The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman
I finished this book one week ago. I probably should have come to this blog immediately and commented on this story, but I thought I would take a few days and think over it and process it. Well, a few days turned into a week…even as I have read two additional books while I have continued to ponder it.
Part of the controversial His Dark Materials trilogy, this book was every bit as exciting and full of imagery as The Golden Compass. I devoured it just like the first book. I fully expect to do the same with the final book, The Amber Spyglass.
As with The Golden Compass, I have no intention of writing anything about the plot of the story. It is too intricate and there is NO WAY to adequately give any kind of summary without taking something away from the story. The story is too amazing and beautiful for that. So, those of you who are interested and open-minded will just have to read it for yourselves.
As with The Golden Compass, I will say that if you are not open-minded, do not bother with this book. If you are able to look past controversy and make decisions for yourselves, take a shot with it and see for yourself whether or not you like it. I can’t promise you will, but at least you can make your opinion for yourself.
I thought this second book in the His Dark Materials series was brilliant and stunning, and I am eager to start the third and final book. But not yet! I have it in my possession, but I’m still not finished processing this one yet. This is one of the few instances where I am not going to leap immediately into the next book. I initially thought I wanted to, but I’m still replaying Pullman’s story in my mind. It is THAT big. And I think I’m still making my own opinions about it.