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City of Diamond Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 624 pages
  • Publisher: DAW (October 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0886777046
  • ISBN-13: 978-0886777043
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.4 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,131,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Six centuries after the alien Curosa imparted the wisdom of their dying race to Adrian Sawyer and gave him three massive city-ships, two of those ships -- City of Diamond and City of Opal -- are locked in a battle for intergalactic political dominance. Now the Protector of Diamond has chosen a protege, young Adrian Mercati, and told him the hiding place of the Sawyer Crown, an artifact that will give him and the Diamond unassailable superiority over the Opal. But spies are at work, and a desperate race to find the Crown begins. Yet what neither side can see is that finding it may prove their downfall.

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This book should be read, sequels or no!
Gussie
The characters are EXTREMELY interesting and peculiar, and they make the story completely unpredictable.
APRICOT
This is the best science fiction novel I've ever read.
brian carroll

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By APRICOT on February 4, 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I have a mixed feeling; I am sincerely glad to read this book, and at the same time I am sincerely sorry to read this book.
City of Diamond is an interstellar city-ship of 4-million population. The basic axis seems to be the rivalry between Diamond and Opal, a sister city-ship, and various characters on Diamond and Opal do various things. Although the story is rather slow-moving and it doesn't readily go to the main subject (I wonder if it has the main subject), I LOVE IT. The characters are EXTREMELY interesting and peculiar, and they make the story completely unpredictable. And the various cultures such as Diamond vs Opal, City Ships vs Outsider, and Outsiders (Empire vs Republic) are also very interesting.
The most attractive character is definitely Tal, an Outsider demon. He is a half-alien, and his kind are always sociopath and are loathed as demons. For example, Tal recognizes it is disadvantageous for him to betray his supporter, but he doesn't feel it is wrong to betray his supporter. Meanwhile, he does everything he can to rescue people who work for him from peril. Understanding his way of thinking, logical Tal is much more reliable and likable than inconsistent human beings.
One BIG problem, though. When the story becomes REALLY interesting, it ends cliff-hanger, leaving several mysteries unsolved. At the author's web page, she states that she intended this book as a first part of a trilogy, but that health and memory problems have kept her from writing the sequels. Oh, WHAT A PITY!
If the sequels were available, I would buy and read them NOW, even if they were 600-page English books (English is a foreign language for me). Ms Jane Emerson, PLEASE WRITE THE SEQUELS! PLEASE!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By rbustamante@webcorner.com.br on May 5, 2000
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Great characters, especially Tal and the little princess. But how exactly the economy of these city-ships works? I would like to inform all the readers who loved Ms. Emerson's book "City of Diamond" that she also wrote under the name of DORIS EGAN the Books: "Ivory Gate" , "Two-bit Heroes", "Guilt edged Ivory". This trilogy was great too.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By cartaufalous on December 2, 1999
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Well, they say the plot is maybe thirty awesome new ideas, tops, and the rest a pastiche of every great science fiction novel you ever read, and that's probably true. The characters though, the characters: there's 5 or 6 of them, and they're drawn like you've never seen before in fiction. Anywhere. Buy this book. Buy 10 copies; no one you ever loan it to is going to give it back.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Gussie on August 31, 2006
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I love, love, love this book. I love it so much, that almost four years after reading it I am still mourning the fact that apparently there is no sequel in the stars. Doris Egan (aka Jane Emerson) seems to have abandoned books permanently in favor of the flickering screen. (Oh well -- probably explains why shows like Smallville have been such a success...)

What is it about this book that is so marvelous? It's the intricate, fascinating characters that Egan masterfully brings to life. From Adrian, the confident young leader of Diamond, to his sociopath friend Tal, to Tal's warrior by contract, Keylinn (warning: I've listed about 1/8 of the main characters...) they all have depth, personalities, motivations, dilemmas that organically propel the action of the story. Honestly, I have a hard time remembering what actually _happens_, but I know for sure that I burned the midnight oil many a night to see what these people would do next.

In The City of Diamond, Egan also explores one of my favorite sci fi themes - how drastically different cultures interact and develop, the prejudices that form vs. the commonalities between people. No earth-shattering conclusions, or overly moralistic commentary is made in this book - but it's all very interesting nonetheless.

Well written, with snappy dialogue, and oh, did I mention terrific characters? This book should be read, sequels or no! Egan's other three novels can be bought in one volume, The Complete Ivory, and are also very good. We can only hope that maybe one day Doris Egan will leave Hollywood and come back home to the world of prose. Please, please...
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 14, 1998
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This was one of the best reads I've had recently. Hope very much there is more of the story to come!
It takes a lot of skill to create a complex universe of places, people and ideas.
The number of characters in this novel, all fully formed in flesh and blood,
is astonishing. Most impressively, each voice shines through vividly; each with a different story to tell.
This book is what every good yarn should be:
a gift-wrapped confectionary of hearty characters and exciting
events; and at the core, a concrete world--believable, tragic and humorous.
Thank you Ms. Emerson--write more!
(perhaps the only objection: the ending is so cliffhanger-like it is annoying that it is now two years since publication--where is the sequel?)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kallan on November 23, 2003
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I LOVE City of Diamond. It's one of my favourite books. A cast of fascinating characters, a world on a spaceship that's a mixture of the futuristic and medieval, mysterious artefacts to track down, future mysteries to be solved, moments of pathos and humour, a clear and flowing writing style . . . What more could you ask for?
I've been waiting years for the sequels and they haven't appeared. To my knowledge, this is the second time Doris Egan/Jane Emerson has had a series cut short. DAW, what's going on?
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