His Dark Materials

I’ve finally finished reading the “His Dark Materials” series of books by Phillip Pullman.

The fantastic name of the series alone was more than enough to entice me into the notion of reading them.

I don’t want to harp on too much about them as there are plenty of reviews online about them (go with the books and not the so-so film version of the first novel (Northern Lights); “The Golden Compass“). All I will say is that these have been some of the best books that I have ever read; they have been brilliantly written; they’re engaging, thought provoking and conjour up visual feasts a plenty. By the end of the last novel I was in floods of tears – it has been years since a book has managed that for me.

The third book, The Amber Spyglass, is an especially amazing read, and is especially captivating when the fabric of society starts to crumble and turn in such spectacular fashion.

I really wish that I had a daemon that I could see – that would be so cool! If I had one, I would really like mine to be a cute snow leopard – pretty much like the one below…

The name of the clan-queen witch “Serafina Pekkala” always makes me giggle – perhaps it’s due to the rhythm of the name and the way that characters always address/reference the character by her full name.

This series of books is really worth investing your time in – I heartily recommend them to people of all ages and of all literary tastes.

About Gari

Northern lad; living out in the Peak District and rediscovering life after having had a brain tumour.

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