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His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass/The Subtle Knife/The Amber Spyglass | Philip Pullman
Published in 40 countries, Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass has graced the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Book Sense, and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists. The Golden Compass forms the first part of a story in three volumes. The first volume is set in a world like ours, but different in many ways. The second volume is set partly in the world we know. The third moves between many worlds. In The Golden Compass, readers meet 11-year-old Lyra Belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of Jordan College in Oxford, England. It quickly becomes clear that Lyra's Oxford is not precisely like our ownnor is her world. In Lyra's world, everyone has a personal dmon, a lifelong animal familiar. This is a world in which science, theology and magic are closely intertwined. The Subtle Knife is the second part of the trilogy that began with The Golden Compass. That first book was set in a world like ours, but different. This book begins in our own world. In The Subtle Knife, readers are introduced to Will Parry, a young boy living in modern-day Oxford, England. Will is only twelve years old, but he bears the responsibilities of an adult. Following the disappearance of his explorer-father, John Parry, during an expedition in the North, Will became parent, provider and protector to his frail, confused mother. And it's in protecting her that he becomes a murderer, too: he accidentally kills a man who breaks into their home to steal valuable letters written by John Parry. After placing his mother in the care of a kind friend, Will takes those letters and sets off to discover the truth about his father. The Amber Spyglass brings the intrigue of The Golden Compass and The Subtle Knife to a heartstopping close, marking the third and final volume as the most powerful of the trilogy. Along with the return of Lyra, Will, Mrs. Coulter, Lord Asriel, Dr. Mary Malone, and Iorek Byrnison the armored bear, The Amber Spyglass introduces a host of new characters: the Mulefa, mysterious wheeled creatures with the power to see Dust; Gallivespian Lord Roke, a hand-high spy-master to Lord Asriel; and Metatron, a fierce and mighty angel. And this final volume brings startling revelations, too: the painful price Lyra must pay to walk through the land of the dead, the haunting power of Dr. Malone's amber spyglass, and the names of who will liveand who will diefor love. And all the while, war rages with the Kingdom of Heaven, a brutal battle thatin its shocking outcomewill reveal the secret of Dust.
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Starting this tonight and will finish the series before the end of this year!!!
Armored bears, daemons and Dust, here I come!!

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I have no memory of placing this on hold but I got a notice last night that it was checked out so I started listening to it during my morning commute. #CurrentRead

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Going to reread The Golden Compass and finally finish reading this trilogy. And I‘m also excited to watch the new show on HBO as well. Been hearing great things about it.
#hisdarkmaterials #philippullman #thegoldencompass #thesubtleknife #theamberspyglass #trilogy #book #books #reading

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Has anyone else seen about this show that has very recently started based on Philip Pullman's books? Looks quite good 📚📺🌌❤️📖 @Jackal121

hermyknee Is it on cable? I‘ll have to see if one of my friends gets it! 1mo
hannah-leeloo Yer it's showing on bbc hun. 1mo
LiljaPleasant Uhhh... Is it on one of the on demand thingies? Netflix/HBO? 1mo
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hannah-leeloo The first episode came out in the UK on the 3rd. I'm not sure if it's on Netflix but maybe on catchup tv 1mo
LibrarianRyan @hermyknee @LiljaPleasant @hannah-leeloo in the US it‘s on HBO and it‘s pretty good. 1mo
LiljaPleasant @LibrarianRyan yaaaay in Denmark it's on HBO, too 🥰 1mo
tournevis It's on Crave in Canada (and on one cable channel I don't have) so I have not seen it. 1mo
hannah-leeloo @tournevis i hope you manage to find it to watch if wished. I think it looks good. Thank you all for helping each other find it ❤️🙃 1mo
tournevis @hannah-leeloo I'll watch it at some point. Just not this year. 1mo
hannah-leeloo @tournevis I'm like that. I don't usually watch TV ut for this I at make the exception haha 1mo
tournevis @hannah-leeloo 😆👍 1mo
hannah-leeloo @tournevis oh my days just seen how that typed out lol. But for this I think I'll make an exception* 🤦🏼‍♀️ lol 1mo
tournevis @hannah-leeloo 😛😆 1mo
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Anyone out there starting to watch the show??? I loved the first episode. Even my hard to please husband liked it...even though he had a million questions: "What's a daemon?" "Who's that guy?" "Why do they live in boats? "Why did the daemon change shapes?" "What would my daemon be?" ?

