We went to see The Golden Compass for my birthday back at the start of January. It was really good and it inspired me to read the books by Philip Pullman. I had read one of his books in high school (I think year 10?) when my Nanna sent it out from England, but it was from his series about Sally Lockhart. Anyway, the point is I have now read all three books in the Golden Compass series and I really enjoyed them. They are like the Harry Potter series in that they get you completely caught up in an alternative world (and I don't even like fantasy writing usually. They are very quick reads and, if you liked Harry Potter, you will like these!