Pullman

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Series: His Dark Materials (3)

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Lyra and Will find themselves at the center of a battle between the forces of the Authority and those gathered by Lyra's father, Lord Asriel.
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    The Neverending Story by Michael Ende (Leishai)
    Leishai: Also a story about fantasy with another world
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    Sabriel by Garth Nix (Morteana)
  3. 31
    Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke (thebookpile)
  4. 21
    The City of Dreaming Books by Walter Moers (Leishai)
  5. 10
    Cold Fire by Kate Elliott (Jen448)
  6. 11
    Lycidas by Christoph Marzi (Leishai)
  7. 01
    The Once and Future King by T. H. White (themulhern)
    themulhern: This book follows a similar trajectory to the HDM trilogy, starting out fairly light and bright and growing gradually more somber, mature, and troubled.
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Fantastic beyond measure. ( )
  IanMoyes | Aug 23, 2023 |
I really wanted to love this book... but I can't.

It's the weakest of the three, and instead of an epic finish to an epic fantasy, it just wandered out with a whimper.

The authour just keeps pulling characters out of thin air to make a point with, then slots them back on the rack until he needs them later. It's book three by now for goodness sakes, enough setup and world building and start exploring consequences. Almost all the characters feel like a means to an end instead of friends and enemies in a shared journey. Even the ones that are bigger than life and so vivid in book one like the armoured bears and Lee are shadows of their former selves here (pun intended.

If you've read this far you'll have to finish the series, just don't expect too much. Barely a three based more on the better earlier books setup than the actual work in this one. ( )
  furicle | Aug 5, 2023 |
Het is een mooie serie, intrigerend en goed geschreven, maar hier en daar toch echt wat ongeloofwaardig. Het einde vind ik echt heel mooi. Niet alles koek en ei, triest en toch hoopvol.

De beesten van Mary vind ik erg interessant en een grappige uitwerking van de evolutietheorie.

Het vechten tegen een god, hoewel niet zozeer tegen god, maar tegen een engel die de boel heeft overgenomen en een veel grotere rol wil spelen in het lot van individuele mensen en de mensheid als geheel is een interessant thema. Eerlijk gezegd zou ik ook tegen zo'n figuur in opstand komen als ik de kans had. Ik hoop alleen dat ik dan niet zo meedogenloos met andere levens om zou springen.

Wat ik ook een mooi thema vind zijn de grote hoeveelheid ongezonde ouder-kind relaties in de serie. Dat intrigeert me mateloos. Zeker ook de hele tegenstelling tussen volwassenen en kinderen en de uitwerking daarvan. Een psychiater zou er een flinke taak aan hebben om dit uit te pluizen volgens mij.
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  weaver-of-dreams | Aug 1, 2023 |
Esta serie es tan compleja y se cuenta de una forma tan intensa que a ratos da vértigo. Hay de todo, crítica a la religión, brujas, universos paralelos, espantos, inframundo, magia, física, ciencia; es simplemente maravilloso. ( )
  uvejota | Jul 26, 2023 |
Oh, that was worth it. What an absolutely wonderful, enchanting way to look at the world(s). You were right, you were all right! ( )
  Kiramke | Jun 27, 2023 |
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And as the bumpy journey among these dark materials comes to an end, there is the most moving of scenes: all fantasy subdued and only human frailty revealed in the real world of Oxford's Botanic Garden.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Pullman, Philipprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bailey, PeterIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bützow, HeleneTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bruno, FrancescoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rohmann, EricCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ströle, WolframÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tiffert, ReinhardÜbersetzersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tulinius, Gretesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space,
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.

    Robert Grant, from Hymns Ancient and Modern.
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 pure constellations?

    Ranier Maria Rilke, The Third Elegy.
    From The Selected Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke (transl. Stephen Michell)
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.

    John Ashbery, The Ecclesiast.
    From River and Mountains.
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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.
I used to be a nun, you see. I thought physics could be done to the glory of God, till I saw there wasn't any God at all and that physics was more interesting anyway. The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that's all.
“But there’s my mother. I’ve got to go back and look after her. I just left her with Mrs Cooper, and it’s not fair on either of them.”

“But it’s not fair on you to have to do that.”

“No,” he said, “but that’s a different sort of not fair. That’s just like an earthquake or a rainstorm. It might not be fair, but no one’s to blame. But if I just leave my mother with an old lady who isn’t very well herself, then that’s a different kind of not fair. That would be wrong.
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Lyra and Will find themselves at the center of a battle between the forces of the Authority and those gathered by Lyra's father, Lord Asriel.

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In the astonishing finale to the His Dark Materials trilogy, Lyra and Will are in unspeakable danger. With help from Iorek Byrnison the armored bear and two tiny Gallivespian spies, they must journey to a dank and gray-lit world where no living soul has ever gone. All the while, Dr. Mary Malone builds a magnificent Amber Spyglass. An assassin hunts her down, and Lord Asriel, with a troop of shining angels, fights his mighty rebellion, in a battle of strange allies—and shocking sacrifice.

As war rages and Dust drains from the sky, the fate of the living—and the dead—finally comes to depend on two children and the simple truth of one simple story.
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Heroine suffers.
But in the end it's only

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