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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Age Range: 11 - 18 years
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 3 edition (3 Mar. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1407130226
  • ISBN-13: 978-1407130224
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 12.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (987 customer reviews)
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Lyra's life is already sufficiently interesting for a novel before she eavesdrops on a presentation by her uncle Lord Asriel to his colleagues in the Jordan College faculty, Oxford. The college, famed for its leadership in experimental theology, is funding Lord Asriel's research into the heretical possibility of the existence of worlds unlike Lyra's own, where everyone is born with a familiar animal companion, magic of a kind works, the Tartars are threatening to overrun Muscovy, and the Pope is a puritanical Protestant. Set in an England familiar and strange, Philip Pullman's lively, taut story is a must-read and re-read for fantasy lovers of all ages. The world-building is outstanding, from the subtle hints of the 1898 Tokay to odd quirks of language to the panserbjorne, while determined, clever Lyra is strongly reminiscent of Joan Aiken's Dido Twite. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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" As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension. This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next installment of Lyra's adventures." --(starred review), "Publishers Weekly"

"From the Hardcover edition."

& quot; As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension. This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next installment of Lyra's adventures.& quot; --(starred review), Publishers Weekly

From the Hardcover edition.

"As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension. This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next installment of Lyra's adventures."--(starred review), "Publishers Weekly "

"From the Hardcover edition."

"Extraordinary storytelling at its very best." "--The Detroit Free Press"
"Superb . . . all-stops-out thrilling." "--The Washington Post"
"Very grand indeed." "--The New York Times"
"Powerful [...] a fantasy adventure that sparkles with childlike wonder." "--The Boston Sunday Globe"
"Marvelous [...] the writing is elegant and challenging." "--The New Yorker"
"Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past twenty years [...] If ["The Subtle Knife"] is as good as "The Golden Compass, " we'll be two thirds of the way to the completion of a modern fantasy classic."
"--The Washington Post Book World"
"Pullman is quite possibly a genius...using the lineaments of fantasy to tell the truth about the universal experience of growing up." --"Newsweek"
"Masterful storytelling [...] with a cast of instantly beguiling characters." "--The Dallas Morning News"
"The most magnificent fantasy series since Lord of the Rings." --"The Oregonian
"
"Pullman has created the last great fantasy masterpiece of the twentieth century. An astounding achievement." --"The Cincinnati Enquirer
"
"Once in a lifetime a children's author emerges who is so extraordinary that the imagination of generations is altered. Lewis Carroll, E. Nesbit, C.S. Lewis, and Tolkien were all of this cast. So, too, is Philip Pullman, whose Dark Materials trilogy will be devoured by anyone between eight and eighty. The most ambitious work since The Lord of the Rings, it is as intellectually thrilling as it is magnificently written." "-- New Statesman"
"Thrillingly paced and exotic [...] breathtaking." "-- Columbus Dispatch"
"[...] a rare few have minds capacious enough to engage in vast cosmos-making, imagining realms and inventing universes. I am thinking of Dante and Milton and Blake. We may now add Philip Pullman."""
"--Parents Choice (online)"
""The Golden Compass" is one of the best fantasy/adventure stories that I have read in years. This is a book no one should miss." --Terry Brooks, author of "The Sword of Shannara"
"As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension. This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next installment of Lyra's adventures."
"--Publishers Weekly," Starred Review
"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." "- Kirkus Reviews, " Starred Review
"This first fantastic installment propels readers along with horror and high adventure [...] A shattering tale that begins with a promise and delivers an entire universe." "--Kirkus Reviews," Starred
"The characters of Lord Asriel, Mrs. Coutler, and Iorek Byrnison and the cold and beautiful Northern setting are captivating; the constantly twisting plot and escalating suspense are riveting; and Lyra and Pantalaimon are among the gutsiest and wiliest of adventurers. Touching, exciting, and mysterious by turns, this is a splendid work." --"The Horn Book Magazine, " Starred
"Glorious. And what an ending -- simply operatic." --"School Library Journal, " Top 100 Children's Novels (#28)
"This is a captivating fantasy, filled with excitement, suspense, and unusual characters." "--School Library Journal"
"A totally involving, intricately plotted fantasy that will leave readers clamoring for the sequels."
"--Booklist, Starred review"
"Glorious. . . . "The Golden Compass "is one of those lyrical suspensions like "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Lord of the Rings" that crosses all age lines and intertwines mythologies and legends with seamless beauty." --"BookPage "

"From the Hardcover edition."

