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Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days

Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days [Kindle Edition]

Alastair Reynolds
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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Two scintillating stories from science fiction¿s hottest new talent.

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back into interstellar space . . .
Alastair Reynolds burst onto the SF scene with the Arthur C. Clarke Award-shortlisted REVELATION SPACE, British Science Fiction Award-winning CHASM CITY, and REDEMPTION ARK. Now experience the phenomenal imagination and breathtaking vision of ¿The most exciting space opera writer working today¿ (Locus) in these two tales of high adventure set in the same universe as his novels. The title story, ¿Diamond Dogs¿, tells of a group of mercenaries trying to unravel the mystery of a particularly inhospitable alien tower on a distant world; 'Turquoise Days' is about Naqi, who has devoted her life to studying the alien Pattern Jugglers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 375 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (12 Oct 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0049MPI3Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,019 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. Since 1991 he has lived in the Netherlands, near Leiden. He gave up working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. Revelation space and Pushing Ice were shortlisted for the Arthur C Clarke Award; Revelation space, Absolution Gape, Diamond Dogs and Century Rain were shortlisted for the British Science Fiction Award and Chasm City won the British Science Fiction Award.

Revelation Space Trilogy:

Revelation Space
Redemption Ark
Absolution Gap

Standalone novels:

Chasm City
Century Rain
Pushing Ice
The Prefect
House of Suns
Terminal World


Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days
Galactic North
Zima Blue and Other Stories

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Short but sweet 2 Feb 2006
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
This book collects two novellas that were previously published separately as limited editions, both set in the same universe as Reynold’s ‘Revelation Space’ series of novels.
Opening story Diamond Dogs deals with an expedition to uncover the secret at the heart of Blood Spire, a mysterious alien artefact that has killed all who have previously attempted the challenge. In effect this appears to be a very straight-forward puzzle story, as the expedition enters a room, solves a puzzle, and proceeds to the next room where another puzzle awaits, not dissimilar to an old style computer or roleplaying game, or as Reynolds all but namechecks in the text, the puzzle solving aspect of such films as The Cube and the Indiana Jones movies. Despite a vivid cast of characters (including a cyberneticist obsessed with replacing body parts, and an ex-couple where memory suppression has dimmed one’s recollection of the other) it’s a case of so far, so basic. Reynolds masterstroke however is to change the emphasis – the actual puzzles are not the focus (they rapidly move into realms of such advanced mathematical complexity that Reynolds only skims over the details), even what lies at the heart of the artefact is not the focus, instead it is the competitive spirit of the characters, and the lengths to which they will go to – even eventually shedding their own humanity behind them – in their quest to beat the puzzle. It’s the players, not the game, that’s are the stars here, and Diamond Dogs is a fantastic exploration of obsession as a result.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Stuff ! 17 Oct 2003
This book is actually two separate stories with not much connection other than the background of the revelation space universe. One is the story of a group of people, who go to carefully investigate a mysterious alien structure (The Blood Spire) - around which are the dismembered remains of those who have preceded them...
The second is about a female researcher on a pattern juggler world. theres a lot of information about the jugglers and so forth which is new in the novels. which i found to be interesting and a good addition to the universe. Also theres some off worlders with a hidden agenda too, which the plot revolves around.
now there is only the faintest hint of a connection between either story but that doesnt matter. basically both are typically well written and both are very engrossing. They are quite outrageous in theyre own way, like the other books only on a smaller scale. I couldnt put them down. i read the whole book - both stories in just two sittings.
the only "problem" with the book is that isnt all that long. A third story would have been good. however i cant fault the book, nothing really wrong with it. There arent too many characters to get to grips with either which is a good thing as they arent long enough to support that. if you like the other revelations space novels youll like this one!
thoroughly recommend it. very enjoyable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two halves 28 Jan 2003
Having read the 3 books set in Alastair Reynolds universe I have been looking forward to reading this pair of tales, in particular to see how Alastair Reynolds would handle a shorter story form.
In short I very much enjoyed Diamond Dogs, and while I felt the ending was telegraphed it did leave me something to think about. Turquoise Days however left me feeling somewhat shortchanged. I felt that the common thread in these tales was does transformation when forced from outside change the way we think and behave, a thread that seems to crop up in all of Alastair Reynolds work.
Diamond Dogs which seems to be full of references to singers authors and poets (Diamond Dogs, Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came etc.) runs along with a logic of its own, slightly twisted as I have come to expect (and enjoy) from Alastair Reynolds work.
The main element of the story (the blood tower) involves a seemingly impossible quest or an intelligence test. The objective is to reach the top of a 250m high tower, by passing through rooms which get progressively smaller, and after each of which you are only about 20-25cm closer to your goal, to get through each door you have to pass an intelligence test.
The penalty for failure is however, significant, the first failure (warning) is met with an injury that forces an amputation. As the group progresses their motivations for being there become more apparent, and result in their deciding if they continue or give up. Some of the choices and consequences may surprise you.
I have read a number of tales that use this scenario, (The Man in the Maze, The Patterns of Chaos, The Black Tower and others), this I enjoyed more than anything except Brian Stablefords Genesys Trilogy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Light snacks 26 Dec 2003
Two very different short stories here, with no connection other than the universe in which they are set.
The first story could almost be an Edgar Allan Poe or Hammer Horror tale - a strange tower full of deadly puzzles that attracts those who cannot resist a challenge. An interesting tale, but I couldn't help feeling it was somehow incomplete. Perhaps the mark of a good short story?
The second novella focusses on an isolated world that is co-inhabited by Pattern Jugglers and humans. This is more like it! Great to read more about the Jugglers, whilst moving through an exciting narrative.
As others have said, the book is short, which is why I only give it 4 out of 5, could've done with another story.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Son was happy with this book. He has read quite a few in this series.
Published 22 hours ago by rjmo
4.0 out of 5 stars Diamond Dogs
Diamond Dogs by Alastair Reynolds.
This story is fascinating. Science fiction and psychology, quite a mix. I think its well worth a read.
Published 13 months ago by James 42
4.0 out of 5 stars Lacks Zima Blue vastness but still respected
These two novellas from the Revelation Space aren't up to the quality as in Reynolds' short story collection in Zima Blue. Read more
Published on 11 Oct 2011 by M-I-K-E 2theD
4.0 out of 5 stars Two very good stories...
Diamond dogs

