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review 2015-04-23 15:34
The Amber Spyglass
The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman

Synopsis: Lyra and Will reunite with two tiny spies and make their way to the land of the dead. Lord Asriel fights his war against The Authority. Miss Malone constructs an amber spyglass to see Dust and is hunted by an assassin from Lyra's world.


There comes every once in awhile a book that can really move you. A book thats packed with emotion, and depth, and so much epic drama that it just makes you want to stand and applaud. Or cheer. Books like that are the reason we do what we do. They keep us slogging through the latest Clive Cussler offering of the month or James Patterson or putting up with Anne Rice and all her crap. We do it because we're looking for books like that. Books like that are why we read.


The Amber Spyglass, really the whole trilogy, is THAT book(s). This was a moving end to a trilogy with characters I both loved and hated (in a good way). There were tears. I'm not a teary kind of person.


And its definitely epic, too. A journey across worlds into the land of the dead and back to challenge the highest of powers. This is a trilogy to be read.




General rating: 5

Epic rating: 4 1/2







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review 2015-04-06 04:46
The Subtle Knife
The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman

Synopsis: Lyra enters a new world, Cittagazze, and meets an ally from another world beyond that. Together they brave soul eating spectres and the nakedly evil ambitions of Mrs Coulter as they unravel the mystery of Dust.


The Subtle Knife is the second book of Phillip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. As before the book is full of mysteries and questions. Somehow even after I had finished the book and all the questions I had had about what was going on had been answered I still felt like there were answers to be had. To be able to infuse a story with this kind of enduring mystery is a rare talent indeed. Pullman is a master of the pen.


Its epic in its size and scope. Two children on a journey spanning worlds to challenge the highest of powers...the potential here is immense and so far it doesn't disappoint.





General rating: 4 1/2

Epic rating: 4 1/2



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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-04-08 21:39
The Subtle Knife - Philip Pullman

The Subtle Knife by Phillip Pullman


I’m not entirely sure what I was expecting. I  guess more time in this world but I didn’t mind Cittagazze. It actually reminded me of Charn from The Magician’s Nephew. (Both worlds are barren and seem to by dying).

I think part of the problem was the large cast. I loved seeing Serafina and Lee but that doesn’t change that fact that a lot was going on in such a short amount of time. It was rather like reading Volume 9 of Fullmetal Alchemist-hectic but still good.

The parts where we learned more about Dust were absolutely thrilling. I just love that moment a character realizes that the square peg doesn’t go in the round hole and everything clicks into place. Just brilliant.

Once it was revealed that Lyra was Eve, it seemed like it should have been obvious. (Maybe it is but I was surprised because I’m not familiar with the Bible?). I liked how all the pieces fit together in retrospect.

The ending was unbelievably  anti-climatic. It didn’t really feel like an ending. If felt like a dead end to a road going nowhere.

Another thing that bothered me was the repetitive explanations. I understand that each character has a different amount of knowledge and needs to be filled in but we the readers don’t need to read it every single time.  


Dang it Pullman, I wanted more of Lyra! Lyra is entertaining and carried the entirety of The Golden Compass much better than Will carried his portion of The Subtle Knife.

Will was just so boring. I didn’t see anything important about him other than the letters. If he had been a secondary character, I probably would have liked him better. His POV just dragged the story down.

Dr. Malone was particularly well drawn for a secondary character only introduced in this book, and a good chunk into the story too.

Lee and Serafina didn’t get too much in the way of character development but their POVs did flesh them out a little, didn’t drag like Will’s and helped to advance the story.

In Conclusion: A pretty weak sequel. Started out strong but dwindled faster that a kids stash of Halloween candy.

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text 2014-03-26 20:45
Reading progress update: I've read 257 out of 399 pages.
The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman

reading this book will make you look at gobblers and any variation of the word look at your thanksgiving terminology a whole new way.

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text 2014-03-24 23:53
Reading progress update: I've read 200 out of 399 pages.
The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman

Its getting really good

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