Philip Pullman wins the Carnegie of Carnegie 70th anniversary for the brilliant first instalment of the His Dark Materials trilogy:
Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in the US) is perhaps one of the most enjoyable fantasy books out there you can read. Unfortunately, I can't say the same for the sequels, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, which I didn't enjoy as much.
The opening book of His Dark Materials, Philip Pullman's epic trilogy of wonder and love, won the supreme accolade in its field last night. Northern Lights was declared the finest children's book of the past 70 years, handsomely topping a readers' poll as the best winner of the annual Carnegie medal published in that time.
talking polar bearsnever did it for me, ted. but i liked the alternative oxford and want one of those totem animal things ...ReplyDelete
I loved everything about it, including the talking polar bears. I thought they were cute in their armour! I was very disappointed Pullman took the story away from that world in the following books.ReplyDelete
I actually liked how the story became increasingly large-scale towards the end.ReplyDelete
And the last book, ahhh, so heart wrenching and romantic!
I don't even remember exactly what happened in the third book now, except for those wheel creatures appearing, and Lyra's "split" from Pantelaimon.ReplyDelete
I think a reread is in order. Perhaps I'll like it more this time!