Portal to the Pages

A quick glimpse into my thoughts on various fiction

The Secret Child – Marti Healy

Book cover of "The Secret Child" by Marti Healy

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

Book cover of Men at Arms by Terry Pratchett

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

Book cover of "The Night Watch" by Sergei Lukyanenko

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

Book cover of Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski

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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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 »


The Corpse-Rat King – Lee Battersby

Book cover of "The Corpse-Rat King"

The Corpse-Rat King

I was given this book as a present from my dad with the warning that he had never heard of the author, or The Corpse-Rat King itself, but thought it might be an interesting read. As such, I approached this book with an open mind and no preconceptions about the quality of its content. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guest Post: Poison Study – Maria V. Snyder

This week, I am pleased to being another guest post to you. Today’s post is by Megan Reilly, of The Mixing Bowl. Megan and I have been in college together for almost five years now but it is only since I started this blog that we have begun discussing books. Megan is currently studying for a Masters in Marketing in DCU and kindly offered to do a guest blog on the provision that I return the favour. As such, keep an eye on The Mixing Bowl for my upcoming post about gluten-free cookies! Read the rest of this entry »


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 »


A Game of Thrones – George R. R. Martin

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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 »