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Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days

(Revelation Space #1.5)

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  8,990 ratings  ·  328 reviews
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into interstellar space . . . Alastair Reynolds burst onto the SF scene with the Arthur C. Clarke Award-shortlisted REVELATION SPACE, British Science Fiction Award-winning CHASM CITY, and REDEMPTION ARK. Now experience the phenomenal imagination and breathtaking vision of 'The most exciting space opera writer working today' (Loc ...more
Paperback, 231 pages
Published October 9th 2003 by Gollancz (first published February 2003)
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mark monday
Mar 27, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to mark by: William
Shelves: scifi-modern
two well-crafted novellas set in the author's grim Revelation Space universe, each illustrating the separate goals of each hemisphere within Reynolds' big, brilliant brain.

Left-Brained Reynolds wrote "Diamond Dogs": a studiously perhaps strenuously analytical piece. a small, highly differentiated party of dangerous and dangerously curious explorers return again and again to the death trap that is known as the Blood Spire. there they attempt to solve increasingly difficult logic puzzles that rewa
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
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
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of Revelation Space
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
Dirk Grobbelaar
Two novellas titled, well, Diamond Dogs and Turquoise Days.

Both take place in the Revelation Space universe. I loved Revelation Space and its sequels (and other related novels), so I suppose it was only a matter of time before I was going to get around to this book. The reason it took so long? I am usually not fond of novella length stories.

The big hitter here (for me) is Diamond Dogs. It is morbidly fascinating and quite grim (which is typically what I expect from the author, given the nature
Jan 07, 2015 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 li
Nov 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(The title introduces the titles of the two novellas; clearly the author is a fan of both David Bowie and Echo & The Bunnymen… so am I.) These novellas appear on both sides of the Chasm City novel. Both deal with alien things: a mysterious building, and organisms living in a sea with a special talent (the latter is mentioned in the former, and one character in it has benefited from their encounter with them).
(And yes, still: spoilers may include spoilers for other books for this ‘verse.)

Juliano Dutra
Nov 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I`m reading Beyond the Aquila Rift: The Best of Alastair Reynolds and, since I got to the part of "Diamond Dogs", i decided to read the book with "Turquoise Days".
I think it was the perfect choice. The two stories are harmonious and contrasting at the same time.
Considering i started reading Alastair Reynolds books after reading Claudia`s reviews, i`ll link her review here, since i can`t express better the impact of these stories: Claudia's Reviews > Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days
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.
Oct 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
"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
Sep 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book contains two stand-alone novellas, both set in Alastair Reynolds’ Revelation Space universe, before and during parallel events of his Inhibitor sequence (Revelation Space through Inhibitor Phase). The two stories are also independent of each other, although there is one passing reference from Turquoise Days back to the prior Diamond Dogs. The stories appear in this book in the correct order.

Diamond Dogs (2001) - ***. The story opens in Chasm City, on the planet Yellowstone, where first
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
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
Jan 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
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
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
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it
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.

Dec 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Weak start with thin characters and big plot holes. Strong finish with gory consequences and high-tech enhancements.

A dazzling story of two sister's deep love of and for a sublime planet. Plagued by cliched religious fanatics and their collosal info dumps.
Oct 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: dnf
Had a second crack at this, and loved it. Two very contrasting stories from the Maestro. I quite fancy a dip with the Jugglers!
Feb 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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
odedo1 Audio book worm.
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
The Professor
Aug 22, 2021 rated it really liked it
"It understood our fragility". Childe Reynolds to the Dark Tower came. Two novellas read in drooling anticipation of the forthcoming publication of “Inhibitor Phase” and time very well spent indeed. Reynolds’ world-building and story-telling verve are present and correct here making this a very nice opening salvo prior to 2021’s return to the universe of “Revelation Space”.

“Diamond Dogs” and “Turquoise Days” are standalone save for one little nod of the head and can be read as such but why woul
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
Sharmin Shabnam
Sep 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
5 stars for Diamond dogs and 3 stars for Turquoise days.
Jan 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Turquois days felt almost more like cosmic horror than general sci-fi. Creepy in a good way.
Kristian Olesen
Jan 10, 2013 rated it liked it
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,
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
“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
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
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I'm Al, I used to be a space scientist, and now I'm a writer, although for a time the two careers ran in parallel. I started off publishing short stories in the British SF magazine Interzone in the early 90s, then eventually branched into novels. I write about a novel a year and try to write a few short stories as well. Some of my books and stories are set in a consistent future named after Revela ...more

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