February reads

February reading included a trilogy and one work of non-fiction.

Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ was an easy and enjoyable read – pure escapism. I’m pleased that I put the money towards obtaining the trilogy from The Book Depository rather than going to see the film, The Golden Compass. With the excellent exchange rate at the moment, the boxed set of three paperback novels published by Scholastic has provided me with many hours of entertainment.

Northern Lights Philip Pullman
Novel on which the ‘The Golden Compass’ is based. Although there is resolution of sorts at the end, it was very easy to proceed to the second book in the trilogy without stopping. I’ll probably view the DVD when it becomes available.

The Subtle Knife Philip Pullman
I enjoyed this book as much as the first in the trilogy. I found it clever how the author told a story that included physical science in parallel with spiritual and fantasy.

The Amber Spyglass Philip Pullman
This is the one book in the trilogy that I don’t think would stand alone. The story is complicated with much to be resolved, and I felt that if I had not the first two books to refer to then I may not have enjoyed it as much.

Billy’s Halo Ruth McKernan
This is a compelling story about science, medicine, and the relationship between a daughter and her father. Ruth McKernan is a neuroscientist and tells the story about the relationship with her father who becomes ill. What I thought was most endearing is Ruth’s objective use of the scientific resources and knowledge that only assisted her part of the way to understanding and supporting her father during his illness.

Ruth’s personal story is interspersed with information, examples and interesting case studies such that you cannot but help learn more about human biology, in particular the brain.

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