The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

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12 Critic Reviews

This first fantastic installment of the His Dark Materials trilogy propels readers along with horror and high adventure, a shattering tale that begins with a promise and delivers an entire universe.
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Very Good - plus some - in like jacket. See scans and description. Stated First Edition, and First Printing. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1996. The first title (British title: Northern Lights) in Philip Pullman's' His Dark Materials' trilogy, 'The Golden Compass'. Octavo, jacket illustrated by Eric Rohmann, charcoal and black boards with silver spine imprinting, 399 + 1 + 1 pp. 'About the Author'. A better-then Very Good book in like jacket; some might grade both near fine, but these are in fact a very strong Very Good. Book shows small bit of faint edgewear at bottom left front cover, and a short abrasion at top left edge of rear cover (see scans); jacket shows minor from panel rubbing, and the top edge of rear panel is thinly roughened (see scans). Stated first edition, and a first printing of that. Jacket shows the number 52000 above the bar code, a point which has been rumored by some to be a necessary one, but which to our knowledge has not been so established. Ships in a new, sturdy, protective box, of course; not a bag. L10n
 

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 January 1, 1995 by Alfred A. Knopf. 399 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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Kirkus

Excellent
on May 20 2010

This first fantastic installment of the His Dark Materials trilogy propels readers along with horror and high adventure, a shattering tale that begins with a promise and delivers an entire universe.

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Pajiba

Good
Reviewed by Amanda6 on Feb 28 2012

So, everyone should read this book. It's classic fantasy, well-written both in plot and characterization.

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Teen Reads

Excellent
Reviewed by Tammy L. Currier on Jul 28 1998

With this rousing page-turner, Philip Pullman has outdone himself in creating a totally original fantasy that will leave readers hungry for more of Lyra's exciting adventures.

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About.com

Good
Reviewed by Mark Flanagan on Sep 10 2014

The Golden Compass, originally published in England as Northern Lights, falls easily into the YA-fantasy bucket. Like Cornelia Funke's The Thief Lord and J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, it was written for young adults but enjoys a large crossover adult following.

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Seized by the Tale

Excellent
Reviewed by Sara Lipowitz on May 08 1997

The startling, cliffhanger ending doesn't diappoint, but leaves the reader hungry for more. In the next book Lyra will be exploring new worlds, and I'll be more than happy to travel with her.

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The Book Smugglers

Good
Reviewed by KatieBabs on Oct 16 2008

Pullman’s world building and storytelling is incredible. I didn’t want to stop reading because each page would bring me to the final epic battle, and in my eyes this was a battle between good and evil. See, there are those religious undertones I am talking about.

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Eagle

Good
Reviewed by Russ Allbery on Oct 27 2005

Pullman builds a deep, complex world that's a thrill to explore...the animal-form embodiment of one's soul, is wonderful. It's explored at great depth and one begins to believe in the idea, agreeing with Lyra when she considers how horribly lonely it must be to have no daemon. Pullman does an excellent job writing her daemon, Pantalaimon...

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http://roofbeamreader.com

Good
Reviewed by roofbeamreader on Jul 27 2012

What is genius about the prose and language is that it somehow manages to match the tone of the story, which is complex and dangerous...Pullman has created a beautifully vivid, well-imagined world, where multiple-universes are possible, and his talent for translating that world onto the page and into the readers’ minds is superb.

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The Independent Review

Above average
Reviewed by Kelsey on Dec 17 2011

I was really impressed by it overall, and especially by the twist that revealed the mysterious Dust to be essentially a physical manifestation of original sin. As I said, not many YA novels have that kind of depth and it made the book really unique and much more interesting.

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Speculiction

Above average
Reviewed by Jesse on Dec 15 2012

Northern Lights is a highly imaginative story full of unique ideas, not to mention a great introduction to the three-part series. Iorek the armored bear is a wonderful character that, on top of being the first of his kind in literature, is also a highly likeable yet not-always-benevolent creature.

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Rachel Ann Haley

Good
Reviewed by Rachel Hanley on Nov 25 2011

Lyra is awesome. This story wouldn’t be half as incredible without her as the lead. She’s a spunky, fierce, brave, arrogant, funny, outspoken child who causes all kinds of mischief both mundane and heroic... this is a beautiful, allegorical story about growing up both as an individual and as one tiny part of a huge, complex world.

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AQ's Reviews

Excellent
Reviewed by aqsreviews on May 28 2012

As the story progresses, more elements of steampunk occur. There are a number of noble-souled individuals who help Lyra along...I really like the characters of the bears and the witches...I think the book had a great balance of steampunk, fantasy, realism, and science in it.

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