His Dark Materials

by on Apr.12, 2008, under books, HDM

If you haven’t read the His Dark Materials series then you really should.
The trilogy (at the moment) includes The Northern Lights aka The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

Its a sci-fi fantasy series written by Philip Pullman and they integrate a wide range of issues including religion.
The books have won numerous awards. The Northern Lights was selected by judges for the Carnegie Medal to be one of the ten most important children’s novels in the last 70 years.
Its not just for children however. Phillip Pullman is quoted as saying, “I write books that children read. Some clever adults read them too.”

The movie “The Golden Compass” came out a couple of months ago and thats how I found out about the series.
While it differs to the book in many ways, they haven’t massacred the story thank god and its still a fabulous movie to watch. If you like the movie, you’ll love the books.
The cast includes Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig and other big names.

Philip Pullman is a atheist and he works that in to the books as well.
As such the church has condemned the books. :)
Its not ‘forced’ in to the books however and it adds a great sense of perspective to the story.

Now it would be highly appreciated if the person who has the last book from the QUT library, could return it so I can finally read it.
Its over due and I’m getting rather annoyed. :D

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