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The Identity of God

Op-ed published on 3rd Feb 2010. 13 comments.

Why The Authority is not God, and why His Dark Materials is not anti-religious at all.

Intercision - Coming Soon To a World Near You?

Op-ed published on 13th Oct 2008. 9 comments.

In Philip Pullman’s trilogy of novels, His Dark Materials, the characters travel between many worlds existing in parallel universes. In one of these…

The Golden Compass Best Buy Bonus Disc

Review published on 4th May 2008. 3 comments.

Thought I'd drop a word in on the Best Buy Bonus Disc. I've watched the full thing over now and I have to say, things like this make DVDs what they are.…

Dark Matter - Jeff's Review

Review published on 6th Mar 2008. 2 comments.

Of the several books on Pullman’s His Dark Materials read by this reviewer (about a half-dozen or so), this one is, without a doubt, the best, most…

Discovering The Golden Compass - Jeff's Review

Review published on 23rd Feb 2008. 0 comments.

Despite its title, George Beahm’s Discovering The Golden Compass is a wide-ranging book that goes far beyond the single topic of The Golden Compass.…

Michael McLennen on The Golden Compass Soundtrack pt. 2

Review published on 20th Feb 2008. 3 comments.

Track-by-Track Analysis (Total running time: 74 mins 3 secs) NOTE: This is a re-written version of my original soundtrack review, which appeared here.…

Michael McLennen on The Golden Compass Soundtrack pt. 1

Review published on 20th Feb 2008. 4 comments.

NOTE: This is a re-written version of my original soundtrack review, which appeared here. Having now seen the film, I felt it was worth re-considering…

The World of the Golden Compass

Review published on 12th Feb 2008. 1 comment.

I received The World of the Golden Compass through the mail today, and after feeling important and official carrying a Global Priority packet (complete…

Exploring His Dark Materials

Review published on 12th Feb 2008. 0 comments.

In the preface of her book, Lois Gresh writes: “This book delves into the subjects behind His Dark Materials. As such, it is not a book about the story…

The Elements of His Dark Materials - Jason's review

Review published on 6th Feb 2008. 3 comments.

Why should you buy The Elements of His Dark Materials: A Guide to Philip Pullman’s Trilogy, by Laurie Frost? What makes it different from all the other…

The Elements of His Dark Materials - Ian's review

Review published on 6th Feb 2008. 0 comments.

The His Dark Materials trilogy has, like many works of its high quality, lead to the publication of a number of reference materials and analytical texts.…

The Elements of His Dark Materials - Edd's review

Review published on 6th Feb 2008. 0 comments.

This book dropped onto my doormat a little over two weeks ago. The first thing you notice is the size of the book, it is very thick. This is a portend…

The Magical Worlds of Philip Pullman

Review published on 6th Feb 2008. 1 comment.

Philip Pullman was wrong. That was my first thought after finishing David Colbert's The Magical Worlds of Philip Pullman. What I'm referring to is the…

The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials

Review published on 6th Feb 2008. 0 comments.

Mary and John Gribbin's The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials is a nice starting companion for young readers interested in discovering more…

Darkness Visible: Inside the world of Philip Pullman

Review published on 6th Feb 2008. 0 comments.

Darkness Visible: Inside the World of Philip Pullman, authored by Nicholas Tucker, begins with some very clear ambitions. Tucker organizes his book to…

Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials: A Multiple Allegory

Review published on 30th Jan 2008. 1 comment.

Author Leonard F. Wheat's Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials: a Multiple Allegory divides itself three ways with the bulk of the book devoted to tackling…

Golden Compass Premiere, Victoria Point, Australia

Review published on 27th Dec 2007. 0 comments.

9am, December 26th. The horde of His Dark Materials fans gather around the front door of the still closed Victoria Point Cinema in eager anticipation…

Lyra’s Parents

Essay published on 16th Dec 2007. 17 comments.

Part I - First Impressions Together. It's tough to say if Marisa and Asriel loved each other. They both had the passion and child right? Well maybe there…

Namster on The Golden Compass

Review published on 14th Dec 2007. 0 comments.

In short, the movie is excellent. It is a flawed picture, with the most unfortunate knife job of any film in motion picture history, but all things considered…

Practise What You Preach

Op-ed published on 11th Dec 2007. 14 comments.

For a man who wants to talk so badly, Bill Donahue sure does have his narrow-slitted helmet tightly fitted. In a request sent two months ago, both The…

Corgi The Golden Compass Action Figures

Review published on 7th Dec 2007. 0 comments.

Corgi’s line of 3.75-inch action figures rate a "best buy" in my book. Each figure is carefully packaged in a blisterpack that is best opened by using…

The Golden Compass Write-up

Review published on 3rd Dec 2007. 0 comments.

We started Tuesday the 27th in the wonderful hotel room in the Millennium. Three beds and a sofabed, and not one was being used. Yes, your faithful sraffie…

The Golden Compass

Review published on 26th Nov 2007. 0 comments.

An Obsessive Compulsive Review of The Golden Compass (with spoilers) So as part of my spontaneous invitation from our noble website admins to join them…

The Golden Compass

Review published on 26th Nov 2007. 0 comments.

When I first heard about the possibility of a "Northern Lights" movie (Which is still how I think of it today, in spite of its Americanisation) I was…

The Golden Compass

Review published on 26th Nov 2007. 0 comments.

