The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal--including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world. Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the c...

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Title:The Golden Compass
Author:Philip Pullman
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:Northern Lights
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:399 pages pages

The Golden Compass Reviews

  • Peter
    Aug 11, 2007

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...

    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in ...

    Read when I was younger (about 8 years ago I reckon) didn't really think much of it and only made it half way through book 2. Reckon I would like to try it again if that day ever arrives....... ...

    Northern Lights = The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1), Philip Pullman Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in North America and some other countries) is the first book of "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of Lyra Belacqua...

    This is a second reading of Pullman's classic, accomplished on vacation in a car, with the family, by listening to the 9 cd audio collection, with Phillip Pullman Himself reading the narration and beautifully, and a cast of fine actors taking various parts. The first of a trilogy entit...

    When a film was made of this book, they did the book a real disservice. This book is amazing. Lyra is the feisty protagonist, an inveterate liar, clever, passionate and loyal. She achieves the impossible, rescues an armoured bear, befriends the witches, and rescues children from a fate...

    fantastic. pullman introduces readers to his sophisticated world view slowly, and this first novel in the trilogy has an ideal narrative focal point in the mean little liar who is the protagonist. i have never seen lying in children portrayed so explicitly as a positive thing, and afte...

    This book was recommended to me somewhere in fandom as a children's book that is also interesting to adults. I admit that I wasn't particularly impressed with it, and I can't see it as something that I would give my kids to read. My main complaint is the "means to an end" style the aut...

    I really like that the Iorek Byronison, the bear, is always referred to by full name. When I'm Bear King, I definitely want to be on a full-name-all-the-time basis. Then I will battle challengers to mortal combat, tearing through armor, swiping off heads with my massive paws, slicing ...

    4.5**** ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? So begins the story of a fantastic invention of a parallel world to the one we live in and the adventures of a brave-hearted young girl. Lyra is bound to stay in Oxford to learn and play with her friends, however...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? The writing is so beautiful in this book??? Lyra is the most adorable thing in the entire world. But at the same time, she?s brave, kind, heroic, and noble. Lyra is a sweet, sweet sweetheart and she?s a better hero that Ha...

    It had been like 12 years since I read this book and I'd been meaning to re-read it for ages??so I finally got around to it, and I fell in love with it all over again. I was kind of surprised by how well I remembered the story/characters despite having not read it since I was 11 ye...

    After all the talk about Pullman's supposed anti-Catholicism or anti-Christianity or atheism or whatever one wants to label it, I approached The Golden Compass (known originally as Northern Lights) with an open mind and found something other than what I'd been told to expect. I fou...

    The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman, picks up where the Harry Potter series leaves off. As in Rowling's series, the hero of The Golden Compass--Lyra, a pre-teen girl in Oxford, England--is plucked from her mundane existence to become supremely important to the fate of the living worl...

  • mark monday
    Oct 15, 2007

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...

    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in ...

    Read when I was younger (about 8 years ago I reckon) didn't really think much of it and only made it half way through book 2. Reckon I would like to try it again if that day ever arrives....... ...

    Northern Lights = The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1), Philip Pullman Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in North America and some other countries) is the first book of "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of Lyra Belacqua...

    This is a second reading of Pullman's classic, accomplished on vacation in a car, with the family, by listening to the 9 cd audio collection, with Phillip Pullman Himself reading the narration and beautifully, and a cast of fine actors taking various parts. The first of a trilogy entit...

    When a film was made of this book, they did the book a real disservice. This book is amazing. Lyra is the feisty protagonist, an inveterate liar, clever, passionate and loyal. She achieves the impossible, rescues an armoured bear, befriends the witches, and rescues children from a fate...

    fantastic. pullman introduces readers to his sophisticated world view slowly, and this first novel in the trilogy has an ideal narrative focal point in the mean little liar who is the protagonist. i have never seen lying in children portrayed so explicitly as a positive thing, and afte...

  • Julia
    Sep 14, 2007

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...

