I just finished the last book -- The Amber Spyglass -- in Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. I don't usually care for fiction (I prefer to learn things when I read), but this trilogy was some of the best fiction I've ever read. Pullman deserves every award that he received for these books. I've read the first two Harry Potter books, and while they were entertaining, they cannot hold a candle to this trilogy.
Ta ta for now,