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  •  Yes. And the splendid handling of familiars, (3+ / 0-)
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    who express the hidden emotions of their humans, and the malleability of children.

    I loved the golden compass, and how the meaning of Bee deepened each time the needle went round the dial again. I thought Pullman handled all the magic/science with a fine sense of wonder. He just didn't have enough good stories and characters to fill out his trilogy.

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    by Brecht on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 09:18:52 AM PDT

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    •  Pullman's kind of a cold fish, I think. (1+ / 0-)
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      Somehow he doesn't seem comfortable dealing with strong and well-developed adult characters. His adults in the series weren't complex, they were incoherent, used to serve the schematic.
      Too bad. I'm now wondering what would have happened with the whole series if he hadn't wanted to make it so damn grand--and hit grandiose instead.

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      by peregrine kate on Mon Apr 07, 2014 at 08:14:35 PM PDT

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