Phillip Pullman, The Golden Compass, His Dark Materials, The Book of Dust

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There’s dust, and then there’s Dust. Fans of Philip Pullman’s series His Dark Materials should know the difference.


Dust is hard to explain, but with Pullman’s new series, The Book of Dust, hitting shelves on October 19th, the task should become a little easier. 


The original trilogy, consisting of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass, features the feisty Lyra Belacqua, who explores parallel universes in her quest to find out what Dust is and how it works. For a series with a child protagonist and talking bears, however, the trilogy is surprisingly controversial, even landing itself on the list of top 10 targeted banned books. Although it’s categorized as a young adult novel, the book is intensely philosophical, with inspiration drawn from John Milton’s Paradise Lost, the Bible, and even Leonardo da Vinci’s artwork. 



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The new trilogy will sandwich the original series, covering years from before The Golden Compass and after The Amber Spyglass, and providing a deeper glimpse into Lyra’s life. The first volume, La Belle Sauvage, will introduce a new character, Malcolm Polstead, who apparently made a brief appearance in the earlier series (but according to Pullman, you’d have to look close to find him!) 


Can’t wait another two weeks to revisit Pullman’s fantastical multiverse? You can read an excerpt from chapter ten of La Belle Sauvage to tide you over to October 19th right here.


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