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As for what experimental theology was, Lyra had no more idea than the urchins. She had formed the notion that it was concerned with magic, with the movements of the stars and planets, with tiny particles of matter, but that was guesswork, really. Probably the stars had daemons just as humans did, and experimental theology involved talking to them.Not that Lyra spends much time worrying about it; what she likes best is "clambering over the College roofs with Roger the kitchen boy who was her particular friend, to spit plum stones on the heads of passing Scholars or to hoot like owls outside a window where a tutorial was going on, or racing through the narrow streets, or stealing apples from the market, or waging war." But Lyra's carefree existence changes forever when she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, first prevent an assassination attempt against her uncle, the powerful Lord Asriel, and then overhear a secret discussion about a mysterious entity known as Dust. Soon she and Pan are swept up in a dangerous game involving disappearing children, a beautiful woman with a golden monkey daemon, a trip to the far north, and a set of allies ranging from "gyptians" to witches to an armor-clad polar bear.
In The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman has written a masterpiece that transcends genre. It is a children's book that will appeal to adults, a fantasy novel that will charm even the most hardened realist. Best of all, the author doesn't speak down to his audience, nor does he pull his punches; there is genuine terror in this book, and heartbreak, betrayal, and loss. There is also love, loyalty, and an abiding morality that infuses the story but never overwhelms it. This is one of those rare novels that one wishes would never end. Fortunately, its sequel, The Subtle Knife, will help put off that inevitability for a while longer. --Alix Wilber --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
12 year old son reads at least 2-3 books per week, but couldn't get into this one.Published 1 day ago by nelsonke
I saw the movie and liked it but wanted to see if the book had more depth. I wasn't disappointed. Thought provoking novel.Published 4 days ago by Susan
Written beautifully. Philip Pullman has no limits when it comes to his imaginations. This book is probably one of the best books that I've ever read. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Margaret Walden
I loved the movie and so decided to finally try the book. A bit dense at the beginning, but very good once it gets going. It's much… crueler than the movie in some ways. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Krissy B.
I chose this rating because it was a really good book with tons of adventure. I didn't like the ending though it could have been betterPublished 8 days ago by babygirl it's awesome
I read this novel because it was on Amazon’s “100 Books to Read in a Lifetime” list.
Some people compare The Golden Compass favorably to the Harry Potter novels;... Read more
it was preety intense in placet mostly I liked what I read.I was sorry it ended as it did in a way, but I guess more will be revealed in the next book!Published 9 days ago by Joan R Bogle
A very tedious read. The author kept adding new characters without developing them. I did finish it but was so unhappy with the endingPublished 15 days ago by FLENNER