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3.98  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  25 reviews
Mary was a fan of the vampire drama ”City By Night”, until she woke up in the show. At first, Mary is thrilled – who wouldn’t want to live alongside their favorite TV characters? The charm fades when Mary realizes that the extras still don’t speak, the matte paintings don’t become real, and all the infuriating flaws in the writing are just amplified when you have to try to ...more
Paperback, Second Edition, 114 pages
Published September 28th 2017 by Short Fuse Publishing (first published May 8th 2012)
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Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, favorites
I received an e-ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

After seeing the cover reveal on J.M. Frey's newsletter, I grabbed the chance to request an e-ARC. The author mentions on a special note that this story was originally published as part of her thesis.

The story follows Mary, a PA working on the tv production of a vampire tv show. Mary loves the show and the characters and she also likes screen-writing. When an accident transports h
Mike Perschon
Jan 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't recall who said that parody was a clever form of compliment, but it's so very true of J.M. Frey's Dark Side of the Glass, a lovely antidote to the deluge of paranormal romance, the brood of Stephanie Meyer and her ilk. While Frey admits her sources and inspiration as vampire detective series such as Angel, she explores the realities of a romance with a sullen, emo-bloodsucker in ways that make light of every sexed-up vampire story since Anne Rice wrote Interview with a Vampire. Reviewers ...more
Christina Boulard
The Dark Side of the Glass is an amazingly FUN read! It breaks the fourth wall in a magical, wonderful way.
I couldn't help but think...What would it be like if I woke up in my favourite show, Doctor Who or Once Upon A Time?
According to Ms. Frey, it wouldn't be as great as you'd think. ;)

Mary is a fantastic character. Very easy to relate to, with her many flaws and quirks.
And Leondre (LOVED his name! Ha!) was perfectly written.
I often wondered if J.M. herself had somehow experienced waking up in
Gabrielle Harbowy
"The Dark Side of the Glass" resides in an unlikely little hollow where PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO intersects with INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE. A fun examination of fan obsession and meta analysis of television tropes. Frey excels at bringing a casual, real-person feeling to her narrative tone, conveying her protagonists with genuineness and soul.
Brienne E.
Feb 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: yes
Recommended to Brienne E. by: Fans of Vampires and televison serials
Shelves: fun-light
J.M. Frey pokes light at all things vampire, serial, and fan based. A satire on the vampire dective this is a light and fun read. You do not have to be a fan of vampire dective stories to enjoy this novella.
Wyborn Senna
Dec 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed

When Fiction Becomes Reality And Vampires Have Bite

Ever since Sam and Dean were stuck in “TV Land” on the “Changing Channels” episode of “Supernatural,” I’ve been looking for someone to take this premise in a new direction, and J.M. Frey has delivered in spades with her brisk novel, “City by Night.”

Mary is a parking production assistant on City by Night and loves her job so much, she even tries to write for it, submitting scripts the first Monday of every month to the production team office, usu
Nov 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
City by Night is a wonderful novella that looks at the complexities of the relationships between people and the media they consume, the psychology of fandom, and sexy vampires. Frey begins the story with a fannish professional, Mary, who gets what many a young nerd would consider a dream job - PA on her favourite TV series. Even better, she ends up being transported into the world of the show, meeting the characters and becoming an integral part of their world. This story might sound familiar, e ...more
I thought it was well written, and the characters were amusing while the story was simple it was a very welcome change of vampire books especially in comparison to twilight or true blood, neither of which appealed to me.
Tony Parsons
Jan 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Richmond. The Craft Services van plowed into Mary (parking production asst.).
Mr. Mark Geary her boss, & co-workers had left Mary for dead.

The City by Night TV sitcom defiantly has different reviews.
Mary has been in a coma for 8 months.
What is going on with Richmond DuNoir & Mary.