LibrarianRyan My guy just rolled his eyes and left the room. 1mo
TrishB Not started yet, think I may binge later! 1mo
IndyHannaJones @TrishB well there's only one episode so far but totally worth watching 1mo
TrishB I recorded it, but think I may wait til I have some time off work and watch a few episodes! 1mo
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Watching the first episode on HBO tonight. I never really got into the original book series (I think I read the first two books, maybe), but the casting of the show is so good I can‘t resist!

wanderinglynn Like you, I never really got into the books either (I think I read 1.5), but the casting & trailer looked intriguing. I‘ll be interested to hear what you think. 1mo
JacqMac I didn‘t get into the books either, but I‘m recording it. It looks good. We shall see.... 1mo
Kimberlone @wanderinglynn @JacqMac enjoyed the first episode and excited to see how the rest of the show develops. Can‘t wait to see Lin Manuel Miranda especially! I have high hopes since it is a joint BBC/HBO production. I can‘t really get into books about children now that I‘m an adult but I don‘t have a problem with movies/shows centered on children. 1mo
wanderinglynn Thanks for letting g me know! 👍🏻 I‘ll have to check it out. 1mo
JacqMac Good to hear. It‘s on my to do list. Lol 1mo
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Anyone else watching His Dark Materials?
So relieved, it's good!! 😀

Balibee146 Watched it last night on BBC.. Enjoy! 1mo
LibrarianRyan It's not on for a few hours yet. But yes I will be. 1mo
Cathythoughts I have it recorded... waiting for a nice time to sit & watch. Sounds good so 👍❤️ 1mo
TrishB Not started, but recoding! 1mo
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1. Enjoyed the said series. Also I want to read Nevernight series by Jay Kristoff
2. Supernatural, but I stopped watching after season 9
3. No
4. Nothing planned as of yet but I'll surely have some junk food
5. A big NO. I got the reading bug from my mom. Dad will only read what's work related.

#friyayintro @howjessreads

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I was in SoCal a few weeks ago for vacation, and one of the stops I had to make was The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles. It was so cool in there and I found some awesome finds.

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I‘ve enjoyed everyone‘s #7days7covers posts so much, but coming to it as late as I am, so many of my favorites have already been shared. I thought I‘d up the difficulty a little. So here‘s Day Two of my #7days7spines

Join me if you‘d like!

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#7Covers7Days #CoverCrush Day 2
@Leftcoastzen @Hooked_on_books
Care to join in @sprainedbrain ? Just post a cover you love for 7 days. No explanation. Try to tag someone new each day.

Leftcoastzen Nice! 3mo
sprainedbrain Oh yes, I will play! That‘s a lovely book. 😍 3mo
vivastory @sprainedbrain Looking forward to your selections! I still need to read this one. 😬 3mo
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sprainedbrain @vivastory so do I... it‘s been on my list for ages. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3mo
OnlyYoo I just got this edition! It‘s so beautiful and so nice that now I can binge the whole series! 3mo
Suet624 This book is so special to me. Love this cover. 3mo
DrewAnderson هيم مينلهي يدخلني هيري 3mo
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Extremely imaginative, well-paced, detailed, carefully-developed characters, and a great “magic system” (not quite what it was, but close enough). I really enjoyed this trilogy, even if the author‘s simplistic understanding and impressions of religion (and implied disdain of it) in general left me kind of rolling my eyes.


One of the best fantasy books I have ever read. Surprisingly deep for YA. Deals with very deep questions about religion, especially.

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Trailer just dropped for the HBO series at San Diego Comic Con.

I have the excite! 🤗


Lady_Tigana_20 I loved this trilogy, but it has been a struggle to get into THE BOOK OF DUST. I plan to try again at a later date. 5mo
emz711 Oooo where is this edition from?! 5mo
LauraJ Visually stunning! 5mo
magicalshelves I love this edition! I bought it for myself as well! 5mo
vivastory I have the same edition. Now I just need to read it. 😬 5mo
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No date of release yet but the new BBC adaptation of Philip Pullman‘s Dark Materials is looking very lush. Everything has been built evidently to the highest spec to give the sense that all the science works, including the alethiometer.

