Daemon Voices by Philip Pullman

Daemon Voices

From the international best-selling author of the His Dark Materials Trilogy, a spellbinding journey into the secrets of his art—the narratives that have shaped his vision, his experience of writing, and the keys to mastering the art of storytelling.One of the most highly acclaimed and best-selling authors of our time now gives us a book that charts the history of his own enchantment with story—from his own books to those of Blake, Milton, Di...

Details Daemon Voices

TitleDaemon Voices
Release DateSep 18th, 2018
PublisherKnopf Publishing Group
GenreNonfiction, Language, Writing, Essays

Reviews Daemon Voices

  • Bettie☯
    Description: Essays on Storytelling. In over 30 essays, written over 20 years, one of the world's great story-tellers meditates on story-telling. Warm, funny, generous, entertaining, and above all, deeply considered, they offer thoughts on a wide variety of topic, including the origin and composition of Philip's own stories, the craft of writing and the story-tellers who have meant the most to him. The art of story-telling is everywhere present i...
  • Sebastien Castell
    Daemon Voices, Phillip Pullman’s collection of essays on storytelling, philosophy, and society, appears at first glance to be a simple aggregation of a number of his previous talks and articles. It’s only when you reach the end, to his piece on The Republic of Heaven, that what he’s been building up to all along (perhaps over the entire course of his writing career), becomes clear: the role of stories in building a society rich in myth and ...
  • Laura
    From BBC Radio 4 Extra:In these personal, entertaining and deeply thoughtful essays, Philip Pullman examines the art of storytelling.Written over a period of 30 years, they reflect on a wide range of topics including the origins of his own stories, the practice of writing and the storytellers who have most inspired him.Today's essay reveals how his days at Oxford in the sixties provided the inspiration for the setting of His Dark Materials.Adapte...
  • Darcy Moore
    Philip Pullman’s Dæmon Voices – Essays on Storytelling is pleasurable reading for English teachers, students, writers and anyone who loves stories. Best known for the trilogy, His Dark Materials, Pullman has a deep, highly practical understanding of what it takes to craft a story to delight both novice and experienced teachers of writing. His obvious affection for other storytellers, the ones who have meant the most to him, further illuminat...
  • Carmilla Voiez
    A beautiful book about writing. The hardback version has colour plates at the centre and is exquisitely bound. It contains lectures and articles by Pullman about books and writing. There’s considerable repetition because these talks and essays were intended for different audiences, but rather than becoming boring, the repeated points help to reinforce important and recurring themes. Taken as a whole it is a feel good read for aspiring and accom...
  • Miss Bookiverse
    The book proposes, the reader questions; the book responds, the reader considers. (p. 416)I love reading non-fiction about the craft of storytelling and the relationship between author and reader, especially from such a talented, intelligent individual as Philip Pullman. I don't agree with all of his views (especially on the merit of fantasy books) and some of his musings went over my head, but I enjoyed the majority of these extremely well writt...
  • Mathew
    It is difficult to try and get into the mind of a writer and wonder how the pieces of the jigsaw, which will later become a story, a play or an essay all fit together but what we have here is one author’s contemplation on what it is to write, why write what does he and where his fascination with what he writes all stems from. It is a highly accomplished autobiographical map of his literary mind and it tells us much of Pullman’s beliefs with r...
  • Kieran Fanning
    Finally finished this well written and beautifully made compendium of essays on storytelling. I found some of them a little dull and irrelevant, but there are also some gems in here. Will appeal to anyone with an interest in children's literature. 4 stars.
  • BookishWordish
    The good: almost everything!! As usual, Pullman writes with passion and clarity. It's obvious that he is deeply interested in a broad range of subjects, from science to art to storytelling to religion. He is very explicitly interested & invested in humanity, and what brings joy and meaning to life, and he is certainly determined to celebrate the real and inhabited physical world.Some of the most reoccurring subjects include: William Blake; childr...
  • Marina
    La mirada de Pullman sobre la escritura es muy consciente e interesante, aunque pesadamente (en ocasiones y en ciertos artículos) marcada por su ¿ideología? ¿Ateísmo? De todos modos, cuando se supera la pesadez, se descubren cosas muy interesantes.
  • Ali-pie
    This is quite readable and has some interesting ideas and insights. However Pullman contradicts himself a lot and has strong opinions on subjects that aren't his area of expertise. He should probably be more aware of his white privilege in places too. Pullman says himself that his talent seems to lie in fantasy (though he's snooty about genre fiction) and I agree that he should probably stick to that. His Dark Materials is a masterpiece. I'm a bi...
  • Eyehavenofilter
    In over 30 essays over the course of 20 years one of the worlds great story tellers mediates on story tellers. Warm, funny, generous, and above all deeply considered offering thoughts on a wide variety of topics. He truly is a wordsmith, crafting the right combination of words and ideas.It is a must for any writer, who wants to understand the craft. His vivid imagery and striking phrases are imbedded in the story telling history of our souls. Rea...
  • Nick Swarbrick
    I’m not giving up on this - the collection of essays is a delight- but I’m reading it piecemeal and I am not at all sure “set aside” is right either. This is a book to ponder and dip into for me. Just not sure Goodreads really is the forum that does it justice.
  • Nina Milton
