#currentlyreading Book II of His Dark Materials: The Subtle Knife

This book has a strange title! How can a knife be subtle? This is definitely not a children’s book, self doesn’t know why it’s in the Children’s section of the public library. If self is left wondering what a subtle knife is, how much more so a child!

Quibble: Why does Lyra pronounce “ain’t” as “ent”? Is that an Oxford thing? It lends her speech a curious, backwoods-hillbilly-type quality.


p. 167:

“. . . he’s my daemon. You think you ent got daemons in this world, but you have. Yours’d be a dung beetle.”

“If the Pharaohs of Egypt were content to be represented by a scarab, so am I,” he said.


Stay tuned.


  1. April 22, 2018 at 2:46 pm

    I loved these books, and so did my kids. The magic Philip Pullman weaves is definitely not only for children. As adults we appreciate its subtlety even more, maybe.

    • April 22, 2018 at 3:40 pm

      I wouldn’t have been into these books as a child, I was into Lord of the Rings. But as an adult, they are very meaningful to me.

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