5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 16 January 2007
Laurie Frost has written the book you may not even have known that you needed. When you've read all of His Dark Materials and you want more, you want this book. Frost has listed everything from the three volumes. She has produced maps of where things happened. She has also written short essays with her own theories about various aspects in the books. This is such a wonderful book. Pullman himself claims to use it for his own writing to save himself having to remember details he made up earlier. And for anyone who might want to know which Burger King Will visited when he arrived in Oxford, there's a suggestion for that too.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Most fiction stands alone as a good read. Some make you think and some do not. However as with all the classics, many writers do not create characters and places out of whimsy.
There are so many hours in a day and it is not possible for the masses to be educated in every discipline needed to understand the deeper meaning of many of the symbols, places, and names involved in the stories we read. So we can use the help of books like "The Elements of His Dark Materials" by Laurie Frost to fill in the gaps and keep us focused on the original story. The book seems more massive than the book it is describing.
Even with books like "Annotated Alice" the philosophy is absent and another book "Alice in Wonderland and Philosophy" is needed to fill in the gaps. This book may not be the whole story but it is a great starting place.
From the Back Cover:
Please be aware that the encyclopedic nature of this book makes spoilers inevitable.