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5.0 out of 5 stars The Epic Trilogy in one Epic Volume, 1 Feb. 2008
This review is from: His Dark Materials Trilogy: Northern Lights, The Amber Spyglass, The Subtle Knife: "Northern Lights" WITH "The Subtle Knife" AND "The Amber Spyglass" (Hardcover)
Philip Pullman's trilogy is a spectacular achievement, and you only have to look at the hundreds of reviews around the Internet to get a flavour of the positive feeling towards these stories. From my point of view, they are probably the best stories I have ever read, and fill your mind with the most amazing pictures, the most intense emotions and the most spectacular twists and turns you are ever likely to come across.

This edition is a three-in-one hard back, which could easily sit on your shelf alongside Lord of the Rings. It's a re-issue of the edition I own (which has a black cover, not the blue one shown in this picture), and I must admit that my romanticism leaves me really liking big, hard back books. This volume wouldn't be out of place on a story-teller's knee in front of a fire, and is a lovely way of giving someone these wonderful stories.

Also, it puts the books together as one story which, in all honesty, is what they are. One long, brilliant story.
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Initial post: 8 Apr 2008 20:56:16 BDT
I'm glad to find an intelligently reasoned review of this book, as most of the comments I have received online have been in the nature of "It must be a brilliant series, as it's such a massive book!" Thanks for tempting me into purchasing a more modern tome which makes a big break from my unwritten personal vow never to enjoy a book written since 1949!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Apr 2008 17:06:14 BDT
Robbie Swale says:
Ha ha! I'm glad to have made an impact. However, looking back at my review, I can't help but notice the middle paragraph emphasises my 'big books are great' view.

But I love it. I've written more in depth reviews of each of the individual novels as well, for those who are interested...

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2012 20:54:59 BDT
J. Kinory says:
"my unwritten personal vow never to enjoy a book written since 1949" -

you really are so very open-minded, aren't you now?
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