Book Review: The Elements of His Dark Materials: The Guide to Philip Pullman’s Trilogy, Laurie Frost (2006)

Monday, February 18th, 2013

No Sraffie’s library is complete without it!

five out of five stars

When the author of the source material readily admits to using someone else’s reference book to help write the sequel(s), you know it’s got to be good! Laurie Frost’s The Elements of His Dark Materials: The Guide to Philip Pullman’s Trilogy is an epic encyclopedia worthy of this most epic of series. (It’s my absolute favorite, in case you couldn’t tell.) Exhaustively researched and referenced, Elements covers everything you want/need to know about His Dark Materials.

The book is organized around eleven primary subjects, many of which are further divided into subsections (reproduced here since Amazon’s listing doesn’t include the table of contents):

I. Characters
* Cross-Reference of Characters

II. Places and Peoples
* The Words of the Worlds
* The Worlds
* Cities, Countries, Regions, Continents, and Elements of Topography
* Structures and Streets
* The Oxfords
* Peoples

III. Creatures, Beings and Extraordinary Humans

IV. The Alethiometer, the Subtle Knife, the Amber Spyglass
* The Alethiometer and associated entries
* The Subtle Knife and associated entries
* The Amber Spyglass and associated entries

V. Philosophy, Psychology, and Theology
* Multiple worlds, Prophecy, Stories
* Dust, Rusakov particles, Shadows/Shadow-particles, Sraf

(More below the fold…)