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Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days (Revelation Space collection)

3.95  ·  Rating Details ·  6,379 Ratings  ·  190 Reviews
Two novellas of interstellar exploration set in the universe of Alastair Reynolds's award-winning Revelation Space trilogy.
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 4th 2005 by Ace Hardcover (first published February 2003)
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David Sven
Mar 12, 2014 David Sven rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Reviewed these two shorts separately here

Diamond Dogs review

Turquoise Days review

Before you ask - Yes, I did that to bump up my Goodreads Challenge count - And no, I haven't marked the "date I finished this book" box in this edition to bump my count a third time :) - I can always come back for that later if I'm running short at the end of the year.
Ed [Redacted]
Jan 22, 2011 Ed [Redacted] rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Child Rowland to the dark tower came,
His word was still 'Fie, foh, and fum
I smell the blood of a British man.
King Lear, Act 3, scene 4

Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days is a pair of novellas set in Alastair Reynolds' "Revelation Space" universe. I have lately began to believe that, in fact, the novella might be the perfect size in which to tell a science fiction story. If there were any doubt, Reynolds lays it to rest in the brilliant "Diamond Dogs.

Diamond Dogs is the story of a group of specialis
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Peter
A gigantic space opera: This is the book that places Reynolds on a similar level with Clarke and Baxter.

Having done a Physics major at university, I'm naturally drawn towards science fiction as opposed to fantasy books, and prefer the typical "hard" sci-fi to many other competitors in it's genre. Reynolds' advanced background in the field of astrophysics and his scientific logic allows him a superior element of control as to how things should behave, he attempts to rationlize and determine what
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Efka
Oct 07, 2014 Efka rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Diamond Dogs" is simply wonderful. It has everything I adore about sci-fi: transhumanism, cybernetics, ethics, other planets, alien mysteries. It now definitely is my fave Reynolds' creation. 5/5.

Turqouis Days, on the ither hand is a bit bleak and doesn't suck you in as Dogs do. It is not bad, but certainly not a peak inRevelation Space series. 3/5.

So, to sum up, it's 8/10, or 4 stars - "certified fresh", as they say on rotten tomatoes. :)
Heidi
Diamond Dogs | 4 stars

Up until the last few pages I would have rated this novella set in the Revelation Space universe only 3 or at most 3.5 stars. It's essentially Indiana Jones in space, very reminiscent of the challenges Indy faces at the end of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and Reynolds alludes to it with a very obvious Indy reference. It also ties in with Robert Browning's poem Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came. One of the characters is even named Roland Childe and he and his band
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Claudia
Jan 07, 2015 Claudia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perfect complementary stories, the Revelation Universe’s Yin and Yang.

Diamond dogs – the Yin, dark, horrifying, claustrophobic, alert, the whole time reading it I was in a permanent state of anguish. Brilliant adaptation of Browning’s “Childe Roland To The Dark Tower Came” or King’s “The Dark Tower”, not sure which of the two was the inspiration. But taken into consideration the horror of the story, I incline towards the latter. 5/5

Turquoise days – the Yang, bright, vivid one, full of life.
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Boris
Sep 18, 2016 Boris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4,5. Reynolds u punom sjaju.
Claudia Badiu
Jul 04, 2017 Claudia Badiu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Volumul conține două povești, aparent fără nicio legătură, însă complementare, în profunzime.
"Câinii de diamant" ne duce pe planeta Golgotha, unde o construcție mecanizată a unei civilizații extraterestre, un Turn, exercită o fascinație obsesivă asupra unor oameni care sunt dispuși să renunțe la orice pentru a-i afla secretul. Dezumanizarea acestora începe treptat, pe măsură ce jocurile matematice din ce în ce mai complexe care fac trecerea intr-o cameră în alta a turnui, îi fac pe temerari să r
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William
Jul 23, 2016 William rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you read no other Reynolds ever, read Turquoise Days. . . . ***** FIVE STARS- Turquoise Days

Diamond Dogs
If you see my updates, you will know that I found Diamond Dogs mostly dull and verbose, and mostly predictable. The characters were unsympathetic, except perhaps for Celestine. The last few pages were the best, even verging on poignant.
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However...

