Friday, March 18, 2022

Friday Memes: The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

 Happy Friday everybody!

Book Beginnings on Friday is hosted by Rose City ReaderThe Friday 56 is hosted at Freda's Voice. Check out the links above for the rules and for the posts of the participants each week. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Three miles up the river Thames from the center of Oxford, some distance from where the great colleges of Jordan, Gabriel, Balliol, and two dozen others contended for mastery in the boat races, out where the city was only a collection of towers and spires in the distance over the misty levels of Port Meadow, where the gentle nuns went about their holy business, and on the opposite bank from the priory there was an inn called the Trout.
Friday 56:
"I see," said Coram. "And what did this prophecy say? Did you happen to overhear that?"
This week I'm spotlighting a book that has been on my TBR Mountain since 2019. The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman returns to the world he created in His Dark Materials which I remember enjoying. Here is the description from Amazon:
Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, are used to overhearing news and the occasional scandal at the inn run by his family. But during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm finds a mysterious object—and finds himself in grave danger.

Inside the object is a cryptic message about something called Dust; and it’s not long before Malcolm is approached by the spy for whom this message was actually intended When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he begins to notice suspicious characters everywhere: the explorer Lord Asriel, clearly on the run; enforcement agents from the Magisterium; a gyptian named Coram with warnings just for Malcolm; and a beautiful woman with an evil monkey for a daemon. All are asking about the same thing: a girl—just a baby—named Lyra.

Lyra is at the center of a storm, and Malcolm will brave any peril, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through it.


  1. I've never read a Pullman book. I know it's a fantasy book you selected, which I don't read a ton of, but that beginning is very descriptive!

  2. I'm left curious for more! Happy weekend!

  3. One of these days I should try this one.

  4. This sounds good! Happy Reading!


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