Review: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman

A while a go I went to see the movie The Golden Compass. I loved it! The special effects were fabulous. The story was thrilling. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time. I was raving about the movie to a friend who was surprised that the movie was any good. When I was puzzled by her reaction, she said I should just read the book.

Well, The Golden Compass is one of the few books which have been made into a movie that I’ve actually seen the movie of first. I’m an avid reader and don’t really have the patience for crowded theaters so I’m much more likely to read the book and later rent the movie when it comes out on video.

Once I picked up the book I wasn’t surprised to find it much more complex than the movie. Lyra is amusingly precocious. She does things that are very inappropriate for a little girl of eleven years of age. I would often find myself smirking at her eagerness to get into trouble, and cringing a bit at the ability to find that trouble. It’s not always easy to figure out who Lyra should trust as she progresses on her voyage. The alliances are not at all obvious. She does manage to obtain an unlikely crew of companions on her voyage, not all of whom are openly willing companions, or entirely trust worthy.

Even if the plot and character alliances were not so complicated, I’m very surprised that this is marketed as a children’s book. There are ideas that touched on that are really of an adult nature.

I really don’t want to get into the plot too much, as I don’t want to spoil any of the twists. Just trust me when I say that the book is so much better than the movie, and the movie was pretty darn good! Highly recommended! I can’t wait to start The Subtle Knife!

Published in: on March 2, 2008 at 11:36 am  Comments (3)  
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Review: Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam

I’m thrilled to have finished the first of my From the Stacks Challenge books! However, I can’t say I’m as thrilled to have read Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures. I didn’t find the characters very likable or engaging. I found Ming particularly unlikable. The only character I found remotely interesting was Sri.

I do believe that if I don’t have something nice to say it’s best to say nothing. So as a result this review is brief.

Published in: on December 23, 2007 at 7:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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So many books, so little time.

I have three books on the go at the moment and another waiting patiently.

I’m plugging away through Charles de Lint’s The Onion Girl. I generally quite fond of de Lint’s stories. I find the characters intriguing and well developed. But I’m having alot of trouble with this one. I just can’t seem to get involved.

The second book is Jasper Fforde’s First Among Sequels. Much like de Lint, Fforde has created a world that at first appears much like our own, but as we delve deeper into the story we realize it’s this wonderful world full of strange characters and even stranger events. I’m trying to pace myself on this one. I’m tempted to sit down and finish in one long sitting. But I’m going to pace myself. Linger over it. Enjoy it.

I like to have some non fiction on the go at all times. Currently I’m picking away at The Canadian Housewife: An Affectionate History by Rosemary Neering. Don’t have much to say about this one yet. Just started a few days ago.

And, as if there aren’t enough books on my night table, I picked up another book at the library today. The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferris.

And yet, even with the books on the go, I’ve manage to do a little crafting this week. A co worker and I have spent a few lunch hours this week folding origami flowers for a friend’s Mother Blessing. Tomorrow we’ll be using a hot glue gun to glue the flowers to some sticks. Hopefully it will turn out as an acceptable offering.

Published in: on October 25, 2007 at 8:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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