His Dark Materials (Laurel-Leaf) Mass Market Paperback – Sep 23 2003
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In an epic trilogy, Philip Pullman unlocks the door to a world parallel to our own, but with a mysterious slant all its own. Dæmons and winged creatures live side by side with humans, and a mysterious entity called Dust just might have the power to unite the universes--if it isn't destroyed first. Here, the three paperback titles in Pullman's heroic fantasy series are united in one dazzling boxed set. Join Lyra, Pantalaimon, Will, and the rest as they embark on the most breathtaking, heartbreaking adventures of their lives. The fate of the universe is in their hands. The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass pit good against evil in a way no reader will ever forget. (Ages 13 and older) --Emilie Coulter --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"One of the supreme literary dreamers and magicians of our time" The Guardian "Philip Pullman. Is he the best storyteller ever?" The Observer --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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Let me put it this way: if a book can get people to speak about issues, that's a good thing. If it can get kids to read, that's a great thing. Why be afraid of this? Why tell children that they can't ask questions? Why the anxiety?
Buy these books. The trilogy is truly a masterpiece.
The rumors that I heard before reading this series was that Pullman was a heretic and being so had twelve year olds children having sex in one section of the writings and that he actually had destroyed 'God' through a murderous act.Read more ›
The "Dark Materials" triology takes place in a world similar to our own, that is at the same time very different. In that world, each person's soul can be seen, is called a "daemon" and takes the form of an animal. The daemons of children change their appearance constantly, but once the children become adults, their daemons choose only one form. Pullman's alternate world has other differences, too, for example the fact that it has different kinds of magic, and that witches and armored bears coexist with human beings. The result is that the world he builds is exotic, strange but at the same time familiar.
On the negative side, the writer also plays with an institution we are familiar with, the Church, using its name but leaving behind its essence, in order to talk about a world ruled by tyrannical ecclesiastical authorities. I didn't like that, and probably you won't like it either, but keep in mind that this is a work of fiction, and as such, its purpose is to entertain, not to be taken seriously. All the same, if you think your sensibilities will be offended, or that you won't be able to separate reality from fiction, don't buy this book. You will be losing a lot, though.
Regarding the plot of these books, the main character is an orphan girl named Lyra, that lives in the Jordan College of Oxford. Her life involves no more responsabilities than playing in the grounds (and roofs!Read more ›
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I don't remember that I got a 'boxed set' of His Dark Materials, but presumably it was just that, since I certainly did buy and read the Trilogy, plus a number of Phillip Pullman's... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Graham Hyatt
Received quickly and in perfect condition! My absolute favorite series, I can't wait to read them again!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Never wanted this series to end and it arrived so fast! Awesome read.Published 6 months ago by Derik Bradshaw
A truly incredible book as well as a life lesson. Would recommend to anyone who likes fantastic books. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Noémie
This is a great series to stimulate the imagination. I saw the movie before I read the books and seemed to enjoy the books even more. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kelly D. Bryson
While familiar with "Golden Compass" --- ok, I saw the movie & it intrigued me. Still nothing prepared me for Book II & III of the series. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mealoaf
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