The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

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Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780679879244
0679879242
Characteristics: 399 pages ; 22 cm.

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HBO series "His Dark Materials" begins 2019

"My first, best and favorite fictional heroine was Lyra Belacqua from The Golden Compass; brave, clever, quick, heroic and loyal. 'This was her world. She wanted it to stay the same forever and ever, but it was changing around her, for someone out there was stealing children.'"

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.


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JCLIanH Sep 26, 2019

You ever read a book and get about 100 pages from the end and feel...sad? Like you're mourning the fact that the tremendous journey you are on is going to end? I know there are two more books in the series, but this one really lit up the pure-joy-of-reading receptors in my brain. The alternate universe world-building here is just phenomenal and would be fascinating on its own, but the story Pullman tells is a grand adventure full of memorable characters that more than hold their own against the book's big themes. Lyra Belacqua is the kind of protagonist I can't wait to introduce my daughters to (when I'm sure some of the darker content won't give them nightmares).

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trickbag22
Sep 10, 2019

What a great series. Bought it for my granddaughter and was caught up in the”Dust”.

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brown_wolf_116
Aug 14, 2019

I found this book as the graphic novel! Awesome and I can’t wait to read the book 👌

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WoodneathTaylor
Aug 12, 2019

One of the best audiobooks EVER! It's like listening to a play in your ears- I loved the variety of voices and music, and it didn't feel jumbled at all!

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boppo
Aug 10, 2019

Amazing! I've only discovered the series because of the upcoming TV adaptation, and I don't know how I didn't know about this book before. The narrative is very easy to follow and as soon as I get into the groove of things, I find this book very hard to put down. The plot flows smoothly and you find yourself just going with the flow. I haven't read a book that sparks my imagination quite like this in a while, and I'm totally in for the ride now.

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kbirchenall
Jul 29, 2019

Lyra was one of those characters that didn't always make the best choices but you loved them all the same. You could really imagine the little street rat that didn't amount to much, turn into the most important person ever. To really enjoy this book you should be about 11 or older

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kayla666
Dec 21, 2018

Marvellous book! Pullman's Dark Materials triology is the best ever!

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Sara_Eri
Nov 02, 2018

This book is about a universe where people have there own daemon that represents their personality. Their world has some similar things to our world, but the author used some imaginary things in this story. The main character is Lyra, she is a brave little girl who lost her parents and she used to live in Jordan college. The story starts when Lyra and her daemon heard about the Dust from her uncle Lord Asriel that he was getting paid to look for it, it’s not the kind of dust we know, it’s a magical Dust. During that time there was a thing called Gobblers, They were kidnaping only kids, and here where Lyra’s get adventure starts, when her best friend got kidnaped by the Gobblers and she had to find him, but something unexpected happened that stopped her from looking for him. In my opinion, this book is really good for English beginners, this book was my first book in English and it was not that hard to read, but this book has a lot of words and terms that they don’t give a definition or meaning to it. This book has a lot of imagery and visualizing, it gives you the story in details. I’d recommend this book if you are the kind of person who likes mystery and likes to read a story that you can imagine seeing it in your head.

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Mbussey
Aug 25, 2018

As someone who struggles to read, I found this book very easy to get into, it builds a world in magnificent ways which allows the reader to continue to delve into the story. Can't wait to start the second book

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MissWrittenWord
Jul 08, 2018

As a child I never picked this book up and read it. I read it recently and fell in love. I can't wait to find out what happens next!

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yo89999
Jun 22, 2016

This book is about an adventure to the North Pole to look into "Dust".

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EBeaudoin
Sep 27, 2012

In this book Lyra and her daemon ,Pantalaimon [ in short Pan], go on a perilous journey to Bolvangar to stop the Gobblers. They need to stop the Gobblers because they kidnap children and then cut away ther deamons. Lyra and Pan travel with with the Gyptians. Along the way they meet the armored bear, Iorek Byrnison. 

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jackmane
Apr 23, 2012

This truly amazing book in a different dimension where children started going missing. A girl lived there, Lyra, who once lived a university until the fateful day when her mother took her away. She was given a golden compass by the university which she was to keep hidden.Her mother found out and tried to take it so lyra ran away from her mother. She met the egyptians who saved her from being captured. Together with them she went to save the children. They met a bear named eric burneson who decided to help her after she got back his amour. Together with lee scorseby (a balloonist) they faced evil to save the missing children.

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Mbussey
Aug 25, 2018

“Human beings can't see anything without wanting to destroy it. That's original sin. And I'm going to destroy it. Death is going to die.”

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mishamurali
Jul 29, 2014

“That's the duty of the old,' said the Librarian, 'to be anxious on the behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old."

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hedgehog13
Jun 22, 2014

“You cannot change what you are, only what you do.”

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