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The Golden Compass

Pullman, Philip (Book - 2006 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Golden Compass


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Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
Authors: Pullman, Philip, 1946-
Uniform Title: Northern lights
Title: The golden compass
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, c2006
Characteristics: 399 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Statement of Responsibility: by Philip Pullman ; [appendix illustrations by Ian Beck]
Notes: Originally published as: Northern lights
"Deluxe 10th anniversary ed."--Jacket
Includes "Some papers from the Library at Jordan College" and other materials that complement the original text
Sequel: The subtle knife
Summary: Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
Additional Contributors: Beck, Ian
ISBN: 0375838309
9780375838309
0375938303
9780375938306
Branch Call Number: y PULLMAN
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Report This Mar 21, 2014
  • dgl4024 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This is another book that I started but didn't finish. About half way through, I got bored with the complexity of the various relationships and tired of repeatedly wondering if I had it right about who was who and who they had a history with. Also, the setting was so foreign I couldn't relate to any aspect of where they were even though it appeared to be a modified version of earth. I eventually gave up trying to understand the various relationships, the different beings and the locale not to mention where the story line was even going. Its not that I don't like complex stories, its that this one didn't give me any reason to like it. While I was reading it I never once had any inkling that the story was an indictment of or an attack on religion. I had never heard of any controversy about the book, I simply saw it in the library and picked it up. Since then I have learned, mostly from readers on Goodreads and elsewhere, that Pullman is an agnostic and that he wrote this story for that purpose, i.e. an attack on religion. Maybe had I finished it, it would have been clearer to me, but as I said, I never once thought that or had even the remotest hint from the story of that theme.

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  • GStef rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my favourite fantasy books! As good now as when I was a kid.

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  • angiem99 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quite impressive actually :) I really enjoyed reading this book! The beginning is pretty hooking, some parts were a bit boring but at some point I felt like it was the BEST BOOK EVER! I'll definitely go looking for the sequel. I recommend this book for those who love fantasy and the great stories and tales!

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  • vweeks rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The first book of the His Dark Materials Trilogy, which just edges out Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings as my favorite fantasy book series I've ever read.

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  • angiem99 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Quite impressive actually :) I really enjoyed reading this book! The beginning is pretty hooking, some parts were a bit boring but at some point I felt like it was the BEST BOOK EVER! I'm definitely probably be looking for the sequel. I recommend this book for those who love fantasy and the great stories and tales!

Report This Feb 23, 2013
  • morrich rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Somewhat entertaining, but Pullman introduces a lot of oddball characters.

Report This Oct 12, 2012
  • iLoveLibraries0_0 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is a great and entertaining work of fiction. This one lays the groudwork for the series in terms of plot, characters and the author's philosophy on christianity.

Report This Oct 05, 2012
  • bpn_303 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The book really takes its time proceeding and developing so it wasn't the kind of book you got hooked into from the very first sentence. But the book climax and ending was definitely worth the patience.

Report This Jul 22, 2012
  • reddyla23 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This is probably the 3rd time I have read this book. Definitely one of my favorites! Great story line, keeps you hooked till the end, then leaves you wanting more!

Report This Jul 22, 2012
  • meanderthal rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This was really good! The only drawback for me was that I didn't really like Lyra that much as a protagonist. Otherwise, it was a great story. I'll be checking out the later books for sure!

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In this book Lyra and her daemon ,Pantalaimon [ in short Pan], go on a perilous journey to Bolvangar to stop the Gobblers. They need to stop the Gobblers because they kidnap children and then cut away ther deamons. Lyra and Pan travel with with the Gyptians. Along the way they meet the armored bear, Iorek Byrnison. 

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  • jackmane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This truly amazing book in a different dimension where children started going missing. A girl lived there, Lyra, who once lived a university until the fateful day when her mother took her away. She was given a golden compass by the university which she was to keep hidden.Her mother found out and tried to take it so lyra ran away from her mother. She met the egyptians who saved her from being captured. Together with them she went to save the children. They met a bear named eric burneson who decided to help her after she got back his amour. Together with lee scorseby (a balloonist) they faced evil to save the missing children.

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