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 ...Read MoreThis 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.Read Less
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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.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-09-10 PW wrote that "fans who can't get enough of Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy will embrace this small, gifty-looking volume, which packages a short story about trilogy heroine Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon along with such ephemera as a beautifully engraved, fold-out map of the alternate-reality Oxford which Lyra inhabits." Ages 12-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-12-15 The fall season has brought a bounty of anticipated audiobook sequels for fans. Philip Pullman has capped off the His Dark Materials trilogy with Lyra's Oxford, not so much a sequel as a companion to the three fantasy novels. This latest adventure-essentially a short story-takes place two years after the events that close The Amber Spyglass and contains numerous intricate tidbits that close listeners will find a delightful challenge. The author reads here, along with many returning members from the full cast that made Pullman's previous audiobooks memorable. The CD package contains a map of Oxford, something Pullman has said his fans have long requested. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2003-10-13 Fans who can't get enough of Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy will embrace this small, gifty-looking cloth volume, which packages a short story about trilogy heroine Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon along with such ephemera as a beautifully engraved, fold-out map of the alternate-reality Oxford which Lyra inhabits, a postcard of Oxford sent by Mary Malone (inventor of the amber spyglass that was featured in the trilogy's final installment) and a brochure for a cruise aboard the S.S. Zenobia. A foreword teasingly explains that these items "might be connected with the story, or they might not; they might be connected to stories that haven't appeared yet. It's not easy to tell." The story itself involves a witch's daemon who asks Lyra to guide it to the home of Oxford alchemist Sebastian Makepeace; as the narrative unfolds, Lyra learns that the task is not as straightforward as it appears, and that she herself may be in some danger. Readers can use the map to trace Lyra's path to Makepeace's establishment readily enough, and they might enjoy the "advertisements" and "publisher's notices" printed on the reverse side (one title is by perfidious Marisa Coulter). Making sense of the other materials poses more of a challenge, however. Could the empty bench featured in Malone's postcard be the site of Lyra and Will's farewell in the Amber Spyglass? Does the voyage of the Zenobia point to a future publication? Those who like their storytelling delivered conventionally may find the presentation precious or frustrating; but puzzle enthusiasts will enjoy poring over the clues. Ages 10-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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