Continue reading ‘Northern Lights’ – Philip Pullman
‘We are all subject to the fates. But we must act as if we are not, or die of despair.’
Lausanne, March 2016
The one where Perzeval (Wade) lives in a post-apocalyptic future where the only fun/challenge is an RPG version of the internet, OASIS. Halliday, the creator, once set a challenge to find his egg and win his fortune using knowledge of 1980s trivia. Perceval wins as he thinks of everything.
I can’t quite believe this wasn’t a first draft or that it’s published at all. The first chapter is good – the first few are, but then Perzeval – almost a backwards parody of a 1980s jock gets ‘famous’ and truly dull as a result.
The dialogue was terrible. There was no conflict, no pathos – twists came out of nowhere – he infiltrates the 101 via the Crediton police, though failed to mention the existence of that entity. The trivia was lazy, failing to draw images and just lists of endless references.