Monday, February 18, 2008

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

I just finished listening to the audio version of this book. It was read by the author, but dialog was performed by actors. An amazing performance all around. I'm going to go ahead and give this one a rating of 5. I loved it on a Harry Potter level, but we'll have to see how the rest of the series plays out.

The story takes place in England in 19th century-ish time period, but in a slightly different parallel world to our own. There's talking polar bears after all. That and every human has a spirit extension of themselves called a daemon. Each daemon takes the form of an animal that in some way represents the personality of the person they're attached to. Hurt the critter and it hurts the person, and vice versus. Did I mention the daemons can talk?

Anyway, the story follows the adventures of a girl name Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon. Character development is wonderful, and the action moves along at a quick tempo. This is the first of a trilogy, so even though some of the conflict is resolved by the end of the book it doesn't finish with a conclusive way. Unfortunately, the library doesn't have the audio version of the next book. I'll have to either pester them to purchase it, or clear some books out of the way to make room for the dead tree version.

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