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One great story, one disappointing,
This review is from: Diamond Dogs, Turquoise Days (Hardcover)Four stars is the average of what the two novellas deserve separately. "Diamond Dogs" is a tightly written science-fictional horror story with a film-noir atmosphere, a fast-paced human drama, and a gripping ending. All I could say at end was "Wow!" (a creeped out and shivering "wow"). Five stars.
"Turquoise Days" rates three stars at best, maybe even two. It feels very unfinished, more an outline of a novel than a complete story, and is not really consistent with the rest of Inhibitors Universe (in which it supposedly takes place). The characters are uninteresting and the plot falls flat -- to me, anyway.
I have one complaint about "Diamond Dogs" novella which I am surprised no one brought up yet. The series "1,3,5,7" is NOT prime numbers! Even if by some tortured alien logic "1" is a prime, there is no way to exclude "2" and claim the result is prime numbers sequence. Yet all the characters agree that's what the sequence is, and that next number should be "11". Ordinarily I would ignore it as a minor blooper, but mathematics plays a major role in "Diamond Dogs" which makes it jarring. Especially considering it is written by an astrophysicist who ought to know what prime numbers are!
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Initial post: Sep 3, 2007 10:00:26 AM PDT
Thanks for picking up on that, Mark. That annoyed me, as well. So sloppy, so obvious.
Posted on Sep 12, 2010 8:17:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 12, 2010 8:19:12 AM PDT
Leslie Sanford says:
For what it's worth, regarding the prime numbers mistake, the author is aware of this and addresses it in his FAQ: "It's about me being thick. Sorry."
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