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Thursday, June 1, 2017

Revisiting THE GOLDEN COMPASS by Philip Pullman and Some Exciting News!

HIS DARK MATERIALS
(The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass)

by Philip Pullman
Publisher: Yearling; 1st edition (May 22, 2001)
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Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal--including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.
Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want.
But what Lyra doesn't know is that to help on of them will be to betray the other...
A masterwork of storytelling and suspense, Philip Pullman's award-winning The Golden Compass is the first in the His Dark Materials series, which continues with The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.
This fall Philip Pullman will be releasing a new book in the HIS DARK MATERIALS world called THE BOOK OF DUST. To get ready for this exciting new adventure, Random House Children's sent us a copy of THE GOLDEN COMPASS for us to revisit and fall in love with all over again.


If you haven't read this series, it's just one of those stories that you HAVE to read. It will find its way into your heart alongside books like Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. I'll also add the if you're a fan of audiobooks, this is one of the best audiobook productions I've ever heard, and I listen to a LOT.

The imaginative setting and the complex storyline in HIS DARK MATERIALS are absolutely fascinating, yet somehow seem almost real. I cannot tell you how badly I want to have my own daemon!! Lyra is an absolute joy to read about, and such a fierce and determined heroine, even if she is a bit of a liar (a bit?). And Lyra's world, where armored bears roam the North and people's souls take the shape of animals that exist outside their bodies, is such a wonderful and magical place to imagine. Pullman has a way of making it all seem possible. 

Lyra's journey is one of discovery. Discovery of the world(s) around her, the people she encounters, and mostly of herself. With loyal friendships, heartbreaking betrayal, epic journeys, multiple-worlds, talking bears, and lies, lies, and more lies, this series is one you will want to cherish forever. 

If you haven't read this series, now is the time!

More on THE BOOK OF DUST (from Amazon)

The Book of Dust will be a work in three parts, like His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass).
The cover of this first story will remain under wraps until a later date, but it can be revealed that the book is set ten years before The Golden Compass and centers on the much-loved character Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon.

Philip Pullman offers these tantalizing details: “I’ve always wanted to tell the story of how Lyra came to be living at Jordan College, and in thinking about it, I discovered a long story that began when she was a baby and will end when she’s grown up. This volume and the next will cover two parts of Lyra’s life: starting at the beginning of her story and returning to her twenty years later. As for the third and final part, my lips are sealed.

“So, second: is it a prequel? Is it a sequel? It’s neither. In fact, The Book of Dust is . . . an ‘equel.' It doesn’t stand before or after His Dark Materials, but beside it. It’s a different story, but there are settings that readers of His Dark Materials will recognize, and characters they’ve met before. Also, of course, there are some characters who are new to us, including an ordinary boy (a boy we have glimpsed in an earlier part of Lyra’s story, if we were paying attention) who, with Lyra, is caught up in a terrifying adventure that takes him into a new world.

“Third: why return to Lyra’s world? Dust. Questions about that mysterious and troubling substance were already causing strife ten years before His Dark Materials, and at the center of The Book of Dust is the struggle between a despotic and totalitarian organization, which wants to stifle speculation and inquiry, and those who believe thought and speech should be free. The idea of Dust suffused His Dark Materials. Little by little through that story the idea of what Dust was became clearer and clearer, but I always wanted to return to it and discover more.”



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