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The Dark Portal By Robin Jarvis Tom Baker,

  • Title: The Dark Portal
  • Author: Robin Jarvis Tom Baker
  • ISBN: 9780750016803
  • Page: 244
  • Format: Audio Cassette
  • In the sewers of Deptford there lurks a dark presence which fills the tunnels with fear Jupiter, an evil being who aims to take over the world Worshipped by the fearsome rats, Jupiter s dreams could well come true Can the mice ever survive against such evil, or have they lost the comfortable world they once knew forever
    The Dark Portal In the sewers of Deptford there lurks a dark presence which fills the tunnels with fear Jupiter an evil being who aims to take over the world Worshipped by the fearsome rats Jupiter s dreams could w

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    1. I brought this book, when I was a kid from either Blackbush or Brooklands market both now long gone I tried so many times to read it I would get a couple of chapters in, lose interest and then come back to it a year or so later I think I once read it all the way through but the only thing I can remember from the book is that there were evil rats in the sewer Reading this as an adult was easier and I didn t lose interest, although the story is not that exciting and is fairly simplistic The mice a [...]

    2. I had to DNF this one It s boring, and the plot is trite, and the pacing is weird I didn t care about any of the characters, so after I stuck with it through 100 pages, I called it quits.The writing is really condescending, and points out the obvious over and over In the beginning, the setting is described as a society of mice who are afraid of the sewers below their community because the evil rats live in the sewers and they eat any poor mice who go wandering down there.Then a mouse named Alber [...]

    3. An interesting, unique, and original book I liked the backgrounds, customs, and stories of the mice, and the rats made perfectly evil villains It s darker and a bit violent than I had expected though not as much as the Wyrd Museum trilogy least not yet but I found it quite engrossing and entertaining.

    4. I m on a bit of a Robin Jarvis kick at the moment, and it was when I reread The Dark Portal the first in the Deptford Mice series that I came to realise something.I think that Jarvis taught me the concept of story, in a way I think he taught me the concept of telling a single story within a greater whole I am a fan of him, avowedly so, and love his work from the Whitby series to the Deptford books from Aufwader to Green Mouse and everything in between His books are big books They are unashamedly [...]

    5. This was one of my all time favourite books as a kid and I ve had a blast re reading it to my daughter It tells the tale of a group of anthropomorphic mice living in an empty house in Deptford The fact that it s such a particular suburb not just a random house in London somewhere is one of the things I ve always liked about this book The mice live a relatively happy life, except for the fact that down in the cellar is the Grille an old piece of ironwork that leads into the sewers And in the sewe [...]

    6. Don t let the fact that this story is about a community of mice trick you into thinking this is a sunny, lovely adventure It is dark, gritty and gruesome at least one character meets their grisly end being skinned This means it may not be suitable for a lot of children, however, it is not so bad that I wouldn t recommend it to some proficient, well read upper KS2 children The tension is palpable throughout with Jarvis doing an excellent job of keeping you on edge and fearing for the young mice A [...]

    7. Disclaimer No humans are present in the telling of this story Jupiter lives in the sewers and is lord over the rats When a mouse from the Skirtings loses her mouse brass while looking for her missing father in the sewer she consults Madame Akkikuyu, a fortune teller, and Audrey ends up on an adventure in the sewers, herself Now join the forces of a city mouse, country mouse, a seafaring mouse and the bats to try to find her And what of Jupiter May be too intense for real young children but teens [...]

    8. The Dark Portal is an enjoyable mixture of cutesy mice, bloody death, and black magic All in all, a unique mixture that combines to give this book a certain deliciously dark character.The horror in this book is a little stronger and far grisly than I expected perhaps if I d chosen the edition with the realistic rat s face, rather than the cutesy poo anthropomorphic mice on the cover, then I would have been better prepared What other book about talking animals would include demonaic rat gods, an [...]