    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in ...

    Read when I was younger (about 8 years ago I reckon) didn't really think much of it and only made it half way through book 2. Reckon I would like to try it again if that day ever arrives....... ...

    Northern Lights = The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1), Philip Pullman Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in North America and some other countries) is the first book of "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of Lyra Belacqua...

    This is a second reading of Pullman's classic, accomplished on vacation in a car, with the family, by listening to the 9 cd audio collection, with Phillip Pullman Himself reading the narration and beautifully, and a cast of fine actors taking various parts. The first of a trilogy entit...

    When a film was made of this book, they did the book a real disservice. This book is amazing. Lyra is the feisty protagonist, an inveterate liar, clever, passionate and loyal. She achieves the impossible, rescues an armoured bear, befriends the witches, and rescues children from a fate...

    fantastic. pullman introduces readers to his sophisticated world view slowly, and this first novel in the trilogy has an ideal narrative focal point in the mean little liar who is the protagonist. i have never seen lying in children portrayed so explicitly as a positive thing, and afte...

    This book was recommended to me somewhere in fandom as a children's book that is also interesting to adults. I admit that I wasn't particularly impressed with it, and I can't see it as something that I would give my kids to read. My main complaint is the "means to an end" style the aut...

    I really like that the Iorek Byronison, the bear, is always referred to by full name. When I'm Bear King, I definitely want to be on a full-name-all-the-time basis. Then I will battle challengers to mortal combat, tearing through armor, swiping off heads with my massive paws, slicing ...

  • David Schaafsma
    Aug 25, 2012

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...

    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in ...

    Read when I was younger (about 8 years ago I reckon) didn't really think much of it and only made it half way through book 2. Reckon I would like to try it again if that day ever arrives....... ...

    Northern Lights = The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1), Philip Pullman Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in North America and some other countries) is the first book of "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of Lyra Belacqua...

    This is a second reading of Pullman's classic, accomplished on vacation in a car, with the family, by listening to the 9 cd audio collection, with Phillip Pullman Himself reading the narration and beautifully, and a cast of fine actors taking various parts. The first of a trilogy entit...

  • Rebecca
    Dec 19, 2007

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...

    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in ...

    Read when I was younger (about 8 years ago I reckon) didn't really think much of it and only made it half way through book 2. Reckon I would like to try it again if that day ever arrives....... ...

    Northern Lights = The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1), Philip Pullman Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in North America and some other countries) is the first book of "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of Lyra Belacqua...

    This is a second reading of Pullman's classic, accomplished on vacation in a car, with the family, by listening to the 9 cd audio collection, with Phillip Pullman Himself reading the narration and beautifully, and a cast of fine actors taking various parts. The first of a trilogy entit...

    When a film was made of this book, they did the book a real disservice. This book is amazing. Lyra is the feisty protagonist, an inveterate liar, clever, passionate and loyal. She achieves the impossible, rescues an armoured bear, befriends the witches, and rescues children from a fate...

    fantastic. pullman introduces readers to his sophisticated world view slowly, and this first novel in the trilogy has an ideal narrative focal point in the mean little liar who is the protagonist. i have never seen lying in children portrayed so explicitly as a positive thing, and afte...

    This book was recommended to me somewhere in fandom as a children's book that is also interesting to adults. I admit that I wasn't particularly impressed with it, and I can't see it as something that I would give my kids to read. My main complaint is the "means to an end" style the aut...

    I really like that the Iorek Byronison, the bear, is always referred to by full name. When I'm Bear King, I definitely want to be on a full-name-all-the-time basis. Then I will battle challengers to mortal combat, tearing through armor, swiping off heads with my massive paws, slicing ...

    4.5**** ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? So begins the story of a fantastic invention of a parallel world to the one we live in and the adventures of a brave-hearted young girl. Lyra is bound to stay in Oxford to learn and play with her friends, however...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? The writing is so beautiful in this book??? Lyra is the most adorable thing in the entire world. But at the same time, she?s brave, kind, heroic, and noble. Lyra is a sweet, sweet sweetheart and she?s a better hero that Ha...