Extraordinary storytelling at its very best. " The Detroit Free Press"
Superb . . . all-stops-out thrilling. " The Washington Post"
"Very grand indeed." " The New York Times"
"Powerful [ ] a fantasy adventure that sparkles with childlike wonder." " The Boston Sunday Globe"
"Marvelous [ ] the writing is elegant and challenging."" The New Yorker"
"Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past twenty years [ ] If ["The Subtle Knife"] is as good as "The Golden Compass, " we'll be two thirds of the way to the completion of a modern fantasy classic."
" The Washington Post Book World"
Pullman is quite possibly a genius using the lineaments of fantasy to tell the truth about the universal experience of growing up. "Newsweek"
"Masterful storytelling [ ] with a cast of instantly beguiling characters."" The Dallas Morning News"
The most magnificent fantasy series since Lord of the Rings. "The Oregonian
"
Pullman has created the last great fantasy masterpiece of the twentieth century. An astounding achievement. "The Cincinnati Enquirer
"
"Once in a lifetime a children's author emerges who is so extraordinary that the imagination of generations is altered. Lewis Carroll, E. Nesbit, C.S. Lewis, and Tolkien were all of this cast. So, too, is Philip Pullman, whose Dark Materials trilogy will be devoured by anyone between eight and eighty. The most ambitious work since The Lord of the Rings, it is as intellectually thrilling as it is magnificently written."" New Statesman"
"Thrillingly paced and exotic [ ] breathtaking."" Columbus Dispatch"
[ ] a rare few have minds capacious enough to engage in vast cosmos-making, imagining realms and inventing universes. I am thinking of Dante and Milton and Blake. We may now add Philip Pullman. " "
" Parents Choice (online)"
""The Golden Compass" is one of the best fantasy/adventure stories that I have read in years. This is a book no one should miss." Terry Brooks, author of "The Sword of Shannara"
"As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension.This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next installment of Lyra's adventures."
" Publishers Weekly," Starred Review
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. " Kirkus Reviews, " Starred Review
"This first fantastic installment propels readers along with horror and high adventure [ ] A shattering tale that begins with a promise and delivers an entire universe."" Kirkus Reviews," Starred
The characters of Lord Asriel, Mrs. Coutler, and Iorek Byrnison and the cold and beautiful Northern setting are captivating; the constantly twisting plot and escalating suspense are riveting; and Lyra and Pantalaimon are among the gutsiest and wiliest of adventurers. Touching, exciting, and mysterious by turns, this is a splendid work. "The Horn Book Magazine, " Starred
Glorious. And what an ending simply operatic. "School Library Journal, " Top 100 Children s Novels (#28)
"This is a captivating fantasy, filled with excitement, suspense, and unusual characters."" School Library Journal"
"A totally involving, intricately plotted fantasy that will leave readers clamoring for the sequels."
" Booklist, Starred review"
Glorious. . . . "The Golden Compass "is one of those lyrical suspensions like "Alice in Wonderland" and "The Lord of the Rings" that crosses all age lines and intertwines mythologies and legends with seamless beauty. "BookPage "

"From the Hardcover edition.""

Extraordinary storytelling at its very best. The Detroit Free Press
Superb . . . all-stops-out thrilling. The Washington Post
"Very grand indeed." The New York Times
"Powerful [ ] a fantasy adventure that sparkles with childlike wonder." The Boston Sunday Globe
"Marvelous [ ] the writing is elegant and challenging." The New Yorker
"Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past twenty years [ ] If [The Subtle Knife] is as good as The Golden Compass, we'll be two thirds of the way to the completion of a modern fantasy classic."
The Washington Post Book World
Pullman is quite possibly a genius using the lineaments of fantasy to tell the truth about the universal experience of growing up. Newsweek
"Masterful storytelling [ ] with a cast of instantly beguiling characters." The Dallas Morning News
The most magnificent fantasy series since Lord of the Rings. The Oregonian

Pullman has created the last great fantasy masterpiece of the twentieth century. An astounding achievement. The Cincinnati Enquirer

