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His Dark Materials Slipcase Paperback – Box set, 2 Apr 2007
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Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy astounded the literary world, reaping high praise from adults as well as children. The final book in the trilogy, The Amber Spyglass, was published to great literary acclaim, earning Pullman a place on the longlist for the prestigious Booker Prize and pushing the trilogy toward cult fiction status for both children and adults.
This stunning box set contains the three books in the trilogy: The Subtle Knife, Northern Lights and The Amber Spyglass, and is the perfect gift for anyone who is looking for a challenging read. It's recommended for age 10 and above. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"One of the supreme literary dreamers and magicians of our time" (The Guardian)
"Philip Pullman. Is he the best storyteller ever?" (The Observer) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
For those readers who have completed the Harry Potter books, and are looking for something of the same kind (as I was when I began reading this trilogy), I'd advise you to drop any pre-conceived notions about how 'young adult' fiction is written - these books have bite. Main characters are subject to questionable morals, the plots are trully labrynthine, the whole Christian notion of the nature of the Universe is picked apart almost in disgust, and characters that you find yourself caring about do die.
To compare this trilogy to Harry Potter (which I enjoyed) is to compare wine to fruit juice.
As the author himself admits, the three books are really all one book, in much the same way as The Lord Of The Rings. I defy anyone to read the first story and not want to immediately start on the second, then the third.
The tale focuses on a girl called Lyra, raised as an orphan, but with a great destiny. Her adventures begin with a struggle against the all-powerful Christian church in her world, which is parallel to our own, but with many subtle differences.
This struggle leads to a greater one, and a greater one, until her final destiny is revealed - one that has implications for all the parallel worlds in the Universe.
Bringing together cosmology, physics, and christian theology, the trilogy presents a unified theory of the Universe, one in which even God himself may not be everything he seems (please be aware from the outset that Christians may find many of the aspects of this Universal theory uncomfortable, but also remember, it's only a story).Read more ›
It's three paperbacks, with the best covers available, in a box. If you want to give His Dark Materials as a gift, then for me it's either this, or the all-in-one hard back.
The books combine fascinating and philosophical (in fact partly theological) plots with truly complex characters and issues of morality. This is not a schoolboy romp in the Harry Potter mould nor even a dark epic quest in the Lord of the Rings mould. If anyone has read Susan Cooper's "Dark is Rising" sequence and liked it, then the feel of the books is perhaps closest to that.
Having read the other reviews I find it hard to understand the complaint that Northern Lights starts slowly. At pretty much the very beginning is an attempted murder and a basic introduction to a new world. Most inquisitive minds will want to know why the attempted murder happened and I found that from the beginning I wanted to know more about the other world.
Fantasy is a genre that many have difficulty with. However, in His Dark Materials all the characters are very human in bearing and thought - even the armoured bears.
I cannot recommend these books as much as they deserve. I hope that in time they will take their well deserved place beside C.S Lewis's Narnia Chronicles and The Lord of the Rings. As a 25 year old I have difficulty in remembering any books that I have found as involving or morally complex.
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.
But it is all these things and more.
If you want to read something that will change the way you look at the world, that will move you to laughter and to tears, and that will keep you awake long into the night shaking with wonder and with fear, then read this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I give my 3* rating because the print is absolutely tiny in this book.Published 1 day ago by C.C. Bloom
A great series of stories which I thought my 10 year old would love. Unfortunately the details don't make clear that the three books are actually combined into one hefty tome and... Read morePublished 17 days ago by E S Hames
His dark materials transports you to unimagined places and brings you friends that you never want to leave. It stays with you long after you've reluctantly turned the last page. Read morePublished 22 days ago by KatyM
I was sceptical this this was a teen book and while the subject included children it was so enjoyable I rattled through the trilogy an was as when it finished. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Mrs. Sarah E. Pugh
I know it's a trilogy, but I'd class this as my favourite book ever. It's so easy to get absorbed in its fantastical world. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Marie Doherty
I got fed up long before the end. The fantasy was, for me, contrived and unbelievable. I stuck with it but was pleased to have finished.Published 1 month ago by RMF
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