Tuesday, February 26, 2008

I read the Golden Compass and the two books that follow and I have to say I was blown away. I've been struggling with trying to figure out how to write about god in a non-annoying way while not really knowing what I actually think about god including whether or not he exists. And Pullman just does it. He manages to write about the Christian god many of us know while at the same time taking us into a different world and letting different facets of spirituality and our selves and the good and bad things surrounding religion while telling a highly engaging adventure story.

The greatest thing about it however, is the love story that really only develops in the last book. I don't want to say too much about it because I don't want to give it away and I'm hoping you'll read it. As a lover of love stories, I have to say, this is one of the best I've seen and the way he connects god and love and sin at the end is simply elegant. But these are books that broke my heart and I highly recommend them.


Philucifer [aka Charlie Willis] said...

I second all of that. One of my favorite series, and three of my favorite books, EVER. And it's got at least two moments that absolutely rip my heart out every time I read them. The ending, of course, and the payment to pass into the land of the dead. Just thinking about it gives me goosebumps, and make my eyes start to well up.

JJW said...

Right on! i loved all the books. and i loved how they approached the subject of religion, but also used principles from physics and string theory to bring the fantasy to life in a very real and rational defense.

and- i want a pet polar bear.

Zack said...

An absolute trilogy masterpiece that the movies will not do justice to.