The Book of Dust

I was pretty excited to find out this week that Philip Pullman will be releasing the first volume of his new trilogy in October of this year. The trilogy isn’t exactly a sequel to His Dark Materials, but it’s in the same universe, and features some of the same characters. More details can be found at NPR and The Guardian.

I read His Dark Materials back in 2004, starting in January and finishing in June. I remember it well, since I was reading it when my brother passed away, in February 2004, so those memories are linked together in my head. It was also the first time I read anything substantial in ebook form. (I was reading it with Microsoft Reader on a Toshiba Pocket PC. It wasn’t a horrible experience, but neither was it a good one, and I never did buy anything else to read on that device.)

At some point in 2010, I think, I bought a trade paperback of the trilogy, with the idea that I’d reread it eventually. (Of course, the Pocket PC was long gone by then, along with the DRM’d ebooks that were tied to it.) I still haven’t gotten around to rereading it, but I’m thinking about it again.

I could just go ahead and start into the trade paperback, or I could listen to the audio version of Golden Compass, which I seem to have bought via iTunes in 2007 and forgotten about. Or I could buy the graphic novel version of Golden Compass, which I didn’t know about until I started poking around on Amazon tonight. So, plenty of options.

I’m kind of curious as to how I’d process the books right now. I think I’m a different person than I was in 2004. Am I capable of enjoying them as much as I did the first time through? Would I find new things in them that went over my head the first time? Would reading certain sections trigger specific memories? I don’t know. I’m usually not big on rereading books. There are just so many that I haven’t read yet, and I’m such a slow reader these days. But rereading these books would probably be worth my time.

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