Monday, December 20, 2004

His Dark Materials and Tweaking...

Sitting here listening to Nat King Cole singing "Chestnuts roasting on an open fire...Jack Frost nipping at your toes....hhmmm...hmmm" and tweaking my colors...is this festive? Well, after the season perhaps a whole new template will emerge.

I am enjoying eReading "His Dark Materials" trilogy by Philip Pullman. Mr. Pullman has created another universe which has tantalizing qualities quite different from our world; quite frightening actually. I have read sci-fi fantasy where the worlds are better woven, thus giving our comfort zone some better points of reference. Ursula LeGuin's "Earthsea Trilogy" and Asimov's "Foundation" series for example, and the Harry Potter books certainly, but Pullman has given us a vision of a world off balance and in flux, one where fright permeates the senses page to page. Yet, these stories are called Children's Literature. I wouldn't recommend these books to any child. Dealing as they do with the kidnapping, maiming and death of children, they would be quite troublesome. Even my quite venerable self cried and had bad dreams after immersion reading to finish the first volume.

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