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The Amber Spyglass

The third book in Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" fantasy novel trilogy.

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One of the most disappointing books I have ever read. It cannot be read apart from The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife. This is the book where the heroes from the first two novels recruit all sorts of other beings in other parallel worlds (including Hades and what is essentially Hell) for a battle with the angels. The recruiting takes ages and is dull and the battle is incomprehensible. Mr. Pullman lost sight of the chemistry between the principle characters and got mired in philosophic ephemera.
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review by . September 13, 2008
Pros: At least it's imaginative     Cons: The anti-Christian stuff is only hype     The Bottom Line: I've read The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife, but I haven't reviewed them.     The name of The Amber Spyglass is controversy. Specifically, it’s the controversy created by millions of Christians who have never bothered to sit down and actually read the book. However, I do have one infallible source who actually does know something …
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From the very start of its very first scene,The Amber Spyglasswill set hearts fluttering and minds racing. All we'll say here is that we immediately discover who captured Lyra at the end ofThe Subtle Knife, though we've yet to discern whether this individual's intent is good, evil, or somewhere in between. We also learn that Will still possesses the blade that allows him to cut between worlds, and has been joined by two winged companions who are determined to escort him to Lord Asriel's mountain redoubt. The boy, however, has only one goal in mind--to rescue his friend and return to her the alethiometer, an instrument that has revealed so much to her and to readers ofThe Golden Compassand itsfollow-up. Within a short time, too, we get to experience the "tingle of the starlight" on Serafina Pekkala's skin as she seeks out a famished Iorek Byrnison and enlists him in Lord Asriel's crusade:
A complex web of thoughts was weaving itself in the bear king's mind, with more strands in it than hunger and satisfaction. There was the memory of the little girl Lyra, whom he had named Silvertongue, and whom he had last seen crossing the fragile snow bridge across a crevasse in his own island of Svalbard. Then there was the agitation among the witches, the rumors of pacts and alliances and war; and then there was the surpassingly strange fact of this new world itself, and the witch's insistence that there were many more such worlds, and that the ...
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ISBN-10: 0440238153
ISBN-13: 978-0440238157
Author: Philip Pullman
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Religious Allegory
Publisher: Laurel Leaf, Knopf, Del Rey
Format: Novel
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