***** THE BOOK OF DUST, the long-awaited new novel from Philip Pullman set in the world of His Dark Materials and narrated by Michael Sheen, has been hailed by the New York Times as "a stunning achievement." Find it on audio from Listening Library. *****
An exciting tale set in the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials saga
Lyra's Oxford opens in the thrilling comfort and familiarity of Jordan College, where Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon sit on the sun-drenched roof looking out over all of Oxford. But their peace is shattered when a strange bird (a witch's daemon, on its own) tumbles out of the sky. It is Ragi, daemon of Yelena Pazhets, and he seeks a healing elixir from an infamous Oxford alchemist (and rumored man-slaughterer) to cure his witch of a strange new disease from the South. Lyra and Pan decide to help and guide him (witches are friends, of course) but the closer their winding walk leads them to the alchemist's house, the stronger Lyra's sense that she's walking into a deadly trap.
TOO SHORT! : . (
I read the book and it took me.... say a half an hour to read. it was the shortest book I have come read. I love H.D.M. but Lyra's Oxford is just so short compared to the trilogy! I still like it, yes. I just wish it were longer and had more in it. He could have put a little part about Will(in his/our world.Duh! I'm not stupid I know he can't see Lyra again).
Basically it's short that is the only thing wrong with it.
Bad. Go read it yourself. Not worth the money.
Don't pay for it. This book cannot be more than 20 or 30 pages long. It seems more like a chapter of a larger novel than a novel all by itself. I felt it was a waste of my $9. I mean if Pullman writes a continuation of this novel starring Lyra and Pan it might be worth it. This is only an hour long on the audio book, and it just seems like a pointless cliff hanger. If you really want to read it, go to the library and take a half hour or hour to read it yourself. It's not worth the $9 in my opinion.
The narration is excellent, as it is in the entire series. I highly recommend reading AND listening to the trilogy. This book is short and bittersweet in that it reminds and reassures the reader that life and adventures did continue for Lyra beyond the end of The Amber Spyglass, but it makes one wish the story would go on longer, and almost creates more of a yearning for resolution of Lyra and Will's plight. It is as though Pullman is as reluctant to abandon writing about their worlds as we are to stop reading about them... In any case, even though it is brief, it is a welcome return to Oxford; a stay that perhaps (hopefully) Pullman may extend in the future.