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Product Details

  • Series: Vorkosigan Adventure
  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (October 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671877445
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671877446
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #295,469 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Miles is stuck visiting Cetaganda with his doltish cousin Ivan, representing Barrayaran nobility at an Imperial funeral. Miles must have suspected that it wasn't going to be dull after the bogus docking instructions and the odd man who launched himself into their ship and started to pull a weapon on them. Three attacks and a mysterious murder later, Miles is juggling two emperors, two secret services, and a half-dozen traitors--nd that's not even counting the women.

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The power to engineer a civilization's genetic destiny fosters new variations on old struggles for political power in this entertaining space-operatic entry in Bujold's long-running Vorkosigan saga. Miles Vorkosigan, hero of Mirror Dance (winner of the 1995 Hugo Award for Best Novel), is on a diplomatic mission to represent his home planet at the funeral of the dowager empress of the Cetaganda empire when an encounter with an assailant leaves him with a piece of computer software. This proves to be a bogus duplicate of a key to the Cetagandan genome, which each new empress manipulates to produce offspring. With the help of a member of Cetaganda's matriarchal ruling haut, Miles and his cousin Ivan dodge inventive assassination attempts to determine which of the empire's eight governors has tried to pin this "theft" on them in the hope of usurping control of the genome. With her usual skill, Bujold addresses timeless issues of human identity through the personal dramas of her characters, most notably Miles, a deformed mutant whose insecurities afford him insight but sometimes obstruct his investigations. Set in a vividly realized world where Machiavellian intrigues are played out behind a facade of aristocratic discretion, this novel, like its predecessors, blends high adventure with wry commentary on the seemingly unbridgeable gulf between human ideals and political realities.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Very interesting and fast paced.
E. Syed
This is hands down the best SciFi series of books I've ever read.
David Morgan
Lois McMaster Bujold Vorkosigan Saga is great.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 2, 1997
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Although this is (at this writing) Bujold's latest addition to her series about Miles Vorkosigan (one of SF's all-time best characters), chronologically it comes before Mirror Dance and Brothers in Arms. Missing, therefore, is Miles' clone/brother Mark, introduced in the latter. Also missing (and greatly missed) is Miles' alter ego, Admiral Naismith. Without the little admiral, the pace is not quite so bone-breaking and mind-bending, but this is still a very good story, very well told. It will best be appreciated, however, by those who have read the pre-quels. (Start with Shards of Honor and Barrayar, which are about Miles' parents, then the Warrior's Apprentice, The Borders of Infinity andThe Vor Game.) In Cetaganda, Miles and his foppish cousin Ivan travel to the capital of the Cetagandan Empire (perennial cold-war and hot-war rival of their own homework, Barrayar) to attend a state funeral, and they immediately get involved in murder and intrigue at the highest levels of this supposedly more sophisticated culture. The paperback edition of Cetaganda (at least) also includes a 3-chapter teaser from Ms. B's next book: Memory (described in the chronology at the back of the book as: "Miles hits thirty; thirty hits back")
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Richard R. Horton on May 12, 2001
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Cetaganda, is, by Bujold`s own testimony, a rather light-hearted romp, a bit of a step down in seriousness and apparent ambition from Barrayar and Mirror Dance, the two Vorkosigan novels that immediately preceded Cetaganda, and two of her best novels.
This novel is set a few years prior to the action of Mirror Dance. Miles is 21. He and his amiably dim-witted (by Miles` standards) cousin, Ivan, are sent to the home planet of the Cetagandan empire to attend the funeral of the Cetagandan empress. Naturally, no sooner have they arrived (indeed, slightly before their actual arrival) they encounter a mysterious character and come into possession of a mysterious object (i. e. a MacGuffin). Miles being Miles, he does not sensibly report the incident to the Barrayaran Ambassador, nor to the local Imperial Security agent (to be sure, conveniently for the purposes of the plot, this latter person is away on some vague assignment). Instead, Miles bamboozles Ivan into supporting him in an attempt to resolve what quickly becomes a very delicate situation, on his own.
The two face deadly dangers, encounter beautiful ladies of both of the Cetagandan upper classes, and eventually find themselves enmeshed in a plot which threatens Cetagandan internal stability (and thus Barrayaran security, as Cetaganda is a traditional enemy.) A number of the details of the plot and the Cetagandan custom upon which the plot turns are unconvincing, but the book is exciting and entertaining and reads very well. Romance is somewhat backgrounded, although Miles does fall in love (hopelessly) with the most beautiful woman he`s ever seen (why does such a clever individual as Miles seem consistently to rate female beauty so highly? Though to be sure, he is only 21, and I guess us guys are guys, huh?!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A. Trotter VINE VOICE on August 3, 2002
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This isn't the first book. Have you read the first book? If not, you should immediately drop everything and order it. Now. Immediately. Right away. Read the whole series.
Ok, ok. Here's the series:
Shards of Honor
(these two books are also combined into "Cordelia's Honor")
The Warrior's Apprentice
Short Story: The Mountains of Mourning
(all short stories are contained in "Borders of Infinity")
The Vor Game
Ethan of Athos
Short Story: Labyrinth
Short Story: The Borders of Infinity
Brothers in Arms
The Borders of Infinity
Mirror Dance
A Civil Campaign
Diplomatic Immunity
Now, go start at the begining and read them all through to the end.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 4, 1997
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This is another installment in the continuing adventures of Miles Vorkosigan. If you haven't read any of the Vorkosigan stories before, this might not be the one to start with... it assumes some knowledge of the characters and their world, and it's also rather lightweight compared to the other books in the series. You might want to check out "Borders of Infinity" or "The Warrior's Apprentice" first. Still, this is a pretty good book (even lightweight Bujold is well worth reading), with an intriguingly offbeat take on genetic engineering. The Cetagandans are a culture dominated by one of the oldest SF canards of all, a genetically-engineered master race. The novel twist here is that the haut-lords are not your ordinary genetic supermen (super-strong, super-smart, etc.). They have designed themselves to be *aesthetically* superior... intelligent, yes, but more importantly, beautiful, charismatic, and with a superhuman sense of aesthetic appreciation. They rule (quite effectively) by manipulation and charisma rather than force. The interesting result is a warlike culture ruled by, well, movie stars. The book is somewhat flawed by a rather clunky murder mystery, but the Cetagandan culture is interesting, and there are some extremely funny bits. Any fan of Miles Vorkosigan will want this one to round out the collection
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