    It had been like 12 years since I read this book and I'd been meaning to re-read it for ages??so I finally got around to it, and I fell in love with it all over again. I was kind of surprised by how well I remembered the story/characters despite having not read it since I was 11 ye...

    After all the talk about Pullman's supposed anti-Catholicism or anti-Christianity or atheism or whatever one wants to label it, I approached The Golden Compass (known originally as Northern Lights) with an open mind and found something other than what I'd been told to expect. I fou...

    The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman, picks up where the Harry Potter series leaves off. As in Rowling's series, the hero of The Golden Compass--Lyra, a pre-teen girl in Oxford, England--is plucked from her mundane existence to become supremely important to the fate of the living worl...

    Four years ago I adopted a puppy, and when I saw her the first time I named her with a name I thought was just a series of letters that I made up: Lyra. If anyone asked me why I named her that way, I would tell it was because of the greek musical instrument, but deep down I knew it cam...

    This book started off strong, but by the end of the story, I felt that Pullman had sacrificed logic and direction for drama and suspense. He did a good job of gradually making Lyra less of an ignorant brat and more of a noble little savage girl. Overall, I liked this book well enough t...

  • Bright
    Dec 13, 2007

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Oct 29, 2012

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...

    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in ...

    Read when I was younger (about 8 years ago I reckon) didn't really think much of it and only made it half way through book 2. Reckon I would like to try it again if that day ever arrives....... ...

    Northern Lights = The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1), Philip Pullman Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in North America and some other countries) is the first book of "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of Lyra Belacqua...

  • Brigid ✩
    Feb 12, 2008

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...

    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in ...

    Read when I was younger (about 8 years ago I reckon) didn't really think much of it and only made it half way through book 2. Reckon I would like to try it again if that day ever arrives....... ...

    Northern Lights = The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1), Philip Pullman Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in North America and some other countries) is the first book of "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of Lyra Belacqua...

    This is a second reading of Pullman's classic, accomplished on vacation in a car, with the family, by listening to the 9 cd audio collection, with Phillip Pullman Himself reading the narration and beautifully, and a cast of fine actors taking various parts. The first of a trilogy entit...

    When a film was made of this book, they did the book a real disservice. This book is amazing. Lyra is the feisty protagonist, an inveterate liar, clever, passionate and loyal. She achieves the impossible, rescues an armoured bear, befriends the witches, and rescues children from a fate...

    fantastic. pullman introduces readers to his sophisticated world view slowly, and this first novel in the trilogy has an ideal narrative focal point in the mean little liar who is the protagonist. i have never seen lying in children portrayed so explicitly as a positive thing, and afte...

    This book was recommended to me somewhere in fandom as a children's book that is also interesting to adults. I admit that I wasn't particularly impressed with it, and I can't see it as something that I would give my kids to read. My main complaint is the "means to an end" style the aut...

    I really like that the Iorek Byronison, the bear, is always referred to by full name. When I'm Bear King, I definitely want to be on a full-name-all-the-time basis. Then I will battle challengers to mortal combat, tearing through armor, swiping off heads with my massive paws, slicing ...

    4.5**** ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? So begins the story of a fantastic invention of a parallel world to the one we live in and the adventures of a brave-hearted young girl. Lyra is bound to stay in Oxford to learn and play with her friends, however...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? The writing is so beautiful in this book??? Lyra is the most adorable thing in the entire world. But at the same time, she?s brave, kind, heroic, and noble. Lyra is a sweet, sweet sweetheart and she?s a better hero that Ha...

    It had been like 12 years since I read this book and I'd been meaning to re-read it for ages??so I finally got around to it, and I fell in love with it all over again. I was kind of surprised by how well I remembered the story/characters despite having not read it since I was 11 ye...

  • Brad
    Mar 25, 2008

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...

    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in ...

