If you have never read Philip Pullman's Dark Materials trilogy, you are seriously missing out. Yesterday I picked up my battered copy of The Golden Compass, which had been hiding on my shelf for a few years with The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass. Holy shit, I had forgotten how much I loved these books. They are part science fiction, part fantasy, part philosophy, part mystery, and 110% wickedly awesome.
The series follows Lyra Belacqua, and later her companion Will Parry, through magical worlds united by Dust - extraordinary particles with profound properties and the ability to connect whole universes. Imagine an adventure involving armored talking bears, gyptians, witches, prophecies, angels, soul-eating Specters, dragonfly riders, war, and love.
Powerful, enchanting, well-written, gripping, beautiful, you name it. These books are dynamite. So get your ass off the computer and go read them. You won't regret it. If, for some reason, you do regret it, you ought to go play in traffic.
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