October 19, 2004

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

5 out of 5 stars

These three books are my favourite books in the whole world!

They follow the progress of Lyra, a girl from another world, and her demon Pan. They explore the relationship between humans and their souls, the concept of origional sin and many idas surrounding religion, death and the afterlife. And they make a damn good story too!

I've read these books at least ten times over and I never get tired of them. Pullman writes a modern-day epic that is readable and addictive and will surely become a classic.

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  1. I studied 'Northern Lights' for my A level english literature coursework, and it is good. And it was a darn sight better than studying Jane Austen or George Orwell like everyone else.

    19 Oct 2004, 17:35

  2. That is NOT FAIR! Very cool though. I had to do Othello…!

    19 Oct 2004, 17:38

  3. Jon

    Wow… I'm impressed.

    Love you and miss you,

    Jon xxx

    19 Oct 2004, 18:19

  4. Did anyone see the plays of the trilogy at the National Theatre? It was absolutely amazing, I liked it so much I bought the t-shirt. It missed some bits out, but as the whole thing was over 6 hours anyway I thought it was a very good adaptation. Anna Maxwell Martin was amazing as Lyra, and it was pretty weird to see Timothy Dalton as Lord Azrael.

    I agree that His Dark Materials should become absolute classics, they're well on their way already.

    21 Oct 2004, 12:30

  5. I didn't get to see them, Goddamn. Wish I had…

    21 Oct 2004, 15:26

  6. This book is rubbish

    16 Jan 2005, 19:05

  7. Although not as rubbish as your comment. True, I love this book, and I'm willing to defend it against all comers, so if you're going to criticise it, could you at least do it properly?!?!

    17 Jan 2005, 19:06

  8. Noel Gifton-Williams


    23 May 2005, 02:28

  9. Jamie Carragher

    Pullman's style is childlike at best. Bring on Orwell, he rocks my casbah.

    23 May 2005, 02:29

  10. Stuart Ripley

    Yea Orwell all the way, this book bored me to tears

    23 May 2005, 02:30

  11. Chip the Crip

    English A levels are for kids. Orwell is for the masses

    23 May 2005, 02:32

  12. Martin Byers

    The only dark material here is Pullman's work. And it's more of a dark brown than anything. Absolute poo.

    23 May 2005, 02:33

  13. In what way is it boring? I found that the plot moved quickly and the two main charcters were easy to identify with, so I was gripped all the way through. Orwell is far more complex and difficult to read than Pullman, so I think it's strange that you say he's "for the masses", I would disagree.

    23 May 2005, 09:50

  14. Stuart Brandwood

    Overall I am amazed this trilogy isn't getting more bad press.

    The first two books were utterly tremendous but I'm convinced that the last book was written years earlier or by someone else. At the very least you'll concede that he must have been under time pressures or just bored.

    Wheeled elephants and ickle people riding round on dragon flies?!?!?!?!?!?!

    Why does it descend into some utterly lame Mills and Boon? Are we meant to believe that all the problems of ALL the millions of worlds that have been going on for hundreds of years are solved by two kids having a bit of fumble in the forest? What happened with the apocalyptic battle to end all battles between The Authority and Lord Asriel? Three pages then God died of old age (which took up all of two lines) and the archangel fell into some sort of pit…...and that was that…now for 200 pages of romantic drivel as bookending.

    There are so many things I could ask "What was the point of…....." (Those people chasing Will at the start of the book, Where did Asriel's gigantic castle & huge army come from if he only found out how to cross into other worlds at the end of book one, What was that super-duper thought-powered helicopter thingy, those destructive giant swans, the priest-assasin who just gets killed etc etc etc) but the whole thing has become the emporers new clothes so no-one gives you an answer.

    Feel free to mail me and put me right on these points but I was SO disappointed with the final part. It should be exposed as the tripe it is because people are wasting their time reading books one and two and getting to the point of no return and having to press on whilst soft lad is getting very rich off the procedes.


    16 Jun 2005, 14:01

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