The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two: From the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials - now a major BBC series (The book of dust, 2)

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The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two: From the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials - now a major BBC series (The book of dust, 2)

The Secret Commonwealth: The Book of Dust Volume Two: From the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials - now a major BBC series (The book of dust, 2)

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Her daemon goes on a long journey to Wittenberg (the city of Martin Luther, where Hamlet went to university) to accuse the stern intellectual, Gottfried Brande, of stealing Lyra’s imagination from her. Delamare consolidates his power and Malcolm continues his investigations, learning about Delamare’s background, intentions and interests in the rose industry from Bonneville. The 2024 election cycle is here, and Vox is one of the last places readers can access free, accurate, and transparent information. And the world of Lyra's Oxford, so welcoming at first, suddenly turns darker, yes, but also infinitely weirder. On a more banal level, it's also a book about growing up, and perhaps what we lose, or choose to lose in this and what the consequences of this might be.

Strauss keeps this information from the Magisterium, as they will certainly consider the rose industry to be heretical. In my opinion, an excellent read, that takes the books depicting this world into a grittier, more realistic and more grown up direction very successfully, while retaining some of the whimsical fantasy and sheer imagination we have seen before.The battle between the two opposing (but equally flawed) popular philosophers that have had such a negative aspect on Lyra ( especially in Pantalaimon's view) at times felt to me like Pullman having a dig at his own student self, his academic peers, and world leaders. But soon enough Pullman pulls the rug out from under us yet again as we realize that she has changed. She also escapes Oxford for the third time by boat, the Maid of Portugal, accompanied by the old gyptian Giorgio Brabandt into the safety of the Fens.

Initially is is hard to imagine the Lyra of the older books turning into this indecisive and unimaginative adult plagued by self doubt, but it happens - to pretty much every young celebrity for a start! On arrival, she hires a guide, Abdel Ionides, to take her through the desert to the isolated area of ruins known as the Blue Hotel. Lyra is pitted against not only the agents of theocracy but also a ruthless multinational chemical company.The heroines of children’s literature are often preoccupied with being good and virtuous, even when they are tomboyish and unruly, but Lyra was never particularly interested in those concerns. The passage feels slightly dated, as though it was written in accordance with ideas about consent and power dynamics that were in vogue 10 years ago but are no longer considered conventional wisdom.

There is also some depiction of Lyra’s awakened sexuality, though Pullman makes her seek out the company of men to whom she is not attracted, so that she cannot be unfaithful to the absent Will, forever lost to his parallel world.Chris has created many award-winning books, including Molly and the Night Monster (shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal), Two Frogs (winner of the Nestlé Bronze Award), and One Smart Fish (winner of the Booktrust Early Years Awards Best Picture Book) . She knew he was right, but it wasn't right that he should speak to her accusingly, as if it was something to blame her for. Lyra was, is and will always remain my favourite character, and been once again in this world feels like reading HDM again.

And in large part that’s because despite what Pan’s criticism in The Secret Commonwealth might suggest, she always had very little imagination. There's more to her story than you ever imagined and in The Secret Commonwealth Lyra has become an adult.

The Secret Commonwealth takes place twenty years after the events of La Belle Sauvage, and ten years after those in The Amber Spyglass, and we still follow Lyra, older but still headstrong, and still familiar. And with The Secret Commonwealth, Pullman continues to subvert our expectations at every turn, fulling diving into the stranger, more psychedelic aspects of the world he has wrought. This book elegantly weaves in live issues, from Europe's refugee crisis to facts in the post-truth era.

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