    Philip Pullman has been busy writing – in October he released two new books. The first is the beginning of a new series which will be a sort of prequel to His Dark Materials. The second, released on 26 October, is his first non-fiction work, Daemon voices. You may have been listening to this on BBC Radio Four, where it has been adapted into five fifteen minute readings as Book of the Week, still available on iPlayer. (You can find the programme...
  • Jamie Orsini
    Fans of Philip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy will enjoy Daemon Voices, a compilation of the author's speeches, essays, and articles on the craft of storytelling. Pullman's work spans over 20 years and covers wide-ranging themes like education, religion, and science. At the heart of each speech or essay, though, are Pullman's thoughts on stories - how we tell them and how they shape us. You need not be a Pullman aficionado to enjoy this collect...
  • Kim
    An interesting and informative collection of lectures and essays given by the author over the years - especially interesting were those explaining the basis and/or motivations of his various literary works, including His Dark Materials and The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. A lovely-looking book for the shelves too - pity I had to borrow this one from the library! - 8.5/10.
  • Jeffrey Schwartz
    Throughout this wonderful, wise, and witty book about storytelling, Pullman exhorts his readers (and listeners, since many of these essays were originally delivered as lectures) to "increase the amount of consciousness in the universe." His book DAEMON VOICES does just that. There isn't a page in this nearly 500-page book isn't without passion or insight or humor or poetry. DAEMON VOICES is a powerful statement about what is to be human and what ...
  • Jai
    has some great points re: the writing process, and a moral & religious perspective that I more or less agree with, but these things are occasionally overshadowed by Pullman’s self-importance.
  • Kevin Hodgson
    Interesting insightful views into storytelling ... a bit too erudite at times, but maybe that’s just me ...
  • Aimée
    4.5 stars
  • Mark Newcomb Jr.
    Philip Pullman has insights and observations on everything from the origins of creativity to the technicalities of narrative writing to the relationship between religion and our everyday interactions with the world. I enjoyed this glimpse into the workings of his mind very much, and I think you will, as well.
  • Marc Cooper
    Philip Pullman is a master storyteller. Within this tome you'll find the master's voice. The essays contain the man's thoughts and expositions about his motivations, both conscious and intrinsic, behind his words and works.What I find fascinating is the extent of thought and introspection that Pullman has applied to his craft. In one direction, he has complete control over his work, and in another, he's fully accepting of the fickleness of his mu...
  • Nick
    Often in these sorts of collections repetition (unavoidable, it seems) of certain themes, references, examples, points, etc, tend to bog things down more than they should. This is especially true when it’s a repeated citation that I have no particular interest in. I found this in Neil Gaiman’s recent collection, The View from the Cheap Seats, which, while having no shortage of good essays, could have benefited from being shorn of a few which ...
  • alexa
    i read his dark materials for the first time when i was very young, and the series has been a part of my heart ever since - in that i absolutely love it, and it shaped me as i matured. having re-read it many times since then, with ever increasing understanding of the story, its place in my heart has only deepened. furthermore, philip pullman has become a beloved author.now, having read dæmon voices, a compilation of his essays and lectures, i'm ...
  • William Peace
    Daemon Voices contains 32 essays covering a wide range of topics: childrens’ literature, education, religion, science, folk tales, fairy tales, Pullman’s books, other writers, culture, the writer, and on the practice of writing. Since most of the essays are oral presentations, they come across as informal, but learned and interesting.There are many detailed references to particular stories, some of which is valuable and unique, but much I fou...
  • Katy Noyes
    Inspiring, provocative lectures and thoughts from Pullman, great collection.It helps to be a fan/reader of Pullman's work, though the context of discussed scenes is given throughout. I found this rather fascinating, as through a series of unconnected (sometimes loosely) connected lectures and talks, we are treated to insights into the writing process for Pullman, children's literature, his views on religions and connections to his work. And more....
  • T.E. Shepherd
    I love, love, love Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, and his latest first book in the new Book of Dust series, but I have sometimes found sometimes when I've heard Philip talk in interviews for him to be a bit too 'opinionated' so I approached this book cautiously. I had had a taste of what it was like though: the essay on 'Imaginary Friends' published as a pamphlet for Independent Bookseller's Day, five of them were serialised for Rad...
  • Rachel
    My main issue with this collection is its repetition. I'm sure it's natural given the timespan of lectures involved, and is probably also a testament to how committed Pullman is to certain viewpoints. All the same, at least three of these essays could have been collapsed into one without losing anything.He's also a very polite debater, which is why it's infuriating that he dislikes his chosen genre so much. I actually respect the fact that writer...
  • Annabel Frazer
    This book of essays and lectures by the author of the Northern Lights trilogy (among other things) is a wonderful thing. I am only a moderate fan of Northern Lights, but Pullman's ideas on writing and on other things such as religion are illuminating and make me realise there's a lot more to him and his books than I realised - even though, as a child who was briefly taught by him in Oxford in the 1980s, I ought to have as good an appreciation of ...
  • Athina Semertzaki
    This book was sent to me as an eARC by Edelweiss+Στο βιβλίο αυτό περιλαμβάνονται κείμενα αλλά και ομιλίες του Philip Pullman που έχει δημοσιεύσει και έχει εκφωνήσει κατά καιρούς. Επειδή κάποια από τα κείμενα είναι σχετικά παλιότερα σε κάθε ένα έχει στο τέλος και ένα σχόλιο ...