Portal to the Pages

A quick glimpse into my thoughts on various fiction

Fat Girl Fairy Boy – Carol McConkie

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Fat Girl Fairy Boy

I didn’t know anything about Fat Girl Fairy Boy before I read it, but I felt like I had been reading a lot of sci-fi and fantasy books lately and wanted something set in our world for a change. This really helped to remind me that a good book doesn’t necessarily have to be in a fantastical setting for me to enjoy it!
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Killing Floor – Lee Child

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Killing Floor

Having previously gone to see Jack Reacher in the cinema, and enjoyed it, I was interested in checking out the books that the movie was based upon. After waiting for the hype to die down (the books had numerous reservations against them in my library), I finally got my hands on the first book in the series (which I should point out is not the story that was portrayed in the movie). Read the rest of this entry »

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The Cat’s Table – Michael Ondaatje

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The Cat’s Table

This is a book that I was quite looking forward to reading as it had received a lot of strong, positive feedback from numerous credible sources. It was also a present from my dad and, as I’ve mentioned before, he rarely steers me wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

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Timeline – Michael Crichton

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I recently went on a short break and decided the night before my flight left that I wanted to bring a new book with me to read. A quick glance at my library’s eBook collection resulted in my selection of Timeline by Michael Crichton, on the basis that he had written Jurassic Park and, as far as I could remember, I liked that so I’d probably like this too. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Secret Child – Marti Healy

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The Secret Child

The Secret Child is quite a short book, coming in at only 196 pages, however it should not be dismissed as lacking in content. This was another one of those books where I had never heard of the author or the book beforehand, so it was a little bit of a risk but I am so glad I took a chance on it! Read the rest of this entry »

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Men at Arms – Terry Pratchett

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Men at Arms

Before I discuss Men at Arms in any detail, I must first point out that this is a Discworld novel. For those of you unfamiliar with the series, it is a series populated by numerous unrelated stories, all set in the same world. There are often recurring places and characters, such as the character of Death who is always brilliant. When you pick up a Discworld novel, you should expect some of the same themes to occur; self-referential humour, the existence of numerous non-human species (trolls, dwarfs, etc.), magic and all-in-all entertaining characters. Read the rest of this entry »

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Retrospective: The Night Watch – Sergei Lukyanenko

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The Night Watch

I originally read The Night Watch about five or six years ago, but I never got around to reading the full series. My brother recently gave me the final book in the series, which prompted me to start from the beginning and reread The Night Watch before checking out any of the other books. Read the rest of this entry »

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Blood of Elves – Andrzej Sapkowski

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Blood of Elves

Blood of Elves is the first book in the Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski, which, incidentally, is the series that inspired the video game of the same name. Blood of Elves is another book recommended to me by my brother so I had no idea what it was about. Read the rest of this entry »

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The Secrets of Mary Bowser – Lois Leveen

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Way back in April, I received a book voucher for my birthday. I managed to pick up a few books from it, including The Secrets of Mary Bowser. Somehow, I then managed to forget about it until relatively recently. How glad I am that I remembered to read it! Read the rest of this entry »


Guest Post: Zom-B – Darren Shan

Today I have managed to secure a guest post from a very good friend of mine, Leanne Douglas. The two of us have been friends for near  ten years now and have always been exchanging books and recommending good reads to each other. At one stage, Leanne was even writing a book that included me as one of the characters! (What ever happened to that anyway?) Leanne currently runs her own beauty blog; Rants, Raves and Rambles. I suggest you give it a look! In the meantime, I hope you enjoy reading Leanne’s post. Read the rest of this entry »