With the recent announcement of Philip Pullman’s “The Book of Dust” – a return to the world of “His Dark Materials” – there’s no better time to revisit the classic that started it all: “The Golden Compass”.
While we’re all waiting on Philip Pullman’s continuation of “His Dark Materials” in “The Book of Dust”, due out October 2017, we can tide ourselves over with Pullman’s very first graphic novel – “The Adventures of John Blake: Mystery of the Ghost Ship”!
This book by the author of “The Firework-Maker’s Daughter” and “The Ruby in the Smoke” combines a fairy-tale concept with elements of the picaresque novel. That is to say, it presents a hero from humble origins, making his way through a corrupt world in a series of funny, ironic adventures. Seemingly set in Italy around the time of the Napoleonic wars, this story pokes fun at the foibles of people in an age quite different from our own – but not so different that we don’t feel the satire poking at us!