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Old 02-08-2006, 12:35 PM   #1
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I love HARRY POTTER

ok, so I am going on a vacation soon and I want to bring some fun reading.

I love the Harry Potter books and would like to read some books that are similar. I have read all of C.S. Lewis' books and all of the LOR books (including the Hobbit and Silmarillion).

WHAT DO YOU SUGGEST?
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Philip Pullman His Dark Materials Trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass). They're only considered similar to Harry Potter in that they are primarily young adult fiction, fantasy, and written by a Brittish author. Pullman's books are much darker though, MUCH more theological (like CS Lewis, but an pretty much opposite theological premise). They are my favorite books.
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the 'his dark materials' series by philip pullman, which is comprised of:

the golden compass
the subtle knife
the amber spyglass

a brilliant, brilliant series that is aimed at younger readers but encompasses themes of love, loss and redemption, with existentialism and religion thrown in for good measure.

it was recommended to me a few years ago by my 6th graders. i now recommend it to everyone i know, no one's been disappointed yet.
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haha!!

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Thank you, ladies.

Anyone have more suggestions?
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We're like a secret cult, the His Dark Materials lovers, b/c Harry Potter gets SO much attention. I kind of like it that way. The conservatives who think Harry Potter is devil worship and should be burned....imagine what they'd do to Pullman's books....
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Thank you, ladies.

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Just read the Pullman books and then read them over if you still have more time He's got other good books too.
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Definitely read anything from Terry Pratchett's utterly insane Discworld series, if you want to see the funny/satirical side of fantasy! Terry is God. You won't be disappointed.

Here's a link to some quotes if you want to know a little about his writing style. The quotes that actually come from the novels are beneath the titles, which are in bold.

http://homepage.eircom.net/~odyssey/...Pratchett.html

BTW, my favourite Discworld novels are:

Guards! Guards! ("All dwarfs have beards and wear up to twelve layers of clothing. Gender is more or less optional.")
Mort
The Light Fantastic
Sourcery ( )
Wyrd Sisters ( the funniest witches you'll ever read about )
Hogfather
Carpe Jugulum


And, of course, my favourite quote of all-time:

The only things known to go faster than ordinary light is monarchy, according to the philosopher Ly Tin Weedle. He reasoned like this: you can't have more than one king, and tradition demands that there is no gap between kings, so when a king dies the succession must therefore pass to the heir *instantaneously*. Presumably, he said, there must be some elementary particles -- kingons, or possibly queons -- that do this job, but of course succession sometimes fails if, in mid-flight, they strike an anti-particle, or republicon. His ambitious plans to use his discovery to send messages, involving the careful torturing of a small king in order to modulate the signal, were never fully expanded because, at that point, the bar closed.
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When you say that Pullman takes the opposite theological stance than Lewis, do you mean that he doesn't believe in God or that he disagree's with Lewis on specific doctinal positions?

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His Dark Materials

Garth Nix's books (Sabriel, Lireal, Abhorsen) are also very good.
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When you say that Pullman takes the opposite theological stance than Lewis, do you mean that he doesn't believe in God or that he disagree's with Lewis on specific doctinal positions?

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I don't want to spoil the book. If you really want to know the very basic theological premise, I will tell, but Pullman basically spends the first two books setting up this whole thing with this very elaborate plot and highly developed characters, and then in the third book you learn what he really means...everything changes, it's such a simple premise.

I don't think his books are a specific reaction to Lewis or Lewis' doctrinal positions.
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Another vote for the 'His Dark Materials' series here
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I don't want to spoil the book. If you really want to know the very basic theological premise, I will tell, but Pullman basically spends the first two books setting up this whole thing with this very elaborate plot and highly developed characters, and then in the third book you learn what he really means...everything changes, it's such a simple premise.

I don't think his books are a specific reaction to Lewis or Lewis' doctrinal positions.

NO, NO, NO!

Please don't reveal the secrets. I will buy them tonight and check back with you all once I have finished. I really appreciate the tip!
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NO, NO, NO!

Please don't reveal the secrets. I will buy them tonight and check back with you all once I have finished. I really appreciate the tip!
Good idea. There's actually a lot more going on that just the theological premise, but that's what I focus on since I'm more into theology than fantasy literature. Do let us know what you think.
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I don't think his books are a specific reaction to Lewis or Lewis' doctrinal positions.
I wouldn't be so sure. Pullman really, really hates C.S. Lewis and his books and is very vocal about that fact. I much prefer Pullman's books to anything Lewis wrote (though I liked Lewis's books, especially Till We Have Faces), but I think that Philip Pullman is a bit of a twat.
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