Webcomics, that is.
Webcomics, that is.
This wouldn’t be too indulgent, would it? It’s only $3,500. And we could say things like “We’re going to spend the weekend in our Victorian Mansion.”
The Golden Compass (or Northern Lights) By Philip Pullman
“I’d hire myself an armored bear.” – Sam Elliot
I saw the trailer for the upcoming The Golden Compass adaptation (opens Dec 7), and decided this looked like an interesting story. Reviews compared if favorably with the The Chronicles of Narnia and a small buzz has been created about this trilogy being an atheist’s answer to the 9-part Narnia series.
The original British title was Northern Lights, but for some reason was released as The Golden Compass in the U.S. Honestly, I think Compass is the more intriguing title.
The first book has a nice texture to it that should lend well to the film, a little bit fantasy and a little bit steampunk. The writing is engaging and the universe of the Compass is believable.
One of the fundamental premises is that the “souls” of people in this world are actually instantiated in a physical animal known as a daemon. The daemons travel with you and act as confidant and “soulmate”. A person’s character is reflected in the form the daemon takes. (Servants usually have dogs as their daemon). Children’s daemons shape shift constantly as their personalities are in development.
I was talking with terracinque about this first book, and we both agreed that if Mr. Pullman did anything well (and he did many things well) he communicated the relationship of person and daemon very clearly and made us care about it.
The only downside to this book is that is very clearly only part of a story. Whereas The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, for example, could comfortably stand on its own, we are not through with the story of Compass at the end and many things are left unexplained.
As for the reported anti-Christian rhetoric, the first book has little. There is a Science vs. The Church theme which will undoubtedly develop further in the coming books. My impression is this is less anti-religion and more anti-dogma.
Good read. I look forward to the film.
I was just reading a post in dooce.com, which I heartily recommend, and read a line that said “…blast on the stereo while unloading the dishwasher.”
Only I thought it said “…uploading the dishwasher.” And I decided from that point on, I would refer to it as uploading and downloading the dishes from or to the dishwasher.
Also, I can’t wait to get home and download a Coke from the fridge.
I told myself I was just going to take a quick peek at LJ, just because I’ve been out of it for a while due to heavy workloads here and at home…
With only a few scant exceptions, I entered “Neal Stephenson” and it pretty much listed out my bookshelf.
This… is awesome.
You know who my favorite webcomic characters are?
I think there should be a “Talk Like a JagerMonster Day”.
That is all.
What you want is a big ball. Preferably, you’d want a cheap beachball that you could just pop and be done with. But those are scarce in October.