A short but necessary fix for Revelation universe fans,
This review is from: Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days: Tales from the Revelation Space Universe (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Hardcover)
This hardback contains two novellas, and may pass a pleasant day's reading, but no more.
The stories are up to the usual (high) Reynolds standard - fantastic machinery, space opera, blood, guts and rapid (if a little shallow) characterisation (but they are long short stories after all).
My favorite was Diamond Dogs - a take on the classic sci-fi staple of the deadly maze, with appropriate (and funny) homage to Indiana Jones and the film The Cube. I guess opinion will be divided as to whether "Roland Childe" was a bit too corny as one of the main protagonists assaulting the tower.
(As an aside, if you are into Roland + dark towers I'd consider Stephen King's The Gunslinger series his best work to date and an excellent sci-fi/fantasy hybrid).
Turquiose Days rattles along at a good pace, but does not add much to our knowledge of the Pattern Jugglers, and lacks the big Macguffin of Diamond Dogs. Again, it pays to look for the subtle references to previous stories for a few interesting hints.
In short, so is this book. Hence the four, rather than five, stars. At the price for a few hours of entertainment Diamond Dogs/Turqoise Days still represents better value for money than most cinema tickets, 80's nightclubs and Sheffield Wednesday matches,