La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman
What I drank prior: A bunch. There was beer and then a power hour and then more and there was a shot in there somewhere.
Spoiler-free Overview: ok so for those of you who’ve read his dark materials this is the story of before. There’s our man, malcolm, who is super young. And our lady, i think her name is alice but…. (editor’s note: it is Alice) who is older but still super young. Basically these folks find out about our main squeeze Lyra from the other books (as an infant) and end up making sure she’s safe. there’s also madame coulter and and all kinds of other folks from HDM.
Spoiler-free Thoughts: as someone who adored his dark materials as a kid I LOVED THIS
Characters: super well rounded for children. Our main dude has a family. A good one for once. And our lady is an employee of dudeman’s oarent’s pub. The path to education (though the religious oppression undertones are there) and what happens at the schools and everything. It makes them who they are. It makes the characters have to figure out what’s right and wrong.
Plot: I listened on audio and for me I use audiobooks to pass time (cooking/cleaning/falling asleep) so I can’t say if it was unputdownable but I super enjoyed it. The beginning was interesting with the schools and how the Church was taking over, and towards the end, it get kinda weird straight Life of Pi style but hey, i enjoyed it.
Writing Style: stunning as always.
World Building: I knew the world already with daemons and such so I can’t comment on it rn
What to pair it with: it feels like a beer book but it’s probably more of a scotch book if you think hard about it.
Rating: 4/5 shots
COMMENT DOWN BELOW: Has anyone read His Dark Materials as an adult? How do you think it compares against a MG reader?
Until next time, we remain forever drunkenly yours,