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08-12-2004, 12:38:31

1. His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman
Awe-inspiring trilogy, making mincemeat of all allegedly adult modern literary fiction from Amis to Zadie.

2. The Owl Service by Alan Garner
Eternal triangles, class loathing, race hatred and cutting out paper owls by tracing the pattern on some manky old teacups - all teen life is here.

3. Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild
What little girls wanted from life in the days before they wanted to perfect the perfect blowjob by the age of 15. Don't mind me, I'm just jealous.

4. Jack Holborn by Leon Garfield
Pirate pyrotechnics from the Pavarotti of the pea-souper.

5. Anything by Jacqueline Wilson
We're not worthy!

6. Chocky by John Wyndham
My imaginary friend's bigger than your imaginary friend ...

7. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Annoyingly, as brilliant as everyone says.

8. The Sadler's Wells books by Lorna Hill
If only I hadn't grown to be 5'10 and a size 16, I would have now become the world's greatest prima ballerina. These books were my pubescent crack cocaine.

9. The Malory Towers books by Enid Blyton
Pashes, petulance, pillow fights - and the heroine is called "Darrell"! Hel-LO? Sub-textual dyke action ahoy!

10. How it Works by Graham Marks
Very cool, very creepy.

08-12-2004, 12:39:59
She's right about his dark materials.

08-12-2004, 13:02:45
i shall put that on my xmas list i think

08-12-2004, 13:21:31
I think you can get the trilogy as a boxed set.

08-12-2004, 20:12:21
I seem to be the only person in the world who thought the first His Dark Materials book was crap. I can't help but think I may have been mistaken, but really can't be bothered to read it again.

10-12-2004, 10:10:45
They get progressively better - I didn't think the first one was crap, I thought it was very good but the final one was amazing.

Lazarus and the Gimp
16-12-2004, 20:14:08
I'd agree with that. Book 3 was a headfuck. It's like Milton on Angel Dust.

17-12-2004, 13:32:22
In related news, Ronnie O'Sullivan quits as director of the His Dark Materials movie.



Does anyone know why was there a different title for the American version of the book?

17-12-2004, 14:11:01
Potential minor spoilers below both in my text and the link... reader discretion advised

The name change makes sense, it fits in with the pattern of the other two, each one is the name of the artifact they find in that book. I wonder if he changed it for coherence because it got a later release there?

Earlier this month Weitz removed references to God from the adaptation after New Line expressed concern.

Oh for fuck's sake! Fucking cocksocket turdmunchers. How can you remove references to God from the story?!

17-12-2004, 14:29:08
OK, that name change thing makes sense to me - thanks.

17-12-2004, 15:05:51
In other news, it's been announced that Peter Jackson is removing references to Apes from King Kong after the studio expressed concerns...

04-01-2005, 09:07:06
Got the dark materials trilogy from my sister, about 50 pages into the first one so far. good stuff.

04-01-2005, 10:41:46
Cool, and as we said they do get better as you go.