    9. I forgot how dark these books are The Crystal Prison remains my favorite During this reread I got annoyed at how dumb the mice were, running around the sewers I guess the point was that the sewers had this dark magical pull on them that made them make bad decisions But yeah, all the parts about the rats skinning mice and summoning dark gods are still deliciously horrifying And I forgot how much I like Madame Akkikuyu the Moroccan rat wannabe prophet and the oracular bats as characters

    10. view spoiler Oh boy I read this series as a kid and loved it, it was very formative for me I recently 1 08 2018 tried to reread it and it really holds up very, very poorly Like another reviewer said, the writing is very condescending and it tells and repeats the same thing over and over There is a line that is straight up Albert is quite clever and tactful after the character did something that was Justyikes It s like rewatching a cartoon I liked as a kid and realising that it actually wasn t ve [...]

    11. Wow, my oldest nephew let me borrow this book a long time ago I never had or took the chance to read it, but then he suggested we read it out loud together since he was rereading his older books I would not suggest this book to younger audiences since there is a lot or really scary nightmare inducing stuff for the young, but this book was incredible in plot and delivery.

    12. This book was pretty close to being a perfect read in the traditions of Watership Down or the Redwall series Just the right amount of violence to make it chilling but with the addition of honor and loyalty to bring out the cheers for the heroine and heroes The character development was a little uneven in places but I did not see it as a major distraction Looking for the next in the series

    13. 3.5 starsOh sweet Jesus Christ This book is macabre plus plus Jeebus I m quite sure this is the only YA book that I ve consistently have muttered, oh, what the fuck view spoiler I was SO sure that Jupiter was an evil mouse, but a freaking CAT GEEZ Gotta love that twist hide spoiler

    14. I really wanted to like this book, but right from the start I was disinterested I kept reading to see if it got any better, but I quit than halfway through It just didn t catch my interest.

    15. This book is very unique It has a very interesting background The story lines is that the mice are the good animal, that is getting harass by the evil rats I like how it started because the main mice named Albert was traveling and their was a lot of actions going on I also like that the title of the book go very will with the story lines I didn t like how the book end it so fast.

    16. I first read the Deptford Histories Trilogy when I was ten and loved them, so it was a pleasant surprise to discover the first book in the Deptford Mice Trilogy was just as enjoyable now that I m a bit older The characters were well created and individual, the story moved along at the perfect pace and it was exciting to read The pictures from the author really brought the story alive and I found myself looking forward to the next one eagerly.The thing that I remember most about these books thoug [...]

    17. I read the whole 3 book trilogy to my children when they were about 7 8, they loved it, in fact, we all did So instead of reading in their bedrooms I would read downstairs to all the family including Dad It became a family ritual The characters were so well described that I was able to give them different voices I had to read ahead a bit so as not to leave the story at a particularly exciting part The eccentric character of Madam Akkikuyu is indelibly fixed in our minds to this day some 25yrs la [...]

    18. When I was a child I did not read much, my brother was a different kettle of fish and read quite alot although these days the roles are reversed I mention this because I remember him reading this one what must be 15 years ago so when I stumbled across it by accident I decided to give it a try.I was anxious that perhaps this would read lke a childrens book a reasonable assumption however I am pleased to report that although it is clearly aimed at young people it is certainly a book that can be en [...]

    19. A great Young adult anthropomorphic adventure story appropriate for all ages Its a little tough to put my finger on exactly why I enjoyed the book so much, apart from the authors skill to appeal to all audinces It reminds me a little of the Secret of Nimh a favorite from my own childhood, and even a bit of Harry Potter feel in the set up and adventures It flows smoothly and quickly with a little bit for everyone I commend the author for writing a children s adventure appropriate for all ages It [...]

    20. No one speaks his name Even the rats that lurk in the sewer below are afraid of him The grate that leads down to the sewers is an evil gateway, talked about in whispers and surrounded by the vapors of an evil magical force The Deptford mice that live above don t go near it Until one day, a mouse named Arthur is drawn through the grate by a mysterious presumably mystical urge, and down into the darkness he descends His actions set of a series of events that will change the lives of the Deptford m [...]

