Reviewed by Tom Crouch
The preface says that if you are offended by explicit sex scenes, donâ€™t read this novella. I have to say, I didnâ€™t think that these scenes were all that explicit. In fact, they were quite coy, using allusions to organs and the act itself.
The story is mostly set in a sex club in a future Germany, soon filled with British soccer fans getting off on the on-stage antics of the strippers, featuring dildos and artificial vaginas. The story is about the desensitisation of feelings, particularly those of a coming of age teenager. Gray conveys this effectively enough, but deals with it a little too quickly at the end â€“ he couldâ€™ve taken longer to get into the boyâ€™s head and his feelings for the girl also on the coach trip. The writing is competent although a bit clunky. A stronger editorial hand would have made a better flowing story. The editor/publisher also forgot to correct punctuation throughout, which does disservice to the writer and his story.