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Downside Girls by Jaine Fenn

Downside Girls (edition 2012)

by Jaine Fenn, Alastair Reynolds (Foreword)

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Title:Downside Girls
Authors:Jaine Fenn
Other authors:Alastair Reynolds (Foreword)
Info:Monico (2012), Paperback, 88 pages
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Although I enjoyed the stories, I did not like the style in which the book was written. I felt as if the stories needed to be longer. They were only a taste of a story in order to tempt the reader. ( )
  weisser4 | Jun 21, 2016 |
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I have not read any previous novels by Jaine Fenn but if the well written and intriguing four short stories are anything to go by I will be reading more of her books.
All four stories entwine the lives of humans and Angels living in above and below/ rich and poor cities. The writer has made the female characters stand out in each of the four stories. All together a very good book and hard to put down until it is read from cover to cover. ( )
  chowchow | Jan 7, 2015 |
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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. ( )
  cedargrove | Sep 29, 2014 |
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I received a copy of this book for free via Librarything, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Clarion Publishing for sending it to me (along with some very friendly emails), and for putting me on their 'nice people' list! =) This review is also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

This collection of four short stories by Jaine Fenn, set in the universe of her series Hidden Empire, assumes no previous knowledge of her work. Leaping straight in, without any introduction to the world, it is still completely accessible to readers who have never read any of the series. Facts were laid out when they need to be, rather than dumping lots of information on the reader. It is for this reason that I believe it is the sort of science fiction that is accessible to any reader. One of the downfalls of the science fiction genre is that it is often very specialist, and so much of it is very heavy - someone who does not usually read sci-fi could easily be put off. However, that is not the case with Downside Girls.

The city in these stories has a 'topside' and a 'downside' - topside being the upper class area, and downside for the poorer citizens. Patrolling the city are Angels - downsiders chosen to be assassins and given special powers, who target corrupt politicians. The descriptions and feel of the city definitely gave me a bit of a Mass Effect vibe - I was imagining the scenarios taking place in the Citadel, which was pretty cool.

All four stories have very different situations, and weave together the lives of humans and Angels. The stories are also interlinked in small ways, but I think you have to read the main series to truly understand the link - I only picked it up from reading the synopses of Jaine Fenn's other work. The narrative of the stories is just about different enough to show that each one is being told by another character, but I do feel that this aspect could be improved on.

The writing flowed very well - not overly showy, or too simple. Despite only spending a short amount of time with each character, I somehow felt for them all - particularly in the last story. Fenn manages to pack a lot into only 80-odd pages - trickery, assassinations, gangs, as well as a rather sweet tale at the end.

This novella has made me definitely want to check out the main books. Whilst appealing to science fiction fans, I believe it is also a perfect collection of short stories for those wanting to ease themselves into the genre. ( )
  Rinnreads | Jul 22, 2013 |
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I loved the concepts and the style of writing. Personally, I love strong female characters. Well done, and the cover is really cool. ( )
  musiciscool12 | May 14, 2013 |
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