2. I finished the final book in the His Dark Materials trilogy last night; very fun stuff. I would like to discuss it here in a non-spoiler-ish way, although I have no idea how many of you have actually read the books or not. Here's my thing about the ending, in as spoiler-free a context as I can make it - it felt unfinished. Considering how much the book talks about specific things that have to happen for such and such to occur, the actual end of the larger-scale conflict was pretty anticlimatic, and the Father Gomez side-story ended far too abruptly (and easily, really). What happens to Lyra and Will is indeed tragic, but it seems like what happens between the two of them overwhelms everything else that came before it.... I could go on and on and on, but the point is that I really enjoyed the books and have absolutely no idea how they will be filmed. Considering that they've already been staged, however, I'm sure it can be done.
Work just arrived. More in a bit.