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The Subtle Knife

Ar old Will Parry fleeing for his life after taking another's has also stumbled into this strange new realmOn a perilous journey from world to world Lyra and Will uncover a deadly secret an object of extraordinary and devastating power And with every step they Every little increase in human freedom has been fought over ferociously between those who want us to know and be wiser and stronger and those who want us to obey and be humble and submit

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In this stunning seuel to The Golden Compass the intrepid Lyra finds herself in a shimmering haunted otherworld Cittagazze where soul eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky But she is not without allies twelve ye The second entry in a trilogy is often in my opinion the best The author doesn t have to introduce the universe or the characters as they did in the first installment but they don t need to worry about wrapping up all the plot points either Instead the focus can be on the good stuff elaborating on the story teasing us giving action chopping off Luke s hand and so on Instead of the good stuff in The Subtle Knife I feel as though we ve had a bait and switch pulled on usIn The Golden Compass we were treated to a rich alternate universe that had elements that were similar to our own like some of the geopolitical structure and elements that were entirely fantastical like ard polar bears and witches The Subtle Knife however decides that most of this is insignificant and takes place almost entirely in different universes It seems like Philip Pullman wanted to reel us in with fantasy before he could preach at usSome of these elements are expanded upon in The Amber Spyglass which I m currently reading so forgive me if they don t all apply I had heard before I started the series that they were about killing God This seemed highly unlikely and was probably a knee jerk reaction from people who heard it from other people who read a synopsis of the book etc But no Some of the main characters have decided to wage war on The Authority Herein lies my main concern with the series as a whole it s not excuse the pun subtle I m an agnostic so these complaints don t come from someone insulted by the material they come from someone unhappy by their handling I love plots that put a spin on traditional religion Waiting for the Galactic Bus for example but it seems like Pullman came up with a story involving a culture s religion and then decided to make it fit with the Judeo Christian framework no matter how hard he had to pushThe concept of Dust is interesting Adapting it to fit with concepts of physics in our world works because it uses something we only know a little about Once you try to toss in angels and consciousness and so on which is insulting in a children s book as he s claiming that children are entirely self involved until puberty though it seems contrived and sillyI may have been willing to swallow his philosophy such as it is if there hadn t been a complete lack of the elements I liked in The Golden Compass there were no Gyptians there were no panserbj rne they seem to make a reappearance in the final book of the series but why spend so much time on their culture in the first book if you aren t going to include them in the second I know that the panserbj rne s culture is basically that of any warrior society but they re still ard polar bears and the ten year old in me think that s awesomeIt s not so much that the book is bad per se though I do think it becomes too dark for the age group I initially thought it was written for I just don t think Pullman is writing for the same reason I want to read he wants to write religious commentary while I want to read fantasy

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Move closer to an even greater threat and the shattering truth of their own destinyThis Yearling paperback edition contains 17 pages of bonus material the secret letters and notes of Dr Stanislaus Grumman It also features chapter opening artwork by Philip Pullm Weird like The Wizard of Oz magical like Harry Potter and interesting totally unlike Chronicles of Narnia The symbolism is so agog so strange Obviously it makes for a great young adult novel


About the Author: Philip Pullman

Plato'—meaning that the physical world we see around us is the crude shabby imperfect second rate copy of something much better I want to emphasize the simple physical truth of things the absolute primacy of the material life rather than the spiritual or the afterlife He argues for a republic of heaven here on EarthIn 2007 the first novel of the His Dark Materials trilogy was adopted into the motion picture The Golden Compass by New Line Cinema Many churches and Christian organizations including the Catholic League called for a boycott of the film due to the books' atheist themes While the film was successful in Europe and moderately received in the United States the other two books in the trilogy were not be adapted into film possibly due to pressure from the Catholic Church When uestioned about the anti church views in His Dark Materials Pullman explains in an interview for Third Way UK “It comes from history It comes from the record of the Inuisition persecuting heretics and torturing Jews and all that sort of stuff; and it comes from the other side too from the Protestants burning the Catholics It comes from the insensate pursuit of innocent and crazy old women and from the Puritans in America burning and hanging the witches—and it comes not only from the Christian church but also from the Taliban Every single religion that has a monotheistic god ends up by persecuting other people and killing them because they don't accept him Wherever you look in history you find that It's still going on Feb 2002 Pullman has received many threats by ardent believers over his choice of subject matterMore



10 thoughts on “The Subtle Knife

  1. says:

    A 81% | Very Good Notes Changes direction from the last book expanding the mythology and affirming religion as the key theme of the series

  2. says:

    The second entry in a trilogy is often in my opinion the best The author doesn't have to introduce the universe or the cha

  3. says:

    When I read this the first time I completely overlooked a main component of the book I approached it as if was the second book in the series a massive mistake I wrote a review criticising the fact that the novel felt awkward; it had no beginning or end it just felt like the typical content you’d find in the middle of

  4. says:

    “Every little increase in human freedom has been fought over ferociously between those who want us to know and be wiser and stronger and those who want us to obey and be humble and submit”

  5. says:

    45 ”What is he A friend or an enemy”“He is a murderer”This book has the introduction of Will; a young manboy who is compassionate caring brave and a warrior After a frightening account Will has to go on the run where he escapes to a dif

  6. says:

    The Subtle Knife His Dark Materials #2 Philip Pullman The Subtle Knife the second book in the His Dark Materials series is a young adu

  7. says:

    Weird like The Wizard of Oz magical like Harry Potter and interesting totally unlike Chronicles of Narnia The symbolism is so agog so strange Obviously it makes for a great young adult novel

  8. says:

    I am not a fan of forwarded emails They frustrate me because they usually come from the same group of people people I like a great deal but who never send me a normal hey how's it going message Just Support our Troops or Tell every woman you know she's special or Microsoft is running a test and if you send this you coul

  9. says:

    I share this review again in the fall of 2017 as a fourth volume though Pullman later wrote two companion pieces to the trilogy entitled Lyra's Oxford and Once Upon a Time in the North The Book of Dust has been released to encourage all ages to

  10. says:

    Mmmmk So I rated this 25 stars when I read it a few months ago and I was unsure if I would finish the series I've since decided I won't be reading book three I'm honestly pretty disappointed with a tweet the author posted and his subseuent responses to those who replied especially his trans readers In this case I've decided not to separate the author from the work

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