Currently Reading #14

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman

The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman.

What is he? A friend or an enemy? He is a murderer. Will has just killed a man. He’s on the run. His escape will take him far beyond his own world, to the eerie disquiet of a deserted city, and to a girl, Lyra. Her fate is strangely linked to his own, and together they must find the most powerful weapon in all the worlds…

As a kid The Subtle Knife was always my least favourite book in the His Dark Materials Trilogy. I thought this might have changed now that I’m older but I still feel the same way. I’m not saying that The Subtle Knife is bad. But I always felt like The Subtle Knife didn’t stand on its own as a story, it was just there to fill the space between Northern Lights and The Amber Spyglass.

This week I also got started on the huge pile of books I was given for Christmas, the first book I finished was Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer. I had assumed this was going to be some sort of YA romance novel and was quite surprised to find out it wasn’t.

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13 thoughts on “Currently Reading #14

  1. I do agree with you; I thought that the Subtle Knife was basically a filler, a book to fill the gap between the Golden Compass (Northern Lights) and the Amber Spyglass. My favorite book in the series is the Amber Spyglass, btw.

  2. I was never a fan of Philip Pullman’s writing! I’ve tried reading Northern Lights on several occasions, when I was younger, and then again recently, but still felt the same way… just could not take to his style of writing at all! The same with Anthony Horowitz, I find it terribly hard to take to his writing too!

  3. I’m about to read Philip Pullman’s The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. Not sure what to think of it before I start, but I’m guessing that it’s not going to bear much resemblance to any if His Dark Materials books??

    I hadn’t really considered if before, but I agree with you about the Subtle Knife. I think it flicks between dimensions too much. Mr. Pullman managed to create a great device to move between dimensions, then (IMHO) overdoes it. It may be that this was padding to get a third book for the trilogy without mucking about with a good start and a good end??

    • I’ve never heard of that book before. When I was a kid I read a couple of Philip Pullmans other books. But I never liked them that much.

      The thing is you need The Subtle Knife. It sets up some important plot points for The Amber Spyglass. But I’ve always felt the ending was quite strange. Almost like it should have ended straight after Will gets the knife. But then it goes on for another 50 pages and just fizzles out.

      • I didn’t know he had written other adult books until recently. I know that his dark materials has some not very well hidden religious themes, but i was surprised at The Good Man Jesus… If the book is like the title I’m expecting a very direct atheistic opinion shining through???

        • Oh yeah he doesn’t even try to hide the religious themes in the series. I’m sure that is why it was banned in some places. It has many references to greek mythology too, which I enjoy.

          I looked at The Good Man Jesus and it does sound quite interesting. You will need to let me know if it is any good.

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