We FINALLY managed to read our alethiometer correctly and were told it was high time we covered The Golden Compass! We joined Lyra, Pantalaimon, Iorek (Grace’s new Favorite Bear) and a couple of the worst parents we’ve encountered in fantasy to transcend this universe and eat a ton of raw seal meat along the way. Discussion ranges from the religious controversy surrounding His Dark Materials to how Lyra offers a fresh take on a child hero to our own analysis of why we weren’t huge Compass fans as children (and why that’s all changed). Grace has already started reading The Subtle Knife again and Madeleine is angry about Dust - and we’d love for you to join us. Enjoy!
This episode was a listener request - thanks, Jenny! If you’d like to request a book, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Madeleine’s childhood edition which put her off the book (maybe we are just jerks [we are] but this design seems inexcusably terrible) -
Feel like doing a super deep inspiration dive and reading Paradise Lost? Here it is in its entirety!