Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city susHere lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth telling instrument, the alethiometer All around her children are disappearing victims of so called Gobblers and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person s inner being And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs Coulter are involved.
The Golden Compass Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors First her fearsome uncle Lord
This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of Narnia the books that define the genre This is high praise indeed, and this novel is worthy of it The protagonist of the book is Lyra, a young girl, who is parentless and seemingly friendless She has grown up in an O [...]
2.5 I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it if I had, but it was just okay for me
the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus and the four children are like, the gospels or something and the story is somewhat ruined then, because as an adult, you can t just shoehorn jesus into a lion outfit without snickering a little.pullman however, has solv [...]
I don t love the Beatles Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses I also don t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage fueled attempts to slit my throat with the jagged edge of a broken CD compact disc, kiddos look it up So, why risk a severed jugular on the day before I m going to stuff myself so full of turkey that I ll have a snood coming out of my ear Well, because it s [...]
I hadn t read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it I don t know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we re going with 5 out of nostalgia Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fierce wonderful as I remember Actually, I m surprised by how well I remember the whole story Maybe it s because the characters and world are so strong, or maybe it s because the movie follows the book SO well Seriously, th [...]
I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on what was actually happening But great imagery I m not sure if I will read book 2 or 3 of the series yet thoughts
9 8 17 1 I cleared my rating If that doesn t sufficiently refute the claim that I just wanted to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you re irrational, and further discussion is pointless 2 I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER That s what I do If you want to make cracks about being a trophy wife, go right ahead, but to insinuate that I would skim a book to have the minimum knowledge required to give the appearance of having read it so that I can give it a bad review b c reasons, is an attack on my char [...]
Rating 3.5 starsListened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun
Later.A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person I d just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing When I asked S in what way was he made better, he said he couldn t say, just that it had Exactly I think you have a sense as you read this book that Lyra s goodness has rubbed off on you, she s made you better in an entirely non specific way.M then said that she didn t think a book, to be special, necessarily had to have a mo [...]
De alguna forma este libro empez como una producci n de Disney, en la segunda parte parec a m s como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte Wow Esto se transformo en HBO No s si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos va dando una perspectiva bastante inocente de su mundo, los temas que se tratan en el libro no lo son tanto, el centro de la historia es, al parecer, el misterio que existe del porque est n rob ndose a los ni os de todas partes, per [...]
Hello friends We re reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read classic YA MG books this year Please join us if you can Discussion on blog February 28th Hashtag tmgreadalong if you d like to discuss as you read on Twitter.More details on the blog themidnightgarden 2014 My review Wildly imaginative and thrilling, this complex and beautiful story follows brave, fierce Lyra Belacqua in her quest to save her childhood friend The book is filled with [...]
I never added a review of this but I m going to now I ll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts especially compared to the sequels but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons I liken them to the patronuses patronii from the Harry Potter series in that they are the animal totem of a character, and can change until someone is set in their ways How many other people have held conversations about what their daemon or patronus animal is, and then changed it frequently I [...]
I really liked this book I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter era YA lit even though it actually came out first.The movie was just ok I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter But my very favorites were Daniel Craig as the zealot Lord Asriel and Eva Green as badass witch Serafina Pekkala Serafina Pekkala is one of my favorite witches in literature she s grounded in her connection to the earth, she s beautiful, she [...]
This is a second reading of Pullman s classic, accomplished on vacation in a car, with the family, by listening to the 9 cd audio collection, with Phillip Pullman Himself reading the narration and beautifully, and a cast of fine actors taking various parts The first of a trilogy entitled His Dark Materials, which is a great fantasy story supposedly appropriate for grade 6 American schools but is really all ages, and like Wrinkle in Time, has dimensions in it which you will discover at any age It [...]
When a film was made of this book, they did the book a real disservice This book is amazing Lyra is the feisty protagonist, an inveterate liar, clever, passionate and loyal She achieves the impossible, rescues an armoured bear, befriends the witches, and rescues children from a fate worse than death literally Pullman does a great job realising this alternate world where everyone has a daemon like the other half of your soul and these creatures stay with you through your life As adults they take [...]
fantastic pullman introduces readers to his sophisticated world view slowly, and this first novel in the trilogy has an ideal narrative focal point in the mean little liar who is the protagonist i have never seen lying in children portrayed so explicitly as a positive thing, and after this novel, i m all for it the settings are wonderfully strange and surreal yet rooted in an eventually understandable reality, and the supporting characters are oblique and enigmatic without being tiresome the old [...]
