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Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days (Revelation Space collection)

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Alastair Reynolds returns to his bestselling Revelation Space universe with two novellas of interstellar exploration Diamond Dogs The planet Golgotha-supposedly lifeless-resides in a remote star system, far from those inhabited by human colonists. It is home to an enigmatic machinelike structure called the Blood Spire, which has already brutally and systematically claimed...more
ebook, 183 pages
Published December 27th 2005 by Ace Books (first published 2002)
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David Sven
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.
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...more
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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...more
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...more
Travis Todd
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
Ethan
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.
Adrian Sud
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...more
Simon
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...more
Rob
...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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Willy Eckerslike
For much of its length, Diamond Dogs reads like a storyboard for a game with the characters being directed by a series of repetitive and rather pointless puzzles. The narrative is focussed on the task and the lengths to which the obsessive characters will go to achieve their seemingly unattainable goal and, as such, while the characterisations are plausible, they are shallow, and the plot is very linear. There is also an annoying inconsistency regarding the fate of Dr. Trintignant as he also app...more
Moidelhoff


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.
Seppo Kallio
Timanttikoirat on ehkä vähän liian suoraviivainen ja yksinkertainen tarina. Kun on lukenut muitakin Reynoldsin samaan maailmaan sijoitettuja tarinoita, tämä ei yllätä.

Turkoosit päivät -tarinassa on paljon hyviä ideoita, meilikuvitusta on käytetty vapaasti. Tämäkin tarina on kuitenkin jotenkin simppeli. Sijoitettu periaatteessa samaan maailmaan kuin Timanttikoirat, mutta täysin erilaiseen ympäristöön. Tämä ei korosta nanoja ja mikrosiruja. Niiden tilalla on biologisia tai kemiallisia vaikuttajia....more
Brie
2 Stars for Diamond Dogs, 4 Stars for Turquoise Days. That makes it 3 stars overall.

Diamond Dogs tells the story of a group of people who travel to Golgotha to discover the secrets of an alien building called the Blood Spire. They must travel through different rooms, each with a different puzzle to solve. You get it right, you move on. You get it wrong...well, bad things happen. I didn't particularly like this story, as there was no real resolution, and not a lot of explanation. It just left too...more
Kristian Olesen
Diamonds Dogs, Turquoise Days consists of two novellas of roughly equal length, both set in Reynolds' Revelation Space universe. The second, Turquoise Days, is considerably better than the first, Diamond Dogs, but both are solid contributions to the canon.

Reynolds has always excelled at combining two distinct tones in his Revelation Space novels and short stories, and this collection divides them quite neatly. In Diamond dogs, Reynolds' penchant for mysterious alien artifacts comes to the fore,...more
Kiv
Diamond Dogs: There is a certain genre of movie that I quite enjoy. It involves a group of unwitting strangers being thrust into an unknown situation and forced to work out various puzzles in order to proceed. Often times, coming to the wrong conclusion has dire effects. Diamond Dogs is this premise put into a novella, and I heartily enjoyed it.

The cast of characters were each vibrantly drawn, with depth and personality to spare. Watching them work their way through the Blood Spire, each reactin...more
Shaun
Not one of Reynold's best if you're expecting his usual fair of expansive space operas, this book consists of two novellas both set in Reynolds' Revelation Space. Diamond Dogs is basically 'Saw' science fiction style and a contemplation on compulsive puzzlers and gamblers, set in the last days of Chasm City's 'Belle epoch'. Turquoise Days is a story expanding the mysteries of the Pattern Jugglers. I won't go into further detail as you either know or you don't. What makes the stories special, as...more
Ville Halonen
The book contains two stories set in the Revelation Space universe, one weak, the other excellent.

Diamond Dogs is the weak one. Some of the characters are fascinating, and the story is not without merit, but ultimately I found it quite a forgettable experience. The idea is fun, in a way – sort of a deathtrap dungeon in the vein of old-school D&D or the movie Cube set in Revelation Space - but it doesn't quite justify the over hundred pages. It's also told in first person, which I think Reyn...more
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...more
John
Former astrophysicist Alastair Reynolds demonstrates why he is one of the most impressive new voices in European and indeed, World Science Fiction in "Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days", this spellbinding collection of two novellas set in his Revelation Space universe. While both novellas are not as texturally rich as his novels "Revelation Space" and "Chasm City", they are still excellent examples of his splendid prose and development of intriguing characters. "Diamond Dogs" is a nail-biting, grippi...more
Marko
Two novellas from one of the few SF authors I keep following these days. Both of the novellas are based in the Revelation Space continuum that is the scene of one of the author's major series.

