8vo. (8.75 x 5.5 inches). pp.341. Publisher's green boards decorated in gilt. Slight spine lean. Pictorial d/w, not price-clipped (£12.99). Trifle light stains just-affecting fore-edge, couple of similar tiny marks to front free endpaper. Signed by author to title page: 'my very warm greetings / and admiration to / Lynne Reid Banks - / Phillip Pullman [underscored] May 2000'. O/w contents clean and bright. Binding firm. A Fine copy in a like d/w. Number string to the limitation page: 2 4 6 8 10 9 7 5 3. Unique gift inscription to the author of The L Shaped Room and many influential children's books. We reduce the default shipping charge for lighter books or use it for a tracked service if books are expensive or uncommon. We pack books securely in boxes, or corrugated card or cardboard, and protect corners with bubble-wrap. First edition. Second printing. Signed by Author. Codice inventario libreria
Riassunto: Book 2 in His Dark Materials series
A New York Times Bestseller
A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
The epic adventure continues as Lyra finds herself in the beautiful, haunted world of Cittàgazze. But here she encounters an ally. Like Lyra, Will Parry has spent his childhood playing games. Unlike hers, though, his have been deadly serious. Soon Will and Lyra uneasily embark on a great adventure and head into great tragedy.
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Review: With The Golden Compass Philip Pullman garnered every accolade under the sun. Critics lobbed around such superlatives as "elegant," "awe-inspiring," "grand," and "glittering," and used "magnificent" with gay abandon. Each reader had a favorite chapter--or, more likely, several--from the opening tour de force to Lyra's close call at Bolvangar to the great armored-bear battle. And Pullman was no less profligate when it came to intellectual firepower or singular characters. The dæmons alone grant him a place in world literature. Could the second installment of his trilogy keep up this pitch, or had his heroine and her too, too sullied parents consumed him? And what of the belief system that pervaded his alternate universe, not to mention the mystery of Dust? More revelations and an equal number of wonders and new players were definitely in order.
The Subtle Knife offers everything we could have wished for, and more. For a start, there's a young hero--from our world--who is a match for Lyra Silvertongue and whose destiny is every bit as shattering. Like Lyra, Will Parry has spent his childhood playing games. Unlike hers, though, his have been deadly serious. This 12-year-old long ago learned the art of invisibility: if he could erase himself, no one would discover his mother's increasing instability and separate them.
As the novel opens, Will's enemies will do anything for information about his missing father, a soldier and Arctic explorer who has been very much airbrushed from the official picture. Now Will must get his mother into safe seclusion and make his way toward Oxford, which may hold the key to John Parry's disappearance. But en route and on the lam from both the police and his family's tormentors, he comes upon a cat with more than a mouse on her mind: "She reached out a paw to pat something in the air in front of her, something quite invisible to Will." What seems to him a patch of everyday Oxford conceals far more: "The cat stepped forward and vanished." Will, too, scrambles through and into another oddly deserted landscape--one in which children rule and adults (and felines) are very much at risk. Here in this deathly silent city by the sea, he will soon have a dustup with a fierce, flinty little girl: "Her expression was a mixture of the very young--when she first tasted the cola--and a kind of deep, sad wariness." Soon Will and Lyra (and, of course, her dæmon, Pantalaimon) uneasily embark on a great adventure and head into greater tragedy.
As Pullman moves between his young warriors and the witch Serafina Pekkala, the magnetic, ever-manipulative Mrs. Coulter, and Lee Scoresby and his hare dæmon, Hester, there are clear signs of approaching war and earthly chaos. There are new faces as well. The author introduces Oxford dark-matter researcher Mary Malone; the Latvian witch queen Ruta Skadi, who "had trafficked with spirits, and it showed"; Stanislaus Grumman, a shaman in search of a weapon crucial to the cause of Lord Asriel, Lyra's father; and a serpentine old man whom Lyra and Pan can't quite place. Also on hand are the Specters, beings that make cliff-ghasts look like rank amateurs.
Throughout, Pullman is in absolute control of his several worlds, his plot and pace equal to his inspiration. Any number of astonishing scenes--small- and large-scale--will have readers on edge, and many are cause for tears. "You think things have to be possible," Will demands. "Things have to be true!" It is Philip Pullman's gift to turn what quotidian minds would term the impossible into a reality that is both heartbreaking and beautiful. --Kerry Fried
Titolo: The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials)
Casa editrice: Scholastic Press
Data di pubblicazione: 1997
Condizione libro: Fine
Descrizione libro Condizione libro: Very Good. Codice libro della libreria SKU-4002797
Descrizione libro Scholastic 1997-09-19, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. All books are pre-owned and will have been read by someone else before you. They may well show signs of minor wear and tear. Please note, cover images are illustrative only, and the actual book cover and edition can vary. Codice libro della libreria 9780590542432-21
Descrizione libro Scholastic, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. All orders are dispatched the following working day from our UK warehouse. Established in 2004, we have over 500,000 books in stock. No quibble refund if not completely satisfied. Codice libro della libreria mon0002821508
Descrizione libro Scholastic Press, 1997. Condizione libro: Good. First Edition. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Codice libro della libreria GRP94449848
Descrizione libro Scholastic, 1997. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Acceptable. Condizione sovraccoperta: Acceptable. Overall condition of this book is acceptable. DJ has a neat sunfaded border around edges of front and back cover. Top and bottom edges have some bumps/scuffs. Hard Cover. Codice libro della libreria 133113
Descrizione libro Scholastic, Uk, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good. tidy copy. Codice libro della libreria 35059
Descrizione libro Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1997. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good+. First Thus. a Borzoi' HB,green, pink boards with orangespine, in printed DJ, orange ribbon marker, deckled fore-edge, 326pp, + appendix, b/w illus. Unclipped DJ has light shelf wear to edges, now protected, Book has minor rubbing to covers, inside has a hint of tanning to page edges, ribbon marker frayed at the ends, else square, clean, tight, unmarked. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Codice libro della libreria jct003626
Descrizione libro Scholastic Press, London, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. Cover Illustration by David Scutt (illustratore). Book will close its text block but not its boards. Number line 4 6 8 10 9 7 5, only. (Thus, the fourth printing.) Gilt dagger stamped diagonally to front board echoes color illustration to DJ front panel, which bears no text dropped from the green background other than "The boundaries of the worlds are crumbling . . ." Not price clipped; original price UK L12.99 still showing. A shallow diagonal fold at bottom of DJ front flap has been straightened. Bar code to bottom of DJ rear panel, which does bear title, as does spine. Total 341 pp. Reduced from $22. Codice libro della libreria 002085
Descrizione libro Scholastic Press, UK, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Good. First Edition. A trifle edgeworn, some creasing to the top corners of the last 30 pages, a little darkened at the page edges. Boards bumped at bottom and rear corner. Binding is still very good. It appears that the book has been read by a young teenager, perhaps a few times - the nerve of some people. JACKET: Edgeworn with minor chipping. The inside rear and rear flaps exhibit damp staining. The front image still looks lovely. An affordable copy of a genuine modern classic. First Printing. Size: 8vo Octavo (8 to 9 inches). ISBN: 0590542435. ISBN/EAN: 9780590542432. Codice libro della libreria 12748
Descrizione libro Scholastic Press, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Very Good. Condizione sovraccoperta: Very Good. 1st Edition. First edition, second impression. Book in VG condition in a VG dust-jacket, with minor wear and rubbing, not price-clipped. 341pp. Codice libro della libreria 11001