I was doing pretty good. I figured out who Jopari had to be. I was suspending my disbelief about all things dark matter well enough. I liked the characters. There were some minor quibbles. Lyra kept doing stupid things. I remember her as being smarter in the first book, but allowed that I could be wrong, so let it pass. Then it all went horrible awry. Everybody gets stupid. First Pullman kills off the character with whom I most identified. Bad enough in itself, because I have a problem with authors who take major characters, let us see the world from their point of view, and then kill them. And not just kill them, but kill them by having them simply forget that they had the means to get help in their pocket until it was too late. Feh.
Next came the asspull of Mrs. Coulter suddenly being able to grant the power of flight to the Specters. WTF? Now all the witches are out of it, except for the one witch in all the world who has it in for Will's father, so she flies up and kills him without so much as a word. WTF?
I completely lost it at that point. What happens then is that all the inconsistencies that your mind has been glossing over come back to you, and you stop suspending disbelief. Too many coincidences. Too many "Huhs?" Lee Scoresby is, like, the best shot ever. Lord Asriel is planning on taking an army of men to fight God? Yeah, good luck with that.
I was originally going to continue right into The Amber Spyglass (I even got it in hard cover), but I've completely lost interest. I just don't care as I did at the end of The Golden Compass. I have a new Sharpe novel I can work on instead.