Friday, October 20, 2017

2017 book 182

Philip Pullman's The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage
You had better believe that I made an exception for my "white dude writers--who needs 'em?" rule when Pullman is writing a new trilogy set in the His Dark Materials Universe. Apparently this new trilogy is an "e-quel" as opposed to a sequel or prequel, as its events will unfold alongside the previous books'. This first volume centers on a boy who gets tangled up with baby Lyra--and with a young woman academic who is part of a secret liberal spy group! Pullman knows how to write a story that just grabs you--though toward the end I was like "please stop having this poor boy get distracted by puberty, there are kind of a lot of other things going on!" Anyway, this was pretty awesome and I eagerly await its follow-ups. A/A-.

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