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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

“Worst book I've ever read”

Written on: 23/11/2012 by gingerds (1 review written)

The Ruby in the Smoke has to be without a doubt one of the worst books I have ever encountered. It lacks interesting, well developed characters and has the most bum numbingly boring plot. I didn't know what was going on half the time because it was just so tedious. I have never read any other of Philip Pullman's books and I am not planning to. How anyone can enjoy this book is beyond me. We read it in class and it was the worst half term of my life. I have three words to sum up this book… Read Full Review

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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

“ Ruby and the smoke is a jaw dropping action and...”

Written on: 10/01/2012

Ruby and the smoke is a jaw dropping action and mystery film packed full to the rim with murder slaughter hate jealousy and rage. The main character miss veronica Lockhart also known as sally Lockhart who of which had her father killed by the sinking of his ship the lavinia so this starts the whole story of as she investigates the case getting into loads of other insistence and she later runs into ruby story so she tries to get involved in it … Read Full Review

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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

“Absolutely Brilliant”

Written on: 05/12/2011

I think that the book was absolutely amazing. If people do not like it, or do not understand it, that does not mean that it is not an excellent book. In my opinion, the language was very easy and simple, and the plot was fairly easy to understand. I only got confused with that last bit regarding Hendrik Van Eeden, but after some thought that was all perfectly cleared up. People who do not like the Victorian setting, or who find this type of language difficult, or who do not enjoy such books… Read Full Review

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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

“I loved the Ruby in the smoke, I'm reading it for a...”

Written on: 22/11/2010

I loved the Ruby in the smoke, I'm reading it for a school project. Some people hate it and I can see why they would. It does seem a bit confusing but if you just read over what you read then you'll get it. My class mates do seem to enjoy it quite a bit and btw we're only 13. I find the storyline great. I think you just have to have an aquired 'taste' to be able to enjoy the book. Philip pullmans book may be hatd to get into but once you read on past the first chapter it is a real page turner… Read Full Review

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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

“rubbish, boring and deprrsesing”

Written on: 14/11/2010

rubbish, boring and deprrsesing… Read Full Review

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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

“I would not recommend this book to anyone. I was a...”

Written on: 04/11/2010

I would not recommend this book to anyone. I was a huge fan of Pullman; I worshipped the ground he walked on after reading his dark materials. But The ruby in the smoke was one of the most boring books I have ever had the displeasure of reading. Sally is quite possibly the most mundane heroine I have ever encountered in a novel, she's generic and boring. I am still unaware of the significance the ruby had at all, if it was just because everyone wanted it for money that's very lacklustre… Read Full Review

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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

“I really wouldn't reccomend this book. I personally...”

Written on: 30/07/2010

I really wouldn't reccomend this book. I personally didn't like this, because - although I admit it is good writing in some points, the book itself makes no sense whatsoever. It is extremely complicated and it takes a great deal of concentration and re-reading to get your head around the storyline. I never understood the point of 'the Ruby' and all I really got was something about opium and an evil lady of some sort. I think there are parts of it (like the opium den) that are not bad, but I… Read Full Review

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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

“The Ruby in the Smoke was honestly one of the most...”

Written on: 05/12/2009

The Ruby in the Smoke was honestly one of the most boring books in my opinion ever (partly because we read it as a group for a project, it still would have been pretty bad though).
Everything is just too dang complicated! The book also made the main point of the story extremely hard to understand. They should have simplified the book a lot.
Even after seeing the movie and reading the book I still don't see the ruby's significance. But that might be because I was too bored to pay attention to… Read Full Review

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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

“I am reading The Ruby In The Smoke for a group reading...”

Written on: 02/12/2009

I am reading The Ruby In The Smoke for a group reading project in school and I hate it! The plot is incredibly complicated and the language is complicated. Most importantly you should NEVER READ THIS BOOK AS A GROUP as it goes even more slowly than reading in your head and bores you to death. I would not reccomend reading this book to anyone who does not want to extremely challenge themself… Read Full Review

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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

“Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke was a very good...”

Written on: 26/04/2009

Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke was a very good book and it had a good twist to it although there are a few swear words in there.. this is a great book ,although until you get to the end your a bit confused… Read Full Review

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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

“The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman is a great...”

Written on: 24/04/2009 by tomc15 (1 review written)

The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman is a great book for some one between 12-18 years who like a long story full of suprises and wierd and wonderful characters. Very descriptive text which lets your imagiation think that you really are there and that you know the characters surrounding you. Not a book for someone that likes loads of non stop action but for someone that likes a bit more of an adventure and a long read. All of the characters are wonderfully described and so are the scenes… Read Full Review

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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

“Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke overall plot is...”

Written on: 21/04/2009 by alexc46d (1 review written)

Philip Pullman's The Ruby in the Smoke overall plot is fairly hard to understand but it is about a girl finding the truth about her fathers death but gets caught up in a whole different story. It took me a fairly long time to read it mainly because the beginning half was hard but the second half was very good. I must say though I expected better from the author after reading his dark materials as through out the book I was having to re-read paragraphs to find out what was going on. It was as… Read Full Review

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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

“The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pulman has a brillaint...”

Written on: 21/04/2009 by aidenmclean (1 review written)

The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pulman has a brillaint storyline that kept me reading well into the night!… Read Full Review

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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

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Written on: 21/04/2009 by tomguitarc15 (1 review written)


The Ruby in the Smoke is a great book for some one between 12-18 years who like a long story full of suprises and wierd and wonderful characters. Very descriptive text which lets your imagiation think that you really are there and that you know the characters surrounding you. Not a book for someone that likes loads of non stop action but for someone that likes a bit more of an adventure and a long read. All of the characters are wonderfully described and so are the scenes where they live in… Read Full Review

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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

“The Ruby in the Smoke ”

Written on: 22/07/2008 by Harriet Klausner (18660 reviews written)

The Ruby in the Smoke
Philip Pullman
Kopf, Sep 2008, $7.99
ISBN: 9780375845161

In 1872 London, sixteen years old Sally Lockhart lives with her scornful Aunt Caroline Rees following the death of her father at sea. However when she receives a note that appears to have been sent by her dad, she visits her late father's former business partner Selby to learn who Mr. Marchands is and what is the Seven Blessings included in the enigmatic message. Office assistant Jim Taylor escorts her to… Read Full Review

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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

“Well written and thought out yet very hard to follow...”

Written on: 23/05/2008

Well written and thought out yet very hard to follow and confusing… Read Full Review

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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

“I read The Ruby in the Smoke, by Philip Pullman, the...”

Written on: 02/05/2006 by rosierox (1 review written)

I read The Ruby in the Smoke, by Philip Pullman, the author of the famous His Dark Materials.

Ruby in the Smoke is about a girl called Sally Lockhart who is sixteen, she doesn't have a mother, and unfortunately Sally's dad has just died a most mysterious death.
On hearing of her fathers death Sally is sent a note on which states:
Sally beware of the seven blessings
Marchbanks will help
Chattum
Beware darling
Sally tries to find out what these words mean, she first goes to her father's old… Read Full Review

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Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke

“Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke is a short book,...”

Written on: 24/07/2004 by lightrevolution (14 reviews written)

Philip Pullman, The Ruby in the Smoke is a short book, but Pullman is awesome at writing full stop and makes the story interesting and gripping throughout. As a young adult's book, he is the best writer I know of. I bought it in the afternoon at about 3 pm and finished it at 8:30, so it is very short, but worth reading, especially if you're a Pullman fan… Read Full Review

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