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Product Details

  • Paperback: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Monico (November 9, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1909016179
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909016170
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,074,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jaine Fenn is a British author, mainly of science fiction, who practices a small but evenly balanced number of virtues and vices. She studied linguistics and astronomy before going on to work in IT, an experience which left her with a distrust of technology unusual in an SF writer. After having a number of short stories professionally published in the early noughties, she turned her writing virtue/vice into a career when her first novel was picked up by Gollancz in 2007. The Hidden Empire series are far future SF, with each book telling a discrete story which contributes to the overall plot.

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In a novel, there is more room in which to flesh out characters, develop the plot, and portray the intent.
Jonathon K
I really loved the world created by author Jaine Fenn and was intrigued enough by the characters that I am keen to read her previous work and find out more about them.
RickyB
A received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and I was not compensated for this review.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TheFrey on December 15, 2012
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Admittedly, I should have checked the page count, so my bad. All four stories total up to less than eighty pages, most books I get with short stories run more than 80 pages each. So, I would say these are more like story snippets, rather than normal short stories. Doesn't make them bad, just FYI so you won't be surprised when your ¼" `book' arrives.

Just not enough story for me to get into them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. H. Jordan on November 1, 2012
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This was an overall entertaining book of four short stories. All four are set in a world that is well thought out by the author. She has a way of building a realistic world and society, even within the confines of a short story. I found the place and setting believable even with so little background and information. It felt like something she had fully thought out and realized, but was only giving us little tidbits of. The first three stories were about the "Angels." State-sponsored female assassins that are taken from the city's lower class, and then altered to give them implanted weapons and abilities. I found them enjoyable and leaving me wanting more. The only one I was not particularly fond of was the final short story. It was a story about one of the citizens in the city, and her encounters with one of her music students. It seemed like a toss-up between a religious story and a romance. Out of all the short stories, this is the only one I came away from feeling like it was unfinished. It felt less like a real plot with a story arc, and more like just a series of events in some woman's life.

Disclaimer: This was a free early reviewer copy of the book.
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By IR. JOH. BUIJS on July 8, 2013
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Finally a SF writer that writes stories you can't stop reading
Love the short stories and the way you're drawn in it.
Really great!
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By Dwede Tarpeh on January 12, 2013
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I love, love the world-building in this book, so rich and so well-thought out.. The description of the city, the people, the snippets of the culture that you get. I found that I want to learn more about this place: imagining what it would look like visually, what sent part of the populace underside, cursing privilege and explotation (ha!). These days I find that my attention span is so short; this is a very snappy read and I find the short story format works so well when there's so much to tell.
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Using the old and reliable device of a society split between the haves and have-nots, these are mostly crime stories set in a future city. Here the city is floating. The rich people live Topside, an area of heavier gravity. The have-nots, taller and lighter-skinned, inhabit the Downside. It is from them that the Angels - women who have knives implanted in their arms and gravitic implants enabling them to fly - are recruited. They are authorized and required, under the Concord, to kill politicians who have failed to get a minimum of public good will.

The first three of these stories are braided, characters and events central to one story showing up more peripherally in other stories.

"Collateral Damage" plays out a somewhat predictable plot of a newly minted Angel, who still has not executed anyone, happily accepting the friendship, as a way out of her social isolation, of a Topside woman.

"Death on Elsewhere Street" is about how some Angels go bad under the strain of their work and their machinations to get around the rules governing their legal sanctions.

"Angel Dust" takes its young heroine all the way from Downside to Topside to reluctantly aid a wounded Angel. She eventually meets the Minister, the mysterious man who manages and recruits the Angels. Like most stories here, it does not end happily.

"The Three Temptations of Larnia Mier" was my favorite story. Unlike the other stories, it is not primarily a crime story or narrated in the first person. Its fervently religious protagonist, a music teacher facing the trial of losing her hearing, must also face temptations presented by a new pupil.
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By Raevon on November 21, 2012
Format: Paperback
Generally, a good read with plenty of scope for the imagination to fill in the details of the cities, streets etc. Enjoyed it just as much if not more on the second read than the first. Different style to what I am used to even in Sci-Fi, I did read with an open mind and was pleasantly rewarded. Enjoyable read and it would be interesting to see the stories expanded into a longer version i.e. perhaps books on their own.

I have yet to read other works by Jaine Fenn, but I would indeed recommend this as an "appetiser". Thank you to the publishers for the opportunity of reading it(as a giveaway).
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I won a copy of Downside Girls from a Librarything giveaway in return for an honest review. I found Downside Girls fast paced a quick read that I was able to read in a short time without putting down. The shorts stories take place in the world of the Hidden Empire Series. I found the idea for the floating city with the two types of people unique and exciting. I found the concept for the Angels new and refreshing compared to most of the other Angel books out there. The short stories are an awesome teaser into a world I want to read more about.
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