"Once in a lifetime a children's author emerges who is so extraordinary that the imagination of generations is altered. Lewis Carroll, E. Nesbit, C.S. Lewis, and Tolkien were all of this cast. So, too, is Philip Pullman, whose Dark Materials trilogy will be devoured by anyone between eight and eighty. The most ambitious work since The Lord of the Rings, it is as intellectually thrilling as it is magnificently written." New Statesman
"Thrillingly paced and exotic [ ] breathtaking." Columbus Dispatch
[ ] a rare few have minds capacious enough to engage in vast cosmos-making, imagining realms and inventing universes. I am thinking of Dante and Milton and Blake. We may now add Philip Pullman.
Parents Choice (online)
"The Golden Compass is one of the best fantasy/adventure stories that I have read in years. This is a book no one should miss." Terry Brooks, author of The Sword of Shannara
"As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension.This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next installment of Lyra's adventures."
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
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. Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"This first fantastic installment propels readers along with horror and high adventure [ ] A shattering tale that begins with a promise and delivers an entire universe." Kirkus Reviews, Starred
The characters of Lord Asriel, Mrs. Coutler, and Iorek Byrnison and the cold and beautiful Northern setting are captivating; the constantly twisting plot and escalating suspense are riveting; and Lyra and Pantalaimon are among the gutsiest and wiliest of adventurers. Touching, exciting, and mysterious by turns, this is a splendid work. The Horn Book Magazine, Starred
Glorious. And what an ending simply operatic. School Library Journal, Top 100 Children s Novels (#28)
"This is a captivating fantasy, filled with excitement, suspense, and unusual characters." School Library Journal
"A totally involving, intricately plotted fantasy that will leave readers clamoring for the sequels."
Booklist, Starred review
Glorious. . . . The Golden Compass is one of those lyrical suspensions like Alice in Wonderland and The Lord of the Rings that crosses all age lines and intertwines mythologies and legends with seamless beauty. BookPage

From the Hardcover edition."

"Extraordinary storytelling at its very best." --The Detroit Free Press
"Superb . . . all-stops-out thrilling." --The Washington Post
"Very grand indeed." --The New York Times
"Powerful [...] a fantasy adventure that sparkles with childlike wonder." --The Boston Sunday Globe
"Marvelous [...] the writing is elegant and challenging." --The New Yorker
"Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past twenty years [...] If [The Subtle Knife] is as good as The Golden Compass, we'll be two thirds of the way to the completion of a modern fantasy classic."
--The Washington Post Book World
"Pullman is quite possibly a genius...using the lineaments of fantasy to tell the truth about the universal experience of growing up." --Newsweek
"Masterful storytelling [...] with a cast of instantly beguiling characters." --The Dallas Morning News
"The most magnificent fantasy series since Lord of the Rings." --The Oregonian

"Pullman has created the last great fantasy masterpiece of the twentieth century. An astounding achievement." --The Cincinnati Enquirer

"Once in a lifetime a children's author emerges who is so extraordinary that the imagination of generations is altered. Lewis Carroll, E. Nesbit, C.S. Lewis, and Tolkien were all of this cast. So, too, is Philip Pullman, whose Dark Materials trilogy will be devoured by anyone between eight and eighty. The most ambitious work since The Lord of the Rings, it is as intellectually thrilling as it is magnificently written." -- New Statesman
"Thrillingly paced and exotic [...] breathtaking." -- Columbus Dispatch
"[...] a rare few have minds capacious enough to engage in vast cosmos-making, imagining realms and inventing universes. I am thinking of Dante and Milton and Blake. We may now add Philip Pullman."
--Parents Choice (online)
"The Golden Compass is one of the best fantasy/adventure stories that I have read in years. This is a book no one should miss." --Terry Brooks, author of The Sword of Shannara
"As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension. This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next installment of Lyra's adventures."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"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." - Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"This first fantastic installment propels readers along with horror and high adventure [...] A shattering tale that begins with a promise and delivers an entire universe." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"The characters of Lord Asriel, Mrs. Coutler, and Iorek Byrnison and the cold and beautiful Northern setting are captivating; the constantly twisting plot and escalating suspense are riveting; and Lyra and Pantalaimon are among the gutsiest and wiliest of adventurers. Touching, exciting, and mysterious by turns, this is a splendid work." --The Horn Book Magazine, Starred
"Glorious. And what an ending -- simply operatic." --School Library Journal, Top 100 Children's Novels (#28)
"This is a captivating fantasy, filled with excitement, suspense, and unusual characters." --School Library Journal
"A totally involving, intricately plotted fantasy that will leave readers clamoring for the sequels."
--Booklist, Starred review
"Glorious. . . . The Golden Compass is one of those lyrical suspensions like Alice in Wonderland and The Lord of the Rings that crosses all age lines and intertwines mythologies and legends with seamless beauty." --BookPage

From the Hardcover edition. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine vergriffene oder nicht verfügbare Ausgabe dieses Titels.

