READ & DOWNLOAD ¹ Downside Girls

READ & DOWNLOAD Downside Girls

READ & DOWNLOAD ¹ Downside Girls ò The floating city of Kesh rests above the uninhabitable planet of Vellern For the Topsiders life is about luxury and opulence while for those of the Undertow day to day survival takes precedence Kesh City is a democracy by assassination where the Angels deadly state sponsored killers remove those unworthy to hold The floating city of Kesh rests above the uninhabitable planet of Vellern For the Topsiders life is about luxury and opulence while for those of the Undertow day to day survival takes precedence Kesh City is a democracy by assassination where the Angels deadly state sponsored killers remove those unworthy to hold officeWhen Vanna Agriet accidentally spills her drink over an Angel it could spell death but instead it leads to a rather peculiar friendsh. Downside Girls is a novella length collection of four short stories by Jaine Fenn all of which take place in the universe of Fenn's Hidden Empire series beginning with Principles of Angels With a foreword by Alastair Reynolds I couldn't resist giving this a goAfter reading the first story I was already extremely interested in this world Fenn's created and convinced to give the main series a goCollateral Damage As I said above I really enjoyed this story A topsider upper class inadvertently spills her drink on an Angel who ended up not uite being what I thought she was having no experience with this world and a budding friendship ensues This story was a good setup of the universe and some of its elements including the fact that Angels are downsiders poorlower class who act as the justice for the peopleie assassins Angels are also enhanced in ways that make them better and cooler assassins You can't really go wrong for me with this type of story although there wasn't a whole lot of assassining It's a real word right No going on Instead this story was a great introduction to the world and had a nice twist 45Death on Elsewhere Street Another solid entry into this short short story collection After running from an Angel huge no no mistaking her for a thief the Angel makes the story's protagonist witness the events that unfold This one's the shortest of the bunch but doesn't lack for great storytelling 45Angel Dust My favorite and longest of the three connected stories A downsider's brother ends up with a box that's wanted by all the wrong people Rival gangs are implicated angels show up fighting and lots of suspense I couldn't put it down 455The Three Temptations of Larnia Mier While on par with the rest of the stories in terms of being well written and captivating I had a hard time with this particular story Larnia is involved in an accident that may injure her music career especially due to the fact that her faith prevents her from obtaining any implants that could easily helpI struggled with The Three Temptations because I didn't feel like religion in general got a fair shake The guy who's anti religion in this story makes great points against religion but what about the other side of the argument I enjoyed her character but suddenly this person I thought was completely competent has no ability to defend herself and her beliefs I'm sorry but that's just not going to be the case Not every religious person is a complete idiot even though plenty act as suchI feel like the point you're making loses credibility by completely ignoring the other side's argument 355Overall this is a great collection that's highly recommended I will do my best to find from Jaine Fenn especially the original series from which these stories stem although I think they may only be available in the UK at least paper wise4 out of 5 Stars Highly Recommended

