Of all relatively recent fantasy series, His Dark Materials
is probably one of those that deserves a mention as quite good. Indeed, its impossible to say Philip Pullman
didn't made an efford, and shows how real fantasy authors are still existent (sadly overshadowed by shits like Twilight
Besides finding the narrative and discussion quite interesting, it also made be wonder a lot about metaphysical concepts; its almost like a philosophy book divided in three and disguised as regular fantasy. Indeed, for those interested in philosophy this will be an interesting read. Most notably, the author also truly seems to have done some research or at least accidently made many accurate/almost accurate refferences to mythology, philosophical concepts and science.
That said, I would like to point out the God Is Evil
thing isn't as shallow and ass pulled as many people think, though appearently most people can't be satisfied that "God" is just an old angel (leaving room for a real God, which is implied to be Dust) and that he wasn't killed, he just died. Granted, the author made outrageous statements, but weirdly the book doesn't come nowhere as anti-christian as presenting a non-militant atheist's view on Yahweh, which comes rather sympathetic with all the "betrayed by his underling" and "trapped in a flask" thing
Thus, why the hell are there so many imbeciles that don't read the frekking book and instead go around moaning "oh God Is Evil
Pullman's an ass bitch kill him plz" I cannot possibly understand.