book of dust

It’s here!

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Okay, so actually it came out last Thursday. But my copy didn’t get here until today (I was a dummy and chose 5-6 day shipping because dumb reasons).

When I heard that Philip Pullman was writing a new trilogy called La Belle Sauvage, I was incredibly excited. The new trilogy opens with The Book of Dust and is set in the same world as His Dark Materials but ten years earlier.

Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass) had a huge impact on my formative reading years. When I picked up The Golden Compass and met Lyra and Pantalaimon for the first time, I was a child (at a guess, maybe in 5th or 6th grade). I had never read something before that resonated with me so profoundly. As Stephen Koch says, “Whenever it strikes, it is invariably telling you something vital about yourself. …The shock of recognition is a moment of excitement that shakes the soul. It may be hard to describe, but like other forms of love, you will know it when you feel it.”*

His Dark Materials left an indelible mark on my reading psyche, and taught me about loyalty and honor, friendship, sacrifice, and independence. Reading and re-reading it helped me through a lot of struggle and dark times. To this day, I still rank the trilogy at the top of my favorites list though it’s been years since I lost myself in those worlds.

All I want to do now is slide into those pages and be warmly welcomed home. (I try really hard not to hype myself up too much, but I don’t think that’s working this time.)

Excuse me now while I go devour some words. I’ll let you know how it goes.

*From The Modern Library Writer’s Workshop, Stephen Koch

3 thoughts on “book of dust

  1. You’ll love it!! I’ve just finished reading it I loved “His dark materials” trilogy and was really excited when this book was announced. He hasn’t disappointed. It’s so vivid

    Feel free to visit my website if you want to see my review. Littleseabear.com

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  2. Hope you enjoy / have enjoyed it! By the way, the new trilogy is The Book of Dust and the first volume La Belle Sauvage, not the other way round — but I guess you’ve realised that now. 🙂

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