As the title suggests, this is a fairy tale. It contains goblins, half-breeds between goblins and humans and humans that are goblins disguised by being covered in artificial skin that makes them look like humans. The plot has many twists and turns, it involves everything from a buxom exotic dancer to vats of excrement, battles between humans, dragons, goblins that morph, manipulation of female self-images and pheromones that render the lead female character irresistible to human males. The funniest section was when the lead female character has been transformed into a gremlin. A dragon offers to transform her back to a human by eating her and then ejecting her. Before she is consumed, she is asked if she wants anything changed. Her response is that she would like slimmer calves. When she emerges she is upset because her breasts are much larger. The dragon responds that he had to put the mass taken from the calves somewhere. That was hilarious. While the story kept my interest, the author made an error that I often see in first novels. He uses so many different plot devices that it becomes a jumble and difficult to follow, although on the positive side it makes it unpredictable. The story would have been much better had the number of different plot components had been reduced and those used expanded.
Did you ever start reading a book, and almost from the beginning knew that you weren't going to like it? That's what happened to me when I began this novel. To me, the plot just didn't work on so many levels that I had a hard time following it, or even staying awake at times. I'm a fairly forgiving reviewer, but this one just couldn't cut it, in my estimation. I won't even begin to annoy you with the "plot" of this work. This book may be enjoyed very much by a lot of folks, but one of those folks … more
My wife kept looking at the cover of this book and asking me *what* was I reading... :) Glamour Job: A Fairy-Tale for Grown-ups by Doug Farrell is a quirky, off-beat story that quickly grabbed my attention and became an enjoyable way to unwind for three or four days. I don't think I've read something quite like this before... Laurie Morgan is a model in Chicago, and her life is at a bit of a standstill. She's divorcing her husband and trying to find a more exciting life for … more
Charlie Ashbacher is a compulsive reader and writer about many subjects. His prime areas of expertise are in mathematics and computers where he has taught every course in the mathematics and computer … more
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"Doug Farrell has penned a sly social commentary on the complexities of personal identity. There are lurid and even unsettling moments, but Farrell's experience as an improv comedian keeps things moving with a smile." --Fantasy 100
"Highly Recommended. This book is something out of the ordinary, and it is written in a humorous way that will appeal to a wide audience." --Midwest Book Review
"Farrell's debut is first-rate, a clever combination of the paranormal, urban fantasy and social commentary. The shallow but lovable heroine tells her tale from a prison cell in a snappy irreverent voice. A delightfully quirky cast of goblins, gnomes, faeries and half-breeds cuts the fashion industry to shreds. There are unresolved conflicts, but you'll have to buy book two for the answers. Rating: 4 Stars HOT." --Romantic Times
"Rating: 5 Stars. GLAMOUR JOB is a fun, fast-paced, and very enjoyable story. It has many twists and turns, and since it is for adults, there are sex and violence, but in a light tone. I do not ever remember reading anything quite like this. The mixture of ghosts and goblins with sci-fi make this plausible and it holds well together. I highly recommend this book to any sci-fi and fantasy readers." --BookReporter