Portal to the Pages

A quick glimpse into my thoughts on various fiction

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 Secrets of Mary Bowser – Lois Leveen

Book cover of "The Secrets of Mary Bowser" The Secrets of Mary Bowser

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 »


Antony and Cleopatra – Colleen McCullough

Book cover of "Antony and Cleopatra" by Colleen McCullough

Antony and Cleopatra

Antony and Cleopatra is the 7th book in the Masters of Rome series, however I was unaware of this fact until after I finished reading it. Therefore, I will be reviewing Antony and Cleopatra as a standalone novel. Read the rest of this entry »

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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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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 »