The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal--including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world. Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the c...

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Title:The Golden Compass
Author:Philip Pullman
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Genres:Fantasy
ISBN:Northern Lights
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:399 pages pages

The Golden Compass Reviews

  • Peter
    Aug 11, 2007
    The Golden Compass, by Philip Pullman, picks up where the Harry Potter series leaves off. As in Rowling's series, the hero of The Golden Compass--Lyra, a pre-teen girl in Oxford, England--is plucked from her mundane existence to become supremely important to the fate of the living worl...
  • mark monday
    Oct 15, 2007
    fantastic. pullman introduces readers to his sophisticated world view slowly, and this first novel in the trilogy has an ideal narrative focal point in the mean little liar who is the protagonist. i have never seen lying in children portrayed so explicitly as a positive thing, and afte...
  • Julia
    Sep 14, 2007
    I really like that the Iorek Byronison, the bear, is always referred to by full name. When I'm Bear King, I definitely want to be on a full-name-all-the-time basis. Then I will battle challengers to mortal combat, tearing through armor, swiping off heads with my massive paws, slicing ...
  • David Schaafsma
    Aug 25, 2012
    This is a second reading of Pullman's classic, accomplished on vacation in a car, with the family, by listening to the 9 cd audio collection, with Phillip Pullman Himself reading the narration and beautifully, and a cast of fine actors taking various parts. The first of a trilogy entit...
  • Rebecca
    Dec 19, 2007
    This book started off strong, but by the end of the story, I felt that Pullman had sacrificed logic and direction for drama and suspense. He did a good job of gradually making Lyra less of an ignorant brat and more of a noble little savage girl. Overall, I liked this book well enough t...
  • Bright
    Dec 13, 2007
    the golden compass trilogy seems like a natural progression in christian literature. yes, it is christian literature, the same way the chronicles of narnia are. aslan is only a lion when the reader is about 10 or so in the united states. after a point, he unrepentantly becomes jesus. a...
  • Ahmad Sharabiani
    Oct 29, 2012
    Northern Lights = The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, #1), Philip Pullman Northern Lights (known as The Golden Compass in North America and some other countries) is the first book of "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Set in a parallel universe, it features the journey of Lyra Belacqua...
  • Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
    Feb 12, 2008
    It had been like 12 years since I read this book and I'd been meaning to re-read it for ages??so I finally got around to it, and I fell in love with it all over again. I was kind of surprised by how well I remembered the story/characters despite having not read it since I was 11 ye...
  • Brad
    Mar 25, 2008
    After all the talk about Pullman's supposed anti-Catholicism or anti-Christianity or atheism or whatever one wants to label it, I approached The Golden Compass (known originally as Northern Lights) with an open mind and found something other than what I'd been told to expect. I fou...
  • notgettingenough
    May 13, 2010
    Later....A friend said to me today that if you read this book properly, it should make you a better person. I'd just earlier in the day been thinking pretty much the same thing. When I asked S. in what way was he made better, he said he couldn't say, just that it had. Exactly. I think ...
  • Wendy Darling
    Sep 16, 2009
    Hello friends! We're reading THE GOLDEN COMPASS together throughout the next few weeks as part of our goal to read more classic YA/MG books this year. Please join us if you can! -- Discussion on blog: February 28th -- Hashtag #tmgreadalong if you'd like to discuss as you read o...
  • unknown
    Oct 21, 2009
    I really liked this book! I think it is easily among the best of the crop of Potter-era YA lit (even though it actually came out first!). The movie was just ok. I thought the lead kid did a good job playing Lyra, and Nicole Kidman made a very menacing Ann Coulter. But my very favori...
  • Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
    Jan 18, 2018
    Rating: 3.5 stars Listened to this on audio, which was a lot of fun! ...
  • James
    Jul 09, 2012
