[Golden Compass] – nicksheldon on Flickr, 13 Oct ’07.
There was this 40% discount voucher from Borders I had awhile ago, so it was put to good use. The entire box set of His Dark Materials trilogy was selling at $39.90, which was quite a steal. Throw in the added discount, and the final price came to what a single book usually cost: approximately $23. And yes, trilogy = three books.
Having watched The Golden Compass where the characters in the movie were seemingly fascinated by the mysterious Dust, I was pretty sure the books (as usual) had alot more to offer on fleshing out the storyline.
[Northern Lights aka The Golden Compass] – Lara Wannabe on Flickr.
The first book aka The Northern Lights was a little dry (I dozed off while reading it!), but warmed up after the first half, and the pace gradually quickened with the subsequent books (The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), leading to a miserable ending. I must say, the story is an endless tragedy with people dying all the time. It’s a good thing there’s only three books, so the reader’s not inclined to be that attached emotionally to the characters (unlike Harry Potter!).
[The Subtle Knife] – Fenners1984 on Flickr.
All in all, it’s a pretty good read but the chase ends all too soon. The pieces of the story come together in a manner which is quite unexpected; Philip Pullman (that’s the author) does a good job. That being said, I’m not too certain how the movie plot’s going to progress though; there is already a distinct divergence from the book in this aspect. We’ll wait and see.
I’m starting on Matthew Reilly in the meantime, Ice Station is proving to be a nonstop ride so far. And yes, I think I’m gonna be buying the rest of his books as well, hmm.
And incase you were wondering why I left the cover of the final book out:
[The Amber Spyglass] – Mince on Flickr.
Here you go.
– Let Us Keep On Dreaming of a Better World – now this is my idea of a perfect world! (via funtasticus)
– 10 Things You Can Do to Cheer Yourself Up (via dumblittleman)
– Gundam00 continues to prove itself enthralling, climaxing at episode 21 with Lockon‘s sacrifice to save gayboy Tieria. NOOOO LOCKON DON’T DIE!
– Bored at work? Give Bored At Work a go then.