Tuesday, April 3, 2012

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
*claps, slowly and deliberately* Brilliant show, Master Pullman... Brilliant.

Actual rating: Playing between 4 or 5... 4.5, really. I'll tag this a 4, then.

Genre: Fantasy / Adventure / YA, I suppose? / Mystery? :)
Characters: Amazing! Unique. Have their own personalities. Twisted!
Lore: Lovely. Nicely thought out. Different. Unexpected! Awesome.
Story-telling: Appropriate enough. Slow & fast, depending on the necessity.
Underlying notions: Philosophy, theology, scientific thought
Age: Hmm... Modern? A little steampunk? (Balloon <3)
Points of interest: Bears (<3), familiars & daemons, bookish Scholars, Oxford, snow, Dust, other worlds, the golden compass, severed children.
Other remarks: May be a little too crude here or there, but that's what gives it beauty.

Something that interested me: A play on the thought of witches and their familiars.  (highlight for spoilers)

Warning: After reading this, I think it's pretty understandable why the Church banned the book. It's definitely got the blasphemous vibe going - blasphemous being something contradicting and/or seems to be making fun of the Christian doctrine.

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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