[KINDLE] ❁ The Ruby in the Smoke ❄ Philip Pullman – Vehikool.co.uk
Not really happy that I ve paid for a brand new book for a gift and the pages are creased in the book I now have a book that I have no use for and I have to purchase another The Ruby in the Smoke is one of those books I ve been meaning to read, but somehow, always missed Philip Pullman, one of all time favourite authors, clearly has a huge following for his Sally Lockhart novels, but there always seemed something a little off while I was reading this.Opium addiction, a crime story, a thriller of sorts all set in a Victorian period, the author does well setting the scene, dragging us into the Victorian English culture and social etiquette usually associated with the period It is especially creepy reading such niceties when you know certain characters are evil.The opium and drug storyline is an original one for YA fiction of the time, and it is an interesting plot one that does get better the further you read It is cleverly thought out, and the inclusion of in book newspaper headlines and letters is again, unusual but not a hindrance.My only complaint, as such, is Sally, I guess She just doesn t do it for me a protagonist I much preferred the other side cast Jim, the scallywag, ready to stick two fingers up and anybody, and Frederick and Rosa the entrepreneur siblings who take Sally under their wing.An enjoyable read as much as it goes, but not a memorable one in comparison to some of the Author s other works. The First Book In Philip Pullman S Classic SALLY LOCKHART Quartet In A Beautiful New Edition To Celebrate The Year Anniversary Soon After Sally Lockhart S Father Drowns At Sea, She Receives An Anonymous Letter The Dire Warning It Contains Makes A Man Die Of Fear At Her Feet Determined To Discover The Truth About Her Father S Death, Sally Is Plunged Into A Terrifying Mystery In The Dark Heart Of Victorian London, At The Centre Of Which Lies A Deadly Blood Soaked Jewel Philip Pullman S Ever Popular, Action Packed Victorian Melodramas Are Rejacketed For The Bicentenary Of Charles Dickens In This series was recommended to me by another parent as a suggestion for my nine year old son, an avid reader I ve enjoyed reading the first couple of books, but I m frustrated by the sudden little pockets of bad language to me, they really jar with the rest of the text, and I think most children under 12 or so would feel a little uncomfortable reading them Certainly my 9 y o would, so I won t be buying any I noticed that the same thing happens in Pullman s New Cut Gang series a really fun book for children of, say 7 8 upwards but which then has completely unnecessary albeit fairly mild swearing in it Just one to be aware of if you re buying for younger children. I don t know why Pull man is catalogued as a children s author Yes some of the characters are children but the story is proper adventure It deals with very adult themes and has brilliant discripshions. I read this book about a year after reading Pullman s most popular works His Dark Materials, and I m sorry to say that I enjoyed this so much than HDM I really need to crack on with the other three books in this series because I was gripped The books are only short but Pullman s writing sucks you in The Ruby in the Smoke , is the first book in a series of Sally Lockhart Mysteries , which I figure is a little like a Victorian England version of Nancy Drew which I still have not read any of Anyway, Sally Lockhart is a young girl whose father recently passed away, he drowned in suspicious circumstances and left Sally an Orphan, all alone in London Sally soon comes across something her father left her to protect and suddenly the world and everyone in it is chasing her down for it I can t say too much else because of spoilers.The writing in this book is brilliant, the pacing is intense, the characters have a lovely depth to them and it s just so well executed Despite Sally Lockhart basically falling under the special snowflake syndrome where she is good at everything for no real reason, she is an enjoyable character The world building is perfect I have seen books written by some authors, where their versions of victorian london make me cringe sadly this often is a result of American authors writing scenes or stories set in victorian england which tends to be a weird mixture of too much Oliver and Jack the Ripper crap.I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers, mysteries, or even anyone who just wants to see how to correctly write a book set in Victorian London Because this is how it is done.For of my reviews, please visit The Book Heap at wordpress, via Having read Pullman s later novels I bought this trilogy This is the first of the series and does not disappoint Just one compelling story from a great author. I chose to read this series by the great writer Philip Pullman after reading the brilliant dark chronicles , I found him to be such a good story teller that I wanted to read from him After starting this book I was a little worried that it was not as exciting as his dark chronicles triology, however i have found it to be a very interesting and gripping read, the excitement subtle to suit the story, of the life of Sally Lockhart The stories give you a good descriptive insight into life in London many years ago, and sally s struggle to find her own way in the world, and the twists and turns and dangers that she must face make this book and the others in the series, real page turners. I read this in paperback form some years ago and enjoyed it, and later titles in the series, as an entertaining adventure with an authentic period feel Having recently downloaded it onto Kindle, I treated myself to the audio narration, by Anton Lesser, and this has turned a good story into a first class, personal book at bedtime Mr Lesser s wonderful range of voices comes as no real surprise for such a versatile actor, at present in roles as wide apart on the dramatic spectrum as Qyburn Game of Thrones and Reginald Bright Endeavour In this first of the Sally Lockhart series, he is equally good at male and female voices something quite rare among narrators, I find, and therefore to be treasured and slips readily and easily from character to character, bringing them all into vibrant life My particular favourites were timid, whispering little Adelaide and the bovine, bestial Mr Berry oh, and the sibilantly evil Mrs Holland ought to have a mention, too So, my thanks to Philip Pullman for the story, and even to Anton Lesser for making bedtime for one 68 year old so special and magical by his outstanding interpretation. Philip Pullman is one of my favourite authors I rank, His Dark Materials up there with the likes of Tolkien s Lewis , and Rowling s most famous works While I do not consider this work to be in the same class as HDM, It is still a brilliantly weaved story.The story is set in the Victorian era, and if you re into period drama, you will love The Ruby in the Smoke The characters are superbly developed as you would expect from Pullman Sally Lockhart seems so real, as do the mysteries and circumstances surrounding her The backdrop of the story sets the scene perfectly.As with all the greats who inspire us, one cannot fault their creativity, and writing style.