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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; paperback / softback edition (11 Dec. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575083131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575083134
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

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

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Two scintillating stories from science fiction¿s hottest new talent. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

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. He stopped 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 GAP, DIAMOND DOGS and CENTURY RAIN were shortlisted for the BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION AWARD and CHASM CITY won the BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION AWARD.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 2 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
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 By MR RCB DUNWOODY on 17 Oct. 2003
Format: Paperback
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.
Russ
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Luder 85 on 28 Jan. 2003
Format: Hardcover
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 By Tyson Bridger on 26 Dec. 2003
Format: Paperback
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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