The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials Series #1)

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials Series #1)

by Philip Pullman
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The Golden Compass (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 985 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First off, yes this is sold as a young adult novel. It really isnt though. It is actually a novel... young and old alike will like it. Second... where do i begin in saying how good it is? The world feels fully formed and the writing is breathtakingly good. The character are all well thought out and are multi dimensional. The plot has just the right amount of twists. And the story is incredible. Yes this book was written as "an atheist response to narnia"... but it goes so far beyond that as to become a fully fledged fantasy classic on its own merits. Give it a read - you will not regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Woah, woah, woah. Guess what. The golden compass, is FICTION. Evryone knows what that means, right? It is not real. Its just a story. It has absolutely nothing to do with God. Quit freaking out and saying you hate this book because your religious. If you dont like it because you think it attacks god, that doesnt mean it isnt a good story. Im christian, too, i understand, believe me. But all of you are overreacting. If you dont agree with it, leave it alone. Its not like one series will destroy your entire religion. Its not like its trying to prove god isnt real. Its just a fantasy. And all of you who dislike it because you think that just wont look past your church to see reality. Its obvious. Instead of making a hateful comment like the church tells you not to do, just read something else for god's sake.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Golden Compass is a thrilling book. I highly suggest reading it. This book leaves you hanging and craving for more of Pullmans brillance. Lyra and her deamon,Pan, captivate you in there world and you never want to leave. Pullman manages to suck you up in this book and make you never want to leave the adventure.
Les_Livres More than 1 year ago
"...I definitely stayed up way too late on some nights, just because I didn't want to put the book down, and I was a little sad when I finished it; it ends with a lot of action and mystery, and I look very forward to reading the second book in the trilogy so I can find out what happens next for Lyra and Pan, and see who, if any, of the other characters might also be around. If you've seen the movie, but have not yet read the book - read the book. Seriously. As much as I enjoy the movie, I was pleased to find out that the book has even more action and adventure, and more mystery as well! You're definitely cheating yourself if you haven't read this yet, and I wish I hadn't taken so long to get to it..." For full review, please visit me at Les Livres on Blogger: jaimeliredeslivres dot blogspot dot com
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Phillip Pullman is incredably original in all of his ideas. In my oppinion at least. I suggest this book to anyone who liked Ender's Game or Harry Potter, though they're not alot alike.
AnnieBM More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and then passed it on to my niece. A great adventure with great characters. The movie version was a disappointment except that the cast was well chosen. I also thought Pullman's presentation of a different understanding of the interface between religious and scientific understanding quite interesting and worth pondering. Highly recommended no matter at what level you read. I recommend Pullman's other books as well. Great series.
Patfs More than 1 year ago
The Golden Compass is a tangled web that has many problems that make you feel that this book should not have been a Fantasy book for children, but overall Philip Pullman was able to make a book that is able to shine through the problems that it has. The Golden Compass is about a young girl named Lyra and her Daemon Pan, (daemons are animals that are born with there human and there appearances are judged by the persons personality), but because Lyra is so young, Pan has no full form yet. Lyra is a young brunet haired girl who is content to cause problems for the scholars and servants, Lyra lives in a world were churches and scholars rule most of Europe and every person has a Daemon. I can relate to Lyra because she feels that she does not know her own past. Lyra also has a so called uncle called Lord Asriel (a powerful scholar who Lyra fears and respects) Lord Asriel is a powerful man who has many ties with Jordan college. Lord Asriel daemon is a snow lion, Lyra meets a young women named Mrs. Coutler who is a proud scornful women. Her daemon is a golden monkey who also has a short temper. The Golden Compass takes place in a parallel Europe, were the countries are controlled by churches and scholars. People in this world all have animals that are called daemons that are a part of them. This is very important! This story centers around Lyra who is very hyper and begins her quest to save her friend Hennery and find the truth. Unfortunately the author made a mistake with this book that was meant for children. In a later interview Philip Pullman stated that with this book he had killed God, and claims that the gobblers in this story are actually churches in the real world. This did make enjoy the book a little less when I learned of this. Still this book was made to be about truth, love, and courage I also learned from this book that everyone