I’m finally all done with the Vorkosigan Saga, which hopefully means that next week will be much more productive.
Miles Errant by Lois McMaster Bujold – Includes the short story Borders of Infinity and the two books Brothers in Arms and Mirror Dance.
Borders of Infinity – This was my first time reading this short story. Miles is in a Cetagandan prison camp and engineers a daring escape.
Brothers in Arms – After severe damage and losses from their last adventure, Miles and the mercenary fleet flee to earth for some much needed rest and repairs. Miles finds himself under the command of Duv Galeni, a Komarran whose family member was killed under Miles’ father (Komarr was a planet conquered by Barrayar). Miles finds himself having to balance his two separate identities, then finds himself to be the victim of a clone plot, all while desperately trying to scrape together money to pay for the repairs to the ships. Of course, all ends well, but it’s a close call in the meantime.
Mirror Dance – Miles’ clone, Mark, co-opts the mercenary fleet to go on a foolhardy mission. When Miles goes to the rescue, he gets killed. His team manages to cryogenically prep his body, but the cryogenic chamber gets lost! The rest of the book follows Mark’s visit to Barrayar, where he finally gets to meet his parents, and Miles’ recovery and resuscitation by a mysterious scientific group where all the women look alike. Both Mark and Miles survive, but with some pretty deep wounds.
Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold – The cryogenic revival has some bad effects on Miles; Miles then makes an even worse decision that results in him being forced to resign. Simon Illyan, the head of Imperial Security, then falls ill. Miles suspects that there is some foul play; in the midst of solving the mystery, he gets appointed as an “Imperial Auditor.” This new job title sticks.
Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold – Miles, as Imperial Auditor, is sent to Komarr to investigate the collision of a ship with the solar mirror and starts falling in love with his married hostess, Ekaterin Vorsoisson. In the meantime, old political tensions mix with new science to result in a terrible plot that Miles must somehow defuse and Ekaterin’s husband gets killed. Ekaterin actually ends up having quite a pivotal role in the plot’s resolution.
A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold – The Emperor’s wedding is the perfect event for everyone else to have romantic and domestic problems. Miles, trying to “subtly” court Ekaterin (who is rather allergic to marriage) runs into problems with his courting methods and deals with some nasty rumors; Mark, back from a year of therapy and school, has his own set of problems. Throw in some cockroach-like “butter bugs,” and, of course, some political drama, and you have another very entertaining Vorkosigan Saga book that will make you laugh out loud.
Winterfair Gifts in Irresistable Forces (Catherine Asaro editor) by Lois McMaster Bujold – This short story is housed in a collection marketed as “romance meets fantasy/sci-fi” and starts on the eve of Miles and Ekaterin’s wedding, told from the viewpoint of Miles’ armsman, Roic. Is Ekaterin having a bout of nerves about the wedding? Or is there something more sinister going on?
Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold – Miles and Ekaterin, at the tail end of their postponed honeymoon, get sent to Quaddiespace on an Imperial Auditor mission to straighten out a sticky situation. We encounter Quaddies – bioengineered people who have four arms (instead of legs), perfect for gravity-free environments. The sticky situation turns dangerous, of course, and Miles has to figure out how to save everyone — and himself — before it’s too late…
With a bookmark:
(Books I just started reading, or books I’ve been “reading” for ages. Most recent first.)
- The Power of a Positive No by William Ury
- The Elements of Typographic Style by Robert Bringhurst
- A Long Obedience in the Same Direction by Eugene Peterson
Library book box:
- The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
- Magic Street by Orson Scott Card
- Doc Halligan’s What Every Pet Owner Should Know by Karen Halligan
- Empire by Orson Scott Card
- Pistol by Mark Kriegel