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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolute Masterpiece, 8 Nov. 2001
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This review is from: Northern Lights (His Dark Materials) (Paperback)
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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Initial post: 23 Aug 2015 22:18:33 BDT
I completely agree, I'm a 29 yr old professional yet only 5 years ago I read his dark materials and loved it. I'm a serious fantasy fan yet these books continue to be my favourite, they're simple yet complicated depending on who is reading. Very smart.
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