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I just finished reading the first book of the Book of Dust trilogy. I loved loved loved how Mr. Pullman was able to converge Lyra's world in a different light but still keep the connections that I saw back to the Northern Lights. Like Malcolm eventually becomes a professor at Jordan and looks after Lyra (although I do not recall him being mentioned). I do remember how Dr, Relf became the head of the St. Sophia women's college and I really loved her character in this installment!
I am beyond excited that His Dark Materials is finally given another chance at becoming a visual adventure. The Golden Compass movies sucked. It does NO justice how amazing the books were. I can compare the failure of the Golden Compass movie to the Percy Jackson movie, doing NOTHING to the books and the Giver movie, which makes me really mad since the books were beyond amazing.
As I have been re-reading La Belle Sauvage, I have noticed some interesting things.
The first is the spangled ring, which Malcolm saw while reading. This was never fully explained and probably links to the secret commonwealth.
Hannah Relf leant Malcolm a book called The Silk Road. This book goes into detail about trade routes in The Levant. When discussing it, Malcolm says that this is the place he would most want to visit. Hannah says that maybe one day he will. Indeed, the setting for The Secret Commonwealth (which Malcolm appears in) is The Levant.
Hey everyone, as you might have seen from my original post, I'm planning to do a re-reading of the original trilogy (and more) before the release of The Secret Commonwealth on Thursday, 3rd October this year (oooooh). During the short, short time there is between TSC being released and the TV series coming out, most editing will be based on the 2nd Book of Dust so this re-reading will be before the release of the book - though it won't be too far before the TV series.
Now, depending on the amount of users (if any, except me) who are willing to take part, this can also include an official Discussions post for talk relating to the chapter. Otherwise, it will just include a few/one user(s) adding info/pages related to the chapter they've read or are reading.
So, here are the details:
The re-reading of the books should cover everything: Northern Lights through to La Belle Sauvage and even Lyra's Oxford, The Collectors and Once Upon a Time in the North.
I plan to read the books in the order they are in, in the timeline, that is: OTN, The Collectors, LBS, NL, TSK, TAS and then LO before the release of TSC.
LBS and the original trilogy have 101 chapters altogether, OTN has (including extra pages) 101 pages - this should be split over 3 days, LO and The Collectors can have a day each. That makes 106 days for the event: Wednesday, 19th June 2019 - Wednesday, 2nd October. Here's the breakdown:
*Once Upon a Time in the North: Wednesday, 19th June - Friday, 21st June
*The Collectors: Saturday, 22nd June
*La Belle Sauvage: Sunday, 23rd June - Wednesday, 17th July
*Northern Lights: Thursday, 18th July - Friday, 9th August
*The Subtle Knife: Saturday, 10th August - Saturday 24th August
*The Amber Spyglass: Sunday 25th August - Tuesday, 1st October
*Lyra's Oxford - Wednesday, 2nd October
Each day, we'll read one chapter from the books. Lyra's Oxford and The Collectors will take a day each (this includes both the story and any extras in LO). As for Once Upon a Time in the North, it will be:
*Pages 1-34: Wednesday, 19th June
*Pages 35-70: Thursday, 20th June
*Pages 71-96 (and any extra pages): Friday, 21st June
If you'd like to take part, please do leave a comment below - it doesn't matter if you can't do all the dates or don't have all the books - if you only want to do it from the 18th July - 1st October (the original trilogy), or want to read LBS and the trilogy, that's ok!
As for time zones, they don't matter - do whatever chapter/book it is on the day it is where you are.
Thanks for taking the time to read all this - if you have any questions, feel free to post them and I'll try to get back as quickly as I can!