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Moonlight Reader

Lawyer, mother, avid reader. Game host extraordinaire! Partner in crime to Obsidian Black Plague! My bookish weaknesses include classics, fantasy, YA, and agreeing to read more books than is even remotely possible.

Currently reading

The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl
Timothy Egan
Progress: 91/340 pages
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries: A British Library Crime Classic (British Library Crime Classics)
Martin Edwards
Progress: 105/410 pages
Sherlock Holmes: The Definitive Collection
Arthur Conan Doyle, Stephen Fry

Reading progress update: I've read 111 out of 409 pages.

The Golden Compass - Philip Pullman

I feel like I am barely scratching the surface of this book. I did do a bit of research and learned that it is a retelling of Milton's Paradise Lost, which I have never read. I am not well grounded in either theology or particle physics, so a lot of the references are obscure to me.


However, from a surface level, I love the atmosphere of the book. There are strong nods to Victorian style, and the first several chapters at Jordan College in Oxford are really enjoyable. Lyra is a bewitching character, bright, fearless and a bit of a savage. I love the fact that the people in this world have a manifestation of their inner selves - their daemon - that takes the form of an animal. The golden compass has made it's appearance, but Lyra seems to have no idea what to do with it, and has just been told that it is a device to tell her the truth.


I've read this book once before, but didn't go on with the series, and it has been many years since my first experience.