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Gresh, Lois H. Exploring Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials; an unauthorized adventure through The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass.

GRESH, Lois Exploring Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials; an unauthorized adventure through The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass. St. Martin's, Griffin. 210p. bibliog. c2006. 0-312-34743-X. $9.95. JSA

This is meant as a helpful discussion about Pullman's trilogy, and it is written for readers of the trilogy, regardless of their age. As we who have read the trilogy know, Pullman tells an adventure story that is nonstop action. The trilogy is filled with concepts and images that deal with the most challenging ideas philosophers and scientists tackle. Gresh, with a lengthy bibliography, gives readers context: What are images of the world of the dead that major religions and cultures have adopted? What is the dark matter that physicists believe makes up approximately 25% of the matter and energy in the universe? How have various cultures conceived of witches, angels, harpies, specters and other creatures Pullman uses in his story? What about the idea of parallel worlds, and how do scientists describe them? Anyone who has been caught up in Pullman's amazing trilogy will want to know more details, such as those discussed by Gresh. Fortunately, she doesn't bring an agenda to her book--well, only in that she has great admiration for Pullman's brilliance.

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