The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1) by Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)

Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford's Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate univ...


Details The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)

TitleThe Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)
ISBN9780679879244
Author
Release DateApr 16th, 1996
PublisherAlfred A. Knopf
LanguageEnglish
Number of pages399 pages
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Fiction, Childrens, Adventure, Science Fiction, Steampunk, Science Fiction Fantasy, Magic, Classics
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Reviews The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1)

  • Bookdragon Sean
    2014-11-01
    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 Narnia: the books that define the genre. This is high praise indeed, and this novel is worthy of it. The protagonist of the book is Lyra, a young girl, who is paren...
  • Bright
    2007-12-13
    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. and the four children are like, the gospels or something. and the story is somewhat ruined then, because as an adult, you can't just shoehorn jesus into a lion outfi...
  • Sean Gibson
    2015-10-19
    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 throat with the jagged edge of a broken CD (compact disc, kiddos—look it up). So, why risk a severed jugular on the day before I’m going to stuff myself so full of turkey...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads
    2012-06-19
    Once again, I didn't dislike this book for the usual reasons, and being the kind of person I am:You MUST know I'm a advocate for free thought, for going against the grain, for individuality vs. hive mentality . . .I believe it's important to teach children to question, to think for themselves.BUT.I feel this book crosses a line for its intended audience. There is not a single good adult role model--without exception, they are all selfish, devious...
  • notgettingenough
    2010-05-13
    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 you have a sense as you read this book that Lyra's goodness has rubbed off on you, she's made you better in an entirely non-specific way.M. then said that she didn'...
  • Antonio
    2013-12-10
    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 va dando una perspectiva bastante inocente de su mundo, los temas que se tratan en el libro no lo son tanto, el centro de la historia es, al parecer, el misterio que exist...
  • Darth J
    2013-04-01
    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 that they are the animal totem of a character, and can change until someone is "set in their ways". How many other people have held conversations about what their dae...
  • Wendy Darling
    2009-09-16
    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 on Twitter.More details on the blog: http://www.themidnightgarden.net/2014...-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------My review:Wil...
  • j
    2009-10-21
    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 favorites were Daniel Craig as the zealot Lord Asriel and Eva Green as badass witch Serafina Pekkala. Serafina Pekkala is one of my favorite witches in literature: she's grou...
  • Julia
    2007-09-14
    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 open chests and devouring hearts. And as I gorge myself on bear blood, I will cry out "Bears! Who is your King?" And my name will roar from a thousand bear throats.i...
  • Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
    2008-02-12
    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 years old––apparently it's just that memorable!There's so much I love about The Golden Compass. The world-building is so vivid and fascinating; I feel so drawn in...
  • mark monday
    2007-10-15
    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 after this novel, i'm all for it! the settings are wonderfully strange and surreal yet rooted in an eventually understandable reality, and the supporting characters are...
  • Oceana2602
    2007-07-14
    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 author uses. A bit like in a computer game, our main character Lyra runs from one wise man to another in her quest to find some missing children. This is practical, be...
  • Jonathan
    2012-09-09
    This is a largely ironic novel. I say ironic due to the way in which in aiming to parody another work of fiction, it falls victim to the same problems it accuses the other work of. By parody I mean the claim, verified in some sources by Philip Pullman, that due to the author's dislike of The Chronicles of Narnia, he aimed to write a more atheistically leaning version of those children's books. Which in itself is an acknowledgement that The Chroni...
  • Brad
    2008-03-25
    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 found elements that questioned Christianity and Catholicism and the nature of God and its works, but I also found elements that questioned parental authority, the ethical ...
  • Darren
    2007-11-04
    The story in brief: The book is a fantasy novel set in a strangely familiar pseudo-Victorian/steampunk parallel Earth. The protagonist is a young ophaned girl who's been raised at Oxford by the attending scholars. The story concerns kidnapped children, hidden mysteries of the Church, wandering gypsies, proud Arctic warrior bears, long-lived flying witches, and the possibility of a rift that could exist between different worlds.Daemons: Each human...
