Portal to the Pages

A quick glimpse into my thoughts on various fiction

Retrospective: Northern Lights – Philip Pullman

Book cover of Northern Lights by Philip Pullman

Northern Lights

Northern Lights is a book I first read when I was quite young; around nine or ten years old. I instantly loved it and always referred to it as “my favourite book of all time”. It is the first book in the trilogy His Dark Materials, however, I did not become aware of this until years later so I feel that it also functions as a stand-alone book. Recently, I was trying to make some space on my bookshelf and came across Northern Lights. I decided I would revisit the book and see how my perceptions of it had changed over time, if at all. Read the rest of this entry »


Guest Post: Midnight’s Children – Salman Rushdie

I am delighted to introduce a new element to my blog this week; the first of a number of guest posts that will feature in the coming weeks. Rest assured, I will still be writing my own reviews too but, in the pursuit of variety, some weeks will feature reviews from a different perspective than my own. Read the rest of this entry »

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A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin

Photo of book cover of "A Game of Thrones" by George R. R. Martin

A Game of Thrones

I was initially apprehensive about reviewing as popular a book as A Game of Thrones, not only because its popularity means that many people have different opinions about it, but also because it is difficult to discuss the book without some level of reference to the HBO TV show, Game of Thrones. I came to the book as a result of watching the TV series, so I found it difficult to separate the show and the book in my mind as I was reading. As such, I will review this book from the point of view of one who has already seen the TV show, however I will clearly identify any spoilers that I may mention. Read the rest of this entry »


The Cellist of Sarajevo – Stephen Galloway

Book cover of "The Cellist of Sarajevo"

The Cellist of Sarajevo

My dad handed me this book and simply said, “It’s a very quick read but I think you’ll like it”. He’s not one to steer me wrong when it comes to books. I can’t recall a time I have ever disliked one of his recommendations. Therefore I am happy to admit that I knew nothing about this book before reading it; the author was unknown to me and, as I got it based on a recommendation, I did not even read the synopsis on the back. The book is quite short and, as such, one might be inclined to dismiss it as light reading. However, it is anything but. Read the rest of this entry »