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Glasgow Fairytale Paperback – 5 Oct 2010

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Black and White Publishing (5 Oct. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845023307
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845023300
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 1.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 993,355 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Alastair D. McIver was born and grew up in Dumfries, and has also lived in Ayrshire and London. He has lived in Glasgow since 2002, where he is a stalwart of the storytelling community. He has a huge enthusiasm for bringing the world's oldest and newest stories to life in the oral tradition. Glasgow Fairytale is his first novel.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lari on 18 Sept. 2011
Format: Paperback
This book is completely original and fairly weird. Slightly disturbing in places, even more so because it's clearly set in a recognisable Glasgow, with recognisable modern issues living side by side with familiar fairy tale characters. Not a Disney type fairy tale at all, and certainly not for younger readers, but all the better for that. Let's all claim back the true darkness and weirdness of fairy tales!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Zog on 11 Dec. 2010
Format: Paperback
I was a bit reticent about this book to start with, thinking it might be a bit provincial, but the joke on page five cliched it - I was hooked. The author succeeds in linking the whole gamut of fairytale characters in this comic story. It's certainly an adult tale and there are some well observed cameos throughout. It gets a bit convoluted in the middle section of the book, but resolves itself well in the end. Very entertaining, but some of the jokes will no doubt be lost on those south of the border.
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By Amazon Customer on 16 May 2015
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Good short story. Very funny with plenty of Glasgow humour and patter.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
I loved this book! Alistair D McIver is a very clever, articulate and witty author and this entertaining wee story was written giving a modern, Glaswegian twist to some famous well known fairy tales. Really, unless you're familiar with the Glasgow 'vernacular' and sense of humour I doubt you would get the essence of the book. We have a very dry wit and way with words that only a local would 'get'. The story begins with Jack reluctantly meeting a drunk on the bus who gave him some 'magic beans' and goes on to tell of how the beans land into the river Clyde forming the beanstalk through the 'Squinty' bridge, and later Jack climbs the beanstalk, defeats the giant, grabs the golden eggs and rescues Thumbelina (Thumbsie). A further number of weird and funny characters are then introduced into the story who are painted well in to their individual tales. Disagreeing with a previous reviewer, I think there is enough written about each character to give a decent background to their individual stories. The characters (apart from the Big Bad Wolf, who thinks he's posh, and is evil, condescending and deceitful)all talk in the Glasgow patter which the author has captured down to a 'T'. So what if there are talking animals in the story? We have them in animated films, so why not a book. Although some parts of the tale are a bit dark - not for very young readers,the story has a happy ending - of course, bringing all the characters together into the excellent finale. Very well done, and like the description on the cover - 'like a breath of fresh air'.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. McGinlay on 23 Oct. 2011
Format: Paperback
I was really looking forward to reading this book when I picked it up in the shop as a cheer-me-up treat after a painful dentist appointment. It stood out on the shelf, the premise sounded fantastic and I love modern day adaptations of fairytales. Sadly when I did I was very, very, very disappointed.

The pacing for the book is just dreadful. It jumps around from scene to scene far too quickly and some events just seem completely out of the blue whilst others just do not contribute at all to the plot. I got the impression that maybe the author was trying to imitate the style of fairytales, since their plots tend to move quite fast, but those stories are often short. This is a novel, albeit a slightly short one and so you would think the time would be taken to develop the plot. Instead, any problem that occurred were resolved almost immediately. Everything mentioned in the blurb on the back of the book is solved within the first third of the story. There was very little tension anywhere and any that does exist is usually destroyed by a convenient solution which comes out of nowhere. The way the final issues of the story are resolved really irritated me because there was no previous indication that certain characters would change sides at the last minute. The specific one I am thinking about really should have had some hint of something happening, even if it was Jack saying, 'I have a proposition for you' a couple of scenes beforehand. It would also give that previous scene a point too.

The characters really needed more development. We don't learn much about any of them. They are all quite one dimensional. The thing that annoyed me the most was the non-existent build up for any of the relationships.
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