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Wednesday, July 25, 2001

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Sun and showers

It was a lovely sunny morning and a lovely walk to work, though a bit warm. This afternoon I stepped the bus into a foot of water. It's a good thing I had my Tevas on. It was sunny and bright yesterday too and my mood lifted so much. I enjoy rain and clouds but we've had enough this month that I think it was starting to depress me. I don't know if I could live again in a place with clouds on a regular basis.

I read "The Golden Compass" by Philip Pullman since I had read an article that said the trilogy, that it's the first bookof, is among the better Science Fiction. It also called it anti-Narnia, that it criticizes religion and it's a call for "Blakean" joy. I didn't see it as anti-Narnia except that the Narnia series do have a much more joyous feeling underlying them. I no longer can accept the christian underpinning that Lewis had in all his literature, including the Narnia books, but they still have a sense of joy for me that few other books have. I enjoyed reading The Golden Compass and found the premise behind it to be interesting. I plan to read the next book in the series to see where it goes.

It's set in a world where all humans have an animal daemon that is always with them. When they are separated they die. It seemed to me to be a very precarious life as it made people very vulnerable even though there was an instinctive dislike and even inability to even try to separate a person and their daemon. In this books there are some who try this in the name of religion, in order to help us. It's very chilling to see the people involved in this call on the name of the church and "for their own good" and "to make things better for everyone" as they torture and kill people with their "research". It's styled as a children's book but is not your usual kiddie book. The main character is a child who has no real concept of evil but only of friends and loyalty.

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Rachel Aschmann 2001.
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