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    A dark and suspenseful fairytale

    Heroes and villains push on through a world at once strange and familiar. A steampunk, Dickensian world full of exotic characters and fiendish authority figures. Steam trains rattle over trestle bridges, gas lights the streets, mail is delivered by Zeppelin. Pullman's most fascinating creation is the daemon, near to what we might call a soul. Mortal like its person, each lives, learns and grows, in constant intimate contact. Separation is painful, usually fatal. People share their world with a host of elusive, non-human creatures. The secret commonwealth that gives the book its title. The second volume of "The Book of Dust", this bookends Pullman's notable trilogy, "His dark materials". The children he wrote it for have grown into adults, as has his courageous heroine. If you liked the earlier books, you will love this. But it is in no way a chidren's book. It contains violence, brutality, even an attempted rape. Into this scenario Pullman writes contemporary issues, from the treatment of asylum seekers and incursions by fundamentalist Islam to corporate takeover of academic institutions. Pullman is a noted sceptic, but here he condemns intolerant rationality as he earlier did intolerant theism. He sets out to show that imagination is not merely fantasy, but perception, and necessary to fully comprehend the universe. Unlike his earlier books, this one doesn't reach a pause, but halts precisely in mid-air, just short of a critical juncture in the story. Exceptionally annoyi
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    Another thrilling installment

    If you've grown up on the first series, this second installment of the second series is a must-read. However, given the mature nature of some of the content it is perhaps not suitable for younger readers. Given the cliffhanger final chapter I don't know how long I can bear to wait for book three...
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    Waiting in anticipation for the third book

    I really enjoyed book 1 and two and cannot wait for the third book to arrive. It was gripping and on the edge of your seat at times. The second book was a bit slow in places with the amount of detail given to the reader.
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    Loved it... Can't wait

    Great read as always. Can't wait for the conclusion
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    Can't wait. Lovely. Horrifying

    Horrifying. Excellent prose Ripping yarn. On tenterhooks. Not .necessarily for children.
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