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Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman

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Submitted by Ben Cooper 
(Jul 24, 2001)

The Golden Compass is one of the most refreshing pieces of fantasy that I have come across in a long time. I don't know about you, but the typical fantasy theme-Boy raised on farm who discovers he is destined to defeat great evil-can get a little tiring. True, when this style is done well, it is really enjoyable to read. But often times, it isn't done all that well and it's just mediocre. But then there those little gems that you come across that really show what a totally different approach to fantasy can achieve. And the Golden Compass is one of those gems. It's not a book about swords and sorcery but rather a book filled with imagination, mystery, likable characters, and perfect pacing that makes it a real page-turner. Pullman has knack for providing enough mystery so that you are always in a state of wonder, but also answering enough questions so that it doesn't ever become frustrating. Not at all an easy task and Pullman pulls it off magnificently. And in my opinion, one of the most important elements of fantasy is imagination. That's really the root of the entire genre when yo break it down. And the Golden compass is so full of creativity that it makes many other fantasy novels pale in comparison. And the book is really well written to boot. It's the kind of writing that makes you forget that you're reading a book but rather watching a story unfold in your imagination. It's also a story that transcends age, a book that both young and old can enjoy. So for anyone who enjoys fantasy that is both captivating and original, I recommend you get hold of the golden compass and the books that follow. For it's a story unlike any other in recent memory and a book that you will probably find difficult to put down. One of the best books I've read in quite some time.

Submitted by Jasmine 
(Jun 22, 2001)

The Golden Compass is the best book I've ever read in my life- and I've read many books. I'll agree with some others that the ending was very disappointing, but I like that that author added a realistic twist to the fantasy story. As many others did, I wanted so badly for Will and Lyra to stay together. But the whole point of the last book was to capture the feeling of true love in words- something I feel no other author has done so successfully. The one thing that has confused me, though, is Dr.M being the tempter.

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