Warning: This book contains extremely graphic adult content, violence, or expletive language &/or uncensored sexually explicit material which is only suitable for mature readers. It may be offensive or have potential ad
Aug 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Dark Side of the Glass” by J.M. Frey is a fun and light reading where the protagonist finds herself in her favorite TV show one day. You think it would be a very fantastic and extraordinary thing to find yourself in the middle of a “dream” reality, but the things don’t go on as it is hoped. The things and people that once looked like real now are not beyond the unreality. This book makes a great reference to especially today’s temporary but very popular vampire trend in its satiric language ...more
Sam Maggs
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frey's The Dark Side of the Glass is an exceptionally fun read; I blasted through it in one sitting and loved every minute of it. A refreshing and mind-twistingly meta take on the Mary Sue convention in fanfiction, Glass managed to subvert all of my expectations, and leave me smiling.

Mary, the main character, is the very definition of a sci-fi TV fangirl (so I can relate to her pretty well), and when she falls into the world of the "Moonlight"-esque show she works on so passionately, her journey
Sep 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Laurie by: Christina Boulard
I love vampires and I'm a TV junkie so that appealed to me right out of the gate! It was a lot of fun and really interesting to think about and then get a glimpse of what it might actually be like to be a part of your ultimate favourite TV show! The characters were really well written and I quickly learned to love them (even the villain), especially Mary and Leondre.
It's a short book and a quick read and I didn't want to put it down until I was finished.
Without giving anything away, I choose to
Taleisin (Tales of a Bookwyrm)
An interesting concept...what fan has not thought about being sucked into the world of their favourite show. I could really relate to Mary; both with her obsession and not feeling appreciated. My one complaint with this book ... I wanted more.
May 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Every fan thinks about living in their favourite show, but what happens when a show's ultimate fan stubbles into the small budget reality of a vampire detective show - and can't get home?

The author's attention to small vivid details brings a world designed to be flat to life.
It was a great story with twists to keep you interested and, indeed, guessing. Looking forward to the next one.
Julie Czerneda
May 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smart, sassy, and original! If you've ever enjoyed watching vampire tv shows and enjoy a nice nip of humour, give this a try!
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
Pitch perfect! I loved the campiness so much!
Jan 01, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook
It's been compared to a movie made by a man who makes me ashamed to like said movie, but evil men can create entertainment too. It also reminds some of the John Candy movie "Delirious".

It is for most a reflection on Fandom and Fanwriting.
The main character being a sort of tragic figure, blissfully happy in her ignorance of how the world really works, how the people she works with really think about her - when at all - and of the many short comings of her favourite TV-Show (which she happens to
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was okay with this book. Maybe it's that I've never loved the romantic vampire stories so I'm not really on the inside of this tongue-in-cheek story. Maybe I'm missing the point of this story. I'm not sure. But Mary had accomplished so much with Richmond until it was all lost. Maybe that's how I'm supposed to feel. I don't know. But mostly I think I'm suffering from the fact that Frey did it better in her Accidental Turn Series. P
Gayle Noble
This is an interesting little novella based around Mary (as in Mary Sue, the original, perfect characters in fan fiction) who wakes up after an accident and finds herself living in 'City By Night', the TV show she works on behind the scenes. It was an amusing nod to how all the TV character cliches and plot tropes that work onscreen would be either irritating or in some cases deadly in real life. Overall I enjoyed it, but the ending seemed a little rushed.

I received an ARC from the author, via
Gordon Warnock
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Imagine falling down the rabbit hole and into your favorite vampire show. That's the kind of thing that sounds fun until it isn't, and thankfully, we get to witness it happen to someone else here. I like how the approach is quietly intelligent in addition to being quick and funny. It's entertaining, but there's much more there, especially if you're a longtime fan of certain TV shows.
Jan 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute short read. A story anyone involved with fandom can relate to.
Dang Ole' Dan Can Dangle
Won this through a Goodreads giveaway.

The overall idea was cool but ultimately it did not live up to its potential. The entire book felt like a drag and nothing ever really happened. For such a short book it was a chore to read.
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Frey is an author and professional smartypants, spent three years as the entertainment contributor on AMI Radio's Live From Studio 5 morning show, and was an occasional talking head in documentaries and on the SPACE Channel's premier chat show InnerSPACE. She holds a BA in Dramatic Literature and an MA in Communications Culture, and has lectured at the Pop Culture Association of America's Annual C ...more

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