    21. I read this a very long time ago and remember enjoying it I managed to get hold of the series again recently and re read this first installment It was like reading a new book I couldn t remember any of it which was brilliant It was just as good as I remember and the rating will stay on 4 stars.I can t remember at what age I was when I read this but I m suprised it didn t give me nightmares For a children s book it is very dark and quite gruesome As the rat struggled for breath Jake snatched up t [...]

    22. This is nothing like Redwall I mean, this book isn t bad It s just kind of creepy When I was little, I had the second book on my bookshelf I think I won it in a book raffle or something but I was always too scared to touch it And when I had mustered the courage to take down the book and read a chapter of it, I d be to scared to continue I haven t re read the book yet so I don t really remember much of the details, but I recall the book being pretty good In a really creepy disturbing way I think [...]

    23. I remember reading a Robin Jarvis book when I was a lot younger and being transported into an exciting fantastical world, so with the Deptford Trilogy on my bookshelf I thought I d work my way through them to see whether the author could work his magic on adults too I think the book I read as a kid was The Alchymist s Cat aimed at a bit of a younger audience as I didn t remember it being quite so gruesome, evil and gory as these books As an adult I loved it, but I m not so sure I d want to intro [...]

    24. You haven t lived until you ve read Jarvis s Deptford Mice trilogy I m telling you this was awsome I started reading this book last summer out of utter and complete boredom I ended up reading the entire trilogy before school was back, falling in love with the characters When you read the books through from start to finish 1 3, it s amazing what sort of err relationship you can form with the characters that Jarvis developes You laugh when they laugh, become depressed when they cry, and if you re [...]

    25. Another mouse story and another DNF This must be British because one of the characters meets a very untimely and horrific death off page in the first chapter or so That s so like the British Dark children s literature I would actually have read it all, and maybe the other two in the series, if I wasn t pressed for time I picked it up because I m trying to get a sense of what we have in the collection so I can hand sell some of these books and series I loved the world building and the magical, m [...]

    26. Rating this book was a little complicated for me I really like the rat society and all the little horror bits in the sewers and stuff but I feel like the stories with the mice and the bats, a lot of it just felt really off topic and I had a difficult time following what was going on most of the time The ending is a little sudden too it almost feels like Jarvis forgot the book needed to end some how and the entire thing is wrapped up in like 3 pages I closed the book with the feeling like that wa [...]

    27. Despite my disparaging status updates, this book wasn t bad It took Redwall to darker places It reminded me of Gregor the Overlander and not just because it was underground and involved bats The characters were a bit too simple for me I liked Audrey and Twit, though They weren t so bad Oswald was fine as well, but Arthur didn t have enough character development and neither did Piccadilly I think I will read the rest of the books in this series, though this book definitely isn t on the same level [...]

    28. Book One in the Deptford Mice Trilogy, this is a fascinating tale in the mold of Watership Down Albert Brown is a married mouse with two children, Audrey and Arthur He takes a trip into the dangerous sewers where the rats live The rats who worship an evil god called Jupiter Albert discovers Jupiter s evil plans and sets in motion a series of events that could destroy his entire family Will Jupiter succeed or will the Brown children stop his evil plans A fantastic story Jarvis has invented a comp [...]

    29. I gave up on this book after about 25 pages It started out OK, but then quickly morphed into a British fantasy with way too many Britishims for my taste Too much cutesy talk, and not enough sustained action The cover is really cool and that drew me in Sometimes I think Brits are patient, or they like the conversational stuff better than Americans The conversation to me didn t set anything up, and when I have books to read than time, I decided not to waste any Too bad, I was looking forward to [...]

    30. This is a novel about anthropomorphic mice, in the same vein as the Redwall novels by Brian Jacques It is also reminiscent of the Borrowers However, it is certainly dark.As with the Borrowers, we are introduced to a family living in a house, right under the noses of the main human family As with Redwall, the mice are the good guys and the rats are the bad guys This one s not for the faint of heart, but it s excellent I happened to pull this book from a box of freebies Why is this the first I ve [...]

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