    Read when I was younger (about 8 years ago I reckon) didn't really think much of it and only made it half way through book 2. Reckon I would like to try it again if that day ever arrives....... ...

    Northern Lights = The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1), Philip Pullman Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in North America and some other countries) is the first book of "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of Lyra Belacqua...

    This is a second reading of Pullman's classic, accomplished on vacation in a car, with the family, by listening to the 9 cd audio collection, with Phillip Pullman Himself reading the narration and beautifully, and a cast of fine actors taking various parts. The first of a trilogy entit...

    When a film was made of this book, they did the book a real disservice. This book is amazing. Lyra is the feisty protagonist, an inveterate liar, clever, passionate and loyal. She achieves the impossible, rescues an armoured bear, befriends the witches, and rescues children from a fate...

    fantastic. pullman introduces readers to his sophisticated world view slowly, and this first novel in the trilogy has an ideal narrative focal point in the mean little liar who is the protagonist. i have never seen lying in children portrayed so explicitly as a positive thing, and afte...

    This book was recommended to me somewhere in fandom as a children's book that is also interesting to adults. I admit that I wasn't particularly impressed with it, and I can't see it as something that I would give my kids to read. My main complaint is the "means to an end" style the aut...

    I really like that the Iorek Byronison, the bear, is always referred to by full name. When I'm Bear King, I definitely want to be on a full-name-all-the-time basis. Then I will battle challengers to mortal combat, tearing through armor, swiping off heads with my massive paws, slicing ...

    4.5**** ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? So begins the story of a fantastic invention of a parallel world to the one we live in and the adventures of a brave-hearted young girl. Lyra is bound to stay in Oxford to learn and play with her friends, however...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? The writing is so beautiful in this book??? Lyra is the most adorable thing in the entire world. But at the same time, she?s brave, kind, heroic, and noble. Lyra is a sweet, sweet sweetheart and she?s a better hero that Ha...

    It had been like 12 years since I read this book and I'd been meaning to re-read it for ages??so I finally got around to it, and I fell in love with it all over again. I was kind of surprised by how well I remembered the story/characters despite having not read it since I was 11 ye...

    After all the talk about Pullman's supposed anti-Catholicism or anti-Christianity or atheism or whatever one wants to label it, I approached The Golden Compass (known originally as Northern Lights) with an open mind and found something other than what I'd been told to expect. I fou...

  • notgettingenough
    May 13, 2010

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

  • Wendy Darling
    Sep 16, 2009

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

  • unknown
    Oct 21, 2009

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...

  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    Jan 18, 2018

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

  • James
    Jul 09, 2012

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

  • Emma
    Apr 05, 2012

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...

    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in ...

    Read when I was younger (about 8 years ago I reckon) didn't really think much of it and only made it half way through book 2. Reckon I would like to try it again if that day ever arrives....... ...

    Northern Lights = The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1), Philip Pullman Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in North America and some other countries) is the first book of "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of Lyra Belacqua...

    This is a second reading of Pullman's classic, accomplished on vacation in a car, with the family, by listening to the 9 cd audio collection, with Phillip Pullman Himself reading the narration and beautifully, and a cast of fine actors taking various parts. The first of a trilogy entit...

    When a film was made of this book, they did the book a real disservice. This book is amazing. Lyra is the feisty protagonist, an inveterate liar, clever, passionate and loyal. She achieves the impossible, rescues an armoured bear, befriends the witches, and rescues children from a fate...

  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    Jun 19, 2012

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

  • Charlotte May
    Jan 29, 2019

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...

    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in ...

    Read when I was younger (about 8 years ago I reckon) didn't really think much of it and only made it half way through book 2. Reckon I would like to try it again if that day ever arrives....... ...

  • Darth J
    Apr 01, 2013

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...

    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in ...

  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Sep 09, 2015

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...

    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in ...

    Read when I was younger (about 8 years ago I reckon) didn't really think much of it and only made it half way through book 2. Reckon I would like to try it again if that day ever arrives....... ...

