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Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days

(Revelation Space)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  8,101 ratings  ·  266 reviews
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 machine-like structure called the Blood Spire, which has already brutally and systematically claimed the lives of one starship crew that attempted to uncover its secrets. But nothing will deter Richard Swift from explo
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Kindle Edition, 208 pages
Published October 12th 2009 by Gollancz (first published February 2003)
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William
Jul 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***** 10 STARS - Turquoise Days *****

Turquoise Days is truly exquisite, the single finest work by Alastair Reynolds. A creation of heart and mind and love. The novella is beautifully imagined and realised, a water-world of alien mystery, an idyllic and wondrous place of life and awe.



The central character, Naqi, is an academic who explores this world and the floating Juggler bio-mass and related alien life forms, along with her sister, Mina. Her voice is clear and honest and alive, but not witho
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Bradley
Two really fascinating novellas here.

Diamond Dogs is the ULTIMATE in grizzly puzzle-solving dungeon hacking. Just add alien tech, deadly puzzle rooms, and a rag-tag team of transhumanist and alien-modded humans who are monsters in their own right, and set them to work at the problem. :)

I mean, it FEELS like a heist. But a super hard-SF heist.

Turquoise Days really sets us in an alien landscape that pushes the boundaries. Swimming in an ocean of alien minds? Getting transformed so that you become
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Mr. Windup Bird
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Revelation Space
Shelves: favorites
Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days is a duet of short stories taking place in Alistair Reynolds' "Revelation Space" setting and is essential reading for its fans. I enjoyed both stories thoroughly, and feel they really round out the "Revelation Space" experience.

Diamond Dogs is a horror story about two competitive men who seek the ultimate challenge in a heavily guarded alien tower. Dr. Trintignant, who is mentioned a few times in the various Revelation Space stories, is featured in this story. This i
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Claudia
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 li
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David Sven
Mar 12, 2014 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.
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Efka
Oct 07, 2014 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. :)
Ed [Redacted]
Jan 22, 2011 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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Scott
Dec 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
"Diamond Dogs": A group of specialists attempts to ascend an alien structure that forces them to solve an increasingly abstract series of mathematical puzzles in order to proceed. Incorrect answers are costly in the extreme. This is a straight-up horror story that would make a great movie.

"Turquoise Days": Naqi is a researcher on the planet Turquoise, studying the Pattern Jugglers, mysterious, formless entities that populate the oceans and absorb the memories of those who swim in them. When unex
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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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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 wha
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Kevin Kelsey
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
Two tangentially connected novellas set in the Revelation Space series.

Diamond Dogs: 5/5
Horrific novella about ambition and obsession. Gripping from the first sentence to the last. The pacing was perfect.

Turquoise Days: 3/5
This one was okay, but nothing special. It was very drawn out for being so short. I think it needed to be either longer or shorter, if that makes sense. It did provide some more information about the Pattern Jugglers introduced in Revelation Space, so I appreciate it for that
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Radiantflux
45th book for 2019.

Two short novellas set in Reynolds Revelation Space universe. The first, Diamond Dogs is a particular favorite of mine.

Reynolds manages to write in a sort of humorous (even hopeful) tone of horror. Recommended.

3-stars.
Simon
Feb 24, 2011 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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odedo1
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
God damn you Alastair !
Why the hell do you keep doing this to me?
When I read I can't wait to finish, when I finish I just want more :-(
This two short stories connect to a much bigger galaxy you created in your beautiful space operas , I love it but why don't you number them so we would know?
If it wasn't for the name Diamond Dogs which now both of my favorite artists used it ( you and David Bowie ) I might have missed this great book, I really wonder now where you two Britt's ( I think it's the r
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Jamie
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reynolds knocks it out of the park with Diamond Dogs, a Big Dumb Object (BDO) story set in the Revelation Space universe. This object is not as dumb as it looks, and bloodthirsty to boot. The story reads like a dark psychological thriller and is a real page turner. 4.5 stars.

Turquoise Days, also set in the Revelation Space universe, gives a fascinating look at the enigmatic Pattern Juggler aliens who inhabit the oceans of several disparate worlds and function as a kind of organic network, storin
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Casey
Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days are two novellas set in the Revelation Space universe. They probably could have been contained in his short story collection, Galactic North, but I assume it's a money grab from the publishers. Whatever the intention, these are still two worthwhile novellas.

Plot Summary
Diamond Dogs: Richard is approached by an old friend, Roland Childe, who he long assumed to be dead. Roland invites Richard on an expedition to a faraway planet. There's a deadly structure on this plan
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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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“Gideon” Dave Newell
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
Travis Todd
Jun 19, 2012 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 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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Frank
Mar 15, 2013 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
Ethan
Jun 08, 2013 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 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Riju Ganguly
Jan 26, 2017 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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Natik
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars for BOTH novellas. Turquoise Days is quite underrated; it is just as bizarre and unpredictable as Diamond Dogs, although less strictly "horror". Both have quite a twist ending, too.

Also, there is one single sentence in Turquoise Days that seems to have revealed a critical piece of information about the ending of Diamond Dogs that was omitted in the latter. I won't spoil it for you, but please pay very close attention to WHERE any important objects in Turquoise Days had come from. It will
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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,
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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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Bart
Apr 25, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, speculative
This book contains 2 novellas, loosely connected.

Diamond Dogs (130 pages) is the most "gothic" story I've read of Reynolds so far. It is about a sort of cross between the Shrike (of Hyperion-fame) and the Cube (of movie-fame), visited by steampunkish Frankensteinian humans. It feels a bit like an exercise to write a Cube-like story (intriguing mysterious structure filled with traps) and amounts mainly to the protagonists going from chamber to chamber. It's okay, but nothing compared to Reynolds'
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Maddalena
Jun 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2016
4 and 1/2 stars

In my search for some swift read between more consistent books I encountered this small anthology from Alastair Reynolds, one of my favorite SF authors: it consists of only two novellas, Diamond Dogs and Turquoise Days, and besides being exactly what I was looking for, it adds a few interesting details about the universe where Reynolds grounds his novels, and some of the races or events described there. The first one in particular, Diamond Dogs, was a swift and compelling read, th
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Michael
Aug 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days contains two novellas set In Alastair Reynolds Revelation Space universe. Diamond Dogs has a group of mercenaries travel to an isolated world to unravel the secrets of a deadly, living, alien tower. Some of them will do most anything to solve the riddles of this very dangerous and deadly tower.

Turquoise Days is about a planet who's oceans contain an alien life form that copies the memories of all life forms that swim in it. This story is about one of the researchers
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