In the end, if a fairy tale doesn’t bring joy and hope, it isn’t much of a fantasy. With no God, no good, no eternal life, there is no living happily ever after in the world of “The Golden Compass.”--from The Golden Compass: How can it look so good and be so wrong? by Msgr. Eric Barr
Pullman only seeks to give us hell, and seems pleased to bring it, making concrete the old cliche that misery truly loves company.