    Northern Lights = The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1), Philip Pullman Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in North America and some other countries) is the first book of "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of Lyra Belacqua...

    This is a second reading of Pullman's classic, accomplished on vacation in a car, with the family, by listening to the 9 cd audio collection, with Phillip Pullman Himself reading the narration and beautifully, and a cast of fine actors taking various parts. The first of a trilogy entit...

    When a film was made of this book, they did the book a real disservice. This book is amazing. Lyra is the feisty protagonist, an inveterate liar, clever, passionate and loyal. She achieves the impossible, rescues an armoured bear, befriends the witches, and rescues children from a fate...

    fantastic. pullman introduces readers to his sophisticated world view slowly, and this first novel in the trilogy has an ideal narrative focal point in the mean little liar who is the protagonist. i have never seen lying in children portrayed so explicitly as a positive thing, and afte...

    This book was recommended to me somewhere in fandom as a children's book that is also interesting to adults. I admit that I wasn't particularly impressed with it, and I can't see it as something that I would give my kids to read. My main complaint is the "means to an end" style the aut...

    I really like that the Iorek Byronison, the bear, is always referred to by full name. When I'm Bear King, I definitely want to be on a full-name-all-the-time basis. Then I will battle challengers to mortal combat, tearing through armor, swiping off heads with my massive paws, slicing ...

    4.5**** ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? So begins the story of a fantastic invention of a parallel world to the one we live in and the adventures of a brave-hearted young girl. Lyra is bound to stay in Oxford to learn and play with her friends, however...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? The writing is so beautiful in this book??? Lyra is the most adorable thing in the entire world. But at the same time, she?s brave, kind, heroic, and noble. Lyra is a sweet, sweet sweetheart and she?s a better hero that Ha...

    It had been like 12 years since I read this book and I'd been meaning to re-read it for ages??so I finally got around to it, and I fell in love with it all over again. I was kind of surprised by how well I remembered the story/characters despite having not read it since I was 11 ye...

    After all the talk about Pullman's supposed anti-Catholicism or anti-Christianity or atheism or whatever one wants to label it, I approached The Golden Compass (known originally as Northern Lights) with an open mind and found something other than what I'd been told to expect. I fou...

    The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman, picks up where the Harry Potter series leaves off. As in Rowling's series, the hero of The Golden Compass--Lyra, a pre-teen girl in Oxford, England--is plucked from her mundane existence to become supremely important to the fate of the living worl...

    Four years ago I adopted a puppy, and when I saw her the first time I named her with a name I thought was just a series of letters that I made up: Lyra. If anyone asked me why I named her that way, I would tell it was because of the greek musical instrument, but deep down I knew it cam...

    This book started off strong, but by the end of the story, I felt that Pullman had sacrificed logic and direction for drama and suspense. He did a good job of gradually making Lyra less of an ignorant brat and more of a noble little savage girl. Overall, I liked this book well enough t...

    Read until 51% and then skim read the rest. This was SOOOO disappointing. I was looking forward to it so much because the premise sounded incredible and I was excited to hear Pullman's atheism woven into his work, but everything about this book was bland. It was so slow moving and the ...

  • Sean Gibson
    Oct 19, 2015

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

  • Antonio
    Dec 10, 2013

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

  • Hailey (Hailey in Bookland)
    Feb 21, 2018

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

  • Jayson
    Aug 01, 2013

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

  • Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
    Nov 01, 2014

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Sep 28, 2015

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

  • ~Poppy~
    Oct 08, 2018

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

  • Malanie
    May 17, 2019

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...

    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in ...

    Read when I was younger (about 8 years ago I reckon) didn't really think much of it and only made it half way through book 2. Reckon I would like to try it again if that day ever arrives....... ...

    Northern Lights = The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1), Philip Pullman Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in North America and some other countries) is the first book of "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of Lyra Belacqua...

