Thursday, November 29, 2007

Daemons

Apparently this is my daemon, according to the Golden Compass website. Why they couldn't call it Northern Lights, I don't know! Will this turn me atheist??

7 comments:

Steve McMahon said...

No. Particularly since you are already a theist.

Emma said...

It's a rubbish book anyway, couldn't get into it at all.

Mike Peatman said...

Thanks for your confidence, Steve!!

Emma, I'm amazed. The first book is brilliant. I think it fades by Book 3 - the atheistic denouement.

a dance in the sun said...

The film's called The Golden Compass because that's the name for the book in the US. I've only really just got into the books and can't wait for the film - it's not Christmas without a good fantasy film - Narnia was a let down last year. Re the atheist element of the books, I think Rowan Williams was right when he said the books served as useful criticisms of elements of religion.

Mike Peatman said...

Absolutely. I probably disagree with the ideology of most films I see at some level. It's the questions they raise which are important, and this raises lots. Bp Stephen (previous Bish of Lancaster) was a great Pullman fan, although he obviously disagreed with his conclusions.

I think the books are very well written and Pullman has a knack of pitching a children's book in a way that doesn't patronise. He believes in stretching his readers.

Mike Peatman said...

Re title - it's a bit like Harry Potter 1. The original title left too many US focus groups confused, I suspect.

a dance in the sun said...

My daemon was Azaria, the Tiger. Can't wait for the film!