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Komarr (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures) Mass Market Paperback – April 1, 1999
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The planet Komarr is undergoing centuries-long terraforming when one of the orbiting mirrors crucial to the effort is smashed by an off-course ship. Miles Vorkosigan is sent to Komarr to investigate the incident; once there, he becomes embroiled in political and scientific battles. To make matters worse, the name Vorkosigan is anathema on Komarr. But our intrepid hero can't be put down easily. While trying to save Komarr, he manages... maybe... to find true love at last! Bujold's original and intelligent blend of politics, science, and cliffhanging-good space opera makes this book a satisfying adventure and a charming romance. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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
A Civil Campaign
Now, go start at the begining and read them all the way through to the end.
Incidentally, I've seen some complaints that Miles seems a bit thick-headed as an Imperial Auditor. I don't agree. In the earlier books, Miles was leading the band. Here, he's essentially a cop, and, as somebody once commented, cops are historians. They come along *after* the deeds are done and try to cope with the mess. That's a lot harder than combat. I've read this book three times, and expect to read it a few more.
It's also nice to see a heroine who's an adult woman who attempts to deal with the consequences of her decisions, not a stereotypically beautiful woman-child or a Heinleinian superwoman who only wants to have babies. Dr. Laura's excoriations(she's an exercise physiologist, not a psychologist, BTW) really don't apply. And why should they? Would it be better to have Ekaterin be a Friday clone?
Regardless, I look forward to the next book. It's easy to write space opera. God willing, Bujold can take Miles (and herself) to the next level.
Unfortunately, it throws the book off-balance. We get nowhere near the depth of insight into any of the other characters, including Miles. They're two-dimensional, comical, in comparison. And the woman's husband is a lout through and through, which makes it too easy to take her side. Plus the woman turns out to be highly intelligent just in the nick of time.
There's also a mystery in the story but much of the story is told from the unhappy woman's point of view, as she comes into her own and falls for Miles.
Those who are new to the series should stop right here. Please, please, go back. At the very least, start with Mirror Dance. Better still, go back to Shards of Honor (the story of how Miles's parents met).
Nearly all the books in this series (beginning in terms of internal chronology with Falling Free) are about a brilliant young aristocrat turned mercenary admiral, Miles Vorkosigan/ Naismith. What is different about him, apart from his uncanny luck, is his physical disabilities. Miles Vorkosigan (the "Vor" is a nobiliary honorific on his home planet, Barrayar) was born badly crippled and stunted, thanks to a poison gas attack on his pregnant mother.
At the beginning of his career, Miles manages to pull triumph out of disaster, bluffing his way through major crises. [Read The Warrior's Apprentice and The Vor Game for details]. He later undergoes a life-changing experience after meeting his clone, who has been created by his father's enemies.
In KOMARR, Miles has shed his old career and his Naismith identity to become an Imperial Auditor (a high-ranking investigator of sorts). This book combines Miles-as-investigator with Miles-as-suitor. Except that the romantic interest Ekaterin Vorsoisson [nee Vorvayne] is already a wife, although she is married to an immensely selfish and irresponsible man Etienne (Tien) Vorsoisson. In the past, Miles has attempted to persuade at least two serious prospects to marry him and become Lady (and in the future, Countess) Vorkosigan.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent military science fiction, with superior character development, and story telling, in a well fleshed out complex civilization.Published 2 months ago by lanague
This story brings into focus the conflict introduced in Brothers in Arms: Miles Vorkosigan, son of the Butcher of Komarr, facing down Komarr itself. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Dione Basseri
the only reason why I originally found these book's was because of someone I once loved suggested them to me she told me in some way's you may find your self in there she was quite... Read morePublished 6 months ago by mica
Kinda "meh" on this one. This is "just a Miles" book. No Aral, no Cordelia, no Gregor, no Ivan, no Illyan - basically none of the people that I love from the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by BellaGrace
In this novel, which takes place about three months after Miles Vorkosigan is named as the youngest Auditor of the Bayarran Empire, we see the accumulated result of the stress and... Read morePublished on April 8, 2014 by Nathan Albright
Or "The One Where Miles Falls in Love".
The end of the last book promised a new direction both for the life of everyone's favorite short hyperactive person and... Read more
I love every book in the Vorkosigan series. But don't start with this one; I recommend reading the series chronologically as listed in the back of most of the books, perhaps even... Read morePublished on December 8, 2013 by Rene B.