Author: Philip Pullman

Book Review: The Golden Com..

Book Review: The Golden Compass

  The Golden Compass was my gateway book into fantasy. I remember stalking bookstores and looking for the sequels to come out (a time before Amazon and Goodreads). Set in an alternate London, Lyra is an orphan and warded with one of Oxford’s colleges. Her uncle is the esteemed and frightening Lord Asriel – who has discovered “Dust” – a particle that he suspects will lead to the discovery of an alternate universe. She ends up in the care of Mrs. Coulter, who seems like a mother but in a cold way. When Lyra finds out that her best friend […]

Posted July 6, 2017
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Book Review: The Ruby in th..

Book Review: The Ruby in the Smoke

I remember this trilogy being my favorite in middle school and I seemed to have misplaced the first one. So I hunted down this copy about a year ago for when I longed to reread these marvelous mysteries. Sally is one of the strongest female characters in literature. During a time when women were only meant to do housework and be married off, Sally finds herself hunting down the truth behind her father's mysterious death. On the way, she also finds herself becoming a manager of a photography business, living on her own and deciding what her own life will […]

Posted May 24, 2013
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Book Review: Fairy Tales fr..

Book Review: Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm

By this point, it is probably no secret that I love fairy tales. I mean seriously love them. Their history, their back story, their evolution. I find it all so fascinating. Phillip Pullman is an author that I quite admire as well. When I discovered that he was taking over and retelling some of his favorites, I found myself beyond excited. My mind went in a thousand and one directions thinking about how he would approach these retellings. Would he stay true to the Grimm legacy, or would Mr. Pullman somehow make something old feel like new again? The answer: […]

Posted November 10, 2012
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