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The Amber Spyglass (His Dark Materials III) Tenth Anniversary 1995-2005 [Hardcover]

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars more than a children's book April 28 2004
This is one of the greatest books I have ever read. In some magical way, this is a book that, through the stories of several very original characters is able to address God, love, maturity, humanity's history and meaning, and countless other wonderful topics. This was more than just a novel to me; it has shaped my philosophy and way of looking at the world. Thos who say that this is a children's book a la "Harry Potter" are wrong. Maybe to the young readers, that's how it is, but I'm 14 and I was able to see that this is more than an easy, pleasurable fantasy like Harry Potter. This is a novel but also a manuscript of Pullman's philosophies and views. It is an extraordinary book that operates on a truly incredible, epic scale. From the first book, things just built up and built up, and here it all comes together in a brilliant, and very sad, climax. Read the series. You'll be enlightened.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A huge disappointment Dec 22 2007
By Andy
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I loved the Golden Compass and the Subtle Knife but this book disappointed me terribly. I was outraged. To much ranting about Dust, 'we have to seal all the holes' 'oh but then we cant see each other any more'
really, who cares!? Lyra and Will falling in love was terrible, ruined the plot with nonsense
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5.0 out of 5 stars The amber spyglass Oct. 17 2013
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A beautiful and heart wrenching ending to an amazing series. I didn't want it to end but i couldn't put it down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dark, brilliant, but with a few blemishes May 21 2002
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I just finished this book in geometry class, and let me tell you, it is fantastic! It has everything you'd ever want in a fantasy epic - love, treachery, amazing imagry, well-developed and likeable characters... Pullman really pulls you into the series, especially this one, with the blooming romance of Will and Lyra(who despite their age are obviously quite mature, although some people who read this might feel a bit confused at their ascent).
The only thing that really bothered me was a chapter, no, not even a chapter, a fragment of a chapter, in the end when Pullman uses one of his characters to vent on his atheism. I'm an agnostic, so either way, it doesn't so much matter that he's bashing orthodox religion... The fact is, it doesn't make sense that people could go through so something so eye-opening and fantastical and then openly outrule the existence of something like a creator. It was obvious that he was absent, but non-existant? Isn't that just as rediculous as orthodox religion? Pullman needs to read his own novel, I think. Anything's possible. That's the message I got, anyway.
Either way, the book's a great read, and the best in the series. Read it; you'll enjoy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must read' for all April 22 2002
By missjay
This book is one of the best young adult books i have ever read.
Lyra and her companions travel through diffrent worlds to make a wonderful end to the series. The best part about this book is that it doesn't treat the christian religion with too much respect. This book gives a new view to god and the kingdom of heaven as a source for imaginitive writing rather than too much reverence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can't forget about this book March 11 2002
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I finished this book in on day. If you read this book you will never forget it. Will and Lyra fall in love and must leave each other. The last book of His Dark Materials Trilogy is so sad it mad me cry and I am a tough tom-boy. I think everyboby should read this book. Once I finished this book I could not belive how Philip Pullman ended this sad story.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Finishing the trilogy leaves me rather depressed. The degeneration of such a marvelous imaginative world of fantasy and science fiction into barely veiled juvenile swipes at Christianity left a bitter taste for the whole series in my mouth. As an elementary school teacher who loves to read out loud to his class I was hoping I'd found another series to use. Unfortunatly not. There is no way this book is appropriate for younger children of parents of Christian backgrounds. I can just imagine the parent calls now...
There were also numerous plot holes in this last book as well, ... It strikes me that perhaps Pullman was so eager to set about Christian bashing that he lost sight of the literary integrity of the story itself. Perhaps he was just falling all over himself as the end of the trilogy came to get to his sermon.
All that talent... such a shame...
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Temptation of Lyra *SPOILER* Jan. 6 2008
I thought I agreed with everyone that this last book in the series was a complete disappointment. BUT....hear me out, I'm sure I'm not the only one that put down the book in order to really think for a moment(or threw it, as seems to be the case in many reviews since it seems to abrubtly stop without a hint of resolution). Perhaps the last book is so subtle compared to the first two and Pullman actually has a point that isn't spelled out and repeated over and over as many of his ideas in the writing are (the diamond shaped bodice of the mulefa....seriously, did any of you NOT miss that point? <sarcasm>). So, here is what I have deciphered as a coherent meaning to the end of The Amber Spyglass:

Mary Malone's role with the Mulefa IS important because it helps her to regain that feeling that she once had as a child falling in love (through her experimentation and understanding of Dust). She is led to the opening for the dead and is reminded to "tell them stories" which leads her to share this notion with Lyra. Lyra in turn has a "door open inside of her that she never knew existed" which causes her to acknowledge her love for will. That moment becomes the pebble that changes the course of the river (or whatever metaphor you prefer) and Dust, as a concious substance, uses that moment in time as a foothold to save itself. Shaky, yea...but it works. As for the whole "fall" comparison....Just as Adam and Eve are cast out of Eden at the realization of themselves to a life committed to finding a way back into Heaven, Will and Lyra are unable to stay in their "Eden" (being together) after their realization of love and are cast back into their worlds to a life committed to building the Republic of Heaven.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An end to a series I didn't want to stop
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed His Dark Materials trilogy - the Amber Spyglass, in fact, was a book that kept me on edge almost the entire time I was reading it. Read more
Published on July 4 2010 by A. Taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and disappointing
This book, the last of the "His Dark Materials" trilogy, was disappointing in that it didn't, to me, show the big picture clearly. Read more
Published on May 9 2008 by Chris
3.0 out of 5 stars The real value of this book is not to be found as a standalone, but...
"The amber spyglass" is the third and last book in Phillip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" triology. It is good, but not nearly as engaging as the previous two books in the series,... Read more
Published on Jan. 5 2007 by M. B. Alcat
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable.
This is the third and last book in the His Dark Materials trilogy (after Northern Lights, or The Golden Compass in the US, and The Subtle Knife). Read more
Published on July 30 2004 by Stephanie Noverraz
1.0 out of 5 stars soppy and nonsensical
I'm sorry to say that Pullman's main achievement in this last book is to create yet another soppy paean to adolescence. Read more
Published on July 15 2004 by theskeptic
1.0 out of 5 stars Riveted.....and then sooooo disappointed!!!!
The first two books of this series were wonderfully written, fast paced marvels that held me riveted by the hour - I couldn't put them down. Read more
Published on July 14 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars GOOD-but terribly SAD
Ok, this was a GREAT book, but I happened to find one MAJOR flaw in it. The ending. Not that it did not make sense, only that, it sucked. Read more
Published on July 2 2004 by Lee Ann Million
1.0 out of 5 stars There be Yoghurt in them there pages.
(...)That's better. Sorry about that. Just taking out the theological shovel the Reverend Pullman had jabbed into my mouth. Read more
Published on June 18 2004 by Mr. Sa Fyfe
2.0 out of 5 stars'l outta control here.
Got hooked on the first 2 books...great books, original storeyline, great writing.
This one got bizarre. Read more
Published on June 15 2004 by SouthernFried
2.0 out of 5 stars How dissapointing
(...)How can anyone be satisfied by the ending of this book? I've never been so annoyed. Having thouroughly enjoyed books 1 and 2 in this trilogy, depite finding Pullman's writing... Read more
Published on June 13 2004
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