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Ip The downsider Geal hopes for a better life topside only to find herself embroiled in a 'removal' by the Angel Thiera Downside Isha's brother Rakul brings a little black box home with him and sets Isha on a journey that takes her to a meeting with the most powerful man in Kesh City Larnia Mier a talented topside musician and instructor is injured after witnessing a removal first hand As her abilities diminish new possibilities open upWith a forewor. The floating city of Kesh rests above the uninhabitable planet of Vellern For the Topsiders life is about luxury and opulence while for those of the Undertow day to day survival takes precedence Kesh City is a democracy by assassination where the Angels – deadly state sponsored killers – remove those unworthy to hold officeWhen Vanna Agriet accidentally spills her drink over an Angel it could spell death but instead it leads to a rather peculiar friendship The downsider Geal hopes for a better life topside only to find herself embroiled in a ‘removal’ by the Angel Thiera Downside Isha’s brother Rakul brings a little black box home with him and sets Isha on a journey that takes her to a meeting with the most powerful man in Kesh City Larnia Mier a talented topside musician and instructor is injured after witnessing a removal first hand As her abilities diminish new possibilities open upThis short story anthology features four individual tales all set in the fantastical city of KeshCollateral Damage – A chance meeting between two women in a bar acts as our introduction to the City of Kesh Vanna is having trouble at home with her husband while Malia is a newly risen Angel still unsure about her choice of new career Over a number of weeks a friendship forms but perhaps there is to this friendship than there first appearsDeath on Elsewhere Street – Some of Kesh’s citizens will do whatever they can to avoid popping up on the Angels radar Geal falls suarely into this group Circumstance however leads her directly into the middle of an incident that is the stuff of her nightmares Sometimes no matter how hard you run from something you can’t avoid itAngel Dust – The gangs of the Undertow are the mirror to the political machinations that occur up above Irrespective of their differences the same power struggles and schemes occur in both areas of the society If anything the gangs may at least be a little bit honest about their goals Angel Dust illustrates just how aware the Angels and their mysterious leader the Minister are of everything that happens in every part of the city – above and belowThe Three Temptations of Larnia Mier – The final story in the collection focuses on Larnia a musician with strong religious beliefs who is forced to re evaluate her life after an accidentIf you have never read any of Jaine Fenn’s novels I hadn’t before now Downside Girls strikes me as being perfect place to start There are some nice ideas that come across very well in her writing The Angels in particular are a wonderful creation I love the idea that they are the living embodiment of the people’s will If any of the city’s politicians step out of line then the Angels deal with them without remorse Is this perhaps not a policy that we could instigate when dealing with corruption in WestminsterFor such a small collection Downside Girls manages to cover a heck of a lot of ground Using the uniue world that she has created Fenn takes the opportunity to explore topics as diverse as politics gang culture religion the drug trade and gender All four stories achieve exactly what they set out to do The reader is offered a tantilising glimpse of a much larger world It’s true that this collection is likely going to leave you with uestions than answers but I dont think this is a bad thing The good news is that as uick internet search reveals there are other novels set in the same universe already publishedThis collection contains some thought provoking science fiction with a memorable cast of characters Kesh is a vibrant fully realised city state offering a wealth of possibilities I look forward to my next visitDownside Girls is released by Clarion Publishing and the ebook is available now and the paperback will follow on the 9th November 2012

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Downside GirlsD by Alastair Reynolds author of ‘Revelation Space’ and the recent ‘Blue Remembered Earth’ as well as ’On the Steel Breeze’ 'Downside Girls' is a standalone collection of interlinked stories by Jaine Fenn that also shines new light on characters from 'Principles of Angels’ Jaine's first novel in the 'Hidden Empire' series 'Principles of Angels' ‘Consorts of Heaven’ Guardians of Paradise’ ‘Bringer of Light’ and 'ueen of Nowher. This is a small collection of four short stories set in Fenn's 'Hidden Empire' universe The first three stories all directly involve Angels the official assassins of the City while the last focuses on a musician and only references them indirectly I've not actually read anything else by Fenn but she's going to be a Guest of Honour at Satellite 5 so I thought I should read something that she's written before the con and I enjoyed the collection uite a lot Fenn is excellent at both storytelling and worldbuilding without exposition Despite it never really being mentioned I picked up a fair bit about the City that the stories are set in and I enjoyed reading about this city whose elected officials all have a Sword of Damocles hanging over them If they fail to do what is expected of them the Angels carry out the will of the people and remove them from public life Permanently The three linked stories see a few characters recurring from the newly appointed Angel Malia to the shadowy Minister the master of the AngelsCollateral Damage starts with a newly appointed Angel and an accidental friendship that she strikes up with a woman in a bar and deals with love and betrayal Death on Elsewhere Street has a downsider getting accidentally involved with a removal and the repercussions that she has to deal with following it The final linked story Angel Dust sees a young downsider have to complete a mission for a wounded Angel to the Minister himself This is probably the widest in scope of the three stories the one that gives us than a very narrow view of the City and whets the appetite the mostThe fourth story The Three Temptations of Larnier Mier shows us a musician who was injured while witnessing a removal and who must decide between her career and her faith I found this one somewhat less interesting than the Angel stories Perhaps I was hoping for a different outcome but you can never entirely win with religionI enjoyed the collection a lot and I'm intrigued now to read Principles of Angels the book from which these stories are spun off However I'm somewhat put off after discovering that that is the first in a series that currently spans five books and it's not clear if it's finished or not I don't know if I want to commit to yet another ongoing series but that's a uestion that I can perhaps put to Fenn at the con Oh and I'm still not entirely sure if the cover art is fantastic or awful