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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: 5 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,681,798 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. H. Jordan on November 1, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
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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The city of Kesh floats above an uninhabitable planet. This city has two sides, Topside which is filled with the most privileged people and the assassins they employ to keel everything running to their approval. The Downside is the more impoverished side that has to fight tooth and nail to survive. Then there are the Angels, these are the assassins that keep the world in line.

This is a collection of four stories relating to this world. The first, Collateral Damage, starts with a Downside girl spilling a drink on an Angel. Instead of the instant death sentence she makes a friend. Death on Elsewhere Street has an innocent person mistaken by an Angel and hunted down. Angel Dust has a Downside girl’s brother bringing home a black box that everyone is willing to kill for. The last story, The Three Temptations of Larnia Mier was in an accident that could ruin her music career, especially when her religion prevents her from getting treatment that could help her.

I really liked the first three stories. They were a quick over view of the city of Kesh. I like the dynamics and I will be looking for other stories. The last one relates to just one person so it felt like the odd one out. It almost feels like an after thought to the book.

Over all I really liked this book. I can’t wait to read more stories by Fenn. Make sure to check out this book, it is a great book to read.

I received this a long time ago in exchange for an honest review.
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Format: Kindle Edition
Set in Fenn's City of Kesh, a 'double sided' city that floats above a hostile word, this series of four shorts tell the separate stories of four characters as they struggle to make their way in a very dangerous world, especially for denizens of the 'downside' – the poor, disinherited… struggling section of the society.

The prose is tight, the pace as befits short stories is fast, and all but the last of the four stories leave the reader satisfied at the telling of a good tale. Unfortunately, the last of the four shorts feels in some way unfinished and was therefore the least satisfying of the four, it was also the only one of the stories that, although set within the same world, did not revolve around the 'angels' of Kesh City, but one of the city inhabitants.

The world, however, is well imagined and richly detailed, and overall the stories are very entertaining, however I couldn't help but feel they were either meant as teasers for the longer novels set in the same world, or backstories for extant characters of that would, that Fenn somehow couldn't include in the main novels, but wanted to tell.
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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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By IR. JOH. BUIJS on July 8, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
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 E.J. Cupp 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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