- Author Philip Pullman
This is a far more traditional child’s adventure story than I had been anticipating. It took me a long time to get round to reading this one, despite it being so high up on the top 100 reading list I’m working through. At first, I wasn’t really on board with it at all - daemons and Oxford college and armoured bears. But the more I read, the more it grew on me.
It was very like the Oz stories, in that a child heads off on a seemingly impossible adventure, takes many detours along the way and meets lots of people in her travels. Eventually, the goal is reached, although in this case it simply leads on to another book.
The only thing I didn’t like was the book constantly made me tired. Every time a child would arrive safe from an adventure, they would be immediately put to bed to sleep usually in front of a fire after some warm food. Mmmm, sleep.