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The Looking Glass Club

3.89  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  10 reviews
-a gripping and hugely entertaining story that is difficult to solve and even more difficult to put down.- - New Scientist At a London university, in 2010, a group of students meet in secret to conduct dangerous experiments that have already cost one person's life. They believe they are pushing the frontiers of physics but their experiments also blur the boundary between w ...more
Paperback, 296 pages
Published October 1st 2010 by Sencillo Ltd.
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Apr 01, 2013 marked it as written
Haha. Of course, I'm being ironic rating or reviewing my own book. I have no desire to give a score at all (in fact, I haven't). It's both perfect and flawed, to me. Perfect in the sense that it is exactly the book I wanted to read, but didn't exist so I wrote it. And (at the risk of sounding awfully pretentious) flawed because, to quote Da Vinci, "Art is never finished, only abandoned." After five rewrites, I took it to the point where my edits were making it worse not better and had to stop an ...more
May 04, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a complex and clever novel which delves into the plain bizarre quite pleasingly, yet also confuses and confounds at times. I think it would have been a more enjoyable read if the author hadn't been so literary about writing what is basically a Sci-Fi novel. The prose is overly and annoyingly verbose and is clearly the work of someone with a high intellect. However, it actually does need 'dumbing down' in parts because one has to read a paragraph twice (or more!) to extract the actual nar ...more
Bill Swears
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I truly enjoyed LGC and would happily recommend it to friends. It's near future SF, and I think one of its strengths is that it doesn't really strike me as SF most of the time. I became immersed in the life of the main character, Steel, and his dilemma. He is rather suddenly saddled with a young woman who has no continuous memory, and is very pregnant, and who comes with instructions linking her to a part of Steel's life that lives on within him like an open and cancerous cyst in his chest.

Apr 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book took me some time. I understand that's because of me, not the book. I took off at an amazing clip, but when I hit the halfway point, something happened in the story that made me need to walk away from it for a while before I could come back to it and be okay. Once I was over it, everything was fine and I finished the book at the same pace at which I started it.

Personal issues aside, this book is amazing. Davies is continuously throwing you curve balls, which I genuinely appreciate. He
Colin Jones
May 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
The Looking Glass Club tells the story of a rather elusive Union society – a society without a stall at the Freshers’ fair anyway; a society which convenes in a dark and dank room somewhere underneath South Kensington, accessible only through a secret tunnel with the membership list kept a closely guarded secret. It is the story of Zeke, an otherwise normal Physics student, that is until he is approached and befriended by a PhD student; in the midst of developing a, to put it lightly, mind alter ...more
Sep 23, 2011 rated it liked it
This book is massively addictive. I think I read it over the course of a couple weekdays. The storyline is incredibly dense, and I'm not sure I completely even understood the ending. I'd probably love the puzzles, too, but I just read the free version from the author's website that only included puzzles for a couple of the chapters.

The part I liked most about this book was the ability of the author to describe inanimate objects as living (in a way) beings. One futuristic idea this book plays wit
May 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
The middle of the book has some great mind bending theories about the power of though and perception, but they don't go any further then that chapter and then the ending seems fall flat keeping a few things unanswered. I'm hoping for a sequel.
Dec 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
I'm always excited to find a truly intelligent book, and this book fits that bill perfectly. The story ends up being a liiiiittle too drawn out and a little bit predictable, but it's very readable and very engrossing. I can never say no to an intelligent dystopia.
Melanie Dubeau
Dec 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Strange and compelling. Different from other things I've read but I'd like to read more like it. I really liked this book.
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