Kalalalatja I‘m so excited for it! 5mo
Mitch @Kalalalatja it looks good! 5mo
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Book #48: His Dark Materials has quickly become one of my favorite stories of all time. The series is absolutely enthralling, not letting me put it down for a moment. And it is one of the few series I have returned to time and time again. The story can be considered a cross between The Chronicles of Narnia and The Lord of the Rings, where the world...



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1. Tagged
2. Tarter sauce.. horseradish
3. Yes spiders...
4. 2 tall monsters
5. Hello hello!

#friyayintro (not mine it's my work monday) @howjessreads

xxjenadanxx I‘ve always meant to read His Dark Materials. 6mo
bullbunny @xxjenadanxx it's a great series! I will be rereading them soon 6mo
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I am so ashamed to say that these have always been a #DNF for me. I have tried multiple times over the course of a decade! Everyone who knows me says these will be right up my alley, and yet I cannot persist. I want to love them but it never pans out. Has anyone else experienced this? #30JuneBooks

Powered_By_Plants I had also found this 🙋🏼‍♀️ , when I read the blurb I think “right up my street!!” I have picked the book up a few times and never finished . I am now listening to it on audible and loving it. I think I may be right in thinking it‘s P Pullman himself reading it with other characters. Maybe try it on audio book 😁 6mo
Andrea313 @Powered_By_Plants Thanks for this tip! I'll give it a listen. 6mo
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I was finally able to get this gorgeous omnibus for a really great price. The Golden Compass was the first book to start my bookish side really out. It came out July 1995 and I remember finding it at the library and at home it was a super hot day so I laid on my bed and just read the whole day. It was the first book I couldn‘t put down. I finished that day and I couldn‘t wait for the next one. The first series I became obsessed with.

Eyelit That‘s just loveliness all around. 6mo
annahenke What a gorgeous edition! 6mo
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Oh how did I not hear of this before today?? (Link is to BBC trailer on YouTube)


Soubhiville So exciting! 9mo
readingjedi I am beside myself with excitement about this. Especially as it has the incredible talent that is Lin-Manuel Miranda in it. 9mo
RealLifeReading @Soubhiville @readingjedi hopefully it will make its way to the US before long 9mo
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Soubhiville I *think HBO is going to carry it? I‘m pretty sure it flashed in the “coming soon” preview I saw a couple nights ago. But I wasn‘t paying a great deal of attention. I‘ll try to look closer next time we watch something on HBO to see. 9mo
RealLifeReading @Soubhiville oh nice! I don‘t have cable though!! 😥 9mo
Soubhiville Neither do I, but we have the HBO ap... we stream everything through my hubs‘ Xbox. 9mo
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I've been wanting to dive back into this world for quite a while now, and then I saw the preview trailer for the BBC One show that is coming up... Now I HAVE to, as it has gotten me all excited!!

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Ooooo, new His Dark Materials trailer! I think Ruth Wilson is a good fit for Mrs Coulter.


booksandsympathy I need to finish reading this 10mo
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Ya'll see the new teaser trailer that dropped today? I can't friggen wait! 🤗

Think I might try and squeeze a re-read in! ☺️

Here's a link if you haven't seen the new trailer. https://youtu.be/eudsYr0iER0

Soubhiville 😲. I was so disappointed in the movie that came out a while back, but I‘ll totally give a BBC rendition a chance! 10mo
MellieAntoinette Well that‘s a pretty copy! 10mo
litenthusiast I feel like I need to reread the series. I was thrilled to see this trailer today. I had no idea BBC was doing this. 10mo
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hermyknee Yes I saw! I saw! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼 10mo
Craftylikefox This was the first series I devoured before Harry Potter! I am so excited by this trailer!!! The edition pictured is one I have been eyeing to own someday. 10mo
Johanna414 I love the look of this edition! 10mo
MStew 😍😍😍😍 love this 9mo
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I'm so excited! Please let it be good. The trailer looks promising 🤞https://youtu.be/eudsYr0iER0