  • Diamond Cowboy
    2016-07-22
    This book was a really fun read. It was replete with witches, iron bears and all sorts of mythical creatures. The plot was fun and moved a long at a good pace. It was a real page turner. I would recommend this book to all who love Young Adult/Fantacy.Enjoy and Be Blessed.Diamond
  • Maxwell
    2015-11-13
    I never read this book as a child, and I sort of feel like not having that nostalgia behind it while reading it as an adult kept me from fully appreciating it. The story is fantastical and highly enjoyable. Lyra is a precocious, intelligent and wonderful protagonist. I only wish she had used the darn alethiometer more! So many questions could've been answered, so many issues resolved, with that device. And it was a bit preachy, though I can't ima...
  • Xime García
    2015-11-29
    Reseña de "La Daga" (La Materia Oscura 2)Reseña de "El Catalejo Lacado" (La Materia Oscura 3)Me gustó mucho, no me lo esperaba. Había visto la película hace años pero no me acordaba de su argumento, así que el libro trajo muchas sorpresas - originales, raras, pero buenas al fin. Sin embargo, antes de empezar con la reseña...*abre el libro en la primera página**busca un nombre* Traducción: Roser Berdagué. Ah, mirá qué nombrecito. Ok...
  • John
    2008-07-22
    His Dark Materials is a three volume adolescent adventure tale occurring in a pseudo-Victorian universe parallel to our own. In this “steam-punk” environment religion and science are alloyed in clever and interesting ways. For example, a mechanical bug is a flying machine with a trapped evil spirit as its energy source, and physics is called experimental theology. The protagonist of this trilogy is a pre-adolescent named Lyra Belacque. Lyra i...
  • Rebecca
    2007-12-19
    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 to want to read the second one in the trilogy, but I had several problems with it:-There was no comic relief or even any funny moments in this book. It took itself e...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    2015-09-09
    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 characters were all so unlikable, I was honestly shocked that I was reading the same book that everyone else loved? Maybe it's because it lacked the nostalgia that ...
  • Seth
    2008-01-15
    Although it's 3 physical books for publishing reasons, His Dark Materials (HDM)is one continuous story (well... see below), so I'm reviewing the whole set. It isn't useful to review one part alone.HDM is a decent read with many great elements. On Orson Scott Card's "MICE" scale--Milieu, Idea, Character, and Event--it's mostly a Milieu story, so expect a tour of the world(s), focusing on the strangeness therein and the history thereof. It's a grea...
  • Ivana
    2017-01-24
    Jako me je interesovalo da li će mi se knjiga ovaj put manje svideti i drago mi je što je pri ponovnom čitanju još bolja. Još više sam se zaljubila u svet i likove. Tako jednostavno napisana, a opet istovremeno kompleksna i prepuna skrivenih značenja. Pulmanova "doktrina" mnogo više leži mom senzibilitetu od one u Narniji, da ne objašnjavam dalje. Divna knjiga.Najzad, recenzija na blogu.http://thestuffdreamsaremadeof21.blog...
  • Zanna
    2013-07-29
    I found this in my school library and devoured its crystalline atmosphere, rich language, shadowy, redolent world and refreshing refusal to patronise young readers. It was booktopia to me at thirteen; it was easily my favourite book. Lyra is one of my favourite literary characters; lonely, loyal, fiercely intelligent and independent, she is never the passive vehicle of her magical ability, but always an agent, resisting and fighting injustice as ...
  • Kim
    2012-06-20
    Allowing myself to be turned off fantasy when I was ten years old was a big mistake. If I could take myself back to that point in my life, I'd make sure that I didn't find The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe quite so scary, or else I'd make myself believe that being scared by a book is A Good Thing. Returning to fantasy over forty years later*, via books such as this one - the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy - has been a revelation...
  • Duane
    2015-09-06
    I thought while reading this, that it felt like a darker version of The Chronicles of Narnia. Now, after reading other reviews, I realize I'm not the the only one who made the connection. That's not a negative, they are both great, and for different reasons, but there are similarities that connect them. The Golden Compass is the first book in Pullman's trilogy His Dark Materials, and it is in my opinion, a masterpiece of young adult fantasy. Pull...
  • Bill
    2007-05-17
    Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy has acquired the reputation of being a sort of Narnia for Atheists. This reputation is, at least by the end of The Golden Compass, largely unearned. Though the religious beliefs depicted in Pullman's fantasy universe throw their real-world parallels into an interesting light, there is nothing that compares to the explicitly Christian message in C.S. Lewis' classic children's books.His Dark Materials is ...