The Amber Spyglass - Philip Pullman


Perhaps I shouldn't have read them again - I would have kept them as a benchmark for a wonderful set of novels. But second time round only 'Northern Lights' was any good - 'The Amber Spyglass' descends into chaos - too many characters, too many worlds and, worse, a sentimental, nonsensical ending. Last time I read these, I was amazed by the story but now the plot seems too dependent on coincidence and novelty. The real strong point is the richly imagined alternative universes, and the examination of spirit, lust, greed and power. By any other standards, the trilogy is excellent, but the bar is set too high.

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