has his/her own problems and must fix them, the conclusion of this book leaves many things open to for the next story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The other reviews pretty much lay out the storyline. But another angle that appeals so much to me is: 'Why do we do what we do?' Entertwined are the themes of family, love, religion, adventure and right/wrong; all presented from the point of view of a wonderfully resourceful heroine, in an amazing setting, described by the author in a way that makes you feel as if you ARE THERE. All ages will relate differently to this book, which I believe makes it destined to be one of the best reads ever. If you enjoy this book AT ALL -- please read the last two books in the trilogy: 'The Subtle Knife' and 'The Amber Spyglass'. AND THEN re-read 'The Goldan Compass' to finish tying up all the ends and thinking about all the intricacies!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I normally "hate" young adult novels due to flat characters, melodrama, and cookie-cutter writing. The Golden Compass is NONE of these things as is just as exciting for adults. The prose is beautiful, the characters are lively and loveable, and it raises many moral questions - not about "God vs Satan" as other reviewers have suggested, but ethical questions about love, choice, morality, freedom, and self responsibility. I was beyond disappointed when I finished this book - and the series - because the adventure was over. This book will make you laugh, cry, and everything in between.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is, at its most basic level, an incredibly rich story. But it is so much more than that; it truly is an intricate fabric woven of threads of philosophy, religion, physics, and fantasy. It is not an athiest's Bible. It merely is a story that calls into question things that should never simply be accepted. Religion is meaningless without some adversity and questioning. True faith is being faced with opposing views and remaining firm in your own. So read this outstanding book and look at it not as an assault on religion, but rather as a way to reaffirm your faith while stretching your mind.
Zoesbookreviews More than 1 year ago
The Golden Compass is a great book. I loved it so much because the idea of the compass. I think that sometimes having a daemon would be so cool. I really like Iorek Byrnison he is probably my favorite character. The Golden Compass is a wonderful book about a young girl named Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon or for short Pan. Lyra is put in the care of a wonderful lady named Mrs. Coulter but then she finds the truth with a amored bear named Iorek. Lyra and Iorek must help every kid from a horrible thing. This book is a wonderful fantasy book with great characters, a wonderful plot and a twist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is most def an odd book but once u get into it you cant put it down. Great series.
Peppercat More than 1 year ago
This book is fantastic and quite moving by itself, but it also serves as a gateway to the sequels (The Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass) which are by far richer and more complex. After reading this trilogy (quite a few years ago) I started reading other books by Pullman and he is now one of my favourite authors. I recently bought the deluxe version and look forward to reading them again. It's a must!
karann4077 More than 1 year ago
When this book was suggested to me, I was told it was written as a children's book. While I am sure that children would enjoy the story, I am not convinced that they would understand most of depth of the story (the part that makes it so good). For the adult reader, this series is very deep in that it discusses the government/church of Lyra's world and how much we should trust authority organizations. Lyra has to decide who she has to trust--the people who have been in her life forever or the people she meets on her journey whom her gut tells her to trust. You will need to read the other two books to fully appreciate the complexity and brillance of the story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I decided to read this book after the movie (along with all it¿s controversy) came to theaters. What better way to judge a book than to read it for yourself? At first I didn¿t think I was going to like the book. It was okay, but it didn¿t pull me in from the start. I also found the beginning a bit confusing. In one aspect that works with the story as we view the story through Lyra¿s eyes, and she knows very little of the world outside of Oxford where she grew up. However, it took a long time for Pullman to explain what daemons are and the sort of laws or taboos that come with them. When he finally does describe them, we only get small bits at a time, so a complete picture isn¿t created until at least halfway through the book. I really began to enjoy the book from about the time Lyra meets an armored bear, Iorek Byrnison, to the end. That is where I began to feel connected to the characters and that drive to finish just so I could know what happened. That alone makes me want to read the rest of the series. As far as the controversy is concerned (I am aware that most of it stems from the third book), Pullman doesn¿t hide the fact that the Magisterium is essentially a branch of the Catholic Church. The Magisterium also conducts experiments on children which may also be open to controversy. Neither of these things bothered me when I read the book, but it might bother other people, so keep that in mind when deciding to read this book.