I really like that the Iorek Byronison, the bear, is always referred to by full name When I m Bear King, I definitely want to be on a full name all the time basis Then I will battle challengers to mortal combat, tearing through armor, swiping off heads with my massive paws, slicing open chests and devouring hearts And as I gorge myself on bear blood, I will cry out Bears Who is your King And my name will roar from a thousand bear throats s going to be awesome My name has got that same elegant my [...]
This book was recommended to me somewhere in fandom as a children s book that is also interesting to adults I admit that I wasn t particularly impressed with it, and I can t see it as something that I would give my kids to read My main complaint is the means to an end style the author uses A bit like in a computer game, our main character Lyra runs from one wise man to another in her quest to find some missing children This is practical, because except for one scene in the beginning, she doesn t [...]
The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman, picks up where the Harry Potter series leaves off As in Rowling s series, the hero of The Golden Compass Lyra, a pre teen girl in Oxford, England is plucked from her mundane existence to become supremely important to the fate of the living world However, unlike the Potter series, The Golden Compass, immerses us immediately in political, religious, and cultural conflict as well While the central character is indeed a child, which lands this title in the chil [...]
It had been like 12 years since I read this book and I d been meaning to re read it for ages so I finally got around to it, and I fell in love with it all over again I was kind of surprised by how well I remembered the story characters despite having not read it since I was 11 years old apparently it s just that memorable There s so much I love about The Golden Compass The world building is so vivid and fascinating I feel so drawn into the settings, I love the d mons, I love the ard bears, I lov [...]
After all the talk about Pullman s supposed anti Catholicism or anti Christianity or atheism or whatever one wants to label it, I approached The Golden Compass known originally as Northern Lights with an open mind and found something other than what I d been told to expect I found elements that questioned Christianity and Catholicism and the nature of God and its works, but I also found elements that questioned parental authority, the ethical and practical roles of Science, and the nature of goo [...]
This book was a really fun read It was replete with witches, iron bears and all sorts of mythical creatures The plot was fun and moved a long at a good pace It was a real page turner I would recommend this book to all who love Young Adult Fantacy.Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond
One of my favourite childhood books, no idea how many times I ve read and reread.
This book started off strong, but by the end of the story, I felt that Pullman had sacrificed logic and direction for drama and suspense He did a good job of gradually making Lyra less of an ignorant brat and of a noble little savage girl Overall, I liked this book well enough to want to read the second one in the trilogy, but I had several problems with it There was no comic relief or even any funny moments in this book It took itself extremely seriously and was rarely light hearted or playful [...]
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Loved this Can t believe I waited so long to finally read it.
Read until 51% and then skim read the rest This was SOOOO disappointing I was looking forward to it so much because the premise sounded incredible and I was excited to hear Pullman s atheism woven into his work, but everything about this book was bland It was so slow moving and the characters were all so unlikable, I was honestly shocked that I was reading the same book that everyone else loved Maybe it s because it lacked the nostalgia that a lot of people have with the series because I never r [...]
Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars but I m leaning towards 4.This was fun read Great and imaginative worldbuilding, fast pace and bit of innocent vibe from children books.Sadly few illogical moments, Mery Sue syndrome and cliffhanger stops it from getting higher rating and warmer place in my heart.
The story in brief The book is a fantasy novel set in a strangely familiar pseudo Victorian steampunk parallel Earth The protagonist is a young ophaned girl who s been raised at Oxford by the attending scholars The story concerns kidnapped children, hidden mysteries of the Church, wandering gypsies, proud Arctic warrior bears, long lived flying witches, and the possibility of a rift that could exist between different worlds.Daemons Each human being in this world has a constant animal companion, [...]
I never read this book as a child, and I sort of feel like not having that nostalgia behind it while reading it as an adult kept me from fully appreciating it The story is fantastical and highly enjoyable Lyra is a precocious, intelligent and wonderful protagonist I only wish she had used the darn alethiometer So many questions could ve been answered, so many issues resolved, with that device And it was a bit preachy, though I can t imagine children fully grasping the theological and epistemolo [...]