Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

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The modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an “All-Time Greatest Novel” and Newsweek hailed as a “Top 100 Book of All Time.” Philip Pullman takes readers to a world where humans have animal familiars and where parallel universes are within reach.

Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal--including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.

Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want.

But what Lyra doesn't know is that to help on of them will be to betray the other...

A masterwork of storytelling and suspense, Philip Pullman's award-winning The Golden Compass is the first in the His Dark Materials series, which contintues with The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction
Published in 40 Countries

"Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past twenty years." --The Washington Post

"Very grand indeed." --The New York Times

"Pullman is quite possibly a genius." --Newsweek

About Philip Pullman

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PHILIP PULLMAN won the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in honor of the body of his work. His books include the internationally renowned His Dark Materials trilogy. Mr. Pullman lives with his wife in Oxford, England.
Published November 13, 2001 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 368 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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The studio behind The Lord Of The Rings trilogy looks to Philip Pullman's series for the beginnings of another epic fantasy franchise.

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Curled Up

The first book of his new fantasy series has been .

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(Jul 24, 2001) The Golden Compass is one of the most refreshing pieces of fantasy that I have come across in a long time.

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Fyrefly's Book Blog

Tim Curry reads most of them, but Lemony Snicket reads a few, and while he’s a fine writer, he’s no Tim Curry.) Usually I like books read by the author, because it means I get to hear the original intent of what a character is supposed to sound like, what parts are supposed to be emphasized, etc.

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Good choice for fantasy lovers who've outgrown the kid stuff -- and enough adventure for reluctant readers (especially if you start by reading aloud).

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SF Reviews

Pullman subtly introduces all of the fantasy elements of his story in such a way that we are drawn into the tale naturally, rather than by having the story put on hold for chapters at a time so that we can be filled in on backstory.

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The Objective Standard

While religious leaders want to establish the kingdom of heaven on Earth, the heroes of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass) seek to overthrow the oppressive “kingdom” of heaven and establish a “republic” in its stead.

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Anthony Allsopp 14 Nov 2013

Rated the book as 4.5 out of 5