Fantasy is a genre that is often extremely difficult to pull off well. Primarily, there is a requirement to engage the audience in the unknown –…

The Golden Compass Review for Non-Readers

Review published on 25th Nov 2007. 0 comments.

Take The Golden Compass from the Dark Materials, put it on the silver screen and what could the resulting mix become but a veritable spectrum of cinematic…

The Golden Compass Review for His Dark Materials readers

Review published on 25th Nov 2007. 0 comments.

The following review is only meant for readers of the books, as it contains quite some references and spoilers. Stay tuned for our non-readers review!…

Music to Our Ears: The Golden Compass Soundtrack

Review published on 25th Nov 2007. 0 comments.

The soundtrack to the Golden Compass lies, as the book does, with recurring themes. The key of each piece within the music seems relatively similar to…

The Golden Soundtrack

Review published on 19th Nov 2007. 1 comment.

Introduction Over the past years HisDarkMaterials.org has covered many aspects of The Golden Compass’ production. However, there was one facet that…

The Golden Compass Tie-in Books

Review published on 19th Nov 2007. 0 comments.

I purchased all these books at a local Barnes and Noble, which had a dedicated display that showcased Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass, the official…

Discovering The Golden Compass

Review published on 9th Oct 2007. 0 comments.

I’ll admit after reading a number of His Dark Materials guides that went about categorizing author Philip Pullman’s science or rendering his…

Women in His Dark Materials

Essay published on 2nd Oct 2007. 2 comments.

On his website, Philip Pullman wrote a note on the film, in which he praises Anand Tucker’s approach as a director: But the best thing from the point…

The Science Of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials

Review published on 22nd Sep 2007. 0 comments.

Mary and John Gribbin's The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials is a nice starting companion for young readers interested in discovering more…

Dust in His Dark Materials

Essay published on 25th Jul 2007. 1 comment.

Dust is the central concept of Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials, the purpose of all its action and the great philosophical explanation behind…

Dæmon on the Spot

Op-ed published on 12th May 2007. 0 comments.

With the rapidly-approaching film adaptation of the first His Dark Materials novel, The Golden Compass (Northern Lights), popularity will naturally spring.…

How Philip Pullman Develops the Characters Lyra and Will in His Dark Materials

Essay published on 7th May 2007. 1 comment.

Introduction Philip Pullman is a storyteller, who believes that stories are an integral part of human nature. Although he is not a fantasy writer, Pullman…

Weitz a Winner!

Op-ed published on 3rd May 2007. 0 comments.

Time magazine. Possibly THE magazine to read, in this day and age, and finally, the His Dark Materials films have arrived. Although not without a splash;…

Facing the Challenges?

Op-ed published on 30th Apr 2007. 0 comments.

Well, at least we can see sense sometimes. Not complete sense, I have to say, but it’s a start. Nobody very nearly beat Chris Weitz to the top spot…

Where Viewing Brings Meaning

Op-ed published on 28th Apr 2007. 0 comments.

The artist Cezanne once said, "With an apple I will astonish Paris." A man who could elevate the simplistic to a resonance and binding where we'd call…

Loading!

Op-ed published on 26th Apr 2007. 0 comments.

Yes, right here on HisDarkMaterials.org, the number 1 fansite for the books, the films, and now the game! New Line have commissioned Sega to create what…

Déjà Vu

Op-ed published on 23rd Apr 2007. 0 comments.

A few weeks ago, I was contacted by a friend in the business. “New Line are making another film! Want to check it out?”. Well, I’d finished my other…

Introduction

Op-ed published on 19th Apr 2007. 0 comments.

I think it’s time to do something a little different this week. There has been a wonderful influx of news, but sadly, due to some issues with my Internet…

Now they’re releasing a game!?

Op-ed published on 16th Apr 2007. 0 comments.

It had to happen. It really did. They did it with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, the Harry Potter series, so why not His Dark Materials? Happily, there…

Whose Dark Materials?

Essay published on 15th Apr 2007. 1 comment.

Following the article "Why their Dark Materials might not be your Dark Materials," I would like to invite you to share a little thought experiment with…

Lights! Camera! ACTION!

Op-ed published on 12th Apr 2007. 0 comments.

The trailer has arrived, giving us a tantalising glimpse at the wonderful world that is now confirmed for release on the 7th of December this year! Filming…

Here We Go Again

Op-ed published on 9th Apr 2007. 0 comments.

Hollywood's got its grubby mitts on yet another trilogy that they're going to beat to death with promises of multi-million-dollar budgets and action figures…

Why Their Dark Materials Might Not Be Your Dark Materials

Essay published on 28th Jan 2007. 0 comments.

Introduction Most people who have read Philip Pullman’s “His Dark Materials” are looking forward to seeing Chris Weitz’ adaptation in cinemas…

Finding Your Dæmon

Essay published on 28th Apr 2004. 12 comments.

Part one An article about daemons. Its funny, there seem to be so many bits and pieces of info out there but nothing as yet that I can find to be a good…

Perspective

Essay published on 30th Jan 2004. 0 comments.

Today I’m going to talk about perspective. I read a thread on Cittagàzze which originally was meant to talk about the controversy of HDM, however,…

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