|Plot Summary of Portal|
|"Joseph Turner is a talented physicist who creates the TMD, Temporal Manipulation Device, the world's first working time machine. He has a hidden motive: fifteen years ago, he had made a mistake that cost him the love of his life, so now he wants to go back and change things, change the past.
Joseph is so eager to save the woman he loves that he tests the machine before it is ready for testing, despite the fact that the first time-traveler - a rabbit - had been found dead upon its return. At first, Joseph's attempt appears to have been successful: he comes back from his short trip to the past, and he comes back alive. However, as his personality begins to change, it becomes clear that something went wrong.
What follows is a fascinating combination of industrial espionage, assassination attempts, a touching love story, and one man's desperate quest to change the past.
"Portal" is Book 1 of a trilogy, so there are some loose ends, definitely left on purpose to be taken care of later."
Laura Southcombe, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Portal|
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Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 50%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 20%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- science fiction story
- largely backwards/past
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Time Travel story?
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- average physique
- general past
- current (early 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- explicit references to deaths
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog