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Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Book Review: "The Golden Compass"

Continuing with the "my brother recommended" books, I was recently given The Golden Compass and the rest of the series as a "you gotta read this" from my brother. I was also skeptical about the books but after I started The Golden Compass I was quickly impressed by the depth and quality of the story.

The Golden Compass is interesting because the book throws you right into "the action" and you, as the reader, have to start figuring out what's going on. Of course, Philip Pullman is a great author and the book isn't slowed down like another series starter I know of (cough cough Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone). This book (and the series) have been recommended by many and said to become the next great classic after Lord of the Rings - with all the publicity and the upcoming movie, I can see why there's so much appeal here. Anyways, for the amount of plot background that would interest you but not ruin the book, check out the website I link to below.

By the way, aside from strongly recommending the book (I've only read the first so far but I'm sure the next two will be just as good) I also recommend you check out the movie website here. FWIW, the movie comes out very soon on December 7th!


Chris said...

The entire series is clearly better written and more compelling than "Harry Potter" (though Harry Potter is still a great work), but I fear that reactions to its explicitly anti-church message will hamper the movies.

The books are a delight, though a far cry from children's literature with death and evil present in realistic quantities.

College Knowledge said...

Yeah I was concerned about this... I didn't realize how the 3rd book ended and one of our employees brought up the fact that even the post could be controversial. That said, I think endorsing a well written, intriguing though dark book isn't THAT controversial and so went through with the book review.

The next book review is going to be on the Rolling Stone magazine interviews... it has been fantastic so far!

And you're right, they're definitely not children's literature. Glad to see you're commenting!