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Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days (Revelation Space) (udgave 2005)

af Alastair Reynolds

Serier: Revelation Space (5, Novellas)

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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' (Locus) in these two tales of high adventure set in the same universe as his novels. The title story, 'Diamond Dogs', tells of a group of mercenaries trying to unravel the mystery of a particularly inhospitable alien tower on a distant world; 'Turquoise Days' is about Naqi, who has devoted her life to studying the alien Pattern Jugglers.… (mere)
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Titel:Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days (Revelation Space)
Forfattere:Alastair Reynolds
Info:Ace (2005), Paperback, 304 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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Well now that was a surprising good book. Placed in the Relevation Space universe the books contains two short stories, both very well written. I can just highly recommend that to anyone who wants to read some good Science Fiction. ( )
  gullevek | Dec 15, 2020 |
This book contains two novellas, set in the author’s Revelation Space universe. While it is handy to have some background on the setting, it is not absolutely necessary.

Diamond Dogs follows an eclectic collection of galactic adventurers as they take on the challenge of solving the riddles posed by an alien artifact, literally. The artifact, in the shape of a spire could only be accessed by solving a collection of puzzles, each of which advanced the team to a higher level. An incorrect answer, however, subjected the team to ever increasingly harsh penalties. This was a solid work of science fiction.

Turquoise Days was not as strong, in my opinion. Set on an ocean planet (Turquoise), again in the Revelation Space universe, the story focuses upon an alien race known as the Pattern Jugglers. The Pattern Jugglers reside in the ocean and aggregate the consciousness of any sentient beings that become immersed in their waters. Turquoise is thinly populated and very isolated and is being approached by the first “light hugger” in 200 years. For what purpose? ( )
  santhony | Sep 9, 2020 |
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 an uber-genius when it comes to math? And it has heart. Totally recommend. ( )
  bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
"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 unexpected strangers arrive, Naqi must decide which agenda to serve and at what cost.

The first story is visceral and disturbing; the second is more moving and introspective. Though they take place in Reynolds' Revelation Space "universe," everything you need to know is here, and it would make a good introduction for new readers who want a taste before tackling the big books. ( )
  chaosfox | May 1, 2020 |
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Title: Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days
Series: Revelation Space #5
Author: Alastair Reynolds
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 296
Format: Digital Edition

Synopsis:


This book consists of the two Revelation Space novellas that make up the title of this book.

Diamond Dogs follows a man driven to explore a mysterious tower on a forsaken planet. The tower is made up of rooms with a puzzle in each room. Answer correctly and the door to the next room opens. Answer incorrectly and the Tower punishes you. This man gathers a group together and they begin the journey. They have a geneticist with them who helps change their bodies and minds to answer the various challenges. Along the way it is revealed that the man is actually a clone of the original man. Each clone is programmed with the memories of all those who came before and convinced that that particular clone CAN beat the tower. Eventually, only 2 other members of the group and the clone survive and the 2 remaining members turn back before they die. The clone continues on. Eventually one of the members can't resist the lure and the story ends with him sneaking off on a spaceship to return to the Tower.

Turquoise Days follows 2 sisters on a Pattern Juggler world. Pattern Jugglers are ocean wide remnants of a civilization. They take in the mind of anyone who swims in their oceans and sometimes rearrange the swimmer's mind and gives them a boost. The planet sees a spaceship coming and one night there is unprecedented Pattern Juggler activity. The sisters go swimming illegaly and one becomes one with the ocean and other has nothing happen to her. The spaceship arrives 2 years later with a contingent of scientists who want to study the Pattern Jugglers. Only it turns out they trying to revive a specific memory in the Pattern Jugglers and imprint it on all of their members. Said memory is of a Tyrant. The remaining sister convinces the Pattern Jugglers to resist the invaders and it does, agains all the humans on the planet. The book ends with the remaining sister giving herself to the ocean and the Pattern Jugglers destroying everything.

My Thoughts:

Cheery stories, eh? I'd read the first one in the book Beyond the Aquila Rift back in '16. I couldn't remember if that was the whole story or not. I enjoyed the story this time around too but my goodness, it was depressing. Not only the clones (all of them) megalomania but then the story ending with the other main character being drawn back by his own lust for knowledge. So good and evocative but I just groaned inside.
The second story was new to me so that made it quite fun to read. The ending wasn't quite what I was expecting but considering Reynolds' penchant for extinction events, once I thought about it it didn't really surprise me. Reynolds is definitely a gloomy gus of a guy so don't expect human exceptionalism to be part of the story. We don't get to pull a rabbit out of our collective hat and save the day.

I really liked that Reynolds didn't have 3 story plots going on that ever so slowly tied together. A good way to start the month out.

★★★★☆ ( )
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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' (Locus) in these two tales of high adventure set in the same universe as his novels. The title story, 'Diamond Dogs', tells of a group of mercenaries trying to unravel the mystery of a particularly inhospitable alien tower on a distant world; 'Turquoise Days' is about Naqi, who has devoted her life to studying the alien Pattern Jugglers.

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