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Miles had hoped to give "hands-on op games" a rest once and for all, but when the Emperor urgently calls on him to resolve a "legal entanglement" in Quaddiespace, diplomacy alone might prove inadequate. (Quaddies, you'll remember, are the no-legged, four-armed free-fallers introduced in Falling Free.) Our newly minted Imperial Auditor almost immediately forgets all about "Baby's First Cell Division" (after the assignment comes in, Ekaterin quickly observes "You know, you keep claiming your job is boring, Miles, but your eyes have gone all bright"), but even Miles feels the heat after his diplomatic attempts devolve into a series of flattering assassination attempts.
Vorkosigan (and family now!) is as winning as ever, with Bujold offering up her usual fun mix of space-opera action and droll social commentary in a character-centered plot. And here's a bonus for Milesophiles and Vorkosiga novices alike: a book-by-book timeline detailing what trouble Miles got into and when. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
I love all here books, some more than others, of course. This is a continuation of the Miles Vorkosigan world, and worth every moment.Published 12 days ago by CYork
The Vorkosigan books remain my favorite sci-fi series, but this one is probably my least favorite so far. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BellaGrace
Another tidbit from my mis-spent younger days working offshore or on military deployments returns to amuse me in retirement. Read morePublished 13 months ago by BG-expat
Turns out making one more or less stand-alone does seem to make a difference.
Thus far in the life of Miles, we've seen him go from being a child to a fake admiral, to a... Read more
Lois McMaster Bujold has created smart colorful characters that you will really care about. She is a masterful writer and will have you laughing, crying and really cheering for the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by AJW
Wonderful! We get another Miles Vorkosigan adventure, and in the process revisit a race that was the star of the internal chronological time-line, the quaddies. Read morePublished on March 2, 2013 by Troy Guffey
Another enjoyable installment in this SF serial. Like all of Bujold's books, this one is written well with generally engaging characters, good plotting, and some well done humor. Read morePublished on February 20, 2013 by R. Albin