Phillip Pullman's fantasy novels are some of my favorites. I hardly ever re-read books, but these I have (and he has 2 of 3 of a related trilogy already released). Slate thinks it's good: His Dark Materials Proves TV Is the Right Place for Epic Fantasy I actually liked the 2007 movie, but I am really psyched that this is getting the HBO Game of Thrones level of treatment. HBO on Mondays at 9. Eight episodes.