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The Rough Guide to His Dark Materials (Rough Guide Reference) Paperback – October 1, 2007
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But when I wanted to learn more about an idea, like that "the alethiometer has been likened to the liahona. . . used by the Mormon prophet Lehi" (p. 50), I changed my mind. Who came up with this idea? I found what I think is the source by googling -- but that isn't how it is supposed to work. The source should have been noted in Paul Simpson's book.
You give credit where credit is due -- you don't take a bit from this writer and a bit from that, fail to identify your source, and call it writing a book.
Another example: Even when Simpson appears to be citing sources, he's sloppy. On page 40 he attributes to David Colbert's book a quotation by Pullman regarding daemons that originally appeared in an interview by Catherine Andronik -- I know this because Colbert did the right thing, and credited his source (Andronik) in his book. But Paul Simpson's Rough Guide makes it appear as if Colbert's book, The Magical Worlds of Philip Pullman, is where this information first appeared.
The argument that this Rough Guide isn't for scholars doesn't hold up. Colbert's very rigorously honorable book also isn't for academics.
It's all about fairness and respect.