Kevin — September 18, 2006, 5:21 pm


What a crap weekend! I’ve been in bed shivering, sweating and “driving the porcelain bus” for the better part of this weekend. Early Sunday morning it hit me, and i’m glad it’s starting to receed now because i’m supposed to leave for Ottawa tomorrow for the Animation Festival, where I’ll be representing my company and taking lots of meetings.

Anyhow, this morning I was actually able to sit up in bed (rather than laying in the fetal position under the covers shaking) and was finally able to finish off the latest book I’ve been reading, which was the final book in the Children’s series “His Dark Materials”. Awesome stuff.

If you dug Harry Potter, give this one a whirl. It’s toothier, darker, and a great read. It’s also full of anti-christian sentiment (delicious!) because the author, Philip Pullman, wanted to make a kids series that wasn’t based on religion like CS Lewis’s work. Oh, he succeeded alright! In fact, I’m shocked that the religious right isn’t screaming about this series yet – I’m guessing we’ll hear more from them when the movie comes out (New Line is doing it).

Anyhow, if you dig kids books like Harry Potter, this trilogy is abso-fucking-lutely fantastic. Books one and two simply rocket along, and book three wraps up a massive story; it’s a hair off the mark in places, but still absolutely fantastic.

Snag a copy at Amazon.



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  1. Comment by trish1118 @ September 18, 2006, 5:40 pm

    Ooooh, you finished!! The Amber Spyglass was a little wacked for me compared to the other two but considering the HUGE undertaking of creating a massive world(s) Phillip got the job done. For what it’s worth, there is a lot of controversy sorrounding Pullman in general and not just the books. and hey, it should make for an interesting movie.

  2. Comment by Cameron @ September 19, 2006, 9:36 pm

    In the UK, this series ranked #3 on a list of the country’s top 100 favourite books.

  3. Comment by Mike O. @ September 20, 2006, 11:48 am

    Hope you feel better. I’ll give the books a try – I’ve gotten behind on reading lately anyhow.

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