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12th Sep '17 7:29:26 PM DoctorNeoRaptor
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* HilariousInHindsight: There are characters named Lord [[VideoGame/Undertale Asriel and Metatron]]. [[note:Well, in Undertale it's Mettaton]] To make it even funnier, Asriel of Undertale [[spoiler: is Asgore's son, making him a prince.]]
12th Sep '17 7:22:58 PM DoctorNeoRaptor
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* HilariousInHindsight: There are characters named Lord [[VideoGame/Undertale Asriel and Metatron]]. [[note:Well, in Undertale it's Mettaton]] To make it even funnier, Asriel of Undertale [[spoiler: is Asgore's son, making him a prince.]]
8th Sep '17 4:48:58 PM KizunaTallis
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* BrokenBase: This has proven to be a fairly polarizing series. For some, the author seems to be [[AuthorTract constantly railing against religion]], and in the third book that the message [[WriterOnBoard bursts out]] [[{{Anvilicious}} of the plot's chest]] and devours it. Others argue that this angle is at least handled much more tastefully than [[Literature/SwordOfTruth other series]] with similar tendencies.

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* BrokenBase: This has proven to be a fairly polarizing series. For some, the author seems to be [[AuthorTract constantly railing against religion]], and in religion]] at the expense of actually telling a story, with the third book that the message [[WriterOnBoard bursts out]] being]] [[{{Anvilicious}} of the plot's chest]] and devours it.worst offender]]. Others argue that this angle is at least handled much more tastefully than [[Literature/SwordOfTruth other series]] with similar tendencies.
21st Jun '17 7:14:58 PM Eagal
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* BrokenBase: The [[BitterSweetEnding ending]] has been... polarizing. Not to mention the third book's message.

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* BrokenBase: The [[BitterSweetEnding ending]] This has been... polarizing. Not proven to mention be a fairly polarizing series. For some, the author seems to be [[AuthorTract constantly railing against religion]], and in the third book's message.book that the message [[WriterOnBoard bursts out]] [[{{Anvilicious}} of the plot's chest]] and devours it. Others argue that this angle is at least handled much more tastefully than [[Literature/SwordOfTruth other series]] with similar tendencies.
11th Jun '17 2:45:27 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* DeathOfTheAuthor: Interviews with Philip Pullman show that this is his view of how his books should be regarded ("I don't think it's the task of the author of a book to tell the reader what it means.")

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* DeathOfTheAuthor: Interviews with Philip Pullman Creator/PhilipPullman show that this is his view of how his books should be regarded ("I don't think it's the task of the author of a book to tell the reader what it means.")
17th Jan '17 12:02:43 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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** Will also qualifies, especially when he finds his father [[spoiler: [[ShaggyDogStory Only to have him shot in cold blood before he could properly meet him]]]]. Not to mention he has to suffer the same emotional and physical pains Pan does in the last book, except for the [[spoiler: betrayal]].

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** Will also qualifies, especially when he finds his father [[spoiler: [[ShaggyDogStory Only only to have him shot in cold blood before he could properly meet him]]]]. Not to mention he has to suffer the same emotional and physical pains Pan does in the last book, except for the [[spoiler: betrayal]].
26th Dec '16 12:29:09 PM ChaoticNovelist
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* HolyShitQuotient:
** In ''The Amber Spyglass'' we get a battle scene in another dimension between armies composed of, and this is all true: angels, witches, ghosts, cosmic horrors, interdimensional aliens, jet fighters, at least one PhysicalGod as well as ''God himself'', badass lilliputians, steampunk airships, soldiers armed with rifles, machine guns, flamethrowers and ''poison gas guns'', monsters, animal spirits, floating fortresses, thunder and lightning, and, of course, armored polar bears.
** Undermined - intentionally - by the fact that the battle is not really focused on, instead the story follows the two protagonists' brief appearance where they [[spoiler: search for their daemons before killing God and hauling ass]].

