Review: Philip Pullman’s “The Subtle Knife” (His Dark Materials II)

by writereaderly

Here we are in at Book II in the Pullman read-in (Book I review here). This one takes us straight into a parallel world which is a little more modern, a little less steam punk, no less magickal. Lyra has a new ally, small determined murderer Will, and some mystickal new enemies to spice it up as they flit between worlds. The quest pro-Dust and anti-Mummy continues, but I’m more respectful of the casual yet entrancing writing style this man has and was enthralled from whoa to go. Was really enjoying the breadth of character in the daemons. Not so keen on the emerging religious angle, though – we all remember the disappointment when we found out what Narnia was all about, don’t we peeps… On to #3 later today, although I must make sure to get enough sleep.

Where it came from: Library
Time and manner of reading: A beach-nibble and a bed-gobble
Where it went: Home
Reminds me of: Increasingly like Narnia, with a good dash of Lord of the Flies
Who I’d recommend it to: Still comes with a pretty all-round recommendation: gripping
Also reading: Rabbit #4; How to Read a Poem by Edward Hirsch; Selected Essays by George Orwell; Picturing Canada by Gail Edwards and Judith Saltman (just the images); The Death of the Heart by Elizabeth Bowen