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The Amber Spyglass ( His Dark Materials) (Paperback)

The Amber Spyglass ( His Dark Materials) (Paperback)
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  • Pages: 465
  • Book Subgenre: General
  • Language: english
  • Format Books: paperback
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf
  • Book Genre: Juvenile Fiction

Reviewer: Daria Donnelly, (Commonweal)The question of God's existence, the problem of death, the power of the imagination--all these meet in Pullman's long-awaited conclusion. . . . [In the first two books], Pullman set up an argument between the old orders of faith and the new republicanism and scientism of the Enlightenment, an argument which was . . . utterly gripping. . . . It was pretty heady stuff, and rumors circulated that Pullman was paralyzed with writer's block. . . . In fact, there was no way he could satisfactorily conclude what he had undertaken, as the amazing, admirable, and disappointing The Amber Spyglass testifies. . . . I am willing to follow Pullman a long way . . . in his argument against our theological inheritance. . . . But to seize Heaven on the ground that it straightjackets desire, what a bore . . . But we might remember that . . . blasphemy is often the handmaiden of awe. This fantasy series is worth a read.
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Reviewer: Brian Alderson, (New York Times Book Review)"Pullman's intellectual imagination has scope for inventions that can match his ambitious themes, but such freedom overrides the constraints of plot and characterization necessary to a credible and satisfying dramatic shape."

Reviewer: Karen Carden, (Christian Science Monitor)Fans who endured the three-year-wait . . . will be rewarded once more by powerful writing, vivid description, and realistic action. This 500-pager is packed with the struggles between good and evil, realizations both true and painful, and an almost-tangible sense of otherworldliness. Its myriad twisting and intertwining plots and its emotional roller coaster make it an exhausting yet exhilarating read. . . . Almost-13-year-old Lyra should not necessarily set the readership age. Some disturbing images and mature themes may make this book more appropriate for older readers.
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Reviewer: Monica Stark, (January Magazine)"THE AMBER SPYGLASS is vast and engrossing, though likely a little too challenging for younger readers or those lacking a certain intellectual sophistication."