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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.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2006
ISBN: 0375838309
9780375838309
0375938303
9780375938306
Branch Call Number: y PULLMAN
Characteristics: 399 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Beck, Ian Illustrator

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Lyra lives among the scholars at Jordan College, Oxford. She becomes aware of a nefarious plot to steal children and transport them to the far north. As Lyra is drawn deeper and deeper into this mystery, she finds that the children are being made to suffer terribly. Filled with harrowing adventur... Read More »

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.

Accompanied by her daemon, (a magical animal companion, not a "demon"), 11-year old Lyra must journey from England to the top of the world in order to find out who is kidnapping children and why they are doing it.

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.

Set in London and the Arctic, Lyra, lives among the scholars at Jordan College, Oxford. She becomes aware of a nefarious plot to steal children and transport them to the far north. As Lyra is drawn deeper and deeper into this mystery, she finds that the children are being made to suffer terribly.... Read More »


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When Lyra's explorer uncle returns from an expedition to the North, he brings news that will set Lyra off on an incredible journey. Along the way Lyra will encounter mysterious gyptians, powerful witches, deadly assassins, and fearsome armored bears, and will have to rely on her intelligence and her bravery. The fate of the entire universe may rest in her hands. Sequels are: The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

Jul 28, 2014
  • fergusonfan rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book. Pullman has a decided knack for building up his characters. Although written for young adults, this series has some very profound ideas incorporated. Very good!!

Jul 26, 2014
  • mishamurali rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing book! It has an original plot with lots of twists and turns. I found myself devouring it like chocolate cake. The concept of the book also brings out a more dramatic side connecting beliefs and norms with politics. It is a very good book- would recommend it to anyone!

Jul 14, 2014
  • formrfarmr2011 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A very enjoyable book; reminescent of both Susan Coopers The Dark Is Rising series and the C. S. Lewis books in the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe series. I love Lyra's world! I will definately try to read the whole series.

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.

Jan 29, 2014
  • GStef rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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

Aug 07, 2013
  • 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!

Jul 01, 2013
  • 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.

May 01, 2013
  • 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!

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

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

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Apr 26, 2012
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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. 

Apr 26, 2012
  • 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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Jul 29, 2014
  • mishamurali rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“That's the duty of the old,' said the Librarian, 'to be anxious on the behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old."

Jun 22, 2014
  • hedgehog13 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

“You cannot change what you are, only what you do.”

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