Diamond Dogs was clearly the weaker of the two stories, although it made me jump gleefully when I recognised the Indiana Jones reference. The novella seems disconnected from the rest of the RS continuum and I was not very impressed by it, as - for the most part - it seemed directly inspired by The Cube movi...more
Andreas
This small format hardcover (almost as small as a paperback) contains two novellas: Diamond Dogs and Turquoise Days. Both are set in the Revelation Space universe. Diamond Dogs is much less epic than his novels, being more of an idea piece. Although Reynolds’ prose is tight and elegant as ever, some of the passages seem just a bit too stilted. I think the short length of each novella (only about 110 pages) may be cramping the author’s distinctive style.

Even so, Reynold’s universe is still a very...more
Joner
These 2 novellas were my first experience with Reynolds' work, and I must admit, I'm looking forward to getting into the rest of it. I started with Turquoise Days and found both the setting and characters to be fascinating.. being completely oblivious to his Revelation Space universe, this was my introduction to the Pattern Jugglers.. which, in my opinion, are a very fresh take on alien consciousness.. I loved that their existence is tied to the world's oceans. Reynolds employs some extremely in...more
Isabel
Another room, another wrong answer, another punishment.
It made the last look like a minor reprimand.


This book contained two novellas set in the Revelation Space universe.

Roland Childe to the Blood Spire came, leading a small expedition to a mysterious artefact that has been discovered on an otherwise barren planet. The Blood Spire is a lethally dangerous place, a tower that can only be climbed by solving puzzles to advance from one room to the next, the basic premise is quite similar to the film...more
Sudha Neelakantan
characterization is much improved from the previous books in the series, the writing is tight and gripping, but would not make a five, because I doubt I will put this on a must re-read shelf ever or to want to relive it... absolution gap, chasm city, and this are my fav three set in this space and the galactic north shorts are really good too. I think Iain M Banks is so much better to read because his world and characters have a coherent overarching moral imperative that makes them real.
Whitepixels
I got hooked on the song "Turquoise Days" by Echo and the Bunnymen, listening to it non-stop for days, so I decided to check out the novella it inspired. I was not disappointed. :)

This book actually consists of two novellas, each of about 100 pages. Diamond Dogs is about a tower on a remote planet that supposedly contains something very valuable, but to get to it, the protagonists must navigate though a series of rooms, solving mathematical puzzles that progressively get harder. If they give the...more
Janne Järvinen
An interesting combination of two dissimilar stories. In the end, I happened to like both, and so just barely gave a four star rating, instead of three.

Diamond Dogs is essentially a dungeon crawl, and should thus appeal to any fan of role playing games. The main theme is the time-honored taking an obsession too far. It suffers from some pacing issues, though, at times either dragging on, or skimming.

Turquoise Days on the other hand, is a beautifully paced and balanced story, but it failed to gra...more
Universalwhatnot
So I've only read "Diamond Dogs," the first half of this book. I don't know if my rating will change after reading "Turquoise Days,"

That being said... Diamond Dogs... DIAMOND DOGS.
This story gave me chills in a way that I've only felt upon reading H.P. Lovecraft's "Color Out of Space." In some ways this story draws on that sort of cosmic horror, but with a richness of space opera science fiction lore that Reynolds so wonderfully executes in all of his stories set in the "Revelation Space" series...more
Josh

This pairing of two novellas from Alastair Reynolds returns to his Revelation Space universe, for what may be the last time, unless he chooses to write more novels in the future. Like most of his short stories, these are standalone works, not using any of his previous characters.

The first story, Diamond Dogs, is a fast-paced and action packed puzzle solver. It is very entertaining although not his best work by any means. The second story is slower and less gripping, and really just adds a bit...more
C. Scott Kippen
Not a bad read. Diamond Dogs is an ok story that had some elements I really like (unknown, ancient alien artifact that is explored), but this one I felt really should have been a short story as to a novella. It just went on a bit too long, especially considering its end.

Turquoise Days was a better story overall, and works fine as a novella. Both stories flesh out his Revelation Universe a bit more, Turquoise Days a bit more than Diamond Dogs.
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