    This is a second reading of Pullman's classic, accomplished on vacation in a car, with the family, by listening to the 9 cd audio collection, with Phillip Pullman Himself reading the narration and beautifully, and a cast of fine actors taking various parts. The first of a trilogy entit...

    When a film was made of this book, they did the book a real disservice. This book is amazing. Lyra is the feisty protagonist, an inveterate liar, clever, passionate and loyal. She achieves the impossible, rescues an armoured bear, befriends the witches, and rescues children from a fate...

    fantastic. pullman introduces readers to his sophisticated world view slowly, and this first novel in the trilogy has an ideal narrative focal point in the mean little liar who is the protagonist. i have never seen lying in children portrayed so explicitly as a positive thing, and afte...

    This book was recommended to me somewhere in fandom as a children's book that is also interesting to adults. I admit that I wasn't particularly impressed with it, and I can't see it as something that I would give my kids to read. My main complaint is the "means to an end" style the aut...

    I really like that the Iorek Byronison, the bear, is always referred to by full name. When I'm Bear King, I definitely want to be on a full-name-all-the-time basis. Then I will battle challengers to mortal combat, tearing through armor, swiping off heads with my massive paws, slicing ...

    4.5**** ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? So begins the story of a fantastic invention of a parallel world to the one we live in and the adventures of a brave-hearted young girl. Lyra is bound to stay in Oxford to learn and play with her friends, however...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? The writing is so beautiful in this book??? Lyra is the most adorable thing in the entire world. But at the same time, she?s brave, kind, heroic, and noble. Lyra is a sweet, sweet sweetheart and she?s a better hero that Ha...

  • Lucy Langford
    Mar 12, 2019

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...

    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in ...

    Read when I was younger (about 8 years ago I reckon) didn't really think much of it and only made it half way through book 2. Reckon I would like to try it again if that day ever arrives....... ...

    Northern Lights = The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1), Philip Pullman Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in North America and some other countries) is the first book of "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of Lyra Belacqua...

    This is a second reading of Pullman's classic, accomplished on vacation in a car, with the family, by listening to the 9 cd audio collection, with Phillip Pullman Himself reading the narration and beautifully, and a cast of fine actors taking various parts. The first of a trilogy entit...

    When a film was made of this book, they did the book a real disservice. This book is amazing. Lyra is the feisty protagonist, an inveterate liar, clever, passionate and loyal. She achieves the impossible, rescues an armoured bear, befriends the witches, and rescues children from a fate...

    fantastic. pullman introduces readers to his sophisticated world view slowly, and this first novel in the trilogy has an ideal narrative focal point in the mean little liar who is the protagonist. i have never seen lying in children portrayed so explicitly as a positive thing, and afte...

    This book was recommended to me somewhere in fandom as a children's book that is also interesting to adults. I admit that I wasn't particularly impressed with it, and I can't see it as something that I would give my kids to read. My main complaint is the "means to an end" style the aut...

    I really like that the Iorek Byronison, the bear, is always referred to by full name. When I'm Bear King, I definitely want to be on a full-name-all-the-time basis. Then I will battle challengers to mortal combat, tearing through armor, swiping off heads with my massive paws, slicing ...

    4.5**** ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? So begins the story of a fantastic invention of a parallel world to the one we live in and the adventures of a brave-hearted young girl. Lyra is bound to stay in Oxford to learn and play with her friends, however...

  • ☽¸¸.I am¸¸.•*¨ The ¸¸.•*¨*Phoenix¨*•♫♪ ☾
    Apr 25, 2019

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...

    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in ...

    Read when I was younger (about 8 years ago I reckon) didn't really think much of it and only made it half way through book 2. Reckon I would like to try it again if that day ever arrives....... ...

    Northern Lights = The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1), Philip Pullman Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in North America and some other countries) is the first book of "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of Lyra Belacqua...

    This is a second reading of Pullman's classic, accomplished on vacation in a car, with the family, by listening to the 9 cd audio collection, with Phillip Pullman Himself reading the narration and beautifully, and a cast of fine actors taking various parts. The first of a trilogy entit...

