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Possibly the best Vorkosiverse entry to date.,
This review is from: Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (Vorkosigan Saga) (Hardcover)
It's really hard to discuss this tale without including spoilers, but I'll try. The only summation that I'll provide is an indirect one; this book takes large parts of the plots of Komarr and A Civil Campaign, mashes them together, turns them inside out, and twists - hard. This is not the first Barrayar story that has been centered on someone other than her main protagonist, Miles Vorkosigan, though he has been the focus of most of them. The events of Cryoburn left Miles with a very much restructured life, however, and it may be difficult for Bujold to write more about him entertainingly, so it's not surprising that she has shifted to Ivan here. He has been a background character since early on, and this is where he finally comes into his own. He's getting respect, he's lost his customary middle name (it has been a running gag across many volumes that he's usually called 'Ivan-you-idiot'), his career is solid and stable - and then Byerly Vorrutyer drops in to ask for a favor. That's where the toboggan run starts, and this one's got more than its share of unexpected turns. Along the way, we get a hefty dose of the ever-treasured one-line zingers that have increasing marked Bujold's writing, and some surprising supporting character development as well. It's clear that Bujold is not done with adding to her Barrayar series, and if this is any indication of what's to come, I hope there are many, many more!
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Initial post: Nov 9, 2012 12:11:53 PM PST
Grey Parrot says:
Hope to receive my copy today so I will have to take your word for it. Nothing can top "Memory" for me though and all are treasures in one way or another. I hope Bujold and Miles are not done with each other forever. I always miss him terribly.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 10, 2012 7:08:44 AM PST
L. Roth says:
Perhaps it's just my imagination, but I get a sense that Bujold is trying to bring the Vorkosigan saga to a sort of closure. Between this novel and Cryoburn, she has left all of her major characters at a point in their lives where their major issues have reached a resolution. That doesn't mean she can't write any more stories in that universe, but she's managed to tie up a lot of loose ends.
It was her birthday on November 2 - she's now 63. If she never writes another Vorkosigan universe story, I think both her readers and her characters can cut her some slack. I'm impressed looking back how far things have come since Shards of Honor in 1986. She's been living with Barrayar for over a quarter of a century now.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 29, 2012 1:30:03 PM PST
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Kindle Customer says:
I think Bujold was done with the Vorkosigan saga with A Civil Contract published in 1999. The 3 publications after were all part of a 3 book contract that she did with Baen and have weakened the Vorkosigan opus IMO. Diplomatic Immunity was really really the end.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 1, 2013 10:28:34 AM PST
Carol Wolf says:
I don't think this can be true; when she spoke at WorldCon in August, 2011, she read the first chapter of this book, but hadn't yet found a publisher for it.
Posted on Apr 20, 2013 9:54:11 PM PDT
Jivko Dobrev says:
Ridiculous. R. Ault has either never read the rest of the books or has a strange taste for S.F. books (Nora Roberts perhaps?)
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 2, 2015 5:42:32 PM PDT
Kelly Howard says:
or maybe Ault's taste just doesn't jibe with yours?
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