Turquoise Days is truly exquisite, the single finest work by Alastair Reynolds. A creation of heart and mind and
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Reidar
Nov 24, 2014 Reidar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: originaalkeeles
Kahest loost koosneva minikogumiku lugemise järel tuleb nentida, et hr Reynolds valdab pikemat ja lühemat proosat samavõrra hästi. Suurepärane, viis!

Diamond Dogs (4,6/5)

Grupp seltsimehi võtavad suure tasu nimel ette retke planeedile, kus paikneb väidetavalt mõtlev Torn. Retke korraldajal on suur kihk tippu välja jõuda, aga selleks tuleb läbida arvutul hulgal ruumikesi, kust edasi pääsemiseks peab lahendama Torni poolt antud mõistatuse. Vale vastuse korral on Tornil varuks järjest vinge... ei, sü
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Simon
Feb 24, 2011 Simon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: short-stories, sf
A good but not great pair of unrelated stories set in the "Revelation Space" universe.

Although the stories stand alone, there are references to events and characters in the other books and I think the reader will gain more from them if they are familiar with the series already (although I've only read Revelation Space myself).

I decided that I wanted to read some shorter works of his and whilst I do appreciate the brevity (constrasting with his longer works), I wasn't particularly blown away by
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Addie GS
Diamond Dogs was an incredibly gritty story with no happy ending, and no lessons learned for the main character. It appears to be a moral lesson in greed and pride; how the characters who survive the novel seem to suffer a fate worse than death. It is of course well written, but does not contribute to the RS universe of which it is a part, except in setting up monsters to be taken down or used later (see Galactic North).

Turquoise Days made a brave attempt at exploring the Pattern Jugglers, a pro
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Travis Todd
Jun 19, 2012 Travis Todd rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first encounter with the work of Reynolds, and I enjoyed both novellas or novelettes or whatever the hell they're called. Sometimes it's fun to drop right into the middle of a well-realized science fiction world and have to work at figuring out what's going on, rather than having every aspect of a reality patiently explained from the beginning. I don't know if this book will entice me to further explore the universe Reynolds has created but I am glad to have encountered his work. Als ...more
Rob
Apr 05, 2010 Rob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
...Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days offers two great novellas that can be read as a fine example of short form science fiction or as pieces that deepen the reader's understanding of the Revelation Space universe. However you choose to look that them, these novellas are very much worth reading. I think I liked this volume even better than Galactic North , which collects most of the remaining Revelation Space short fiction...

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Ethan
Jun 08, 2013 Ethan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two novelas set in the same universe as Reynolds's series that begins with Revelation Space. The first story felt a little more focused, but the second maybe had slightly more interesting ideas (maybe too many for such a short piece). Both are fun stories, though, and I'd recommend them for fans of Reynolds in particular or hard sci fi/space opera in general.
Kat  Hooper
Jul 10, 2015 Kat Hooper rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Review coming soon at www.fantasyliterature.com
Riju Ganguly
Jan 26, 2017 Riju Ganguly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The doyen of hard science fiction had penned two novellas long back, and thanks to the good folks responsible for the concept of ‘mass market paperback’ now we have both of them between two covers.
The first one, “Diamond Dogs” is one of the finest hard sf stories that I have read, dealing with themes of obsession, survival, sentience, and love, all sheathed in a suspense-filled dramatic story.
The second story, “Turquoise Days”, was very-very slow to start with, but eventually breached its philos
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Dark-Draco
I haven't read any of the 'Revelation Space' novels, so thought I might be at a disadvantage reading these two novellas, but like all good authors, Reynolds has managed to create a couple of excellent reads that stand alone.

I'm not sure which was my favourite - they both appealed in different ways.

