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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 dæmons 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 dæmon, 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 dæmon, 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 out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Great book! A good and engrossing story for fans of YA fantasy such as Harry Potter. Good for adults and children.Published 1 day ago by ChicagoGirlinNYC
I have to confess, at first I wasn't interested and I was only reading it because my mom was forcing me too, but once I got started I was hungry for more. Read morePublished 4 days ago by W. Jeon
Well written. I bought the book and listened to it in the car, I drive alot. The voices were great, very good actors. Highly recommend this book.Published 8 days ago by Amazon Customer
One of my favorite book series ever. Read them as an adult because they were my sisters favorite when she was a kid.Published 20 days ago by Renee
This was an odd but enjoyable read. Going to have to finish the rest of the series now to see what happens. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chad Hightower
This is a wonderful book for young to adult. It has everything I'very always looked for in a young adult novel: lots of action and adventure, a compelling story and solid plot,... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dennis Tyler