Once Upon A Time In The North : His Dark Materials Series Book 0.5) : Philip Pullman.
A Quick Read Guaranteed! 3 Of My Favourite Characters From 'His Dark Materials Series' :
"Iorek Byrnison", "Lee Scorsby & his Daemon Hester"!
Once Upon a Time In The North is all about the 1st meeting between Character's "Lee Scorsby" his Daemons "Hester" & his everlasting friendship with the Amazing Talking Armoured Bear "Iorek Byrnison"!
Lee flies into a town 4 supplies on his incredible flying Balloon Gondala & quickly becomes embroiled into trouble here, there and everywhere as a man of honour & principals!
At the same time the town has a corrupt Company, wishing to muscle in & overtake Custom's as the new private police force & the town while at the same time there's a mayoral election going on.
The main candidate expected to win is hired by the company, his biggest election promise "To rid the town of the nuisance bear population"!
The mayor wishes to hire Scorsby as a hired gun for a shady job & while he needs the work & money 4 supplies, his
Principals & honour prevent him from taking the job, especially when he meets another hired gun, a man who's a snake (a man Scorsby had the misfortune of meeting many years prior, as a witness against him in court of law, a man who has a score to settle with Lee).
Lee quickly deduces not all is right here & no longer wishes to help the candidate nor work for him.
Scorsby then offers to help a poor ships Captain regain his ship & cargo.
Whom the company is holding to ransom with fake laws & taxes.
Lee manages to talk Iorek Byrnison the biggest & fiercest infamous Armoured Bear in town into helping.
Lee uses his skills with his silver tongue proving to custom's the Captain's paperwork is in order & the company is holding it illegally, then while they break into a wearhouse, taking back the Captain's illegally held cargo & walk into a firestorm of bullets from the hired gun & his goons. (Trying to settle his score with Lee).
Can Scorsby, Iorek, The Captain & Crew safely obtain their cargo, load it, board & escape unharmed & leave the town to their dirty own devices before they're all doomed?
How I love Philip Pullman & his incredible writing talent! I already own & have previously read 'His Dark Materials' 3 Book Series, but not his 3 smaller novellas & this time while reading the ebooks, I'll also listen to the Audiobook formats while reading too (if available, . unfortunately Once Upon a Time In The North is not available in Audiobook format from my State Public Library Service!
This man is a literary genius!
His ability for world building is off the charts! Writing of a parallel universe so like our own in so many ways but condensing several of our time periods into one similar but alien world is incredible, but also totally different in other ways.
Seriously who thinks of a world where the human soul is a separate being, living outside the human body in the form of an animal and one that talks & walks along side you & communicates with you. How amazing it's be, no one would ever be lonely.
What an incredible imagination!
Many authors seem to write characters of a single sex better than the others, but Mr Pullman can write them all.
Whether they be male or female, young or old, main characters or secondary it matters not, Philip can write them all, even animal characters of worth!
And some you'll like, some you'll fall head over heels in love with, while others still you'll love to hate, the nastiest & worst of the human & animal species, the bad guys & girls, but all will make you feel something!
Many you'll never forget even after closing the cover & putting away the book, back on the shelf, they stay with you.
I first read this series in 1996 and these characters have never left me!
Thank you Mr Pullman, now I get to relive it all, this time in ebook & Audiobook taking my experience to a whole new level.
I Rate This Book Once Upon a Time In The North 4 .5 ⭐ OUT OF 5⭐.
Do yourself a favour, don't rush out to buy this book, buy the whole "His Dark Materials" Saga including all small novellas in the series after all Philip Pullman is an author Extraordinare, named one of the All-Time Best Authors in the Top 45!
Reviewed by Jewelz Pederick.
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(Bye Love From The Crazy Australian Bookworm)!
- Hardcover: 112 pages
- Publisher: DOUBLEDAY CHILD UK (1 October 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780857535665
- ISBN-13: 978-0857535665
- ASIN: 0857535668
- Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 1.6 x 18.4 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 200 g
- Customer Reviews: 249 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,213 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)