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What a revelation!,
This review is from: Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days: Tales from the Revelation Space Universe (GOLLANCZ S.F.) (Hardcover)
I bought Diamond Dogs as part of the infinities collection last year, but had no qualms about paying for a book that I had already read half of.
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.