The Looking Glass Club Paperback – 1 Oct 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
Set not too far in the future, The Looking Glass Club has you follow the ups and downs of Zeke/Steel as he comes to terms with his past and how those events come back to haunt him.
Gruff Davies is a new author and a talented guy. It's obvious he is knowledgable about physics and has a keen interest in human nature and sci-fi as this is self-evident in his work.
The Looking Glass Club flip-flops between the past and the current life of the key character, something I found I had to get used to, but to be honest once I was hooked I was hooked good!
It's been a while since a book has got my attention as much as The Looking Glass Club has. My friend has read the book and was hooked at a different stage to me but I can guarantee at whatever point it grabs you, there will be no going back.
If you are squeamish you may have to think about when you read The Looking Glass Club as I had a few dreams punctuated with the events of the story, especially as Gruff's writing style is so fluid and very very descriptive.
I warn you a certain nursery rhyme will end up penetrating your very soul, just as it does to Zeke/Steel. I didn't realise until I finished the book that I was whistling the tune on the train, at home and in the office...
I don't want to cover much about the story as it will give the game away. If you enjoy sci-fi, like a good adventure, aren't adverse to some graphic detail and the odd swear (and a talking Jack Russell) then you will really enjoy The Looking Glass Club.Read more ›
I guess it's fundamentally a story about reality and our own sense and perception of time and of what is real. It folds in some interesting physics with some complex but accessible ideas. At some points I found I wanted to look a couple of things up just to clarify my own understanding but this is not really necessary, it just plays to my own sense of curiousity. It's also a story about relationships and conflicts between characters, some very vivid.
For me the story cannot be sustained if the writing is poor - I'm simply not transported into the writers world. In this case the style allowed me to become fully absorbed in the unfolding complexities and occasional shocks as the book progressed. I felt engaged with the characters and their dilemmas. As it progressed the story became increasingly compellingly and intriguing. A real page turner to the end.
To be honest I didn't attempt to solve any of the puzzels that begin each chapter but am now tempted to order the paperback version so I can do them at my leisure. But they don't affect the story whatsoever - if you don't do them nothing is lost other than feeling that, really, you need to get them done simply for further satisfaction.Read more ›
The narrative style frequently gets in the way of the storytelling, with some sections reminding me faintly of Tubeway Army song lyrics in their self-consciously obscure turn of phrase. The characters are two-dimensional, and some of the endless plot twists ultimately seem to me to be pointless given what happens subsequently. All this leads to a ludicrous climax and plenty of annoying unexplained loose ends.
Ultimately I found the novel unsatisfying and would not recommend it.
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