Anonymous 19 days ago
Is this a good book?
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Anonymous 6 months ago
Read this series as and loved every page. Interesting and detailed, ropes you in.
Anonymous 12 months ago
This story i can't read, but it was GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOODDD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!#!!!
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name. BlueMoon. Kits. NONE .Mate. NONE. Personality. NOT friendly, agresive, brave and DONT GET ON MY DARK SIDE BECAUSE I HAVE A DARK SIDE OF THE MOON. Discription. Black with a scare on left eye one white ear and a white front paw with red because of my victoms blood. Crush. SECRET.
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ryanseanoreilly More than 1 year ago
A tale told by a crackling, comforting fire while the bitter northern winds gust dangerously against the window panes outside. This book starts a bit slowly at first, but then kicks up into high-adventure and keeps this pace to the end. Pullman’s writing is very good and he manages to capture a perfect voice for the main character of Lyra as she negotiates this strange world populated by anthropomorphic soul-animals, witches, ghasts, and armored bears. In reading this book, I felt reminiscent of the that sweet, nostalgic tone achieved by C.S. Lewis in “The Narnia Chronicles.” Perhaps this is simply due to the omniscient point of view in which the narrators guide one along in these comparable fantasy works. There is something comforting when you feel as if a story is being told you by a dear old friend while at the same time you’re being truly immersed in the narrative. That is a subtle art in which the author must carefully balance the use of the narrative voice so as not to feel intrusive or too expositional. I think there is something in the human psyche that responds to this mode of storytelling that harkens back to our ancient oral traditions. The work is not particularly a “Christian” one, even though I am mentioning The Narnia Chronicles which are more overtly Christian in their telling. Pullman does draw on the dogma, practices, history and teachings of the Christian Religion to create his fantasy world and also to better illustrate what is happening and drive the plot along. However, unlike The Narnia Chronicles, the institutional nature of religion plays a much bigger and more nefarious role in The Golden Compass. That being said, this particular tale is not overly caught up with this theme. During some portions the religious aspect is missing altogether—though I admit that it does make up an important part of the book. So in essence, I am saying that however critical this book might be toward the institutional aspect of religion—it is not solely concerned with that point. The world created by Pullman feels rather unique, even though it is a secondary world not unlike our own (in many ways). He devises a magical system utilizing a special dust-like substance; and souls that live outside the body in animal forms called daemons. This feels very authentic and manages to be quite delightful. Probably the strongest and most developed part of the book is the relationship Lyra has with her own daemon. Other elements of the story come flying in as Lyra (the protagonist), takes up her quest to deliver a magical item to a far off and dangerous land. She meets interesting, fun and compelling characters all along the way. My only gripe is that at times, these non-player-character-types seem to drop on and off screen as needed. So too, does the adventure seem to proceed along one step at a time. The feel of this story is that as the protagonist progresses, the author foreshadows the next event, a challenge is overcome and the protagonist advances to the next level. A bit mechanical—not exactly contrived, but somewhat stilted. The writing is really great and the plot has a lot of fun and interesting elements that leave you anxious to see things through. There is just something a bit….in the background…missing... Perhaps it was the dropping away of secondary characters without a lot of follow through on their individual subplots? But, maybe that would have just slowed things down? I’m not sure. Podcast: "No Deodorant In Outer Space"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story.
Sbrant1 More than 1 year ago
This is by far my favorite fantasy -- intelligent, unique, and despite having a child protagonist, excellent reading for adults.