His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman – Book Review

Hello Humans! Many of you may be expecting a readalong for Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials and honestly, I’d love to give you one. Alas and alack I lost all of the text from my readalong for the first book somewhere in the great internet ethos and then wrote readalong check-ins for book two and none for book three so I think it would just be a bit of a mess and in the end I didn’t have strong enough feelings about any of these books for it to be particularly interesting, so instead I thought I’d summarise my thoughts here and I hope you’ll forgive me and be ready for the next readalong soon!

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Goodreads Summary:

Northern Lights 
Lyra Belacqua lives half-wild and carefree among the scholars of Jordan College, with her daemon familiar always by her side. But the arrival of her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, draws her to the heart of a terrible struggle – a struggle born of Gobblers and stolen children, witch clans and armoured bears.

The Subtle Knife 
Lyra finds herself in a shimmering, haunted otherworld – Cittàgazze, where soul-eating Spectres stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky. But she is not without allies: twelve-year-old Will Parry, fleeing for his life after taking another’s, has also stumbled into this strange new realm.

On a perilous journey from world to world, Lyra and Will uncover a deadly secret: an object of extraordinary and devastating power. And with every step, they move closer to an even greater threat – and the shattering truth of their own destiny.

The Amber Spyglass 
Will and Lyra, whose fates are bound together by powers beyond their own worlds, have been violently separated. But they must find each other, for ahead of them lies the greatest war that has ever been – and a journey to a dark place from which no one has ever returned …

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So yes, of the three I think I probably liked book one the most, but it’s hard to tell with Kindle bind ups as I was so done by the end of book three that it may have coloured my opinions somewhat. This is the kind of book that I probably ought to have read at the height of their popularity when I was younger, reading them as an adult I wasn’t quite so enamoured. I don’t by any means think these books are bad I just didn’t find them mindblowing. This is also the problem of reading ‘classic’ books long after their original publication – too many clones have been written since then for me to feel these are unique.

I loved all of the animals/creatures in these books (far more than any of the human characters) and Pantamalion has my heart forever. I consistently fall for animals more than people and I now desire a number of armoured bear friends.

Yeah, as I say, I don’t have much to say about these books. If you’re similarly on the fence about reading them I would say they are worth reading if only to contextualise many other similar works, but definitely, don’t do what I did and try to read them all in one go because you will go stir crazy and end up disliking the main character…

I bought these books myself, all opinions are my own. 

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RIGHT. Back to normal non-fail readalongs!

What will the TBR jar choose next?

The Tangled Lands

OOOOOOOOOH. Another ‘I bought it in a 3 for 2’ purchase! This book is (thankfully) not very long so it should be a much more enjoyable journey than this one was!

Stay tuned for that readalong coming soon!



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