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His Dark Materials Omnibus [Kindle Edition]

Philip Pullman
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,360 customer reviews)

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Book Description

FOR THE FIRST time, all three books of Philip Pullman's award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass) will be published in their entirety in one volume. Perfect for both new and established Pullman fans who want to read (or reread) the whole trilogy before The Golden Compass movie debuts on December 7, 2007, this handsome 6 x 9 omnibus will feature every word of the trilogy as well as Philip Pullman's chapter opening art. Also, new and exclusive to this edition: Philip Pullman has written two pages of new vignettes for each book in the trilogy. Readers will be delighted to discover these intriguing new passages at the end of each book's section in the omnibus.


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Amazon.com Review

In the epic trilogy His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman unlocks the door to worlds parallel to our own. Dæmons and winged creatures live side by side with humans, and a mysterious entity called Dust just might have the power to unite the universes--if it isn't destroyed first. The three books in Pullman's heroic fantasy series, published as trade paperbacks, are united here in one dazzling boxed set that includes The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. In these new editions, each chapter opens with artwork by Pullman himself, along with chapter quotations from the likes of Milton, Donne, Black, Byron, and the Bible that did not appear in earlier editions. Join Lyra, Pantalaimon, Will, and the rest as they embark on the most breathtaking, heartbreaking adventure of their lives. The fate of the universe is in their hands. (Ages 13 and older)

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"One of the supreme literary dreamers and magicians of our time" The Guardian "Philip Pullman. Is he the best storyteller ever?" The Observer

Product Details

  • File Size: 2620 KB
  • Print Length: 946 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0375847227
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers (January 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005WBBYXO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,818 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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177 of 188 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Engaging and exciting November 16, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My three girls and I all love to read, I mean LOVE it! We also like to discuss books we read together. As such, it is always a joy to come across a book or series that engages all of us and ends with long conversations we all learn from. While I do not feel these books are age appropriate for my 8 year old, even with an advanced reading level, it IS for my 13 and 17 year olds. After The Golden Compass, they both fought over who would get to read The Subtle Knife first.

Based on some of the reviews here, much of this series seems to personally offend anyone that is christian. It seems like anything that is threatening to their beliefs is deemed dangerous and negative. However, I think it is a good thing to have your beliefs challenged; it makes you use your mind, question things, and creates thought!

I would much rather have my girls read something they didn't agree with and found distasteful than have their right to read what they want denied. I am grateful for the freedom they experience in our country and the opportunities they are afforded because of it--opportunities to read something like these books that will make them use their minds, for example!

It comes down to this: If you are someone who likes to read, likes to be entertained, likes to use your imagination, and likes to think for yourself rather than allowing someone else to think for you, you will find value in this series!
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215 of 234 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant fantasy trilogy September 20, 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Philip Pullman's dark fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, ostensibly written for children, is actually literature of a much higher order. The title of the trilogy comes from a particularly powerful passage of Milton's Paradise Lost, the great religious epic poem whose central story is the thematic basis for this trilogy. Another important influence on these three novels is the Christian Parsifal or Sir Percival story, which dates back to the early middle-ages as part of both the King Arthur and the Holy Grail cycle of tales. From its very first page, Pullman's crisp, evocative writing creates a world not quite like ours but just similar enough to be uncomfortable and strangely familiar. As readers of the trilogy know, most of the events in these books do not occur on our world or even in our universe. Of course, because this is post Tolkien fantasy, Mr. Pullman has absorbed all of the usual fantasy tropes and has no desire to repeat them. So what he writes is new, deeper, with fully rounded characters that come alive on the page. His courageous young heroine, Lyra Belacqua with her daemon familiar, Pantalaimon, always by her side, is one of the great creations in "children's literature". Lyra and Pan make an especially entertaining, often very amusing, pair. Her fearsome Uncle, Lord Asriel, is one of those rich, ambiguous creations that keep you guessing as to their motives, reminiscent of Professor Snape in J. K. Rowling's Potter novels. Pullman's writing is lean and well crafted and exciting to read. Once started, it is very difficult to set aside.