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* HolyShitQuotient:
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HolyShitQuotient: In ''The Amber Spyglass'' we get a battle scene in another dimension between armies composed of, and this is all true: of angels, witches, ghosts, cosmic horrors, interdimensional aliens, jet fighters, at least one PhysicalGod as well as ''God himself'', badass lilliputians, steampunk airships, soldiers armed with rifles, machine guns, flamethrowers and ''poison gas guns'', monsters, animal spirits, floating fortresses, thunder and lightning, and, of course, armored polar bears.
** Undermined
bears. It is undermined - intentionally ''intentionally'' - by the fact that the battle is not really focused on, instead on. Instead the story follows the two protagonists' brief appearance where they [[spoiler: search for their daemons before killing God and hauling ass]].



* OnlyTheAuthorCanSaveThemNow: How are some kids supposed to save the universes, otherwise?



* UnfortunateImplications: As a [[http://www.reason.com/news/show/124392.html Reason.com review]] pointed out: Its kind of ironic that Phillip Pullman labels other works like ''Narnia'' as sexist and full of class snobbery, when Will the male hero, is the one who gets to fight the most and even becomes TheChosenOne in control of the mystical Subtle Knife, meanwhile Lyra's greatest feats are accomplished by "feminine" wiles like lying and manipulation. The class snobbery manifests in that Lyra is the (illegitimate) daughter of aristocrats and is vastly superior in intellect and wits than her friends in Oxford (who also happen to be the children of servants) and Will being the son of a Royal Marines officer from the beginning.

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* UnfortunateImplications: As a [[http://www.reason.com/news/show/124392.html Reason.com review]] pointed out: Its It's kind of ironic that Phillip Pullman labels other works like ''Narnia'' as sexist and full of class snobbery, when Will the male hero, is the one who gets to fight the most and even becomes TheChosenOne in control of the mystical Subtle Knife, meanwhile Lyra's greatest feats are accomplished by "feminine" wiles like lying and manipulation. The class snobbery manifests in that Lyra is the (illegitimate) daughter of aristocrats and is vastly superior in intellect and wits than her friends in Oxford (who also happen to be the children of servants) and Will being the son of a Royal Marines officer from the beginning.
30th Nov '16 12:30:58 PM ImperialMajestyXO
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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Lord Asriel. Is he [[spoiler: a callous would-be dictator? A misguided freedom fighter? An amoral ubermensch? An anti-hero? An anti-villain? Even Pullman sometimes seems to be at odds over this character.]]

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Lord Asriel. Is he [[spoiler: a callous would-be dictator? A misguided freedom fighter? An amoral ubermensch? {{ubermensch}}? An anti-hero? An anti-villain? Even Pullman sometimes seems to be at odds over this character.]]
11th Jul '16 8:04:52 AM WhatArtThee
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%%* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: [[InternetBackdraft Don't even get us started...]]
16th Jun '16 10:36:32 AM NonoRobot
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* {{Anvilicious}}: ''The Amber Spyglass'' in comparison to the other two books, at least to some. Some of the more laid-back fans like to TakeAThirdOption and say that SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
* BrokenBase: The [[BitterSweetEnding ending]] has been...polarizing. Not to mention the third book's...message. See [[InternetBackdraft Internet Backdraft]] below and Anvilicious above for more details.

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* %%* {{Anvilicious}}: ''The Amber Spyglass'' in comparison to the other two books, at least to some. Some of the more laid-back fans like to TakeAThirdOption and say that SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped.
* BrokenBase: The [[BitterSweetEnding ending]] has been... polarizing. Not to mention the third book's...message. See [[InternetBackdraft Internet Backdraft]] below and Anvilicious above for more details. book's message.



* InternetBackdraft: Mention the third book. Go ahead, [[ShmuckBait we dare you.]]
* MagnificentBastard: Lord Asriel.
* MagnificentBitch: Mrs. Coulter

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* %%* InternetBackdraft: Mention the third book. Go ahead, [[ShmuckBait we dare you.]]
* %%* MagnificentBastard: Lord Asriel.
* %%* MagnificentBitch: Mrs. CoulterCoulter.



* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: [[InternetBackdraft Don't even get us started...]]

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* %%* WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids: [[InternetBackdraft Don't even get us started...]]
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