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Before quantum mechanics and Schr dinger s cat s paradox, alternate universes were inherently accessible post mortem, either Heaven or Hell that whole other side business had a strong moral and religious bias, obviously However, contemporary science fiction has introduced new possibilities of experimenting with alternate realities, e.g travelling through time Wells Time Machine or through space Stapledon s Star Maker More interestingly, it introduced the possibility of parallel worlds Before quantum mechanics and Schr dinger s cat s paradox, alternate universes were inherently accessible post mortem, either Heaven or Hell that whole other side business had a strong moral and religious bias, obviously However, contemporary science fiction has introduced new possibilities of experimenting with alternate realities, e.g travelling through time Wells Time Machine or through space Stapledon s Star Maker More interestingly, it introduced the possibility of parallel worlds utopias Huxley s Brave New World is a utopia cum grano salis , dystopias Orwell s 1984, Atwood s Handmaid s Tale , uchronias Philip K Dick s Man in the High Castle , fantasy worlds or, if you will, alternate Middle Ages Tolkien s Lord of the Rings, Martin s Game of Thrones.Philip Pullman s Northern Lights is an ambitious combination of all of the above The protagonist, young Lyra Belacqua, lives in an alternate England Her world is, in general terms, similar to ours, but everything is a little bit offbeat It s a world where a puritanical Church rules over everything, where Scandinavian culture is pervasive, where people travel mostly by boat and zeppelin steampunk style , where each person has an accompanying d mon a sort of sentient cuddly pet, shamanistic animal spirit, or Freudian Id, perhaps , where one can meet witches and armoured bears, and own strange objects that look like a pocket watch but tell the truth instead of the time At all events, Pullman has built one the richest, weirdest, most fascinating and consistent fictional worlds in contemporary literature He also has succeeded in creating a magnificent gallery of supporting characters Lord Asriel, John Faa, Iorek Byrnison, Serafina Pekkala all are endearing and colourful Pullman s prose is exquisite and the scope of his story is staggering For all that possibly because this was meant to be a children s book , the plot is surprisingly lively and easy to follow some of the scenes are memorable indeed, as the attempted poisoning at the start ch 1 or Lyra s slyness with the bear king ch 19.I find surprising that Pullman s book was not received with at least as much acclaim as, say, J K Rowling s Harry Potter series The way I see it, the fact that Northern Lights contains some anticlerical ideas and gave the god botherers a queasy stomach is beside the point It is possible however that Pullman s novel introduces too many ideas at the same time without developing them fully and does not quite provide a clear sense of closure and of what it is all about by the end of this long first part It left me with a downbeat sensation, asking myself while closing the book, eventually, why should I care about all that picaresque and slightly fantastical adventure It is also possible that the film adaptation with Nicole Kidman, Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, and Christopher Lee , which was quite good as far as I can remember, suffered the same shortcomings, flopped, and dealt a fatal blow to New Line Cinema I am sure nonetheless that the next part, The Subtle Knife, might pull me back in Edit Just rewatched the 2007 film adaptation, and sadly, I am not impressed this time around It made me think of the old David Lynch adaptation of Frank Herbert s Dune obviously a big budget movie that tries hard to stick to the book but compressing Pullman s novel in less than two hours only manages to highlight the plot s flaws, and rewriting the ending is indeed a silly move Overall botched and muddled Edit 2I recently watched the seven available episodes of the BBC HBO His Dark Materials TV series are they planning to bring the whole cycle to the screen It is much better than the 2007 movie, probably because a TV series provides ample space to develop the storyline, whereas a 120 minutes movie was like a bed of Procrustes, compressing and sabotaging Pullman s narrative The TV show seems to be taking the exact opposite direction and expands on the plot and characters, beyond the limits of the novel The result is still somewhat confusing, but the slower pace provides a permanent sense of danger and darkness that is quite gripping indeed Dafne Keen and Ruth Wilson, who play the two female protagonists, are both fabulous the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus and the four children are like, the gospels or something and the story is somewhat ruined then, because as an adult, you can t just shoehorn jesus into a lion outfit without snickering a little.pullman however, has the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus and the four children are like, the gospels or something and the story is somewhat ruined then, because as an adult, you can t just shoehorn jesus into a lion outfit without snickering a little.pullman however, has solved this problem i can t continue without utterly spoiling the story for everyone who hasn t read it, so consider yourselves warnedhe made jesus into