- Hardcover: 240 pages
- Publisher: Ace Books (30 Jan. 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0441012388
- ISBN-13: 978-0441012381
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.2 x 21.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,635,920 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fans of Reynolds's brand of noirish sci-fi will find enjoyment here."--The Kansas City Star
"Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days highlights the strength and flexibility of Alastair Reynolds's writing."--SciFi Dimensions
Fans of Reynolds s brand of noirish sci-fi will find enjoyment here. The Kansas City Star
Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days highlights the strength and flexibility of Alastair Reynolds s writing. SciFi Dimensions" --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
Two scintillating stories from science fiction¿s hottest new talent. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.See all Product Description
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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.
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.Read more ›
Diamond Dogs is very reminiscent of Rogue Moon by Algis Budrys in that the premise of the story is the exploration of an alien artifact which contains potentially lethal puzzles.
The story is set in the distant future where mankind has expanded to many planets and distant stars. Communication and travel are still bound by relativistic principals so communication and travel are limited and expensive...Medical technology has allowed the rich to extend their lifetimes considerably.
...but I digress.
The characters are a group scientist/adventurers, almost in the Victorian style in that they are rich and bored enough to risk their lives on a trip that offers little in the way of profit, but will satisfy their curiosity. Ultimately the story explores the nature of obsession but in an interesting and engaging way.
The story cracks along at a fair pace with moments of tensions and sudden violence and
the interaction between the characters is mature and believable within the context of the story.
Turquoise Days is is less well paced and is probably better read than described.
The story is based on an ocean world which is inhabited by humans but also home to a planet wide organism called 'The pattern Jugglers'. The premise of the pattern jugglers is that while not being intelligent itself, it can interact with sentient species and store or even modify the minds of people who swim with them in the ocean.
It sounds a bit odd, but it works quite well. The patter n Jugglers are referenced in ARs earlier works so perhaps that helped.Read more ›
Put simply the universe in which both these novella's are set is a hugely intricate, evolving and totally convincing place.
There is no grand federation ala star trek, but simply a sense of a natural evolution of the human condition, where it does take years to breach the distance between the stars and therefore the reasons the characters choose to travel must be of great importance, leading to truely gripping plots.
The first story set in pre-melding plague days has a wonderful enigma about it, how much of your humanity would you give up to follow a dream? I daren't describe its plot for fear of reducing its affect.
The second story set on a juggler world, describes a place so alien and yet so believable, and while the plot twist is in a similar vein and therefore fairly obvious to people who have read the author's other books, it still captures the imagination in a way seldom done by todays authors.
While there is hardly a mention of the wider universe in which the true novels are set, this book is still a worthwhile addition to the collection of any fan of Al Reynolds.
I can't rate both of these stories high enough 6/5.
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As always, massively entertaining. Alastair Reynolds seems to have a limitless imagination and the stories in here are no exception.Published on 10 Oct. 2014 by David Knight
Son was happy with this book. He has read quite a few in this series.Published on 19 Sept. 2014 by rjmo
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This story is fascinating. Science fiction and psychology, quite a mix. I think its well worth a read.
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