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Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Alastair Reynolds was born in Barry, South Wales, in 1966. He studied at Newcastle and St Andrews Universities and has a Ph.D. in astronomy. He stopped working as an astrophysicist for the European Space Agency to become a full-time writer. REVELATION SPACE and PUSHING ICE were shortlisted for the ARTHUR C. CLARKE AWARD; REVELATION SPACE, ABSOLUTION GAP, DIAMOND DOGS and CENTURY RAIN were shortlisted for the BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION AWARD and CHASM CITY won the BRITISH SCIENCE FICTION AWARD.
You can learn more by visiting www.alastairreynolds.com, or by following @AquilaRift on twitter.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B0049MPI3Y
- Publisher : Gollancz; UK ed. edition (10 December 2009)
- Language : English
- File size : 577 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 212 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 222,088 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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In "Diamond Dogs" we join a team of explorers on an unusual quest. They must climb and work their way inside of the planet Golgotha's Blood Spire. As they progress through its maze, the puzzles they solve become more complex, that passages forward smaller, and the consequences more extreme. Once you start reading, it is very difficult to stop.
In "Turquoise Days" we encounter a planetary ocean which contains all of the building blocks of life. It can change those who swim in it. Sometimes it is hard to understand, let alone appreciate, the nature of the gifts it bestows on the swimmers. Or what they can be used to accomplish.
These are good stories, especially for fans of Alastair Reynolds' longer works in this universe. Readers may also enjoy Galactic North , a collection of eight shorter stories with the same background.
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personally i found some of the Ian M Banks books a little hard going (kept getting confused with who was who!) but I've been very drawn in to the Alastair Reynolds books!
Diamond Dogs is a quest to, and then through, an alien artifact. That it is set in the Revelation Space universe is not especially relevant. It is a nice compact stand-alone story, although not particularly original.
Turquoise Days is about the Pattern Jugglers, and is a very welcome expansion to a part of Revelation Space that has only been glossed over in the past. It is also rather a touching story, being about change arriving from without, love for an existing way of life and living in harmony with the planet.
If you are a Revelation Space addict, then the book is worth the money just for the Pattern Jugglers insight. If you aren't and just want a good read, then in combination the two stories are still worth the time.
The first story could almost be an Edgar Allan Poe or Hammer Horror tale - a strange tower full of deadly puzzles that attracts those who cannot resist a challenge. An interesting tale, but I couldn't help feeling it was somehow incomplete. Perhaps the mark of a good short story?
The second novella focusses on an isolated world that is co-inhabited by Pattern Jugglers and humans. This is more like it! Great to read more about the Jugglers, whilst moving through an exciting narrative.
As others have said, the book is short, which is why I only give it 4 out of 5, could've done with another story.