    When a film was made of this book, they did the book a real disservice. This book is amazing. Lyra is the feisty protagonist, an inveterate liar, clever, passionate and loyal. She achieves the impossible, rescues an armoured bear, befriends the witches, and rescues children from a fate...

    fantastic. pullman introduces readers to his sophisticated world view slowly, and this first novel in the trilogy has an ideal narrative focal point in the mean little liar who is the protagonist. i have never seen lying in children portrayed so explicitly as a positive thing, and afte...

    This book was recommended to me somewhere in fandom as a children's book that is also interesting to adults. I admit that I wasn't particularly impressed with it, and I can't see it as something that I would give my kids to read. My main complaint is the "means to an end" style the aut...

    I really like that the Iorek Byronison, the bear, is always referred to by full name. When I'm Bear King, I definitely want to be on a full-name-all-the-time basis. Then I will battle challengers to mortal combat, tearing through armor, swiping off heads with my massive paws, slicing ...

    4.5**** ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? So begins the story of a fantastic invention of a parallel world to the one we live in and the adventures of a brave-hearted young girl. Lyra is bound to stay in Oxford to learn and play with her friends, however...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? The writing is so beautiful in this book??? Lyra is the most adorable thing in the entire world. But at the same time, she?s brave, kind, heroic, and noble. Lyra is a sweet, sweet sweetheart and she?s a better hero that Ha...

    It had been like 12 years since I read this book and I'd been meaning to re-read it for ages??so I finally got around to it, and I fell in love with it all over again. I was kind of surprised by how well I remembered the story/characters despite having not read it since I was 11 ye...

    After all the talk about Pullman's supposed anti-Catholicism or anti-Christianity or atheism or whatever one wants to label it, I approached The Golden Compass (known originally as Northern Lights) with an open mind and found something other than what I'd been told to expect. I fou...

    The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman, picks up where the Harry Potter series leaves off. As in Rowling's series, the hero of The Golden Compass--Lyra, a pre-teen girl in Oxford, England--is plucked from her mundane existence to become supremely important to the fate of the living worl...

    Four years ago I adopted a puppy, and when I saw her the first time I named her with a name I thought was just a series of letters that I made up: Lyra. If anyone asked me why I named her that way, I would tell it was because of the greek musical instrument, but deep down I knew it cam...

  • Oceana2602
    Jul 14, 2007

    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...

    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...

    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...

    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...

    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...

    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...

    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...

    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...

    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...

    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...

    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...

    De alguna forma este libro empezó como una producción de Disney, en la segunda parte parecía más como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte ¡Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No sé si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...

    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...

    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...

    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in ...

    Read when I was younger (about 8 years ago I reckon) didn't really think much of it and only made it half way through book 2. Reckon I would like to try it again if that day ever arrives....... ...

    Northern Lights = The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1), Philip Pullman Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in North America and some other countries) is the first book of "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of Lyra Belacqua...

    This is a second reading of Pullman's classic, accomplished on vacation in a car, with the family, by listening to the 9 cd audio collection, with Phillip Pullman Himself reading the narration and beautifully, and a cast of fine actors taking various parts. The first of a trilogy entit...

    When a film was made of this book, they did the book a real disservice. This book is amazing. Lyra is the feisty protagonist, an inveterate liar, clever, passionate and loyal. She achieves the impossible, rescues an armoured bear, befriends the witches, and rescues children from a fate...

    fantastic. pullman introduces readers to his sophisticated world view slowly, and this first novel in the trilogy has an ideal narrative focal point in the mean little liar who is the protagonist. i have never seen lying in children portrayed so explicitly as a positive thing, and afte...

    This book was recommended to me somewhere in fandom as a children's book that is also interesting to adults. I admit that I wasn't particularly impressed with it, and I can't see it as something that I would give my kids to read. My main complaint is the "means to an end" style the aut...