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Cryoburn (Vorkosigan Saga) Mass Market Paperback – September 27, 2011
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Bujold successfully mixes quirky humor with just enough action, a dab of feminist social commentary and her usual superb character development . . . enormously satisfying. -- Publishers Weekly
One of sf's outstanding talents . . . an outstanding series. --Booklist
. . . an intelligent, well-crafted and thoroughly satisfying blend of adventure, sociopolitical commentary, scientific experiments, and occasional perils . . . with that extra spicing of romance. . . --Locus --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Once again we are again pulled along Miles' wake as he first tries to figure out what is so fishy about the cryonics deal Kommar has with New Hope II otherwise known as Kibou-daini. Kibou is a planet obsessed with death and with trying to beat it and old age. Miles, in the course of resolving his assignment from Gregor and helping 11 year old Jin (two birds one stone kind of thing) must think of his own views on death and aging. In the end these things are easily skimmed over the first time you read this novel. Easily skimmed that is, until the end when Bujold hit you with a train you didn't even see coming. Now those issues Miles and the reader skimmed over are even more profound and I felt a compulsive need to reread the book.
I know this sound like a cryptic review, but you can read a plot summary above before you purchase and any spoilers will truly spoil the book. I can tell you we see a different side Miles who can seem cold even unattached in this book due to the perspective of new characters, who truly have no clue who Miles is. Readers are reassured that the Miles we have come to know is still the same (older & wiser) when the story switches to his perspective. We also see how Miles has grown into his job as Imperial Auditor and Bujold's prose is as witty as ever. I can only give you my best recommendation for a story; it was engrossing, it made me laugh, think and cry. All the things a great story is supposed to do.
What makes the Vorkosigan Saga unique in my experience (and if there are any other series that share this quality, please, let me know!) is that it is a very long-running series where each book does stand-alone yet which carries the same set of characters throughout (with the occasional addition or subtraction) and in which the characters undergo fundamental change throughout, significant, life-altering experiences that can't be brushed off or reset in the next volume. The best volumes in the series are, in fact, those that deal with those life-altering experiences.
Cryoburn does not fall into that category. Instead, it falls into the slightly-less-satisfying but still exceptional category of Vorkosigan Saga novels that use the science fiction setting to explore the effect of technological innovation on human society. Unlike many science fiction writers, Bujold has little interest in the physics of her universe; she hand-waved some wormhole-aided space travel technology and then never gave it another thought.Read more ›
Ms. Bujold's fascination with medical/life technology and it's effect on society is once again on display, and once again she creates an interesting society based on those changes. How would easy, convenient cryogenics affect society? This is something that could happen before long, and it could have a large impact on society. While the scenario she paints in this book is far fetched, it does a good job of illustrating the kinds of things society will face at some point.
The story is fun, the action exciting, the humor laugh out loud. Pacing is perfect. So why does it fall short? Well, to be honest it really doesn't, except in comparison to her own earlier work in the series. The first thing to note is that except for Miles and Roic, the rest of the large cast of characters we love to read about simply are not there, or only there briefly. No Cordelia, no Aral, no Ivan, no Simon, no Alys, no Gregor, no Ekatrin, no Pym. Mark and Kareen show up, but briefly. This is very frustrating to longtime fans, as [art of the pleasure of the Vorkosigan books is seeing how all those characters grow and interrelate.
More importantly, while the story is fine, it's not up to the standards of most of Bujold's books.Read more ›
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A Miles Vorkosigan book, like a Kinsey Millhone book, is straight-up comfort food. You expect certain ingredients--Miles's outsized personality, a plot that threatens to go off the... Read morePublished 14 days ago by D. Webster
It's impossible to write about this book without using loads of superlatives, which are tedious to read. This book is that good, though. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Isington
I'm going to post the same review for the entire Vorkosigan saga. MANY years ago (shudder to think - we only had books made of paper) I was stuck at an airport with nothing to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by book guy
Great book, but Amazon seems to have messed up the Kindle copy. Unlike every other Vorkosigan book with multiple POVs there are no blank lines when switching POVs. Read morePublished 2 months ago by William Michael Griffin
Another in the excellent series following Mikes in his adventures.Published 2 months ago by Steven M. Mondul
I have read most of Bujold's books and enjoyed them! I was, however, a little disappointed in this book, possibly because I'm an old guy and the subject matter was not something... Read morePublished 2 months ago by User99
I like Bujold,s writing and especially the Vor Novels. If irt says Lois Mcmaster
bujold wrote It then I will read it, definitely. Read more
love her work, engages me , i identify and am proud as if it were mePublished 3 months ago by Richard
Kibou-daini is an obscure planet in a remote corner of the wormhole nexus, but one with a specialisation in cryogenic freezing and revival as a means of cheating death. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A. Whitehead