I'm always amazed by what strikes fear into the hearts of some of the faithful.
I read the first two books of this fantasy trilogy by Philip Pullman several years ago and found them enjoyable. And then I didn't think about them at all. With the recent spate of movies made out of fantasy novels, I had sorta figured I'd skip this one.
But by golly, it's frightening the Catholic League. This is strange to me because, by and large, the Catholics I know are intelligent and secure in what they believe. I can't imagine a movie threatening that, but what do I know? Clearly, I have a higher opinion of my friends than does Bill Donohue.
That alone would be enough to get me to pick up these books again, but Pullman's response was priceless. One of my favorite quotes ever now,
"Oh, it causes me to shake my head with sorrow that such nitwits could be loose in the world."That about sums up my feelings as well.