Recently blasted as explicitly anti-Christian in nature, Philip Pullman's fantastically-realized trilogy, "His Dark Materials", has several important things to say on the nature of humanity. Yes, the book presents religion in a negative light, but as a Christian myself, I find many of Mr. Pullman's ideas about how dangerous theocracy and dogmatism can be to be absolutely true. This work, a collection of all three of the books in the series, is magnificently written, and the worlds in which the author takes the reader are amazing and truly original from any other "fantasy" worlds of other books. I would highly recommend these books to all open-minded individuals, including those who are deeply religious. You might not agree with everything presented in the work (I don't, either!), but remember...it's FICTION. Plus, it's always good to hear out a viewpoint different from your own. It's what helps you grow! Happy reading!
Wonderful series, highly imaginative and well developed characters. I'm an adult and I enjoyed reading this. I would also love reading this to children if I had any. I like this more than the Harry Potter series actually.
R. S. reviewed His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass / the Subtle Knife / the Amber Spyglass on
Helpful Score: 6
These are well written adventure fantasies that young adults and adults who like their imaginations tickled can enjoy. There are a number of passages that have spine tingling suspense and take your breath away conflict. By the end you'll be sorry to let these characters go.
If you don't have an open mind or think a book has supernatural powers don't bother because there are attitudes about authoritarian religion that are unmistakable. But if you can understand the boundaries between reality and fiction fasten your seatbelt and get ready for a visceral thrill and a philosophical challenge.