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His Dark Materials Omnibus [Paperback]

Philip Pullman
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April 10 2007 His Dark Materials
FOR THE FIRST time, all three books of Philip Pullman's award-winning His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass) will be published in their entirety in one volume. Perfect for both new and established Pullman fans who want to read (or reread) the whole trilogy before The Golden Compass movie debuts on December 7, 2007, this handsome 6 x 9 omnibus will feature every word of the trilogy as well as Philip Pullman's chapter opening art. Also, new and exclusive to this edition: Philip Pullman has written two pages of new vignettes for each book in the trilogy. Readers will be delighted to discover these intriguing new passages at the end of each book's section in the omnibus.

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In the epic trilogy His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman unlocks the door to worlds parallel to our 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. The three books in Pullman's heroic fantasy series, published as trade paperbacks, are united here in one dazzling boxed set that includes The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. In these new editions, each chapter opens with artwork by Pullman himself, along with chapter quotations from the likes of Milton, Donne, Black, Byron, and the Bible that did not appear in earlier editions. Join Lyra, Pantalaimon, Will, and the rest as they embark on the most breathtaking, heartbreaking adventure of their lives. The fate of the universe is in their hands. (Ages 13 and older) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"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.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful... Dec 19 2007
By C. Dill
Format:Paperback
I find it so disturbing that some reviewers are saying that this is a "poison" that entices children. Entices them to do what? READ? Isn't this something that we, as adults, can only hope for in order to create a more literate, educated world? Philip Pullman's trilogy is so amazing that I cannot begin to describe it in the eloquence it deserves. His entire message is that certain authorities in our world - and in all the worlds he so richly creates - will try to tell us what to do. They'll try to control us. That's EXACTLY what has happened after the movie release! Certain authorities are scared of his message: freedom of choice, freedom of speech, freedom to think for ourselves. I think Pullman's books have done exactly what he wrote about; they've set up this kind of duality between freedom and control, and it's manifesting in our own world in the same way it did in Lyra's world.

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.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece of storytelling and ideas. July 14 2002
Format:Paperback
Consider this: stories are a vital component of being human; without them, we would merely reproduce and die. That said, if the library of the world were on fire, and I had time to rush in and save only a handful of stories, this would be one of the first I would grab. I've been a lifelong reader and have a degree in Literature--I've read more than my share of stories. Philip Pullman has done an incredible thing by bringing these books into being. The story, though fantastical in many ways, speaks volumes about human experience: innocence, guilt, love, loss, and hope. The creativity is boundless; ideas about god, souls, consciousness, evolution and even contemporary physics are sculpted into a brilliant narrative. The underlying themes include a critique of dominant religious paradigms, which of course raises major antipathy in some readers (see other reviews). But I fail to see how a story that espouses freethinking can be anything but positive. Besides, the story is greatly concerned with--to oversimplify--love and responsibility; how can that be a bad thing? Above these undercurrents, though, the story is exciting, complex, and touching. There are moments that bring tears, goosebumps, and exhilharation. Pullman proves just how entertaining a profound story can be. If none of that entices you, Pullman has also invented one of the most fascinating ideas ever with his concept of daemons: animal-like companions that embody a person's soul. After finishing these books, you'll wish more than anything that you had one. I will read these books again and again, send them to my friends, leave copies lying in cafes, and read them over and over to my children. There are precious few stories that can compare with His Dark Materials. I only hope they eventually receive the widespread attention they deserve; if they were as widely-read as Harry Potter, the world would be the better for it.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Phillip Pullman's "Dark Materials" triology are the kind of books that you simply must read if you are a science fiction fan, or if you just like well-written books... You don't have to be a teenager to enjoy them, but you need to have a big imagination in order to thoroughly enjoy them. If that is the case, go on reading this review...

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!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantasy for Thinking People Dec 13 2002
Format:Paperback
This epic trilogy is closer in tone to Tolkien's _Lord of the Rings_than the _Harry Potter_ books, but religion and philosophy take center stage. It's still a battle of Good versus Evil, where Pullman updates Milton and Blake by questioning a LOT of assumptions.
With the Catholic Church scandal revealing painful new developments every day, Pullman's work becomes even more timely. Are institutions created to teach morality capable of staying moral? Can moral authorities resist authoritarianism? Which is more important, the integrity of the institution or protecting our most vulnerable citizens? All these issues come to fore in _His Dark Materials_.
Written as a fantasy-adventure featuring 2 pre-teens, Lyra and Will, this three-volume set features an alternate Oxford (UK) where everyone has a animal-daemon who stays close at hand, intrigue in our own Oxford and the travel between the two, a dangerous Mediterranean world where soul-sucking wraiths only kill adults, and the underworld of the dead. Armored and intelligent polar bears figure, along with corrupt church adminisrators who kidnap and experiment on children.
Pullman clearly detests the evil done in the name of religion, which is why the Good and Evil discussion gets intricate. He is not necessarily anti-Catholic or anti-Christian but anti-authoritarian. Anyone who has studied European history will recognize the characterization of a corrupt and overly powerful Church (denomination never specified in this book, btw). Lyra and Will are bringing The Enlightenment to several worlds who are as politically forward as pre-Reformation Europe, and must defeat powerful forces who have no interest in power-sharing. The books work both as a springboard to the Big Questions and as an allegory for growing up and finding one's own way.
Literate, informed, evocative, and conceptually brilliant, this supposed Young Adult release will captivate adults as well.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magic!
Very surprised by the novel and enjoyed the changed in style and format that this author brings to fiction; it is neither for the young nor the old. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Waymark, Graeme
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone Should Read This Series.
I remember reading these books as a kid. I still remember every bit of my journey through the universes and how Crushed I was when I flipped the last page of the Amber... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Andres Consumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by denn
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
This series is so much better than Harry Potter in that it is much more nuanced and much better written from start to finish. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Rickard
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Trilogy!
Really enjoyed reading these books. Couldn't put them down. Would recomend to kids and adults. They are a great read.
Published 5 months ago by Kate
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Published 5 months ago by robert hartl
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Story of Ideas, Quantum Science, Adventure, and Love
Sadly, because this fine series was written within the context of the New Atheism, it has drawn considerable ire. Shades of Galileo! Read more
Published 6 months ago by Waltoon
5.0 out of 5 stars Books rock.
Great series. Its a shame production of a second series movie was stopped. The church is still ruining our lives.
Published 8 months ago by dustin johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic
My favourite book as a child, and one that I still think is just tremendous, and still find joy in. They're hugely epic in scope but the detail and imagination is incredible. Read more
Published 13 months ago by ReginaldTheRed
2.0 out of 5 stars What happened between the first and second book??
This is one of a few book series that I found where the tone of the story seems to shift dramatically after the first book. Read more
Published 19 months ago by M. Fournier
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