So I'm kind of late with the Author Spotlight this week, didn't even give one last week but hey, sorry. World Cup is almost over. Argentina just got out. Yea, anyway!
So far, my Top 5 favorite authors are....
- Scott Westerfeld
- Cinda Williams Chima
Who's number 3? Let's find out!
Philip Pullman is an English author from Norwich, England born in October 19, 1946. He got married to Judith Speller in 1970 and began teaching children and writing school plays. But this is about him as an author, which off in 1972 with his first published work, The Haunted Storm.
There's a little information about him but here's what I think. I started reading work by Philip Pullman a few years ago. Or not... I remember it was my birthday and my sister hadn't bought me anything yet, and then it was September and she bought me the His Dark Material books when we went to Barnes and Noble. I turned 17 so that was 2008. And I had the books sitting on my shelf for a while because I was re-reading Harry Potter for the gagillionth time. And then I finished reading Deathly Hallows on New Years Eve and then started reading His Dark Material on January 1st.
Anyway, I had seen the movie first and was in love with it. I kept on watching it whenever I was in the mood for something amazing. And then I finally read the novels and I immediately fell in love. I have no idea what it is, but the way Pullman writes, the way he tells us the story and hands us the characters makes us feel like a part of us is missing when everything is over. The way that he gives us all of the knowledge and yet leaves questions for us to answer for ourselves.
I just love how the people's souls live outside of their bodies in a form of an animal that represents who they are.
Would I recommend him? HELL YES I WOULD!!!!! And I actually want to read his other works because he's that amazing. Each of his novels brought something new into the story that made it even more interesting.
Now people might be wondering because they've heard that it goes against the Church and stuff. Listen up people. In the story, His Dark Materials, the characters go against the church. THE NOVELS AND THE AUTHOR THEMSELVES DO NOT GO AGAINST THE CHURCH SO STOP BEING IGNORANT! It's a damn novel that is meant for entertainment and life lessons, stop taking everything so literal! If you do that then you would be against almost every single novel in existence.
Now to check out his other works, here's a list of his work.
- The Haunted Storm (1972)
- Galatea (1976)
- Count Karlstein (1982)
- How to be Cool (1987)
- Spring-Heeled Jack (1989)
- The Broken Bridge (1990)
- The White Mercedes (1992)
- The Wonderful Story of Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp (1993)
- Clockwork, or All Wound Up (1995)
- The Firework-Maker's Daughter (1995)
- Mossycoat (1998)
- The Butterfly Tattoo (re-issue of The White Mercedes) (1998)
- I was a Rat! or The Scarlet Slippers (1999)
- Puss in Boots: The Adventures of That Most Enterprising Feline (2000)
- The Scarecrow and his Servant (2004)
- The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (2010)
- The Ruby in the Smoke (1985)
- The Shadow in the North (first published as The Shadow in the Plate) (1986)
- The Tiger in the Well (1991)
- The Tin Princess (1994)
The New-Cut Gang
- Thunderbolt's Waxwork (1994)
- The Gasfitter's Ball (1995)
His Dark Materials
- The Northern Lights, retitled The Golden Compass in the US (1995)
- The Subtle Knife (1997)
- The Amber Spyglass (2000)
- Frankenstein (1990)
- Sherlock Holmes and the Limehouse Horror (1992)
- Ancient Civilisations (1978)
- Using the Oxford Junior Dictionary (1978)
- The Adventures of John Blake in The DFC
But yea, this author is just amazing. I can not wait to read more of his novels and his future novels. Please check him out or else!
Update: Here's his website. http://www.philip-pullman.com/