'Diamond Dogs' had a more adventure/mystery type feel, with a group of 'treasure seekers' trying to get to the top of an alien tower. But the tower punishes anyone who gets it's riddles wrong, sometim
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SciFi Kindle
Sep 29, 2014 SciFi Kindle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reynolds delivers two great novellas set in the “Revelation Space” universe, having very peripheral contact with events from the novels, both featuring reluctantly evolving protagonists. Leaving the more dramatically ripe themes of macro-history or MacGuffin origins aside, he instead presents two very personal stories of characters recovering from the loss of loved ones, determined to achieve something noble in order to fill the void left behind by their absence. The settings and shorthand used ...more
Frank
Mar 15, 2013 Frank rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book consist of two stories which both are part of the Revelation Space universe. Turquoise Days is an okay story but nothing special. Diamond Dogs on the other hand has something special to it. I find it extremely fascinating and slightly revolting at the same time. I guess it is because that although it deals with advanced technology from far into the future, it at the same time takes a look at aspects of human nature in a very captivating and realistic way. If you are already familiar wi ...more
Tamara
Diamond Dogs is wonderful, in concept and characterization - scary, vicious and inevitable.

Turquiose Days is a bit weaker, in particular the pacing is odd and the mix of character arc with the wider political plot doesn't quite gel, but theres still a lot of interesting odds and ends strews through.
Jamie
Oct 27, 2012 Jamie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition


I won't bore you with a lengthy review.
If you've made it this far in the Revelation Space series you will more than likely eventually read everything Alastair Reynolds writes.
These two short stories pad out the RS universe but don't have enough bulk to either enhance nor detract from the main arc.
Enjoyable enough.
Liviu Szoke
I-am dat doar trei stele din cauza celei de-a doua nuvele care alcătuiesc volumul, care nu mi-a plăcut deloc. Dacă m-aș fi luat doar după prima nuvelă, un superb melanj de SF și horror în tradiția filmului Cube, cu siguranță i-aș fi dat cinci stele.
Jazzmin Hunter
Two short stories. Both are good, but they are short and don't feel finished. Still worth reading if you find the Revelation Space universe interesting.
Derek
Jun 26, 2017 Derek rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diamond Dogs: The Gothic architecture and dream team of different talents was all just too on the nose for me at first, but once they got to the Blood Spire it was pretty engrossing. It also probably helped that I was more in the mood for this novella's tone by then. Once I had the right mindset, the whole thing started walking this fine line between painful realism and blood-splattered macabre.

Turquoise Days: Well I can see why these novella's were packaged together, both play with alien remnan
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Nicolas
Ce livre est un recueil de deux longues nouvelles se passant dans l’univers déja décrit dans ses romans du cycle de La cité du gouffre. Ces deux nouvelles très différentes sont fascinantes, et méritent chacune une lecture attentite.

Diamond dogs

Cette première nouvelle nous raconte les (més)aventures d’une bande d’aventuriers partis chercher ce qui se cache dans un artefact extra-terrestre perdu sur une planète isolée : la Tour de Sang. Vu le nom de l’artefact, on peut se douter que ça va mal se p
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Jeff
Jul 22, 2017 Jeff rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Diamond Dogs - I thought this might be a neat puzzle story. But the reader is definitely not invited to play along. Only the first puzzle is actually explained to the reader in sufficient detail to be solved at home -- but the author gets it wrong! One is not a prime number, and two is. So instead we're just left reading about people solving puzzles... which isn't interesting enough to hold my attention.

Turquoise Days - I guess this is science porn. We get to hear about scientists reviewing draf
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David Baird
May 23, 2017 David Baird rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed these two novellas, better, in many ways, than the main RSpace novels. Diamond Dogs reminded me a little, albeit loosely, of the excellent Robert Silverberg short story, The Sixth Palace, and ties in nicely to the Melding Plague outbreak in Chasm City.

Turquoise Days is loosely linked to DDogs and gives a bit more depth into the Pattern Jugglers (yes, that is lifted from King Crimson).
Florin Constantinescu
This collection 'reminds' me of the interesting concept of the 50's when they used to publish 'back-to-back' novellas in one volume.
Both of these in this case belong to the Revelation Space universe: Diamond Dogs I didn't like, Turquoise Days I did.
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