The Golden Compass

by Phillip Pullman | Children's Books |
ISBN: 0679879242 Global Overview for this book
Registered by geishabird of Toronto, Ontario Canada on 6/12/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by geishabird from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Sunday, June 12, 2005
When Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon decide to spy on a presentation her uncle, the commanding Lord Asriel, is making to the elders of Jordan College they have no idea that they will become witnesses to an attempted murder—and even less that they are taking the first steps in a journey that will lead them into danger and adventure unlike anything Lyra's unfettered imagination has conjured up.

Though she has been reised at the college in an atmosphere of benign neglect that has allowed her to become a half-wild child of the streets, Lyra soon finds herself apprenticed to the elegant Mrs. Coulter—and in possession of a strange device called the alethiometer, a "golden compass" that reads not true worth, but truth itself.

But truth is a precious commodity, and before long Lyra and Pan are running for their lives, the object of an obsessive hunt by mysterious forces who have been stealing children for dark purposes that no one understands. Lyra will need all her street-learned wiles if she and Pan are to survive.


I really, really wanted to like this book more than I did. There are some very, very cool things in here (the compass, for example, is an excellent creation, and the idea of the daemons really interested me), but I just couldn't bring myself to care that much for it overall. One of the main problems, I'm afraid, is that Lyra irritated the living s*** out of me and I couldn't really get too involved with her emotionally. It's too bad. I also found the writing a bit irksome at times; dialogue that did not ring true to my ears and so on. I can understand why this series is hugely popular, but unfortunately it's just not for me.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Sunday, April 23, 2006
received at the 2006 Toronto Convention. The convention was great fun

Journal Entry 3 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, September 12, 2008
Lyra is a 12 year old girl who has been raised at Jordan College in Oxford by scholars. She has been somewhat neglected and hence has become a 'wild' child. She plays with Roger, one of the kitchen maid's sons. When Lyra sneaks into the retiring room and catches sight of the Aurora Borealis and visions of an alternate world, she is excited beyond belief. Roger disappears one day and Lyra is terribly concerned.

Soon thereafter she is apprenticed to a Mrs. Coulter who is planning a trip to the Arctic. Before long however, Lyra finds out that Mrs. Coulter is really one of the people who are snatching children off the streets. The rumors of what are done with these children are horrendous. Lyra begins a real adventure and rescue.

Pullman has created a fantasy world that is wonderful. Each human has a daemon who is attached for life. Animals talk, witches fly and there are polar bear kings. All the stuff of a really good 'fairy' tale.

Journal Entry 4 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Thursday, April 02, 2009
mailed today to Chucklesthescot in trade for To Die For

Journal Entry 5 by Chucklesthescot from Paisley, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 07, 2009
Thank you for the trade book which arrived today. I'm looking forward to reading this series! Hugs from Scotland!

Journal Entry 6 by Chucklesthescot from Paisley, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, April 07, 2009
OK I'm dumb I admit it! I didn't realise that this book is actually a different name for 'Northern Lights' the first part of the Darkest Materials trilogy, which I bought a few days ago in a bookshop. Sigh! Stupid film-makers! Or stupid chuckles for not checking in the shop! Anyway I hope someone else will enjoy this book.

Journal Entry 7 by Chucklesthescot at Paisley, Scotland United Kingdom on Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (7/16/2009 UTC) at Paisley, Scotland United Kingdom

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This book is going in round 2 of the ABC bookbox

Journal Entry 8 by Sterile from Burnley, Lancashire United Kingdom on Saturday, August 08, 2009
Taken out of the ABC bookbox round 2.

Journal Entry 9 by Sterile at BCUK Unconvention 2013 in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom on Sunday, September 22, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (9/28/2013 UTC) at BCUK Unconvention 2013 in Leeds, West Yorkshire United Kingdom

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Released at the book buffet during the Uncon in Leeds! 28th September 2013.

Journal Entry 10 by Safrolistics at BCUK Leeds 2013, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Sunday, September 29, 2013
Picked up from the UnCon

Journal Entry 11 by Safrolistics at Newbiggin-By-The-Sea, Northumberland United Kingdom on Friday, January 08, 2016
Wow, I seem to have had this book a long time. Read ages ago, but only just getting back into Bookcrossing again.

Journal Entry 12 by Safrolistics at Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom on Friday, January 08, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (1/8/2016 UTC) at Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom

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Being passed on to an OBCZ

Released 3 yrs ago (1/8/2016 UTC) at The Gallery @ Papercuts in Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear United Kingdom

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To be left somewhere in The Gallery or Papercuts

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