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Lois McMaster Bujold , Grover Gardner
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Sep 2007 Miles Vorkosigan Adventures
ONE CUNNING PLAN TOO MANY. . . ? It's spring in Vorbarr Sultana, and a young person's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love . . . money . . . bio-genetics . . . love . . . lack of money . . . incompatible planetary sexual mores . . . love . . . District succession scandals . . . the Emperor's wedding . . . and, of course, love . . . Lord Miles Vorkosigan, youngest Imperial Auditor to be appointed by the Emperor since the Time of Isolation, has a problem all his new power can't solve: unrequited love for the beautiful Vor widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson. Ekaterin is violently allergic to marriage as a result of her first exposure. But as Miles learned from his late career in galactic covert ops, if a frontal assault won't do, go to subterfuge. He has a cunning plan . . . Lord Mark Vorkosigan has a problem: his love for the sunny Kareen, daughter of Commodore Koudelka, has just become unrequited again. But if all his new money can't solve their dilemma, perhaps a judicious blending of science and entrepreneurial scheming might. He has a cunning plan . . . "It's another winner with all kinds of unexpected adventures . . . Georgette Heyer has met her match for intrigue and STYLE! A sprightly conducted romance with twists and turns that could only happen in a Vorkosigan-inspired novel. . . . Boy, can she write!" -Anne McCaffrey
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  • Audio CD: 2 pages
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (Sep 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1433207109
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433207105
  • Product Dimensions: 12.5 x 17.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,241,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you relish costume adventure in an intergalactic society starring strong, convincing male and female characters, you'll adore the Vorkosigan Series. If you haven't met Miles Vorkosigan, whose brilliance, manic energy, and unstoppable determination make him a larger-than-life hero despite his dwarfish stature, pick up Komarr and A Civil Campaign. Read them, and then go back and catch the previous nine books (10 if you count Ethan of Athos, which features not Miles but his partner, Ellie Quinn); or read the series in order, starting with the romance of Miles's parents in Shards of Honor.

A Civil Campaign opens where Komarr ends with Miles determined to court Ekaterin. Unfortunately, his approach is described as "General Romeo Vorkosigan, the one-man strike force" by his father. The potential for comic disaster increases when Miles' clone brother Mark arrives. He has brought a brilliant but scatterbrained scientist who has created a bug producing a perfect food: bug butter. They set up a lab in the basement of Vorkosigan House. Mark has also found a nice Barrayaran girl--she even likes the bugs--with whom he got together on the sexually liberated world of Beta. But now Kareen's living at home. Naturally, disaster strikes, repeatedly and on all fronts.

Bujold unfolds her comedy of manners while continuing to explore familiar themes: the difficulties in becoming a strong adult woman in a patriarchy; the need for trust and honesty in relationships between the sexes; the difference between appearance and identity; and the impact of advanced biotechnologies on society. A Civil Campaign is a sure-fire Hugo and Nebula award nominee, likely to add another statue to Bujold's already full shelf. It's charming, touching, and quite funny too. --Nona Vero --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.0 out of 5 stars The Battlefield of Love 24 Oct 2003
Miles Vorkosigan is at it again, merrily planning (and attempting to execute) a very exacting military campaign. The only trouble is, the military objective is inducing his new-found lady love Ekaterin to marry him. His plan includes notable pieces of strategy: not to be too obvious about it, as she is still in mourning for her late husband (see the earlier book Komarr for details); keep other suitors well away; make sure there are frequent opportunities for the two to be in each other's presence; ensure that she becomes aware of all the niceties that would entail from marrying into one of the noblest families on Barrayar. Each piece of his plan, though, runs into one minefield after another, and as he puts emergency stop-losses in place, his situation continuously deteriorates, culminating in a dinner where absolutely everything goes wrong.
The dinner may be the high point of this book - the person who can read this section and not fall over laughing, cringing, and crying all at the same time isn't a real human being. For this book is not about military action, political plots, or single-handed world-saving, but is rather a very witty comedy. The picture of Miles making just about every mistake a lovelorn suitor can is both marvelously funny and very believable, and the picture of Barrayaran society is solidly fleshed out, making the whole a perfect environment in which to play out such a comedy of manners. As usual, Bujold keeps several plot threads spinning at once, whose resolution, while (for once) not at all earth-shaking, makes for a nicely unified wholeness to the basic story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is not JUST Science Fiction 5 Aug 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
"A Civil Campaign" is described by its author as "A Comedy of Biology & Manners" and is dedicated to Jane, Charlotte, Georgette, and Dorothy* (long may they rule). This alone should tell us that it crosses genres - brilliantly. It is a Regency romance set in the 31st Century on a distant planet, it is a true Science Fictional study of the effects on society of several different biotechnologies, and it is a work of great humour. Do not read Chapter 9 (the dinner party) in any place where loud sustained laughter might be embarrassing.