Set in the Revelation Space universe, this is the story of Roland Childe who assembles a strange team of uniquely skilled individuals to investigate an... Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2011 by A. J. Poulter
4.0 out of 5 stars Two sharply contrasting novellas, both great in different ways.
For much of its length, Diamond Dogs reads like a storyboard for a game with the characters being directed by a series of repetitive and rather pointless puzzles. Read more
Published on 13 July 2011 by Willy Eckerslike
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Absorbing Tales
These two novellas are set in author Alastair Reynolds' Revelation Space universe. They are consistent with the technology and variants of civilization in his other books, but do... Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2011 by John M. Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Starless and bible black
Layers. Great stories, of course, but it was only today, on replaying King Crimson's 'In The Court of the Crimson King' that I realised where I'd heard the name Pattern Juggler... Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2010 by Alex Stone
5.0 out of 5 stars Diamond Dogs; true Gothic horror
The second story in this pair of novellae I would describe as being worth a read; Alastair Reynolds is always elegant and never fails to impress. Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2009 by Dill
5.0 out of 5 stars Reynolds Convert
I'd previously read only one novella by Alastair Reynolds before beginning this story (`The Six Directions of Space') and picked up `Diamond Dogs, Torqoiuse Days' for practically a... Read more
Published on 29 July 2009 by Fantasy Lore
1.0 out of 5 stars Shelf Filler
I rate Alastair Reynolds in my top 5 Sci-Fi writers, number 1 from the last 15 years, but I found this book to be a major let down. Read more
Published on 27 May 2009 by J. Smart
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