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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 (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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
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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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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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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