Over the past few weeks, Emily finally pursuaded me to start reading the Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials series. I think it was also helped along by the movie trailer. I’m glad she did. I started the Golden Compass, not expecting much depth. As I read through the first few chapters, I thought that I had been correct. Daemons? Dust? I assumed these ideas wouldn’t be fleshed out nearly as much as they could have been.
WRONG. I should stop trying to predict what the books Emily makes me read are going to be like…(Harry Potter) I’m always wrong.
While The Golden Compass left the concept of daemons and Dust somewhat unanswered, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglas close alot of things up nicely. The story is excellent, and I think everyone would walk away from it differently. I believe I’ll have to re-read the series to truly appreciate what Pullman was presenting.
I’m finding children’s books to be alot deeper than I remember them. Of course, His Dark Materials and Harry Potter aren’t quite the same as Gordon Korman. As I read books that I keep hearing about that have been around for ages, I find myself wondering how I missed out on great titles like Ender’s Game. Now, I’m not saying that I would have really enjoyed the remainder of the series as a kid, in fact, I would have probably hated Xenocide and Children of the Mind, but Ender’s Game would have been enjoyable as it stood.
Maybe it is better that I found these books later on in life, so that I could really look at them differently. Or maybe, I missed out. If I enjoyed the book as a kid, maybe I would create a false memory of the story and find it to be not nearly as satisfying as an adult (much like classic tv shows – Titus was HILARIOUS when I saw it on TV…the DVD…not so much.). TV and Books are likely a poor comparision. I guess I’ll find out how things go when I pick up The Sword of Shannara for the first time since grade 7 or 8. I remember that book (and series) being amazing. We shall see.
But before that, I’ve got comics to read. Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter; I hope your comic doesn’t suck.