02 September 2008 ~ 1 Comment

(Book) The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman


I’m willing to admit that when it comes to books and movies I sometimes “don’t get it”. I “got it” in this one, but I don’t really understand what all the controversy was about. Everyone acted like it was some big deal with all the anti-religion, but I didn’t really see that in here at all. It was a “just okay” book. I have the other two to read one day, but they are going down the list a bit. While parts of the book were very fast paced and fun, some of it was just “eh”.


Grades 7 – 12. The action follows 11-year-old protagonist Lyra Belacqua, accompanied by her daemon, from her home at Oxford University to the frozen wastes of the North, on a quest to save kidnapped children from the evil ‘Gobblers,’ who are using them as part of a sinister experiment. Lyra also must rescue her father from the Panserbjorne, a race of talking, armored, mercenary polar bears holding him captive. Joining Lyra are a vagabond troop of gyptians (gypsies), witches, an outcast bear, and a Texan in a hot air balloon.

One Response to “(Book) The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman”

  1. Lauren 6 September 2008 at 4:41 am Permalink

    I didn’t quite realize what the whole fuss from the religious groups were about from this book either. Then I read the second book and understood it better because it’s more prevalent in the second book (claiming that all Church wants is to tell people what to do). That being said, I still dont understand the controversy!

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