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His Dark Materials series posted 21 Jan 2006, 03:01 by Warrior-Poet, Moderator

Have any of you read the His Dark Materials Series by Phillip Pullman I just remembered it from when i had read it like 5 years ago and was curious if anyonelse had read it or had any comments for it. Especially the last book The Amber Spyglass. view post


posted 25 Jan 2006, 13:01 by Randal, Auditor

I did, some years ago. Even though it's supposed to be a children's book, it's one of the better written and more thoughtful works of fantasy literature out there and I liked it a lot. The first book especially was a marvel of atmosphere and characterisation. In the later two though, Pullman's agenda started to dominate, and this in my mind detracted from the series as a whole. Even though I liked the theme, a more subtle approach would have been better, I think. Still, a very good series. The ending to the final book was very sad and moving. view post


posted 03 Dec 2006, 18:12 by Cordelia, Auditor

I've read that series, I enjoyed it a lot. I couldn't believe it was meant for children though, well I was a mere child myself when I did read it, heh. I love the idea of parallel universes, familiars, etc. in literature. view post


posted 03 Dec 2006, 18:12 by Warrior-Poet, Moderator

It was a little Dark so to speak for a child in my opinion especially the last book in the series but as you were I was also a child and enjoyed the book immensely I do love alternate and parallel worlds and the such. view post


posted 03 Dec 2006, 19:12 by Cordelia, Auditor

Then again, as a child I was unlike others... I began to read Poe at the age of 12 or so, something most children would not really be able to fully understand. The other day I was thinking about buying the series to read it again. What do you think of alternate and parallel worlds and what not? view post


posted 03 Dec 2006, 19:12 by Warrior-Poet, Moderator

Yeah I read alot of stuff that some of my teachers would not have understood when i was that age. Hmm alternate or parallel universes I suppose it is possible I mean there are so many things we already do not understand, I find it much more likely that there are other planets in the universe highly similar to ours however. You should post a parallel universe thread in the philosophy section view post


posted 03 Dec 2006, 19:12 by Cordelia, Auditor

I did, I posted it more so about the idea of parallel universes and what our mind is capable of in the idea of magic or the manipulation of energy, etc. I don't know what people on this board are like so hopefully they don't think I'm completely out of my mind. Myself, I think quite a few things are possible, mostly things people would think me crazy for though :-/ Speaking of other worlds in being like ours, I don't know where I heard it or if it is at all true, but I heard that a planet in another galaxy much like Earth was found... the only difference is that it was created several thousand or million years after. So it may have human life forms on it... not sure, then again I've not decided if I believe it or not yet, heh. view post


posted 30 Dec 2006, 04:12 by paddyenglish, Candidate

I never read them when i was a child though i did read them a couple of years ago and I think they are great books, not just for children, although the simplisity in some parts does betray this, but for the more advanced reader also. In addition they are far superior to the Potter series which I hate with something on the line of religous fervency......think the flagulant movement :lol: view post


posted 03 Jan 2007, 14:01 by gierra, Sorcerer-of-Rank

when i used to work in a bookstore, some woman came in looking for them for her daughter and was telling me about them. a friend from LA also was telling my husband about them, and i got the first one for him for yule. i've got a pile of books to read before i get to it tho. but they come highly recommended. view post


posted 04 Jan 2007, 18:01 by TollofDays, Peralogue

I just read it again a couple weeks ago. Its one of my favorite series. In the The Amber Spy Glass, I liked his take on the religious war. How God or The Authority, was only the first angel who decided he would take control. And Dust was the basis for all conscious beings. view post


posted 03 Jul 2007, 12:07 by Tar.Aldarion, Candidate

One of my favourite(That comes up as a wrong spelling here!) series, excellently written and quite compelling. view post


posted 30 Dec 2007, 03:12 by zephyr, Candidate

[i:1wlu1563]Randal: The first book especially was a marvel of atmosphere and characterisation. In the later two though, Pullman's agenda started to dominate, and this in my mind detracted from the series as a whole.[/i:1wlu1563] I definitely agree with you there. But yeah, I definitely enjoyed the series and it really gave me a lot to think about as a young child. I am glad to have discovered Pullman. And I love how he wrote his books along with Milton's [i:1wlu1563]Paradise Lost[/i:1wlu1563]. view post


Re: His Dark Materials series posted 19 Jul 2008, 05:07 by Cironian, Peralogue

I read the trilogy earlier this year. It's okay. There's a lot of controversy about it, because apparently all of the books are "Anti-God." I only saw religiously contreversal stuff in the third book, when they said that the Authority wasn't the Crreator, etc. It actually was a rpetty good series, but I was a bit disappointed by the ending. Although sad, it was really predictable, and rather cliche, I find. view post


Re: His Dark Materials series posted 24 Jul 2008, 15:07 by gierra, Sorcerer-of-Rank

i did finally get around to reading them all. LOVE THEM! i think i went through all three in about 4 days. did anyone catch the golden compass movie? view post


Re: His Dark Materials series posted 24 Jul 2008, 21:07 by Harrol, Moderator

I watched the movie it was entertaining. view post


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