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Controversial Triology

Book 3

Book: The Amber Spyglass

Author: Philip Pullman

Recommend: No- it’s a not so subtle attack on Christianity.

I finished the third book in the trilogy a few minutes ago and breathed a sigh of relief. I have never been so glad to be finished with something. It takes everything in the Bible and twists it. It turns God into an angel who dies and is controlled by others (Enoch to be exact).

The main characters continue to be compelling and the story is inventive and original, as well as a way to say that believing in God is childish.

This books is not one to be read by children, even though that is the intended audience. Their impressionable minds will be effected by this series. I am thankful that I did not stumble across this one when I was younger.

 

Final Rating:

BURN IT!!!!

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Sequel to Controversy

Book 2Book: The Subtle Knife

Author: Philip Pullman

Recommend: I’m finding more issues with this series as I go on… I would be very careful…. reader beware!

I really enjoyed the first book and so I jumped into the second with great enthusiasm. However the more I read, the more blatant Pullman’s anti-Christian agenda became. This is a book I would NOT recommend for children. Even as an adult, you better be firm in what you believe before picking this one up. Pullman makes persuasive arguments that are veiled in this fast-paced story with beguiling characters.

While this book has been compared to Harry Potter and other books that are anti-Christianity, this author did not write to entertain, but to persuade which becomes very clear in the second book.

I am going to complete the series, so that I can give a full opinion of the story as a whole, but at this point I am reading with weary eyes.

 

Final Rating:

TRASH IT!!

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Controversial but good

Book: The Golden Compass

Author: Philip Pullman

Recommend? Yes with some reservation

Okay I just finished the first book of the His Dark Instruments series and was completely blown away. The writing is engaging and compelling. The main character Lyra is uncomplicated(in a good way), spunky and determined. The conflict she finds herself in the middle of is dramatic and unpredictable.

All that being said, there is some issue with the book due to it’s Biblical ties. I can see how many Christians would find the book to be a problem. There is conflict against a church called the Magisterium which is the Catholic Church for all intents and purposes. The heroes are out to prove the church’s conclusions about the cause of sin as false. I can see how this would cause issues for many Christians. However I am not sure that I completely agree with their protest. There are many things that make this book purely fantasy starting with the daemons which are animal companions. It takes place in a parallel world similar to ours but with a more mystic feel. The second book is to take place is our universe, so it should be interesting to see fantasy characters injected into┬áthis author’s version of our world. Honestly I would compare the conflict here to the ones around the Harry Potter books. It’s fantasy and which they are using familiar elements, they are twisted in a way that make them fantasy.

I would NOT recommend this book for children or anyone who is not secure in what they believe however as it might cause some confusion. This is a book to be read with some caution and discussion. I would caution parents to discuss this heavily with their children or have their kids wait until their are older to read it.

I am excited to read the second and third book in the series to follow little Lyra and see where her adventures take her next.

 

Final Rating:

Library book

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