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His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass

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13 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

You're all bigots.

I can't believe you're all just proving Christian stereotypes true, If someone isn't preaching Christianity, you don't want to hear it. Stop being so ignorant and intolerant.

posted by Anonymous on December 20, 2007

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4 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

Don't waste your money on this garbage.

One man trying to make the world Godless. It won't work Phil, God bows to no one.

posted by Anonymous on December 16, 2007

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  • Posted January 3, 2010

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    Engrossing

    It was a beautiful and engrossing look at human nature, whether technically human or not, and the power of rightness. Not the rightness someone else has dictated but the kind of rightness that is known instinctively and felt throughout your entire being. That every being in every universe and dimension has the right to be free from oppression and has the right to fight with every fiber of their being to ensure that freedom.

    It also strips away the facade of organized religion and exposes the atrocities associted with it and the absolute horror of zealotry. Although the story takes place in a world parallel to this one, the words resonate deeply with what has occured throughout time wherever religion is present: murder, torture, theft and subjugation. The replacement of free will with the dictates of religious doctrine. The gleeful torture and murder of individuals who do not agree with that doctrine, simply because that doctrine said it was the right thing to do, overriding the individual's own sense of right and wrong.

    Although it was published as three seperate books, its true form is one inseperable volume. Each of its parts flow so smoothly into each other that it is more like turning the page on a new chapter rather than a new book. That combined with the massive cliffhangers that leave you dangling from your fingertips make it impossible to not simply turn to that next page. Even the ending of the tale leaves you partially dangling, and hungering for more of a single, emotionally charged plot line left untied. Instead, it stretches into eternity and sets the wheels turning on the possibilities, and leaves you desperately hoping. If rumors play out, that last plot line will finally get tied in a fourth installment.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 7, 2013

    Great read for all ages, beautifully depicted worlds that I year

    Great read for all ages, beautifully depicted worlds that I yearn to visit......I just finished trilogy today and I miss the characters already. 

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Science Fiction Fantasy

    This writer has a lot of imagination and probably a grudge against the religious sector, but it is a very creative story. If you watched the Golden Compass movie and liked it, prepare to dig deeper into the story of Lyra. The movie leaves a lot out. The characters are so colorful and they pull you in to the story. I haven't finished the last book, but curiosity has me wondering about the ending.

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  • Posted March 25, 2012

    A Recommended 3-in-1 Volume.

    This 3-in-1 volume of Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" brings together his mangum opus story much as do combined editions of "The Lord of the Rings." My favorite by far is the first novel, "The Golden Compass," but that's only because the setting is entirely in Lyra's alternate reality of our world, and I love the worldbuilding here that Pullman has done. Volume 2, "The Subtle Knife" is set in our reality as Lyra encounters and teams with a boy from "our" world, and Volume 3 takes place in various realms of Pullman's multiverse, fleshing out this world's take on what constitutes "reality." Multilayered, thought-provoking and philosophical, whether you buy into Pullman's athiestic views or not, this is often listed as a Young Adult novel, mainly because of the age(s) of its protagonist(s), but there's more than enough here for adults to get into.

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