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This audio performance, by the author and a full cast, is far superior to the film.  It fully held the attention of this adult, without the company of children.  “Some books improve with age–the age of the reader, that is. Such is certainly the case with Philip Pullman’s heroic, at times heart-wrenching novel, The Golden Compass, a story ostensibly for children but one perhaps even better appreciated by adults. The protagonist of this complex fantasy is young Lyra Belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of Oxford University. But it quickly becomes clear that Lyra’s Oxford is not precisely like our own–nor is her world. For one thing, people there each have a personal daemon, the manifestation of their soul in animal form. For another, hers is a universe in which science, theology, and magic are closely allied.” – amazon.com

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wrinkle.jpgMadeleine L’Engle, author of A Wrinkle in Time, has died. …She was best known for her dark and beautiful children’s novels, which were predicated on the author’s “faith that the universe has meaning, that our little human lives are not irrelevant, that what we choose or say or do matters, matters cosmically.” Her books matter cosmically to most everybody who is lucky enough to have read them. She was 88 years old. — Slate.com

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If you liked Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, try this fantasy collection that springs from the same set.  Some of the main characters join us here, and you’ll recognize the framework of several stories from the footnotes of JS&MN.   – R. Kutler

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Jonathan Strange evokes shades of Harry Potter, only darker, edgier, more mature and more poetic. It’s fantastic!

“Funny, moving, scary, otherwordly, practical and magical, a journey through light and shadow.” — Neil Gaiman

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