Novel, Fantasy by Philip Pullman


Bärnstenskikaren är den sista delen i trilogin om Den mörka materian av Philip Pullman. Boken handlar om hur Lyra och Will går igenom många nya faror som är svårare än de redan har kämpat igenom. De måste till exempel töja ut bandet mellan dem själva och deras daimoner, och gå ner till de dödas värld. Världsalltets öde är i deras händer.
Bärnstenskikaren vann priset Whitbread Book of the Year, den första barnboken att få detta pris.

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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.

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