Amber Spyglass (Hardcover)

Author: Pullman, Philip

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For use in schools and libraries only. The final volume in the award-winning His Dark Materials fantasy series joins returning characters with new ones and reveals startling revelations while the battle for the Kingdom of Heaven rages on and ultimately unlocks the secret of Dust.


Publisher Turtleback Books
Mfg Part# 9780613722582
SKU 39809066
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0613722582
Release Date 7/25/2011
Dimensions (in Inches) 7.25H x 4.5L x 1.25T
Author Info
Philip Pullman
Superman and Batman completely changed Philip Pullman's life. Each night they arrived in full-color, ready to take on bad guys and save the world--all in a few pages. Philip loved reading them because "the combination of words and pictures [made for] vivid storytelling." Comic books made him want to tell stories. When he was growing up, he enjoyed listening to radio shows, too. He also loved Sherlock Holmes, Tore Jansoon, Arthur Ransome and Erich Kastner, and spooky ghost stories. Philip always wanted to be a writer, but learned that there is a big difference between WANTING to be a writer and actually DOING it: "Being a writer is nothing, writing a book is a lot. I wanted to DO, not to BE." That's why he tells kids to quit saying--and hoping--that they want to be writers--they need to just do it! Also, he advises young aspiring writers to read a lot. But most importantly, Philip says that being patient is a crucial factor. He has said, "A book is a marathon, not a sprint....Settle in....Pace yourself." Philip is best known for writing historical fiction and ghost stories. His young-adult trilogy, THE RUBY IN SMOKE, THE SHADOW IN THE NORTH, and THE TIGER IN THE WELL, was what put him "on the map" in the States. Since then, he has written many books for young adults that also appeal to adults as well. His wildly well-received fantasy trilogy, His Dark Materials, received many positive reviews and a large audience, as well as a feature film deal. When Philip starts writing, he doesn't think about writing for any specific audience, but aims to write something that's entertaining and also presents the idea or theme of social justice, which Philip thinks is very important. When he's not writing, he sleeps, visits art galleries, draws, and even does some carpentry. A fun fact: He always finishes the working day by writing the first sentence on the next page so it's not blank when he begins to write the next day.
"Pullman's intellectual imagination has scope for inventions that can match his ambitious themes, but such freedom overrides the constraints of plot and characterization necessary to a credible and satisfying dramatic shape."
The question of God's existence, the problem of death, the power of the imagination--all these meet in Pullman's long-awaited conclusion. . . . [In the first two books], Pullman set up an argument between the old orders of faith and the new republicanism and scientism of the Enlightenment, an argument which was . . . utterly gripping. . . . It was pretty heady stuff, and rumors circulated that Pullman was paralyzed with writer's block. . . . In fact, there was no way he could satisfactorily conclude what he had undertaken, as the amazing, admirable, and disappointing The Amber Spyglass testifies. . . . I am willing to follow Pullman a long way . . . in his argument against our theological inheritance. . . . But to seize Heaven on the ground that it straightjackets desire, what a bore! . . . But we might remember that . . . blasphemy is often the handmaiden of awe. This fantasy series is worth a read. Annotation copyright H.W. Wilson Company.
Fans who endured the three-year-wait . . . will be rewarded once more by powerful writing, vivid description, and realistic action. This 500-pager is packed with the struggles between good and evil, realizations both true and painful, and an almost-tangible sense of otherworldliness. Its myriad twisting and intertwining plots and its emotional roller coaster make it an exhausting yet exhilarating read. . . . Almost-13-year-old Lyra should not necessarily set the readership age. Some disturbing images and mature themes may make this book more appropriate for older readers. Annotation copyright H.W. Wilson Company.
"THE AMBER SPYGLASS is vast and engrossing, though likely a little too challenging for younger readers or those lacking a certain intellectual sophistication."
From the Publisher
First Line Ama climbed the path to the cave, as she'd done for many days now, bread and milk in the bag on her back, a heavy puzzlement in her heart. How in the world could she ever manage to reach the sleeping girl? Would the woman never leave the cave for more than a few minutes?
Annotation The final entry in the His Dark Materials trilogy (which was inspired by John Milton's PARADISE LOST), THE AMBER SPYGLASS weaves together a number of story strands as the final battle between good and evil approaches. Will, with the help of a pair of Gallivespian agents, searches for Lyra who has been hidden away by the devious Mrs. Coulter. Scientist and ex-nun Mary Malone, trapped in an alternate world, must develop a device to track the progress of Dust lest the world's inhabitants, the mulefa, perish forever. And, all the while, a priest/assassin searches painstakingly through the worlds to prevent Lyra from fulfilling her ultimate destiny. The trilogy also includes THE GOLDEN COMPASS and THE SUBTLE KNIFE.
Product Attributes
Book Format Hardcover
Minimum Age 12
Number of Pages 0465
Publisher Turtleback Books
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