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The Portable Door by Tom Holt
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Feb 10, 2008

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** spoiler alert ** halfway through this book, i was ready to give it 5 stars. tom holt could be the writer-offspring of Christopher Moore and JK Rowling. the main character is a dynamic loser stuck in his own head. the premise had promise of being a really fun mystery to solve (what kind of company was he working for???) and the clues are whimsical and spirited (items in the basement storage ranging from pop-culture surprises to literary-references-turned-real-life-objects), promising to reveal a delightful adventure.

but the big reveal was a little less surprising than i would have liked, less whimsical, less spirited. all the wonderful lead-up clues in storage went untouched. the main character's emergent magical powers seemed overdone and yet anti-climatic. the title object seemed contradictory in terms of space-time continuum usage. the plot seemed plotless, in that the characters (nor the reader) didn't really even know they were in the middle of a plot until the end, at which time most of the odd occurrences were connected and explained. but in the midst of them, i just felt bumped around but not a way that made me more sympathetic for the main characters.

so it was 5-stars until page 183. maybe someone else can pick up from there and use some of the great stuff in the beginning to build an entirely new plot.
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Brad Your analysis was right on target. I was expecting so much more at the end.

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