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Please be aware that this book was previously sold as 'Northern Lights' and is the first book of the trilogy and NOT a new book. I was very excited when I saw this as I had hoped that it was. I would recommend the trilogy to anyone as it has an easy reading style while at the same time appealing to adults. Something that is rare.
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As a massive Harry Potter fan and a student of theology and religious studies I have put off reading Philip Pullman for years. Firstly, on the grounds that surely nothing can compete with Harry potter and secondly because I didn't want to read some quasi-theological, anti-establishment piece of heresy, which is what several reviewers have portrayed 'Northern Lights' as being. Having just finished reading it however, my only regret is that I didn't do it years ago.
It's hard to escape the Harry Potter analogies as it is the seires of the moment, so let me do a quick comparison for you. Harry Potter is well written, with good dialogue, a realistic fantasy world and solid archetypes. It's of a good level for its target audience (lets say 8-12 year old kids) and offers enough escapism and wry humour to entertain adults as well. Compared to 'Northern Lights' however it is very lightweight.
Without giving away too much about either plot 'Northern Lights' is far tighter, its universe is much more plausible than Harry Potter's and there is a far greater sense of unity in Pullman's world and Lyra's purpose in it. J. K. Rowling's philosophy is by her own admission patchy and pilfered, Pullman presents an intelligent extrapolation of our history and theology and shows it working in the world, something on which Rowling has always been rather weak.
As for the theology, which one reviewer on this page has suggested is rather fantastical, I've read a lot of theologians and they frequently come up with suggestions about the world based on scripture that seem so bizzare that you would laugh at them if they came out of anyone else's mouth.
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This is a renamed version of Northern Lights!!!
Not a new book about Lyra.
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Northern Lights is an amazing book right down to the snazzy front cover. Philip Pullman is an extremely skilled author and has written this book in such a way that everything is described in great detail and crystal clarity but he still leaves enough out to keep you reading.
This book captivates you and hauls you in to the world of Gyptians, Tartars and shape shifing animals attached to everyone's soul.
I was impressed by his choice of characters and the way he explains their backgrounds, personalties and thier feelings and reactions.
I also liked the way he keeps the story going because you are always meeting a new character or entering a new place.
Something else I was pleased with was the fact that the book doesn't try to dumb itself down for younger or maybe less skilled readers. The friction between the characters and the ever-changing surroundings add to the reading enjoyment and always make you feel that there is something lurking around the next corner (which there very frequently is).
Throughout the story the plot unravels itself into complete disarray then comes together again to make perfect sense.
It is a book that reqires a good imagination and some patience.
This is definitely the best book I have ever read and it took some struggle to pull my mind out of strange world mode and put the book down.
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If you are a Phillip Pullman fan you will not be disappointed. This is a very exciting read that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
But you will be disappointed if you think this is a brand new book, it is actually The Northern Lights - I assume given a different name for the American/Canadian market.
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If, like myself, you think you've just discovered a hitherto unheard of book in the Dark Materials Saga. Sorry ... you haven't. This is in fact'Northern Lights' with an alternate title. So, why has this book been called something else?
Well, when overseas publishers buy publication/distribution rights, they occasionally change a book's title if they feel this will work better for their target audience. Remember how 'Harry Potter & the Philosopher'sStone' became 'Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone' when released in America. This particular edition of 'Northern Lights' is the same kind of thing.
That being said ... if you haven't read 'Northern Lights' A.K.A. 'The Golden Compass' ... then why not? It's a jolly exciting read! The first part of a hugely successful trilogy, the adventure starts on page one and never lets up. However, if you're new to Pullman's books, and intend to start reading them, begin with 'Northern Lights;' or better still, why not chose one of the compilation editions containing all three books together.
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Now that Philip Pullman's work is available in several audio versions, you may be wondering what makes each one distinctive, and, considering the large differences in price, which one to chose. This version is a complete and unabridged reading, the author himself is the narrator, but there is also a full cast to give voice to each character.
The plot: briefly, as this title has been thoroughly reviewed in its book form only a few mouse-clicks from where you are now:
In a parallel world to our own, feisty 12-year-old Lyra and her daemon live in a recognisable-yet-different Oxford, where they eavesdrop on a secret meeting of scholars and their charismatic visitor Lord Asriel. She hears mysterious tales of Dust, a city that hangs in the air above the Aurora Borealis, and an expedition that ended in a gruesome murder. Lyra's friend Roger disappears, stolen like many other children by the Gobblers, and then she herself is taken from Oxford to live with the sinister Mrs Coulter. Rescued by gyptians she learns who her true parents are, and that the stories and disappearance of her friend are connected. Travelling with the gyptians to the frozen North, Lyra is drawn into a savage struggle among the armoured bears and witch-clans of the Arctic. At the experimental research station of Bolvangar Lyra finds the lost children, where horrific experiments are being performed upon them. To fulfil a prophecy, Lyra's journey leads her to the ice-forts of Svalbard, the rescue of her father and eventually to the city behind the Northern Lights, but only after she has made a terrible betrayal.
What does this dramatised reading bring to the story? Philip Pullman narrates his own work well.
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