This is a wonderful new episode from the world of Philip Pullman's bestselling trilogy, His Dark Materials. In Lyra's Oxford the reader shares the huge excitement of discovering a small bundle of material that has somehow slipped between Lyra's universe and our own. The book includes a wonderful new story by Philip Pullman, fully illustrated ...
This is a wonderful new episode from the world of Philip Pullman's bestselling trilogy, His Dark Materials. In Lyra's Oxford the reader shares the huge excitement of discovering a small bundle of material that has somehow slipped between Lyra's universe and our own. The book includes a wonderful new story by Philip Pullman, fully illustrated intricate maps and other ephemera from Lyra's universe. The text is illustrated throughout in beautiful black and white wood-blocks by the highly acclaimed engraver, John Lawrence, together with specially printed three-colour pull out maps of Lyra's Oxford. This publication could have come from a parallel universe. The short story contained within Lyra's Oxford finds Lyra with her daemon Pantalaimon a couple of years after the end of The Amber Spyglass. Sitting on the roofs of Oxford she sees a bird, the daemon of a witch, a storm petrel flying towards her pursued by a huge and angry flock of starlings. Birds play a big part in this story. And gradually a mystery unfolds.
Near Fine in No dustwrapper as issued jacket. First UK edition, signed by author on title page. Slight bumps to top corners, o/w fine. All of our first editions are first printings unless otherwise noted. Dustwrappers are protected with clear archival wraps and we pack each book like it's a Tiffany egg.
Fine. Signed. First Edition. A hardback First Edition in New unblemished condition (listed as Like New to allow listings-will not list as New). Engravings by John Lawrence. Signed by the author. A wonderful present-or for yourself! This book is in stock now in our UK premises. Please note that dustjacket and cover illustrations may vary and the pictures you may see are often not ours. Overseas buyers please note that should the packed weight of your item exceed 1 Kg we reserve the right to cancel the accepte.
Fine in Not Issued jacket. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. Signed by Author First edition, first prnt. Signed by Pullman on the title page. Engravings by John Lawrence. Red cloth-covered boards with illustrated label on front board and printed map and isbnsticker on rear board as issued. Foldout map bound-in. Issued without dustjacket. Unread copy in Fine condition. Image of actual book; not a stock photo.
Lawrence, John. Fine. Signed by the author. Red cloth covers with a picture onlay to the front cover, black lettering on spine. Name and Christmas greeting on front endpaper. 'A beguiling new episode from the universe of His Dark Materials and other matter never before seen in this world. ' Pull out map of Lyra's Oxford in centre of book, postcard and cruise details at rear.
Fine in Fine jacket. As new in as new DJ covered with protective clear 'brodart' DJ cover. Unread, tight, clean copy. Signed by author on FULL TITLE page. Purchased from bookstore where author toured for signing. Includes Bookstore's business card (Honey Pot Books, Kent, UK) and 2 event bookmarkers. Autograph guaranteed authentic. Ask for pictures if interested.
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, New York, NY
I loved the trilogy by Pullman and was excited to delve into Lyra?s world once again. However, this is incredibly short (less than a chapter in a novel). If you love the trilogy as I do, it is worth adding to your collection for completeness sake; just don?t be disappointed by how small the book is and how quick of a read it is. The story is very simple and in fact you don?t learn anything really significant about Lyra and her world other than a few small details of her life at school. Still, as I said, for me any little chance to enter her world is worth it.
Mar 13, 2008
Buy with caution
This is not a stand alone book. One would have to have read His Dark Materials trilogy in order to get anything at all out of it. For those addicted to the story, it is a delicious tidbit. Hopefully at least one more in depth book is to follow. There are several unanswered questions at this point.
Oct 8, 2007
Great little followup read
This was a very quick and fun read! It fills you in on what's been going on since Amber Spyglass left off....but it's not a full book or anything. It's just a short story that keeps you wanting more of Lyra & Pan and thier adventures!
Apr 12, 2007
Interesting, but not essential
This book is a great addition to the collection of any HIS DARK MATERIALS fan. However, it is not a great stand-alone book.
If you have read all three volumes of the HIS DARK MATERIALS series, then this is a nice follow-up. However, although the story is entertaining, and it gives us a look into Lyra's mind after the end of THE AMBER SPYGLASS, it still lacks the panache of the other books in the series. The events in the book raise all sorts of questions, most of which go unanswered. Unless there are more books in the series after this one, it doesn't really seem like the story has much of a point. This stand-alone volume doesn't really contribute much to the overall story of the series.
Sure, it's nice to know what Lyra's been up to, but there's no resolution, which is a little frustrating. The book's content and length make it feel a little like an appetizer. You can't make a meal out of one hors d'oeuvre, though. It's worth a read, but I wouldn't pay full price for this one. The artwork is wonderful.
I reccommend this book to anyone who enjoyed the other books in the series. Just be aware that it is much shorter than the other books, and it may leave you unsatisfied. If you are a little bit of an obessive completist, like me, you will want to grab a copy of this.
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