The Amber Spyglass
BlurbΠIO ΔYNATO, ΠIO ENTONO, ΠIO BAΘY, ΠIO AMΦIΛEΓOMENO, ΠIO MYΣTHPIAKO, ΠIO ANATPEΠTIKO AΠO O,TI EXOYME ΔIABAΣEI ΩΣ TΩPA: TO TPITO KAI TEΛEYTAIO BIBΛIO THΣ TPIΛOΓIAΣ TOY KOΣMOY BPIΣKETAI, EΠITEΛOYΣ, ΣTA XEPIA MAΣ. O ΠAΣIΓNΩΣTOΣ ΠΛEON KAI ΠOΛYBPABEYMENOΣ ΦIΛIΠ ΠOYΛMAN ΦIΛOΔOΞEI NA MAΣ ΠAPAΣYPEI ΓIA MIA AKOMH ΦOPA ΣE KOΣMOYΣ AΓNΩΣTOYΣ, ΓEMATOYΣ ΠEPIΠETEIEΣ, MYΘOYΣ KAI ΦANTAΣIA.O ΓOYIΛ, ΠAΛIOΣ MAΣ ΓNΩPIMOΣ, EXEI TΩPA ΣTHN KATOXH TOY TO MAΓIKO MAXAIPI. ΠPEΠEI NA ΠAPAΔΩΣEI TO ΠANTOΔYNAMO OΣO KAI EΠIKINΔYNO OΠΛO ΣTO ΛOPΔO AΣPIEΛ. AYTH EINAI H ENTOΛH ΠOY EXEI AΠO TON ETOIMOΘANATO ΠATEPA TOY. ΠΩΣ ΘA TO KATAΦEPEI, OMΩΣ, XΩPIΣ TH ΛYPA ΣTO ΠΛEYPO TOY; MONO MAZI THΣ MΠOPEI NA ΞEΠEPAΣEI TA MYPIAΔEΣ ΠPOBΛHMATA KAI TOYΣ KINΔYNOYΣ ΠOY ΠAPAMONEYOYN ΣE KAΘE TOY BHMA. MONO MAZI, OI ΔYO TOYΣ MΠOPOYN NA EΠIXEIPHΣOYN TO ANAΠOΦEYKTO TEΛIKO TAΞIΔI ΣE ENAN AKOMH AΓNΩΣTO KAI MYΣTHPIΩΔH KOΣMO.
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OK prose, but terrible plotting and characters. So many of the ostensibly critical characters (in the world) are either deus ex machina for some specific threat the characters are facing, or blatant ego-stroking for the completely self centered mains. The story is written in third person, but from such a skewed perspective and rationale that it sometimes seems it's a mythical tale told after the fact by the mains about themselves. Besides this, some of the morality is just bizarre and inconsistent. The Church is self-evidently evil because they're subtly censoring scientific institutions (which is only demonstrated once in the whole series) and they sponsor a creepy, child-exploiting antagonist. Fair enough. But the main character sees the distant messiah (her father) kill her best friend for a remarkably similar "scientific" purpose, then he time travels and starts amassing a secret army, and she STILL sees him as a hero. WTF is going on in this story? The whole thing is riddled with motivated reasoning. "We're good, so the insane things we're doing are good." A truly disturbing book if the heroes were not written ironically. Every major event and decision screams #raisedbynarcissists.