This three volume boxed set contains the books in hardcover with their original dustcovers. Their artwork is lovely. It also contains a map: a necessity in today's complex world of fantasy.
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203 of 224 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Polar Bears! October 17, 2007
By M. Lee
Format:Paperback
There are enough (I dare say much more than enough) reviews out there that pertain to the actual contents of the book, whether it be good or bad, so I shall not express how awesome I think the trilogy is. I, instead, want to comment on the various editions of the book/trilogy available out there. I personally bought the Dark Materials Omnibus, which is absolutely gorgeous, and has very sturdy binding. The cover has a nice texture to it, and is much lighter than one would expect for its size (it is quite large). However, I have seen other versions of the trilogy, and I found that the paperback versions, printed by Knopf, are also wonderful and pleasing to the eye, which are printed with heftier paper than the Omnibus. The "standard" versions (the ones that cost 7.50 or so) are also great, though not as pretty as the other ones; they are, however, lightweight and tightly bound (I got those for my brother, who enjoyed the series). However, if you are in search of a copy to give as a gift, then I suggest the Omnibus or paperback versions, simply because of its aesthetic value.
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107 of 118 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous fantasy writing for adults and children! December 3, 2007
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is by far the most engaging, intelligently-wrtten works of children's literature I have ever read. (And for anyone getting hyped up about the religious factor, please read this before you judge!) The prose is sophisticated (I would say this is for kids with a very good vocabulary, maybe a 9+), and the characters are engaging. And talk about action packed! Pullman always keeps the reader guessing, and the action always is intriguing. The books do have violence in them (nothing too gory, but there are some battle scenes with blood, and some characters die), so keep that in mind if you want to read it to kids younger than 9.

A lot of people say this book is anti-religious, anti-God, atheistic, etc. Most of these reviews have obviously not read the series. I actually found The Golden Compass in the book closet of the Catholic school where I taught English Lit! This book for certain is NOT anti-Christian. It does not preach evil values, & it does not encourage children to kill God. The book has a lot of religious aspects: souls, angels, and spirits. This book IS anti-religious corruption, and it IS against using religion to justify evil. One review mentioned the book encourages female circumcision: so wrong!...what the book said was that religions have used faith in God to cause harm to many, including the cutting of genitalia! And if Pullman is an atheist, so what? C.S. Lewis was a Christian. Does that mean Jews, Muslims and Buddhists can't enjoy the Narnia series, even though its messages aren't parallell to their own religious values?

One thing that I do like is that Pullman creates very strong-minded children for his main characters, especially Lyra.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I loved this book so much! I love the descriptions and strong feeling words that brought out emotion. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Ballet Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good adventure. Philip Pullman pulls you into the story and keeps you reading, not wanting to put the book down till the very last... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Benjamin Sheffer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
I really love these books and am so sad that they never made movies of Subtle Knife and Amber Spyglass.
Published 4 days ago by Dramabum
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect in every way
Perfect in every way. Singular in its vision, language, and originality - truly a one-of-a-kind book for every age, but especially inspiring for young readers and budding critical... Read more
Published 5 days ago by cameron baity
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reading...
Having been a fan of the movie, "The Golden Compass," I set out to read the book it had been based upon. Read more
Published 10 days ago by kittystc
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Hours upon hours of awesome thought-provoking inspiration.
Published 24 days ago by Su Chan
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, obvious.
Brilliant fantasy/steam-punk. It's critique of the church is obvious, and fairly brutal; the authorial intent is fairly obvious. Overall, a well shaped story.
Published 25 days ago by Xcelr8pb
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's a fun read!
Published 1 month ago by Daniel P. Ceperley
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good product at a reasonable price. I bought it as a gift for my granddaughter.
Published 1 month ago by David L. Goepfert
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved reading this series of books
I loved reading this series of books. Aimed at a younger audience, I found that it was enjoyable to read as an adult.
Published 1 month ago by Mabel Mudlark
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