    I enjoyed the premise and theme of the book. Pullman created well thought out and memorable characters. It was a little too technical for me in regard to the depths of fantasy, i.e. I had to go back and look up the meaning of some of the made up words in the book to stay focused on wha...
  • Emma
    Apr 05, 2012
    When a film was made of this book, they did the book a real disservice. This book is amazing. Lyra is the feisty protagonist, an inveterate liar, clever, passionate and loyal. She achieves the impossible, rescues an armoured bear, befriends the witches, and rescues children from a fate...
  • Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁ Rabid Reads-no-more
    Jun 19, 2012
    9/8/17: 1. I cleared my rating. If that doesn't sufficiently refute the claim that I "just wanted" to give THE GOLDEN COMPASS 1.0 star, then you're irrational, and further discussion is pointless. 2. I am a BOOK REVIEW BLOGGER. That's what I do. If you want to make cracks about ...
  • Amy | shoutame
    Oct 05, 2012
    One of my favourite childhood books, no idea how many times I've read and reread. ...
  • Darth J
    Apr 01, 2013
    I never added a review of this but I'm going to now. I'll admit that this one was a bit slow for me at parts (especially compared to the sequels) but what kept me reading was the fascination with the daemons. I liken them to the patronuses (patronii?) from the Harry Potter series in ...
  • April (Aprilius Maximus)
    Sep 09, 2015
    Read until 51% and then skim read the rest. This was SOOOO disappointing. I was looking forward to it so much because the premise sounded incredible and I was excited to hear Pullman's atheism woven into his work, but everything about this book was bland. It was so slow moving and the ...
  • Sean Gibson
    Oct 19, 2015
    I don?t love the Beatles. *Ducks as he is castigated by the seething masses* I also don?t love green vegetables, punches to the face, or going to the dentist, though I don?t think those revelatory disclosures will elicit much in the way of rage-fueled attempts to slit my th...
  • Antonio
    Dec 10, 2013
    De alguna forma este libro empez como una produccin de Disney, en la segunda parte pareca ms como de Nick o TNT y ya en la tercera parte Wow! Esto se transformo en HBO. No s si este libro debe calificarse como infantil, si bien es cierto que la protagonista Lyra nos...
  • Hailey (HaileyinBookland)
    Feb 21, 2018
    2.5* I never read this as a kid and maybe I would have enjoyed it more if I had, but it was just okay for me! ...
  • Jayson
    Aug 01, 2013
    (B+) 78% | Good Notes: A solid story and well written, but very much a children?s tale with one child going on a quest to save other children. ...
  • Bookdragon Sean
    Nov 01, 2014
    This novel is an absolute work of pure genius, and is in my top ten reads of all time. Before I go into the depths of character and plot, let me start by saying this book is up there with other fantasy hard hitters: by this I mean books like The Lord of the Rings and The Chronicles of ...
  • Manuel Antão
    Oct 22, 2016
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. My first Philip Pullman, and probably my last. When I read a book I don't like, I usually figure it's just not for me, and I have different tastes, blah, blah, and move on. Not this time. The novel "deserves" a few n...
  • Ivan
    Oct 02, 2017
    Somewhere between 3 and 4 stars but I'm leaning more towards 4. This was fun read. Great and imaginative worldbuilding, fast pace and bit of innocent vibe from children books. Sadly few illogical moments, Mery Sue syndrome and cliffhanger stops it from getting higher rating and w...
  • Steven Walle
    Jul 22, 2016
    This book was a really fun read. It was replete with witches, iron bears and all sorts of mythical creatures. The plot was fun and moved a long at a good pace. It was a real page turner. I would recommend this book to all who love Young Adult/Fantacy. Enjoy and Be Blessed. Diamond ...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    Sep 28, 2015
    I hadn't read this since elementary school and am so glad I took the time to come back to it! I don't know that it would be a full 5 stars if I just picked it up today, but we're going with 5 out of nostalgia. Lyra was one of my favorite characters as a kid and is still just as fie...
  • ~Poppy~
    Oct 08, 2018
    ?You cannot change what you are, only what you do.? ?So Lyra and her daemon turned away from the world they were born in, and looked toward the sun, and walked into the sky.? ...
  • Oceana2602
    Jul 14, 2007
    This book was recommended to me somewhere in fandom as a children's book that is also interesting to adults. I admit that I wasn't particularly impressed with it, and I can't see it as something that I would give my kids to read. My main complaint is the "means to an end" style the aut...