The Subtle Knife – by Philip Pullman

14 10 2019

Having read Northern Lights a few months ago, I thought it was best to pick up the sequel before I forgot too much about it! I’m also unsure if the new TV series covers just the first book or the full trilogy!

The first book was set in one universe, this one moves into 3, and what I found really helpful, was that in the margin of each page was a little icon that related to the universe you were currently in, so if you picked up the book you could remember where you were – or sometimes even mid-reading!

There was one point around a third to halfway through where I very nearly gave up – I’d read the same page so many times over several days and just couldn’t get into it to get past it, but I’m glad I carried on. That bit was in what felt like a bit of a side plot that at that point I just didn’t care about yet, but it was needed for later on.

This book left off on what felt like an even bigger cliffhanger than the first one, and I’ve had a lot of people advise me when I was struggling to carry on with this book, that this is one you just had to get through to get to the third which sounds like it might be deemed the best of the three, so I’m looking forward to picking up the next one! Might just find something else to read first to help divide the books in my head so they don’t all merge into one 🙂





Northern Lights – by Philip Pullman

18 08 2019

I think this was fairly popular when I was a teenager but just not a book I ever got round to reading. A fair while ago I saw the trilogy going cheap, (I’m guessing in The Works?!) and it sat on my shelves for a bit. I heard there was a new TV series of it coming out this year, so it jumped up my to read list a bit!

I didn’t really know much about what it was about other than all humans have “dæmons” who are animals who are sort of them, but that’s in. When I had only read a few pages of it someone saw it in my handbag at church and implied it was a bit controversial to have in the building – having only just started it I had no idea if this was the case, having now finished it, I guess I can see where that person might have been coming from, but at the end of the day it’s just a story and I don’t really see a controversy, but maybe it’s moreso in the later books – I guess we’ll see.

Definitely enjoyed it, though kinda found myself wanting the story to resolve by the end of the book, but I guess in hindsight, knowing it was a trilogy I should have known that wasn’t going to happen! It was a good bit of escapism and I do want to know what happens next – just got another book I need to read first and then I’ll be onto the sequel. In the past I’ve read a few things before reading the second part of a trilogy then by the time I’ve thought about reading the second book, I’ve forgotten so much from the first that I never get round to finishing the trilogy, so I won’t leave it too long this time, plus I want to finish the trilogy before watching the TV show as I’m not sure how quickly they’ll work through all three books!