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In this stunning seuel to The Golden Compass the intrepid Lyra finds The Subtle PDFEPUBherself in a shimmering haunted otherworld Cittagazze where soul eating Specters stalk the streets and wingbeats of distant angels sound against the sky But she is not without alli The second entry in a trilogy is often in my opinion the best The author doesn t have to introduce the universe or the characters as they did in the first installment but they don t need to worry about wrapping up all the plot points either Instead the focus can be on the good stuff elaborating on the story teasing us giving action chopping off Luke s hand and so on Instead of the good stuff in The Subtle Knife I feel as though we ve had a bait and switch pulled on usIn The Golden Compass we were treated to a rich alternate universe that had elements that were similar to our own like some of the geopolitical structure and elements that were entirely fantastical like ard polar bears and witches The Subtle Knife however decides that most of this is insignificant and takes place almost entirely in different universes It seems like Philip Pullman wanted to reel us in with fantasy before he could preach at usSome of these elements are expanded upon in The Amber Spyglass which I m currently reading so forgive me if they don t all apply I had heard before I started the series that they were about killing God This seemed highly unlikely and was probably a knee jerk reaction from people who heard it from other people who read a synopsis of the book etc But no Some of the main characters have decided to wage war on The Authority Herein lies my main concern with the series as a whole it s not excuse the pun subtle I m an agnostic so these complaints don t come from someone insulted by the material they come from someone unhappy by their handling I love plots that put a spin on traditional religion Waiting for the Galactic Bus for example but it seems like Pullman came up with a story involving a culture s religion and then decided to make it fit with the Judeo Christian framework no matter how hard he had to pushThe concept of Dust is interesting Adapting it to fit with concepts of physics in our world works because it uses something we only know a little about Once you try to toss in angels and consciousness and so on which is insulting in a children s book as he s claiming that children are entirely self involved until puberty though it seems contrived and sillyI may have been willing to swallow his philosophy such as it is if there hadn t been a complete lack of the elements I liked in The Golden Compass there were no Gyptians there were no panserbj rne they seem to make a reappearance in the final book of the series but why spend so much time on their culture in the first book if you aren t going to include them in the second I know that the panserbj rne s culture is basically that of any warrior society but they re still ard polar bears and the ten year old in me think that s awesomeIt s not so much that the book is bad per se though I do think it becomes too dark for the age group I initially thought it was written for I just don t think Pullman is writing for the same reason I want to read he wants to write religious commentary while I want to read fantasy

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They move closer to an even greater threat and the shattering truth of their own destinyThis Yearling paperback edition contains pages of bonus material the secret letters and notes of Dr Stanislaus Grumman It also features chapter opening artwork by Philip Pullman I am not a fan of forwarded emails They frustrate me because they usually come from the same group of people people I like a great deal but who never send me a normal hey how s it going message Just Support our Troops or Tell every woman you know she s special or Microsoft is running a test and if you send this you could get a check for 1000 When I see the letters FWD in the subject line I usually simply delete itI lost track of the number of emails I received telling me about the Anti God movie The Golden Compass and the need to boycott the movies and the books It was well over ten Ten people wanted me to send that email on to everyone I know telling them the same thing Don t see this movie Don t read these books Alert Alert AlertNothing like calling attention to something like a planned boycott I haven t seen the movie because I m cheap and it s not something I d take my kids to or something I d be prone to see anyway but as I had already read the first book in the series enjoyed it and hadn t found it to be Anti God I was curious to read the next to see what the fuss was all aboutI don t know if the emails worked and I read with a bias but I did not enjoy this second book Not because it is Anti Godwhich it really isn t but anti organized religion and organized religion s version of god but because the writing is badDialogue choppyDescriptions cliched how do I get that little accent marking over the eStoryline totally faltersI felt enormously disappointed in the direction of this book Lyra the young female protagonist in search of dust and her father all but disappears in this second story She still plays a part but now as the sidekick to Will a new character who is a giant young adult fiction stereotype in search of the father he never knew while protecting his mother from bad guys and seems to be gifted in the combat department I don t remember the writing being bad in the first book I thought it descriptive and uniue and thoughtful Not so in The Subtle Knife Pullman changes gears and loses focus There is a lot going on and none of it is developed well I stopped caring about the characters and their goalsI think these books had great potential There could be a lot to discuss with adolescents not young childrenat all The nature of the soul the natural man the costs and benefits of religions All appropriate things to discuss with youth ready to uestion and discover on their ownPullman takes that conversation away with his lack of metaphor It becomes impossible to argue I think the dust means this or what do you think The Authority is for Pullman when he throws his opinion at you with real life Christian beliefs It s inappropriate and unfair Write a fantasy or a satire or a parable if you want to Other authors have done itand done it wellPullman didn tI won t be reading the third book

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Es twelve year old Will Parry fleeing for his life after taking another's has also stumbled into this strange new realmOn a perilous journey from world to world Lyra and Will uncover a deadly secret an object of extraordinary and devastating power And with every step Every little increase in human freedom has been fought over ferociously between those who want us to know and be wiser and stronger and those who want us to obey and be humble and submit


10 thoughts on “The Subtle Knife

  1. says:

    A 81% | Very Good Notes Changes direction from the last book expanding the mythology and affirming religion as the key theme of the series

  2. says:

    The second entry in a trilogy is often in my opinion the best The author doesn't have to introduce the universe o

  3. says:

    When I read this the first time I completely overlooked a main component of the book I approached it as if was the second book in the series a massive mistake I wrote a review criticising the fact that the novel

  4. says:

    “Every little increase in human freedom has been fought over ferociously between those who want us to know and be wiser and stronger and those who want us to obey and be humble and submit”

  5. says:

    45 ”What is he A friend or an enemy”“He is a murderer”This book has the introduction of Will; a young manboy who is compassionate caring brave and a warrior After a frightening account Will has to go on the run where he escapes to a different world to the deserted city of Cittagaze and meets an interesting girl called Lyra

  6. says:

    The Subtle Knife His Dark Materials #2 Philip Pullman The Subtle Knife the second book in the His Dark Materials series is a young adult fantasy novel written by Philip Pullman and published in 1997 The novel continues the adventures of Lyra Belacua as she investigates the mysterious Dust phenomenon and searches for her father Will Parry is introduced as a companion to Lyra and together they explore the new

  7. says:

    Weird like The Wizard of Oz magical like Harry Potter and interesting totally unlike Chronicles of Narnia The symbolism is so agog so strange Obviously it makes for a great young adult novel

  8. says:

    I am not a fan of forwarded emails They frustrate me because they usually come from the same group of people people I like a great deal but who never send me a normal hey how's it going message Just Support our Troops or Tell every woman you know she's special or Microsoft is running a test and if you send this you could get a check

  9. says:

    I share this review again in the fall of 2017 as a fourth volume though Pullman later wrote two companion pieces to the trilogy entitled Lyra's Oxford and Once Upon a Time in the North The Book of Dust has been released to encourage all ages to read As with most great children's books there are a range of levels on which Pullman is working He's taking on the Roman Catholic view of reality CS Lewis in The Chronicles of Narnia an

  10. says:

    Mmmmk So I rated this 25 stars when I read it a few months ago and I was unsure if I would finish the series I've since decided I won't be reading book three I'm honestly pretty disappointed with a tweet the author posted and his sub