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Portal Paperback – 7 Dec 1989


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Grafton; paperback / softback edition (7 Dec 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0586206493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0586206492
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,281,180 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
I am now rereading this awesome novel which I have rediscovered due to moving house. My original 1989 published book has been sat buried amongst a multitude of other books, which I will no doubt get around to rereading, caught my eye and hooked me again as it did all those years ago.
Interesting reading it again now after all the developments in tech over the last 25 years, who knows what the future holds for mankind.
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Format: Paperback
Starting from the end, it's a good book. But, bear in mind, it wasn't meant to be a book, but a computer-narrated novel, so to say. That means, you don't really get chapters and paragraphs, but narrative sections, interrupted by informative sections, filling you in on unknown terminology or events. Also, don't expect to hear much from the supposed 'hero' of the book; most of it is the story that unfolds before his eyes. The story itself is rather apparent from early on; by the middle of the book, there's no suspense as to 'what' will happen, since you already know from the very beginning, but 'why' it happened, and 'how'.
All in all, it's a very interesting story, and a good relaxed read.
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Loved the Interactive Story version 23 Jan 2007
By Philip Wheat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I loved the original version which I had on my old Commodore 64 growing up. I later worked very hard to find the updated Amiga version, but never did find a copy. Eventially the story was released online during the early version of the web, but that too has passed away. I'm thrilled to see that the story made it into print and is availible for purchase. I would have given it a 5 star rating, but without Homer blinking away in the corner letting me know that I've uncovered enough information for him to expand the story a bit more I just couldn't do it. This isn't an epic story, but the first time I personally read a Singularity tale and between that and the revolutionary style of the original format, this has remained one of my favorite story over the years.
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Stick with it 11 Nov 2008
By Pastor of Disaster - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you made it as far as the review, well done. I had no idea so many books called Portal existed. This one apparently was based on a computer game, and boy would I have loved to play it. The story involves a lone space chap arriving back at a deserted earth wondering where everyone has gone. The story is told via computer flashbacks via an operating system called "Homer". The actual format of the story is quite confusing on first reading with some time at the crease needed before you "get your eye in". It reminded me a little of Frederik Pohls' "Gateway" a little in its style, but despite the fact that its genesis was a game, this really is a quite wonderful piece of twisting and turning sci-fi. It also throws up some nice little characters, one of my favourite being "Jimmy Radix", a war veteran disabled by a futuristic weapon that destroyed his ability to relate to time. Sounds a bit mad, but on the page, it is realistic and really quite sad. I suspect that this book would not be easy to get hold of, but it is really worth the effort. Well, I hope you agree it is, its really all about opinions isnt
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