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The Portable Door: J.W. Wells & Co. Book 1:…
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The Portable Door: J.W. Wells & Co. Book 1: Now a major film (original 2003; udgave 2008)

af Tom Holt (Forfatter)

Serier: J.W. Wells (1)

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Starting a new job is always stressful (particularly when you don't particularly want one), but when Paul Carpenter arrives at the office of J. W. Wells he has no idea what trouble lies in store. Because he is about to discover that the apparently respectable establishment now paying his salary is in fact a front for a deeply sinister organisation that has a mighty peculiar agenda. It seems that half the time his bosses are away with the fairies. But they're not, of course. They're away with the goblins. Mister Tom Holt, Master of the Comic Fantasy Novel, cordially invites you to join him in his world of madness by reading his next hilarious masterpiece.… (mere)
Medlem:Echinopsis
Titel:The Portable Door: J.W. Wells & Co. Book 1: Now a major film
Forfattere:Tom Holt (Forfatter)
Info:Orbit (2008), Edition: New Ed, 364 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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The Portable Door af Tom Holt (Author) (2003)

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Simply did not work for me: the stilted prose, the unlikeable characters (particularly the protagonist, the glacial pacing). I respect that others feel differently, and they did make a movie based upon the novel -- which I enjoyed more.

I was greatly surprised by my dislike of this work, since I admire what I have read of the author's work under his pseudonym K.J. Parker. ( )
  Dr_Bob | Sep 26, 2023 |
Tom Holt has a great talent for writing little witticisms interspersed throughout the story ("Paul wouldn't have been able to tell a Vermeer from an optician's chart") and insightful philosophies that he shares as pithy little vignettes (In contemplation of chucking unsatisfactory employment ~ "it had taken him a very long time to find anybody who was prepared to trade him money for a part of his lifespan").
It is a Good Thing there are these light-hearted interludes because the story is glacial with next to no engaging characters or a discernible plot until well-near the end. The portable door concept was brilliant fun, however, for my tastes, Holt can't hold a candle to Terry Pratchett. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | May 28, 2021 |
Paul, a twenty-something with very little confidence, needs a job. Paul goes to an interview. There he meets, in the waiting room, Sophie. Neither of them expects to get a job, at J.S. Wells and co. Indeed, neither of them really have any office skills or experience and neither of them have any idea what J.W. Wells does. To Paul's astonishment he gets the job and when he comes in to work, there is Sophie who will share an office with him. The book moves slowly at first because the author, instead of following the current trend of throwing the reader into the middle of the churning action without a clue, chooses to keep up the suspense a) what does this company do? b) Why did they hire me -- or Sophie? c) What is happening with that long-handled stapler? d) I'd quit only I really need to have a job and I'll never get another one. e) Oh dear, I'm in love, help! f) Who made those scratch marks on the back of our office door? until, somewhere in the middle the situation comes into focus and the pace picks up. I'd say, enjoy the novelty of a gradual beginning. Paul is not quick to act, he thinks, and his process is enjoyable. **** ( )
1 stem sibylline | Feb 11, 2021 |
Extremely slow-paced urban fantasy. I barely got through it. Some humor, and there is a plot in the second half, but it never becomes special. ( )
  breic | Jul 16, 2019 |
A return to form. ( )
  Fiddleback_ | Dec 17, 2018 |
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Starting a new job is always stressful (particularly when you don't particularly want one), but when Paul Carpenter arrives at the office of J. W. Wells he has no idea what trouble lies in store. Because he is about to discover that the apparently respectable establishment now paying his salary is in fact a front for a deeply sinister organisation that has a mighty peculiar agenda. It seems that half the time his bosses are away with the fairies. But they're not, of course. They're away with the goblins. Mister Tom Holt, Master of the Comic Fantasy Novel, cordially invites you to join him in his world of madness by reading his next hilarious masterpiece.

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