The action of this book, which takes place on the Imperial Planet of Barrayar during the run-up to the marriage of the Emperor Gregor Vorbarra, occurs late in the Vorkosigan series but it is an excellent introduction to it - it is a tribute to the author's skill that any book in the series can be read on its own without any sense of something missing.

When I re-read one of Lois Bujold's books, I am delighted by all the little details I had forgotten. She is a master craftsman, her characters always seem real (villains have their virtues and heroes their vices), and she does not overlook the smallest detail of language or plot.

This is a book to read and reread, but I shall not spoil the delight of a first reading by attempting to summarise the plot without revealing the surprises. I shall simply say that if you have never read anything by Lois you have a treat in store, and if you have read some of her other works this is one of the best.

* Austen, Bronte, Heyer and Sayers
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best in a hysterically funny series 20 Aug 2006
By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
The Miles Vorkosigan series of adventures is probably the most amusing comedy science fiction series ever written. This is the ninth Miles Vorkosigan adventure, and in my opinion the funniest book in the series.

It is slightly different from the other ten books in the series - the first eight and the last two all have elements of action adventure, mystery and detection. This one, on the other hand, can best be understood as a regency romantic farce set several hundred years in the future on a planet which in some ways is used to high technology and in others is a quasi-feudal militaristic Empire.

The Miles Vorkosigan stories, and four other books set in the the same future universe, can stand on their own. However, a number of them, of which this is one, will give you something extra if you have previously read some of Bujold's books set earlier on the same timeline.

If you have not previously met Lord Miles Vorkosigan, he is

1) a brilliant intriguer who at one stage was juggling at least three identities;
2) physically very small, having been injured in his mother's womb by poison gas;
3) a former spy for Imperial Barrayan security, former mercenary admiral and present "Imperial Auditor";
4) desperately trying to find a wife; and
5) hysterically funny to read about.

The book is set in the run-up to the wedding of Miles' cousin the Emperor. Several other people are thinking about love and marriage, including Miles himself, who is very much in love with Ekaterin who he met in the previous book, "Komarr".
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Surprise!
Keeping to the style that the author's writing is definitely coming from, I found this book "most agreeable" - As mentioned by another reviewer, there is a strong feel of "Austen... Read more
Published 12 months ago by N. Harpur
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic science fiction comedy with real people
Witty without being self-conscious, funny but not silly, this novel about Miles Vorkosigan's "campaign" to marry Ekaterin is the rest of the story which started with "Komarr" (the... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars A hilarious comedy of manners and morals
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Vorkosigan Triumph
Lois produced one of her finest works with this book. Impossible to put down. She wove a tale that took you heart in mouth through Miles' highs and lows, and Ekaterins personal... Read more
Published on 19 May 2011 by W. Bryant
4.0 out of 5 stars The best of the series.
I thoroughly enjoyed all the Miles Vorkosigan books, but I think this is the best of the series. Its combination of lovers' problems and final success with intriguing action works... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miles making merry
This is the last-but-one (so far) of Miles' adventures and is very different from all the others, as the title may suggest. Read more
Published on 15 Aug 2008 by The Tome Raider
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of a great series
This is quite simply a great book. Even allowing for the fact that I am a “fan” of Bujold’s work this one and ‘Memory’ stand out from all the others. Read more
Published on 22 Feb 2006 by David Topping
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Weddings & a Funeral in Space!
Decidedly different from most other works in the series, as the acton is all romantic rather than military, this is an amiable enough book, if a little lightweight. Read more
Published on 28 Jun 2001 by johnppotts@excite.co.uk
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book!!
This is a fantastic read. While Lois is great at the breath-taking fights, politics and sabotage, she now shows her genius in the romantic comedy. Read more
Published on 8 May 2001 by James of the Shire
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