Saturday, August 7, 2010

The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman

"Random House Children's Books supports the First Amendment and celebrates the right to read."

After reading that on the title page, I knew I was in for some fun! In 2008 my book club read the first book in this trilogy, The Golden Compass, because we heard it was the atheist's answer to The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe series by C. S. Lewis. Really we didn't feel there was anything too earth-shattering in The Golden Compass, but bible thumpers probably had a special book burning for The Amber Spyglass, my favorite in the series which I finished this morning.

A few of my favorite lighter fluid moments:
Gay Angels!
A nun who leaves the church to become a scientist!
The discovery that there is no heaven, but a sad purgatory-esque land to go to when we die!

I heard matches striking after quotes like this one:
I used to be a nun, you see. I thought physics could be done to the glory of God, till I saw there wasn't any God at all and that physics was more interesting anyway. The Christian religion is a very powerful and convincing mistake, that's all.

Don't get me wrong; some of my favorite people are christians. It's just nice to know that there's something out there for everyone! I, too, support the First Amendment and celebrate the right to read!

P.S. This book is 3/9 for my Colorful Reading Challenge.

P.P.S. There was a marten in this book, which I had never heard of before. Look how cute!
Curious Marten is by Adam Lyon.

1 comment:

Rebecca :) said...

OMG. That had so many cool things in a list that if I don't read this I know I will be missing out. Holy crap. Gay angels. LOVE it.