Strong language is never much of an issue when I read. (Truth be told, I often swear like a sailor when I get angry and don’t have to worry about “little ears” around.) I mean, I loved Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist, for goodness’ sake! So, why would I mention strong language in a Phillip Pullman book? Well, it just seemed a little weird to me. I don’t remember swearing in The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, or The Amber Spyglass. That doesn’t mean there wasn’t any, I know, but I just don’t really remember there being any swearing… So, when I heard Lee Scoresby swearing, it kinda took me by surprise and distracted me from the story a little bit. Since Lee is supposed to be a rough/cowboy type of character, the foul language was not really out of character. It’s just… I don’t know. Weird! Other than that, though, I absolutely loved this story. Funny how I rambled on so long just to tell you that I loved it, but that must be the kind of mood I’m in today. Fans of The Golden Compass will likely love this prequel for two reasons — 1. getting to know Lee Scoresby (and his daemon Hester) a little bit better, and 2. finding out how Lee met (and became friends with) the armored bear named Iorek Byrnison.