Heideschrampf It can not be worse than the last attempt 10mo
hermyknee 😍😍😍 10mo
TrishB Please let it be better than the films.... 10mo
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Traci1 Omg that looks spectacular. 😍 10mo
Craftylikefox 😮😍 I want to watch it over and over again till I can watch the show 10mo
batsy It does look fab! I really hope it's better than the movies. 10mo
JazzFeathers I didn't know there was a series coming up. 10mo
BookwormM Excited for this 10mo
Severnmeadows Me too 10mo
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Loved it. Admittedly, I finished ‘The Amber Spyglass‘ yesterday and am still sitting here picking up the pieces of my broken heart 💔. Overall though, a fantastic trilogy which I believe holds something of value for everyone, regardless of the intended audience.

#hisdarkmaterials #philippullman #theamberspyglass #popsugar2019 #pop2019

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1. 13‘F but feels like 4‘F. We‘ve warmed up ?
2. Between 75-80‘F. I‘ll even go cooler if it‘s sunny.
3. 72‘ - the fiancé likes it warm in the house. I have to stop him from turning it up to 75, I would keep it at 68 during the day.
4. Spring, summer, fall, winter. ?☀️?❄️
5. Anything I can sink my teeth into. His Dark Materials was a good one.


wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 💜 And stay warm! 🥶 10mo
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So excited for my new birthday reads 😁😍 I‘ve never read these before so figured it was about time I got around to it! Also, all three are going towards my popsugar tally so I‘m multi-tasking really 💁🏼‍♀️📚

#hisdarkmaterials #philippullman #popsugar #popsugar2019 #pop2019 #birthdayreads

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Through December and till now, I have been listening to the full cast audios of these three books, and it has been delightful! I love how Pullman can write a children‘s book in a way that doesn‘t feel “childish”. Pullman expects something from his readers, and in return he gives them a beautifully written story with wonderful characters 👌

TrishB When I‘ve seen him talk about them he never calls them children‘s books - and you can tell! Great books ❤️ 11mo
LibrarianRyan I am very excited for the BBC adaptation of these books. 11mo
Kalalalatja @TrishB they are just wonderful ❤️ @LibrarianRyan me too! It will be exciting to see what they do with it 🤞 11mo
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Spent the last two weeks revisiting one of my favorite trilogies from childhood. Happy to report I still love it! There is some heavy stuff in here, and experiencing it as an adult was so different than when I was 11 and 12! I am really looking forward to the new tv adaptation and hoping they do these brilliant characters, worlds, and storylines justice. A must-read for anyone who likes #fantasy and sci-fi!

#hisdarkmaterials #phillippullman

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While Lyra isn‘t #RunningAcrossThinIceWithTigers, she is riding on her armoured polar bear companion, Iorek Byrnison, across the thick ice of Svalbard ❄️🐻

Everytime I use this trilogy for a prompt, I really want to reread it. Maybe it should be my December project, it seems fitting for the winter months.


TrishB Love this series and Lyra 💕 12mo
Centique I‘m reading the first one right now and it‘s a pure joy! 😍 12mo
Cinfhen Haven‘t read, I know... shocking 😉 12mo
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readingjedi This trilogy is very significant to me. 12mo
batsy I read the series when I had access to a proper library. I need to buy my own copies and reread them. I'm looking at this edition on Book Depository right now 😍 12mo
JennyM Yey...great pick. And always a treat to see the shelves! 12mo
erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen we both can go sit in the #shockingcorner 12mo
Cinfhen Hahaha!! Great @erzascarletbookgasm I could use some company 😘 12mo
Kalalalatja @TrishB @readingjedi @JennyM I love this series, but somehow, I have only read it once, while I have read the HP series multiple times. I don‘t know what‘s keeping me from picking it up again! @centique it is such a lovely story, hope you enjoy the rest of it 🤞 @batsy it is a pretty edition, the only problem is the text rubbing off, as you can see on the pic. But, you could just take the dustjacket off, which I forgot to do 😅 12mo
Kalalalatja @erzascarletbookgasm @Cinfhen it‘s okay, we won‘t hold it against you 😘 12mo
batsy I'm so tempted! And maybe holding it up counts as my arm workout so #winwin 😂 12mo
TrishB @batsy it‘s a beautiful edition, just sayin‘ .... 12mo
batsy @TrishB Oof, you're so bad 😆 12mo
Suet624 A reread for me soon too. 12mo
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Day 8: series everyone should read #30daybookchallenge

