I finished re-re-re-reading His Dark Materials yesterday, twice in Finnish, twice in English. (Once when I was reading my boyfriend looked at me really funnily and asked "Are you reading it for the second
time?" and I answered "Well... Actually the fourth." He has also read HDM, thanks to me, but he's not the reading type and I guess he doesn't understand how some books can mean the world to the person who loves them)
I started the Golden Compass for over a year ago, so as you can see I haven't been hurrying too much. As I know what's going to happen in the three books, I can read them slowly and whenever I feel like it. Sometimes I used to read them as a bedtime story, sometimes when I had nothing else to read and sometimes when I just wanted to spend some time with Lyra and Will or whoever starring the book at the moment. But everything good has to end sometime, and now I think I should wait at least a year before I start it again.
I've been thinking of bying hardcover British versions of these all, also I should by Lyra's Oxford and Once Upon a Time in the North. I've got only the Finnish translation (hardcover, which I'm never going to read again because the translation sucks big time) and US version (paperback), but I want the UK hardcover where's Pullman's illustrations in the beginnings of the chapters, and the Golden Compass is the Northern Lights as it should be. Also I want them separately, and I don't want any movie covers. Huugh I'm so demanding! I'm quite a fanatic, I guess. I found something promising from amazon.com.uk
, but I have to think about it a bit more. And it's going to cost a few pennies, but I think it'll be worth it.
This entry is also in my journal