î The Subtle Knife ☆ Download by ã Philip Pullman Lost In A New World, Lyra Finds Will A Boy On The Run, A Murderer A Worthy And Welcome Ally For This Is A World Where Soul Eating Specters Stalk The Streets And Witches Share The Skies With Troops Of AngelsEach Is Searching Lyra For The Meaning Of Dark Matter, Will For His Missing Father But What They Find Instead Is A Deadly Secret, A Knife Of Untold Power And Neither Lyra Nor Will Suspects How Tightly Their Lives, Their Loves, And Their Destinies Are Bound Together Until They Are Split Apart
5 stars when I read it a few months ago, and I was unsure if I would finish the series I ve since decided I won t be reading book three I m honestly pretty disappointed with a tweet the author posted and his subsequent responses to those who replied, especially his trans readers In this case, I ve decided not to separate the author from the work.
A 81% Very Good NotesChanges direction from the last book, expanding the mythology and affirming religion as the key theme of the series.
The second entry in a trilogy is often, in my opinion, the best The author doesn t have to introduce the universe or the characters, as they did in the first installment, but they don t need to worry about wrapping up all the plot points either Instead, the focus can be on the good stuff elaborating on the story, teasing us , giving action, chopping off Luke s hand and so on Instead of the good stuff, in The Subtle Knife I feel as though we ve had a bait and switch pulled on us.
In The Golden Compass, we were treated to a rich alternate universe that had elements that were similar to our own, like some of the geopolitical structure, and elements that were entirely fantastical, like ard polar bears and witches The Subtle Knife, however decides that most of this is insignificant and takes place almost entirely in different universes It seems like Philip Pullman wanted to reel us in with fantasy before he could preach at us.
Some of these elements are expanded upon in The Amber Spyglass, which I m currently reading, so forgive me if they don t all apply I had heard before I started the series that they were about killing God This seemed highly unlikely, and was probably a knee jerk reaction from people who heard it from other people who read a synopsis of the book, etc But no Some of the main characters have decided to wage war on The Authority Herein lies my main concern with the series as a whole it s not excuse the pun subtle I m an agnostic, so these complaints don t come from someone insulted by the material, they come from someone unhappy by their handling I love plots that put a spin on traditional religion Waiting for the Galactic Bus, for example , but it seems like Pullman came up with a story involving a culture s religion and then decided to make it fit with the Judeo Christian framework no matter how hard he had to push.
The concept of Dust is interesting Adapting it to fit with concepts of physics in our world works because it uses something we only know a little about Once you try to toss in angels and consciousness and so on which is insulting in a children s book, as he s claiming that children are entirely self involved until puberty , though, it seems contrived and silly.
I may have been willing to swallow his philosophy, such as it is, if there hadn t been a complete lack of the elements I liked in The Golden Compass there were no Gyptians, there were no panserbj rne they seem to make a reappearance in the final book of the series, but why spend so much time on their culture in the first book if you aren t going to include them in the second I know that the panserbj rne s culture is basically that of any warrior society, but they re still ard polar bears and the ten year old in me think that s awesome It s not so much that the book is bad, per se, though I do think it becomes too dark for the age group I initially thought it was written for I just don t think Pullman is writing for the same reason I want to read he wants to write religious commentary while I want to read fantasy.
When I read this the first time I completely overlooked a main component of the book I approached it as if was the second book in the series, a massive mistake I wrote a review criticising the fact that the novel felt awkward it had no beginning or end it just felt like the typical content you d find in the middle of the story The ironic point of this is that most critics take the trilogy as one whole book, rather than three separate works And this really is the best way to approach the storyThe Golden Compassis the beginning of it all, the setting of the stage This, then, is the middling part of the work The second protagonist of the series, the Adam to Pullman s Eve, takes the lead here Initially, I was very resistant to this idea I had grown to respect Lyra she s a really strong heroine, but after a while it started to make sense Pullman has expanded his story considerably Lyra has three chapters told from her perspective The same amount, roughly speaking, is told from the perspective of Will The rest of the chapters are from side characters of the previous book So there s a strong move away from a Lyra centred story I have mixed feeling about this It felt like an odd authorial decision At times this felt like an entirely different series altogether, again, something I eventually got over There is no sense of closure at the end of this The first book had a strong ending, but this has very little This book seemed to be a mere set up for the next instalment, which makes it rather difficult to review it s like picking out the middle bit of a story and trying to criticise it as a separate entity from the rest of it it s not easy to do Any criticism you make are negated by the fact that this is not a separate book it s a chunk of a greater work So I m going to read the third book before I speak any about this I need to see where these elements Pullman added go to Perhaps a review of all three works together would be the best option At this moment though, I find the witches one of the most interesting aspects of the work I m not entirely sure what to make of them as of yet Hopefully, the third book will give me all the answers I need All through that day the witches came, like flakes of black snow on the wings of a storm, filling the skies with the darting flutter of their silk and the swish of air through the needles of their cloud pine branches Men who hunted in the dripping forests or fished among melting ice floes heard the sky wide whisper through the fog, and if the sky was clear they would look up to see the witches flying, like scraps of darkness drifting on a secret tide.