His Dark Materials, without a doubt!! It's an mazing story! My teacher in elementary school read the first one (Golden Compass) to the whole class and we went to the movie adaptation after that, as that was the same year. It was a great experience, seeing the story come to life. Great books, I really enjoyed them

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While there's so much cool stuff in these, at their heart these are stories about #love ❤️❤️
#Gratitude30 day three @hermyknee

Bklover Interesting! Is Northern Lights and alternate title for The Golden Compass? Pretty book covers! 13mo
Emma3 It‘s the Golden Compass in the US 13mo
Balibee146 @bklover The Northern Lights is the original UK title in publication.... My copies are pretty old 😁👍 x 13mo
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#31bookpics #day17 #audiobook @howjessreads This trilogy is one of my favorite audiobooks! The voice acting is incredible. Also, has anyone else heard of https://juniperbooks.com? They make amazing covers. You can order the books, but you can also just order the dust jackets. I‘m tempted with these covers...

Kalalalatja I‘m so tempted by Juniper books, but they are just too expensive for me 😔 14mo
Chrissyreadit Wow! 14mo
Skyrimir @Kalalalatja me too...very pretty though! 14mo
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A bit late but here I am! 🙂
1. Done.
2. Wicked by Gregory Maguire. I was surprised to find this one had been banned in many countries despite the successful broadway show.
3. Too many. And they ban too many books!
4. You only make (a certain group of) people want to read them more. Anyway, what RIGHTS do you have to tell me what I shouldn‘t read? That‘s a very primitive communist way!

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1. Sirius & Lyra
2. Green & none?
3. Buttered toast
4. Yeah. I draw sometimes and craft randomly sometimes. And write!
5. My water bottle

#humpdaypost @MinDea

Also, noting that I sent out my book for #justabookswap today! Should be there by the 28th, so we'll see! @TheBookKeepers

TheBookKeepers 😘❤️ 1y
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Living room update: Mysteries, Magic, and Monsters!

LiteraryinLititz How beautiful! 1y
DivineDiana Wow! ❤️ 1y
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What a delightful story from start to finish. Sure I find the characterisation of Asriel to be questionable, flip flopping on occasion, but the cast as a whole is absolutely wonderful. Really deep and rich in its storytelling, its easy to lose hours to this phenom of a book.


Pullman talks about magic in this article, which is also about an exhibition about human beliefs, superstition, and magic. I love how he says poetry is a kind of enchantment. Link: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/sep/01/the-limits-of-reason-philip-pullma...

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Just went to a #bookthemed comedy show on #edfringe2018 and had a blast. Had a chat with George Dimarelos afterwards too, and helped him photograph today‘s audience recommendation (HDM) for his instagram. I also told him about Litsy. Go and follow him on insta and we‘ll convince him to switch over! User: @ bookloverscomedy 😍📖👌

DivineDiana Love the sound of this! 1y
scripturient This sounds amazing!!! I hate myself for not having seen it before. 🙈😩 1y
Heideschrampf @scripturient we had a beer after and he promised me to come back next year! 1y
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batsy How fun! I love James McAvoy and Ruth Wilson 💜 1y
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readingjedi Please let this be better than the last attempt! 1y
LoveToReadLiveToRead @readingjedi 🤞🏻 I re-watched it recently and was still annoyed with where they decided to end it! 1y
alvingregorio The first movie made me so mad. I haven't yet recovered, and will probably not see this one. 1y
LoveToReadLiveToRead @alvingregorio I‘ll watch it first and let you know! 😁 1y
alvingregorio Thanks for taking one for the team! 1y
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One of my favorite series is once again complete! Though each book is not the same style.. I will have to work on getting the other two of one, to look out together.
Anyone else a fan of #hisdarkmaterials

