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Sunday, September 16, 2007

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

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Publisher: Del Rey
Source: Borrowed from library
Publication Date:09 Sept 2003
Series or Standalone: Series (order listed below)
ISBN: 0345413377
Format: Paperback
Pages: 480
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Place(s) Traveled to: Oxford, England // Cittàgazze
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
First Line: In a valley shaded with rhododendrons, close to the snow line, where a stream milky with melt-water splashed and where doves and linnets flew among the immense pines, lay a cave, half-hidden by the crag above and the stiff heavy leaves that clustered below.
There are a few reviews of books that I read while on vacation that are now long overdue. I was initially going to start of my trip reading the book The Reading Group by Elizabeth Noble. That book is for a book club and didn’t appeal to me as my plane was taking off so I pulled out The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman which is the final instalment of His Dark Materials trilogy.
I wasn’t sure what I was expecting from this final book but I do know that I didn’t get it. Lyra continued to stray from the strong character that she was in the first book in this series but as least she was consistent from the way her character was in the second book. Other characters were not quite so fortunate. Many doing a complete about face which just made the story a little hard to swallow as some of the believability had gone out of the story. There were also several scenes with Dr Mary Malone that just seemed unneccesary to me. Her character and the scenes that she was in didn’t seem to have any purpose except to add pages to to the book.
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