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Lachin is a dreamer. He's just too curious for his own good. When he gets the chance to be part of an expedition which will allow him to escape the confines of his village, of course he takes it; he wants to see the world. But the world is not what he thought it was...


Originally produced as a limited edition chapbook when Jaine Fenn was Guest of Honour at
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Published April 2nd 2015 by Smashwords Edition
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Pippa Jay
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
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I'm always eager for another Jaine Fenn story, so I picked this up as soon as it released. I love the depth and scope of her writing, how I'm immersed not just in another world but another culture. This had an almost daydream like quality, which reflected the central character's state of mind for much of the story perfectly. I'm also a fan of stories set at sea, and that have a fantasy setting. It's told in first person - not my favourite POV, but written well it works.
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Apr 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for free from the author, in exchange for an honest review. Also posted on my blog, Rinn Reads.

The opening line of The Ships of Aleph definitely grabbed my attention in an instant. This novella from Jaine Fenn tells the tale of a man who finds himself alone on a mysterious island after a shipwreck. Even stranger, the island appears to be a replica of his home, but if he takes more than 1000 steps away from the village he collapses. Every day, he is visited by an
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Stuart Aken
Oct 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This short book is a mix of fantasy and soft science fiction that works well. It paints a picture of a world both disturbing and intriguing. I suspect that the author will, or maybe has already, feature the world in further fiction. It certainly has potential.

The story moves the main character through a learning process that shifts him from a level of knowledge and experience reflecting the Middle Ages through to something from the far future. It does this seamlessly and with no sens
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Truth may be stranger than fiction, but it's also far harder to track down. Jaine Fenn has had numerous short stories professionally published, some of which appear in the collection 'Downside Girls' and has won the British Science Fiction Association Short Fiction award. Her Hidden Empire space opera sequence, published by Gollancz, starts with the novel 'Principles of Angels'. Her Shadowlands sc ...more