LibrarianRyan I have that same golden compass, and the new paperbacks match. But I want a matching hard cover. 1y
bullbunny @LibrarianRyan oh do they?? Do they have them in hardback? I know my golden compass is a anniversary one. I also feel it isn't complete exactly. Since I want the other two side stories and the newest one Book of Dust still 1y
LibrarianRyan @bullbunny nope. Not in hard back. I would have figured they would release hard cover anniversary editions to match, but no such luck. Plus I had no idea the blue cover was just a slip cover. Until it came in. 1y
bullbunny @LibrarianRyan right so fancy for one book. And still sucky they haven't yet.. 1y
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A retelling of Milton‘s Paradise Lost, turned on its head.


📷: Google Books

TheFunkyBookworm I‘m pretty sure I actually already have these on my shelves but haven‘t gotten to them yet 😂 1y
KatieanneF I keep seeing this series- looking forward to seeing your thoughts on it! 1y
LibrarianRyan You need to @TheFunkyBookworm so good. And a new BBC adaptation on its way. 1y
LiterRohde @KatieanneF Just waiting for my library hold on these - 4 more weeks. 1y
MizLit I need to settle in to read The Book of Dust. Loved the first and third... the second was ... uneven, but thankfully short. (edited) 1y
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Here is my #bannedbook pile! A lot of banned books are coming up in our #requiredreadingredo so some of us have posted our banned book collections!! 💜💜💜🙌🙌🙌

Ekkross So many favorites! 1y
rather_be_reading 😍😍 1y
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tammysue 👏🏻🙌🏻😍 1y
HufflepuffGirl90 😍I have most all of those! #bannedbooksforever #goodtobebad 1y
ephemeralwaltz Love love love! 1y
Slajaunie ♥️♥️♥️ 1y
BooknerdsLife Oh my!!! Didn't know Harry Potter & Hunger Games are banned book! Color Purple too? What?! I've read and Love them all 😱😍😍 1y
ErinSueMreads @BooknerdsLife yep! Hunger games for violence and anarchy, Harry Potter for magic, and color purple for a whole bevy of reasons including lgbtq themes 1y
Laura317 I‘ve read almost all of those, too! 1y
Worley-B @ErinSueG Where do you live that these are all banned? 1y
ErinSueMreads @Worley-B HI! I‘m in the USA. Many of them aren‘t currently banned but many school systems and religious groups all over the country have banned them from their systems or challenged them at some point, even getting law enforcement involved. There is a huge history of it especially involving the civil rights and gay rights eras! Wikipedia has some great articles on it! 1y
Worley-B @ErinSueG Thank you! I'll do some reading! There's a ton in that stack that I've read and loved! 1y
ErinSueMreads Absolutely! Where are you? Do you have things like this where you are? @Worley-B 1y
Worley-B @ErinSueG I'm in the US as well. I went to a small school- To Kill a Mockingbird and Great Gatsby were required reading, and I'm of the age that everyone I knew in middle school and jr. high had a HP book with them at all times! Lol. I'm sure our local Christan Academy doesn't allow books with magic though. I've never personally encountered a situation where someone told me I couldn't read a certain book. 1y
UnidragonFrag 😍 love the stacks! 1y
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If only I lived in Oxford!

JazzFeathers Tell me about it! There's an esposizione about Tolkien now and l won't see it 😭😭😭 1y
TrishB My daughters going for a couple of days this week on a university taster thing- I‘ll tell her to keep her eyes out!! 1y
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Oooooo! 😱

Oryx I'm liking this casting. 2y
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James McAvoy as Lord Asriel. Woo hoo!! https://nerdi.st/2LzoYm5

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#riotgrams Day 6! #duologiestrilogiesandmore Just a few of my favorite trilogies!!!

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I‘ve started rereading some of the more formative books from my childhood to look at them with an adult perspective. This is not one of them, but it‘s a YA series I missed out on as I was growing out of the genre when it was first released. I thought it would pair well with the Narnia books. And they do! Looking forward to book 2 and for more photos of my cat with this THIC BOOK. (She‘s my perfect daemon 💚)