- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Orbit; New Ed edition (5 Feb. 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1841492086
- ISBN-13: 978-1841492087
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,884 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Portable Door Paperback – 5 Feb 2004
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hugely inventive and highly amusing ...His sharply observed dialogue and the desire to think round corners and u-bends distinguish Holt's books. He has the ability to make the reader laugh out loud and should be treasured. (COMPUTERCROWSNEST)
A definite must for all fans of comic fantasy (ENIGMA)
The jokes are delicious (SFX)
The best similes since Douglas Adams. Buy it for heaven's sake (SFX)
The course of true love never runs smooth - particularly when there's a goblin in the way! A wickedly funny new comic fantasy novel.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
Mr Holt is a captivating writer. he steals your time so effortlessly you don't even notice it until it's 4 o'clock in the morning and you know your alarmclock is going off at 6...
while reading this book my husband constantly had to ask me what's so funny, cause i kept laughing load, and calling mr Holt a sick person. his writing combined with my own vivid fantasy and vizualisation made reading 'the portable door' an experience. I'm looking forward to reading 'in your dreams' once i get hold of a copy...
The story twists and turns as you would expect from Mr. Holt and some of the throw-aways are beautiful. Try and count the references to other fantasy/comic fantasy books.
Overall a great read but only gets 4 stars because he has written better - see "Who's Afraid of Beowulf" and "Valhalla" or my own favourite "Flying Dutch"
I liked it from beginning
paul is a man with no life
he has no girlfriend
not much money
and omg somthings cooking in this book
and in real life (mmm smells so good)
at first its a job interview not to much but enough
to keep you wanting to read !!!!!
then strange things happen I haven't finshed yet .
I am so glad I did!
This book centres on Paul Carpenter and Sophie Pettingell, unlikely individuals as they are to get job interviews, that is what both of them manage - at J.W. Wells & Co. After witnessing a procession of far more qualified and more impressive candidates stream past them to interviews neither expects to get offered the one job on offer, doubly annoying for Paul as he is developing a rather large crush on the rather un-enigmatic Sophie...
Curious things begin to happen to Paul, not least discovering that both he and Sophie have managed to procure positions at the prestigious City firm, or the giant lump of stone that lands in his living room with a curiously realistic looking and pointy sword that is sticking out of it... Now they presume J.W. Wells & Co must be prestigious, it has big old doors and a city postcode but neither of them knows what it does. And most unlike a city firm no-one works before 9am, or after 5.30pm. Curious that.
Paul as a character is wetter than a drowned dolphin living off the North East coast of Scotland in November and has all the charisma of one. He is annoyingly self-deprecating, lacks the social skills that even the lowliest village idiot managed to develop by 17 and could no more talk to women as I can to goldfish. Sophie on the other hand is arrogant, more cutting, very unlikable and apparently not all that to look at. Odd then that you really begin to root for them as the story goes on.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was bought as a birthday present for someone else so I haven't read it. They said it was good.Published 9 months ago by MR R C TAYLOR
I'd maybe have liked this more if the protagonist wasn't so annoying. He really got on my nerves.Published 12 months ago by Mr. Derek Law
A fantastic read (in more ways than one!). This was slightly more of a love story than expected, but very entertaining.Published 15 months ago by asb
I've read this book several times...many times. Not for a few years now I must admit, as I hardly have the time these days, but really that's neither here nor there. Read morePublished 16 months ago by N. Gosney
It's okay but not exactly that funny or interesting. Couldn't help feeling it was aimed at teenagers or thereabouts. Dont think I could try reading another by TH.Published 17 months ago by Esherman
I love Tom Holt books, this is a great read and I enjoyed it immensely. In my opinion, "The Perfect Mousetrap" and "You don't need to be evil to work here, but it helps" are better... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Anna Spooner
I think I would have given this book 4 stars when I first finished reading it, but it has stayed with me and I've enjoyed remembering it since. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Shelaffs
This book started off promisingly enough but then turned into a bit of a rom com reallyPublished 20 months ago by Mrs J C Porter