I tried to read this back in 2011 and hated it. Just recently went and listened to the audio book and enjoyed it a lot more. But ugh, it is flashback heavy. And if you really think about it, nothing much really happens in this book. I mean, its good, but I wish it remained more in the present.
“That’s the beauty of the old,” said the Librarian. “to be anxious on behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old.”
Northern Lights is a great book that got off to a slow start. While teasing you with fantastic titbits and morsels, it bored me by focusing on an unruly little girl with no goals or direction at all. Once the story kicked off, and Lyra became a girl with a plan – something important to do – then it got interesting.