a little girl even better, he made jesus into a little girl who doesn t even know she s jesus now how s that for a new twist on the new testament the part that s particularly brilliant about it, is that it actually worked lyra is never really anything like christ she just follows the path of his narrative first, she has the absent father lord asrael is desperately involved in his own ideas, so though he s not actually in heaven, he may as well be wait a sec, isn t this just dogma again sort of, except dogma is reallyrelevant to catholicism in particular, rather than scriptures and instead of linda fiorentino who is kind of a mopey christ, we get a 10 year old girl 10 year old girls are the best focal point for any story i ve been one for years.and this is a perfect choice, because she really never takes time to mope she doesn t miss her faith or wrestle with it she doesn t believe at all and therein lies the genius of pullman s work, that has all the christians in a snit she s also the antichrist.why would he do that because the bible does if you really take a look at the word antichrist, it does not mean evil khristos, from which christ is derived, means anointed so what does antichrist really mean unanointed, or that which is against the anointed there s a bunch of baggage on top of that meaning, which is how we got those omen movies, but at the heart of it, it just means smeared with fat actually, it means recognized by the divine but in ancient times, we did that by smearing the recognized thing with the fat of a sacrificed animal or person and that, is why we celebrate the crucifixion it was the point of christ s birth as if it wasn t obvious enough, it s why he s referred to as the lamb.wow so this is heavy pullman has gone all the way back to the origins of the judeo christian faith and said, this important guy, was just the carrier of this magical stuff that we re obsessed with, that we don t even use any it s like we re infected or poisoned by this idea we need an antidote we need an antichrist, to show us how far we ve wandered from the truth, which had nothing to do with trooping along after some guy.and this explains why christians are so antagonized by the books they ve been following the beast for years without recognizing it the golden compass referred to in the book, is the bible we ve all forgotten how to read and in its stead, we ve rallied around the church which claims to help us understand the symbols but in reality, it is the beast referred to the one which rose from rome, with many heads that change over time so what really, is the golden compass about it s about how to be human again how to regain an understanding of the world, that doesn t rely on our fragile expectations for good and evil all it requires, is that you give up everything, in order to discover what is important again and i don t know how christians could have missed that primary message I don t love the Beatles Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses I also don t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage fueled attempts to slit my throat with the jagged edge of a broken CD compact disc, kiddos look it up So, why risk a severed jugular on the day before I m going to stuff myself so full of turkey that I ll have a snood coming out of my ear Well, because I don t love the Beatles Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses I also don t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage fueled attempts to slit my throat with the jagged edge of a broken CD compact disc, kiddos look it up So, why risk a severed jugular on the day before I m going to stuff myself so full of turkey that I ll have a snood coming out of my ear Well, because it s the best way I can think of to articulate my feelings about The Golden Compass.I don t LOVE the Beatles, but I recognize their skill and talent and appreciate them for the impact they had on popular music There are Beatles songs that I enjoy I think I might have a Beatles album on my iPod though I ve never actually played it on my iPod But, I m never going to suddenly say to myself, Geez, I really need to hear a Beatles song RIGHT NOW and rush off to listen to one Side note I do occasionally get an urge to listen to Yesterday, but just the Boyz II Men version so perhaps I m not the most qualified judge of musical quality on the planet Is Philip Pullman a Beatles level authorial entity Well, no But, he is a skilled writer with a gift for storytelling and world building He s a talented technician and stylist But, I don t love The Golden Compass I appreciate that it s a well written and well conceived story, but, as agents revel in saying to me when I pitch them, I just didn t connect with the material I can see why people ahem, Kristin love this series, and I certainly would not dissuade anyone who s interested in reading it from giving it a go It s well done.Someone asked me, as I was finishing this, if I was going to check out the second book in the series, but I think I ll Let It Be 2.5 I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed itif I had, but it was just okay for me You cannot change what you are, only what you do So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky You cannot change what you are, only what you do So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky i first read this when i was like 10 or 11 and i remember really liking it i recently came across an online