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His Dark Materials Yearling 3-book Boxed Set (His Dark Materials (Paperback)) Paperback – Box set, May 27, 2003
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About the Author
PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. He has also won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for The Golden Compass (and the reader-voted "Carnegie of Carnegies" for the best children's book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Award for The Amber Spyglass; a Booker Prize long-list nomination (The Amber Spyglass); Parents' Choice Gold Awards (The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass); and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
It has recently been announced that The Book of Dust, the much anticipated new book from Mr. Pullman, also set in the world of His Dark Materials, will be published as a major work in three parts, with the first part to arrive in October 2017.
Philip Pullman is the author of many other much-lauded novels. Other volumes related to His Dark Materials: Lyra’s Oxford, Once Upon a Time in the North, and The Collectors. For younger readers: I Was a Rat!; Count Karlstein; Two Crafty Criminals; Spring-Heeled Jack, and The Scarecrow and His Servant. For older readers: the Sally Lockhart quartet: The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, and The Tin Princess; The White Mercedes; and The Broken Bridge.
Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England. To learn more, please visit philip-pullman.com and hisdarkmaterials.com. Or follow him on Twitter at @PhilipPullman.
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**My only advice is that the first book, "The Golden Compass", is emotionally difficult to conquer. Once you make it through and into "The Subtle Knife", the context is different, and the first book IS leading you through a Trilogy. This story may be difficult to read at first, but I swear it is worth it all for such a tale to have been woven so brilliantly!**
If you have seen the movie based an the 1st book, please don't judge the books based on that. The movie was watered down a lot, presumably to try to appeal to a more diverse audience. Like I said, these books are for freethinkers and humanists. And perhaps those interested in humanism, that are skeptical of their faith. The overall message(without being too overbearing about it) is anti-organized religion and dogma. Pullman uses a fantasy theme to do this, with a bit of sci-fi and steampunk thrown in. In a way, it's the anti-thesis to "The Chronicles Of Narnia", which I also adore, but for different reasons.