His Dark Materials Trilogy

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  1. Isis

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    This may be a stab in the dark, but I've been caught up in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass). I read them when they first came out (mid 90s) and I'm rereading them as an adult. I recently heard that there is going to be a trilogy of films based off of these books, as there are currently 2 plays going on in England (that i totally wish i could go see) that are quite successfull. My opening question is this: has anyone else read these books and found them at all interesting?
     
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    I've read them, and I absolutely love them! They are very good books. *plots to abscond with her sisters set so she can read them*
     
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    lol. im glad im not the only fan out there. which book is your favorite? i like the Amber Spyglass.
     
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    I read them too. They were very good...except the part where they start messing around with the 'God' theory. I'm a firm believer and it was kind of annoying reading all that. Otherwise the writing style was superd, the characters convincing and well created, and the general plot was very interesting. But the end wasn't that satisfying. It was an ok ending, but it could have been better. It felt kind of empty.

    I think my favorite of the three though was The Subtle Knife. The Amber Spy Glass was my least favourite.
     
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    I'm in the middle or re-reading them, you'll have to wait until I'm done for my fave. Have either of you read any of his other books? We read The Ruby in the Smoke in my english class in eigth grade and it was pretty good.
     
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    I've read this series........it was a very good read.....the only thing that annoyed me was the fact that at the end they had to live in two diffeent worlds and break the knife. not only was the portal closed so no more dust was lost.....but even if 1 spectre was created.they could easily get rid of it. btw first book is northern lights, not the golden compass.
     
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    I'm assuming you are in the UK, so that would be true for you. In the US, it's called The Golden Compass
     
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    Ah i see......ok then my bad in that case....
     
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    The first was my favorite. But I have to agree with Reem that I was kind of annoyed about the God thing, but it did not interfere to much with my enjoying the story.
     
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    I haven't read any of his other work, though I'd like to. I've recently come across a few of his other books in my uni library, so I'll be borrowing them next semster when I have time:)
    But you're right, he is a very good writer, and I would have had no complaints to make of his trilogy had it not been for the God thing. But other than that he's great.
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    the thought of killing god dnt really bother me, and i'm sure it dnt bother you guys as it did not interfere too much with the story and was still a good read, beacuse you still liked it did you not?
     
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    :)I don't think you can help liking it:) He is a very good story teller, as I already said:p;)
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    Of course it didnt bother me all that much, Phillip Pullman just wrote a good story. If i got offended over everything i would be reading A Tale of Two Cities or something.
     
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    Lol! good point:p
    So has anyone read any of his other work? Are they any good?
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    yea i've read the series that starts with "the ruby in the smoke"....someone remnd me what the series is called beacuse their good aswell.
     
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    How many books did Pullman exactly write? I never heard of him until I got His Dark Materials trilogy.
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    well he's apparently supposed to be well published so we know he's got a minium of a trilogy and a 5 book serie.
     
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    I read that trilogy like 4 years ago..it was pretty good, but i couldn't tell you what it was about anymore...
     
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    about a woman who is detective....and something else...yea i cnt remember either....so long ago.
     
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    I read the first one for school in 8th grade. It had something to do with opium. . .and there was a photographer. . .I dunno.