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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.
The auditors are tasked to discover and resolve the puzzle of the solar array. Who damaged it and why? Is it sabotage or accident? Is it meant to destabilize positive relations between Barrayar and Komarr?
While the underlying elements of plot are deadly serious, elements of character are immediately funny. By chapter two Miles knows he is uncomfortably attracted to his lovely and very married hostess. Through Ekatrines narration we already know that her marriage is challenging, and her husband difficult.Read 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Miles' first case as Auditor takes many twists and turns, including meeting the woman of his dreams. The only problem is she's married.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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
Somebody other then Miles becomes the real hero or heroine! The suspense builds and builds. Well written and thought out.Published 2 months ago by Joe P. Sanders
Excellent military science fiction, with superior character development, and story telling, in a well fleshed out complex civilization.Published 4 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 6 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 9 months ago by mica