|Plot Summary of Lyra's Oxford|
It is now two years since Lyra parted from Will in The Amber Spyglass, the final book of the "His Dark Materials" trilogy. She is 14 or 15 and a student at St. Sophia's school in Oxford (the Oxford on her alternate Earth). One day Lyra and Pantalaimon, her daemon, who has settled permanently into the form of a pine marten, are on the roof of Lodge Tower when they see a huge flock of starlings attacking a bird-like creature that turns out to be a witch's daemon. They rescue the creature and it tells them its witch is sick and it has been sent to find an alchemist in Oxford, Sebastian Makepeace, who has an elixir that will cure the witch. So Lyra and Pantalaimon go to look for Makepeace, but when they get to his address and look in, there's a witch there, and a man lying on the floor -- possibly dead. This 2003 book is a very short tale (less than 50 pages) supplemented by a map of Oxford, a reproduction of a postcard from someone named Angela Gorman, and a schedule for the cruise ship S.S. Zenobia (mysterious "evidence" that reminds one of the books of Nick Bantock), which suggests we have not heard the last of Lyra's adventures.
This synopsis report prepared by David Loftus
|Chapter Analysis of Lyra's Oxford|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 30%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 10%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 30%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy world/fantasy past
Coming of age
Mental/magical powers focus
- magical powers (general)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- a teen
Not Earth, in Solar System?
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- significantly more descript than dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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