Werthead

His Dark Materials sequel trilogy: The Book of Dust

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Gee, I never even heard of His Dark Materials until I was about 50 and just loved the fuck out of it, all the books and still do.  Love the daemons and Serafina Pekkala.  Loved the witches.  Can't wait for the new book to be out, hope Serafina Pekkala shows up again too.

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Looking forward to this.  I quite enjoyed the trilogy as it was published and remember waiting anxiously for the second and third books to be released.  I was probably as excited for The Amber Spyglass being released in 2000 as I was The Goblet of Fire.  It was such a disappointment when The Golden Compass movie didn't live up to expectations.

My only concern about the new trilogy, specifically with the books that take place 20 years after is...one of my favorite parts of The Amber Spyglass is Will and Lyra being separated at the end but their promise to one another that every year on Midsummer Day at midday they will both go sit on the park bench in their own Oxfords for an hour and be together, although separated.  Yes, that is incredibly depressing but I just love it in the context of the story.  And I hope Pullman sticks to that.  I hope we see Lyra at one point in one of the new books going to the park bench and sitting there and thinking of Will but that she then goes on and has these new adventures with new people in her world and that it doesn't become about Lyra and Will finding a way to be together.  Nothing I have read so far indicates that this will happen.  And if it does, that's certainly Pullman's choice.  But just that was my first thought upon hearing about the new books and their time frame.

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Well, who hasn't fantasised about their own daemon at some point? ;)

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Excited for this. Hopefully it has a lot of Coulter.

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New blurb:

https://www.amazon.com/Book-Dust-1-Philip-Pullman/dp/0375815309/

The much-anticipated new work from the author of The Golden Compass is coming at last!

Renowned storyteller Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of Lyra Belacqua and His Dark Materials for a thrilling and epic adventure in which daemons, alethiometers, and the Magisterium all play a part.

The Book of Dust will be a work in three parts, like His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass).

The title and cover of this first story will remain under wraps until a later date, but it can be revealed that the book is set ten years before The Golden Compass and centers on the much-loved character Lyra and her daemon Pantalaimon.

Philip Pullman offers these tantalizing details: “I’ve always wanted to tell the story of how Lyra came to be living at Jordan College, and in thinking about it, I discovered a long story that began when she was a baby and will end when she’s grown up. This volume and the next will cover two parts of Lyra’s life: starting at the beginning of her story and returning to her twenty years later. As for the third and final part, my lips are sealed.

“So, second: is it a prequel? Is it a sequel? It’s neither. In fact, The Book of Dust is . . . an ‘equel.' It doesn’t stand before or after His Dark Materials, but beside it. It’s a different story, but there are settings that readers of His Dark Materials will recognize, and characters they’ve met before. Also, of course, there are some characters who are new to us, including an ordinary boy (a boy we have glimpsed in an earlier part of Lyra’s story, if we were paying attention) who, with Lyra, is caught up in a terrifying adventure that takes him into a new world.

“Third: why return to Lyra’s world? Dust. Questions about that mysterious and troubling substance were already causing strife ten years before His Dark Materials, and at the center of The Book of Dust is the struggle between a despotic and totalitarian organization, which wants to stifle speculation and inquiry, and those who believe thought and speech should be free. The idea of Dust suffused His Dark Materials. Little by little through that story the idea of what Dust was became clearer and clearer, but I always wanted to return to it and discover more.”

The books of the His Dark Materials trilogy were showered with praise, and the Cincinnati Enquirer proclaimed, “Pullman has created the last great fantasy masterpiece of the twentieth century.” With The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman embarks on an equally grand adventure, sure to be hailed as the first great fantasy masterpiece of the twenty-first century.

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The books of the His Dark Materials trilogy were showered with praise, and the Cincinnati Enquirer proclaimed, “Pullman has created the last great fantasy masterpiece of the twentieth century.” With The Book of Dust, Philip Pullman embarks on an equally grand adventure, sure to be hailed as the first great fantasy masterpiece of the twenty-first century.

Somewhere, Patrick Rothfuss opens his mouth in wordless horror and wails silently in the void.

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"an equel"?

Equal equel?

 

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22 hours ago, Myrddin said:

"an equel"?

Equal equel?

 

Prequel, sequel, equel. 

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On 23/02/2017 at 7:21 PM, Werthead said:

Somewhere, Patrick Rothfuss opens his mouth in wordless horror and wails silently in the void.

A lesson to be learned. At least there may be a chance for "doors of stone" to win the same accolade for the 22nd Century.

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On 2/23/2017 at 11:21 AM, Werthead said:

Somewhere, Patrick Rothfuss opens his mouth in wordless horror and wails silently in the void.

And......?  Who cares.

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5 hours ago, Nasty LongRider said:

And......?  Who cares.

 

That was odd.

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Posted (edited)

First sample.

The book will be titled La Belle Sauvage and released 19th October

 

Edited by HelenaExMachina

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36 minutes ago, HelenaExMachina said:

First sample.

The book will be titled La Belle Sauvage and released 19th October

 

Very nice indeed!

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2 hours ago, Damelon said:

They look very nice, the shading and all. Adventurous and classic. Thanks for the link.

The US cover is OK, but I like the UK cover better.

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And to make it a little bit better i frequently drink at the pub that is mentioned in the blurb.  Can't wait. 

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Really good reviews, bodes well. Just started and it feels so familiar already. Love it. 

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