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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 an alternate Hardcover edition.
I highly highly recommend this book to adults and children.
Christians may take offense at some of the undertones that Pullman writes of in his book, such as the Christian church being portrayed as evil.
The author, Philip Pullman crafts his story very excellently, incorporating many characters into Lyra's story.
Great series with interesting characters and a plot that won't let you put the book down.Published 9 days ago by Kylee Hall
Great series! But beware; if you're a fan of the church, this might not be for you!Published 17 days ago by Nick Marotta
Although written for children or young adults this book is a great one to have around and read as a shared bedtime story. Read morePublished 18 days ago by P.S. Winn
Great Start. Another series that is one book divided into 3 volumes.Published 18 days ago by bobbi1261
I think this is one of the best books I have ever read in my life and I can't wait for the sequel!!!!! :)Published 20 days ago by babette
I first read Northern Lights when I was a teenager and loved it, but decided to come back to it as an adult. I fell in love all over again! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dan Thompson, Author