thread about this book series and the message s the author was intending to convey, and i was taken aback i honestly really didnt remember anything except for talking bears that wear armour lol after the reread, i am suprised that i read this as a child this is definitely a childrens book that is not meant for children, in my opinion the deeper meanings are pretty subtle but, rega i first read this when i was like 10 or 11 and i remember really liking it i recently came across an online thread about this book series and the message s the author was intending to convey, and i was taken aback i honestly really didnt remember anything except for talking bears that wear armour lol after the reread, i am suprised that i read this as a child this is definitely a childrens book that is not meant for children, in my opinion the deeper meanings are pretty subtle but, regardless, i have no idea how i was able to read and enjoy this because i highly doubt i really understood what was going on half the time so it was an interesting experience to read this with an adult perspective i still enjoyed it, but it was a completely different reading experience than when i was a kid, understandably 4 stars I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on what was actually happening But great imagery I m not sure if I will read book 2 or 3 of the series yet thoughts 9 8 17 1 I cleared my rating If that doesn t sufficiently refute the claim that I just wanted to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you re irrational, and further discussion is pointless 2 I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER That s what I do If you want to make cracks about being a trophy wife, go right ahead, but to insinuate that I would skim a book to have the minimum knowledge required to give the appearance of having read it so that I can give it a bad review b c reasons, is an attack 9 8 17 1 I cleared my rating If that doesn t sufficiently refute the claim that I just wanted to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you re irrational, and further discussion is pointless 2 I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER That s what I do If you want to make cracks about being a trophy wife, go right ahead, but to insinuate that I would skim a book to have the minimum knowledge required to give the appearance of having read it so that I can give it a bad review b c reasons, is an attack on my character and work ethic I m not some conservative religious zealot who think books with magic are sending our children straight to hell I don t have children I m not a Christian I do, however, have four nephews, all under eight years old that I have already given HARRY POTTER and many, many other similar books, THE GOLDEN COMPASS not among them.3 In regards to my perceived lack of faith in a child s intelligence, I m baffled that you think that s the only issue Children aren t stupid They have good instincts Shame on you Are you going to tell me that children also have excellent impulse control That they re always rational That they aren t capable of making bad decisions when overwrought And am I also to assume that you all strictly adhered to the suggested age requirements on books None of you were specifically informed that you read several grade levels ahead of your peers This isn t the simple issue some of you are trying to make it You MUST know I m a advocate for free thought, for going against the grain, for individuality vs hive mentality.I believe it s important to teach children to question, to think for themselves.BUT.I feel this book crosses a line for its intended audience The two adults Lyra should be most dependent on are villains, and whether or not there are good role models among the secondary cast of characters, they are SECONDARY, ultimately insignificant roles as evidenced when dollface takes off on her own b c her parents cannot be trusted, and she knows better than they do The fact that it s true in her scenario is exactly what concerns me.You can draw a straight line through all the steps on the path to a child s inevitable conclusion that Adults are the Enemy, and to do good, to do right, you cannot trust or obey them.I think that s a very dangerous, potentially harmful thing to teach a child You don t have to agree with me In fact, the whole reason I m writing this, years after I read the book, is b c I didn t want to be that person who essentially outlines their own possibly contradictory review on someone else s post B c those people suck FYI read between the lines.I don t recommend this book for readers not in their teens Yes, some children mature faster than others, and, especially, if the child in question is your own, you re the best judge of what is appropriate I would never tell anyone what to do with their children I am merely voicing a concern and suggesting that one might consider personally screening THE GOLDEN COMPASS before passing along to young, impressionable minds This is my opinion If you are violently opposed to it, I invite you to WRITE AND POST YOUR OWN REVIEW B 78% Good NotesA solid story and well written, but very much a children s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ^Ebook ↶ The Golden Compass ⇹ Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and ard 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 worldCan 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 one of them will be to betray the other