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The start of an amazing trilogy,
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This review is from: Northern Lights (His Dark Materials 10th Anniversary Editions) (Paperback)
I can say without any doubt, that Northern Lights, together with the other two books in the trilogy (The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass)are the best books I have ever read. (And I have read quite a lot!)
Each day, I couldn't wait to get on the tube and read the continuing adventure of Lyra et al.
It is enchanting from start to finish. And for my mind makes anything else you read afterwards seem highly inferior.
You are taken completely out of yourself. Yet you are also able to ponder the wider meanings of it all. And with so many twists and turns, Pullman as a writer is always several steps ahead of where you think things are going.
From the moment I finished the last page of the last book in the trilogy, (yesterday) I wanted to pick up Northern lights and read them all again. I cannot imagine anyone not liking these books. Even for those who have not read fantasy novels before. They are original, profound, gripping and simply breathtaking in places.
Frankly I envy anyone reading this trilogy for the first time!
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Initial post: 14 Oct 2012, 20:07:59 BST
A Richardson says:
You summed it up perfectly. I have never felt so bereft after finishing a book; it was masterful and so beautiful. As life changing as when I read my first Samuel Beckett. Pullman has set a new benchmark.
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