Because of the recent controversy in US about the movie Golden Compass(Christian groups opposed it and called for a ban because it seems to be anti-Christianity), I wanted to read His Dark Materials, the trilogy and find out what the big deal was all about.
Well, it was about NOTHING.
It's not an anti-Christian book at all; if anything it's anti-dogmatism, anti organized religion. It's against blind faith, unquestioning attitude. It's about how power corrupts. It's against censorship. Oh, how I detest censorship. Anyway, I don't see any reason for this furore. Seems like some other Christian groups have supported the movie.
Anyway, I got the idea that His Dark Materials might just be pro-atheism. Well, it was, almost. Philip Pullman just stopped short of outright rejecting any supernatural power. Still, given the number of religious fiction (read Chronicles of Narnia), the trilogy was still a breath of fresh air. I cannot believe I had not read it till now.
Robert Heinlein's Job-A Comedy of Justice is a lot more stringent attack on religion.