Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Pulling In Pullman

Fans of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy will no doubt be thrilled to learn that Pullman will be a special guest of BBC World on 17th November. Pullman will be talking about the first novel in the series Northern Lights (called The Golden Compass in the US).

Your participation in the show is invited. If you'd like the BBC to record you asking your question, send an e-mail to worldbookclub@bbc.co.uk, remembering to include your telephone number.

Am I a fan? I read the trilogy with mixed feelings. Loved the parallel universe idea, Lyra's familiar yet strange Oxford, the animal companions who reflect the state of your soul (now what did he call them? - anyway I want one!), and wept buckets at the end of the final book. But talking polar bears, sorry, disbelief refused to be suspended quite that far.

11 comments:

eyeris said...

hmmmm... not a big fan of fantasy i presume? Especially since talking polar bears are probably mild compared to talking lions, talking mice, talking dragons, talking furniture in other books... :)

boo_licious said...

Thanks Sharon for the heads up. I love Phillip Pullman and his dark materials series. I discovered them recently and it was fantastic stuff. I wonder what will be my soul animal? A cat I guess.

The Great Swifty said...

Yeah, it IS a fantasy series after all, so I don't see what's the big deal about talking polar bears. It's kinda like saying that Lord of The Rings is hard to convince because the Dark Lord is one huge freaking eye. Hohoho.

ashkarya said...

he called them "daemons". i loved the series even though it was quite complicated, what with the matter and the parallel universe. talking animals are common in the fantasy world, polar bears no exception. :)

Elizabeth said...

It was a great fantasy series! I especially loved the biblical references...

Idlan said...

Yes, Daemons. I have to admit I loved the trilogy.. and was almost in tears at the ending.

Mapo said...

What a beautiful book cover.

bibliobibuli said...

I'm so glad that so many of you enjoyed the trilogy. Do send your questions in to the BBC and win yourself a little bit of fame! I'll let you know later when the programme is going to be broadcast.

Ahah - daemons, that's it. Thanks Ashkarya. Make mine a cat too. (Those guys really know how to live.)

Eyeris - I guess I'm not going to do well as a reader of fantasy then! Talking furniture.

Anonymous said...

"What a beautiful book cover."

Yes, bears are cute until they try to eat you.

lucid frog said...

Hi Sharon, I found your blog on All Malaysian Blogger :) I love books too, will link to you & visit often.

bibliobibuli said...

lucid frog - it's great to meet you too. i took a quick look at your blogs and can see that not only do you love books, you write about heritage, something else i really care about.