Forget Me Not # 3: The Golden Compass

Forget Me Not is a post category about books published more than 5 years ago.  It’s a reminder that there are books besides those that are new and that these older books should not be forgotten. 

Our third Forget Me Not is:

The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (Known as Northern Lights in the UK)

Release Date:  1995 (I couldn’t find an exact month).

Synopsis:  Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford’s Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the compass of the title. All around her children are disappearing—victims of so-called “Gobblers”—and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person’s inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved.

My Two Cents:  If you’ve seen the movie and have not read the book, you should read the book.  Read the book and continue on in the series.  This is the first in a trilogy.  If you’re going to wait for movies 2 and 3, it may not happen for a while.  It’s a good one though, one that’s different in concept and fantasmal (yes another made up word) in the best sense.

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