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Downside Girls Paperback – November 9, 2012
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Disclaimer: This was a free early reviewer copy of the book.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Finally a SF writer that writes stories you can't stop reading
Love the short stories and the way you're drawn in it.
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. Read morePublished on December 15, 2012 by TheFrey
Generally, a good read with plenty of scope for the imagination to fill in the details of the cities, streets etc. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Raevon
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... Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by Mandy
Life is definitely difficult for those struggling to exist in the Downside world. It is a gritty, dark, survival of the fittest lifestyle. Read morePublished on November 1, 2012 by Heidi
When I picked up this book and realised it was a sequel of sorts (same characters that appeared in a previous book by the same author) I was a bit worried that, having not read the... Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by RickyB
Having not read any of Jaine Fenn's novels, I was a little worried that a collection of short novellas would leave me with questions about the city of Kesh. Read morePublished on October 16, 2012 by Amazon Customer