Book review: The Looking Glass Club by Gruff Davies


And so I find myself reviewing another book as soon as I’ve finished it – seems like a good thing to do: turn the final page and give an instant reaction. Here we go again. This time it’s a mind-bending trip…

The year is 2010 and Zeke is a brilliant physics student at a top London university. He’s fallen in with a group who are taking a drug that seems to allow them to experience shared hallucinations. Well, they’re shared hallucinations or a door on to a parallel universe. Probably.

The year is 2035 and Steel is living with his talking dog in a high security New York apartment. He’s opened his door to a pregnant girl with no memory, who carries a note that takes him back to the darkest of dark times. From that moment he’s on the run; his life at risk.

But Zeke and Steel are the same person and, in this story, the boundaries between reality and illusion are sometimes impossible to distinguish.

The Looking Glass Club is an excellent novel. It’s fast-paced, gripping and it paints the most amazing pictures: at times it’s like being on a drug fuelled trip of your own. Both modern day London and a New York of the future are believable and brilliantly crafted worlds. It’s also a smart book – in truth, there are a couple of times when it’s a little too clever – but the story is completely unique, expertly told and, despite the technology and the pace of the narrative, it works because at its heart it’s an absorbing tale about friendship and trust.

This is a self-published book that asks you to make no compromise beyond the challenge of an enjoyably complex plot. It deserves a place amongst the best science fiction.

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10 thoughts on “Book review: The Looking Glass Club by Gruff Davies

  1. Tuan Ho

    “It deserves a place amongst the best science fiction.”

    Wow! That’s some high praise. I’ll probably have to add it to my to-read list now.

    1. beautifulorange Post author

      It’s such an original story. And so great to see a self-published book that’s top quality. It won’t be for everyone – but if you do read it, I’d love to know what you think.

  2. Smash

    I love delving into some well-written sci-fi, and it sounds like The Looking Glass Club fits the bill! Based on this review, I’m definitely adding it to my ongoing list of books to read. Thanks! 🙂

  3. Things I Think.

    I’m steadily be building up a list of books that I’m never going to be able to get through. I’ve got a wish-list that is going to set me back a significant amount if money. Any chance of reviewing something free?


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