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 herself. Little does she know that "excitement" just found her. She spots a person who looks amazingly like her, and finds that this stalker is only one of a number of "people" who seem to have more than a passing interest in her life. As she pursues the leads to find out what's going on, she's dragged into a fantasy world of gnomes, goblins, and half-breed humans, all of whom view Laurie as the key to their future. Mind you, many of those "futures" are conflicting, and Laurie has to figure out if she's willing to trust creatures she didn't even believe existed earlier in the week. Her problems are magnified when she's actually turned into one of those not-so-appealing figures, and her timeframe to reverse the effects is pretty slim. Oh, and there's also the problem with her new identity being tied to the investigation of a federal crime. All in all, not exactly the best week of her life...
The novel is written from the first person (Laurie's) perspective as a journal of what's just happened. She's sitting in a prison cell awaiting the outcome of the investigation. Farrell uses a conversational tone in his writing, so you quickly get sucked into a close relationship with Laurie and what's going on with her. He's also got an incredibly vivid imagination, and the variety of creatures that show up is impressive. By the time you reach the end of the book, you've got an appreciation for what it would be like to be trapped in a body not your own, seeing things that are not visible to the "normal" world. If you want to get into morals and lessons, you could find those too. For me, I was just in it for the ride and entertainment, and it certainly fulfilled at that level.
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
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. … 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