Northern Lights - Philip Pullman


This made a big impression on me when I first read it 6 or 7 years ago. I was afraid that, as this month's reading group choice, it would be disappointing. It wasn't - the details, the characters, and most of all the relentless, subversive storyline, are hard to criticise, although this time round the coincidences and sentimentality grated a little. But it beats almost any other adventure story out there - up with 'The Lord of The Rings' in the serious fantasy stakes.

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