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Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga Book 7)

Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

Lois McMaster Bujold
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Dr. Ethan Urquhart, chief biologist from the all-male world of Athos, must travel to other planets in search of new genetic material, as their current supply of ovarian tissue is no longer viable.
Ethan encounters what to him is practically an alien species -- women! -- and also finds himself hunted by Cetagandan ghem lords and helped out by Miles' Dendarii officer Elli Quinn.

"The plot-driven story moves swiftly and will engage sf fans of all sub-genres ... Bujold continues to prove what marvels genius can create out of basic space operatics.”
- Library Journal

“Bujold is not just a master of plot, she is a master of emotion.”
- SF Site

“Bujold is one of the best writers of SF adventure to come along in years.”
- Locus Magazine

“A superb craftsman and stylist, Ms. Bujold is well on her way to becoming one of the great voices of speculative fiction.”
- Rave Reviews

“Bujold has a gift, nearly unique in science fiction, for the comedy of manners.”
- Chicago Sun Times

“Superb far-future saga.”
- Publishers Weekly on the 'Vorkosigan' series

about the author:
Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children. She began writing with the aim of professional publication in 1982. She wrote three novels in three years; in October of 1985, all three sold to Baen Books, launching her career. Bujold went on to write many other books for Baen, mostly featuring her popular character Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, his family, friends, and enemies. Her books have been translated into twenty-one languages. Her fantasy from Eos includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife series.

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  • Print Length: 201 pages
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  • Language: English
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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The plot (without spoilers): The male-only planet of Athos is running out of genetic stock, and so Dr Ethan is sent out into the wild (and woman-infested) universe to, um, stock up. This being Bujold, endless complications ensue, in a labyrinthine but logical way, and with interesting characters, not good and evil but shades of these... Commander Elli Quinn, of Miles Vorkosigan's Dendarii Mercenaries, is on a solo mission and intersects with Dr Ethan: with surprising consequences for all concerned.

My opinion: like junk food, Bujold is very addictive - but her output is much too smart, funny and wise to be junk lit. These are good books! Very easy to read, re-readable every few years, tense, puzzling, with a sustained universe (the Vorkosigan Saga, of which this is a 1986 off-shoot) and very 3-dimensional characters. Junk food for smart people with a sense of humour, I would say (rather smugly, but there you go). Recommended! 9/10
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Vorkosigan Side Trip 23 April 2012
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Now this is interesting; although this is most definitely a story in the Vorkosigan universe, we are not with our usual protagonist or situation; this is a side jaunt, if you will. In fact, readers who have picked up Bujold's 'Falling Free' will find a similar feeling with this novel.

This time around, our main character is the titular doctor, a member of a male-only society that reproduces using cloned ovarian tissues. When their stocks of female material become unviable, Ethan is chosen to go out into the universe to retrieve some more in order to vouchsafe the future of his planet.

As opposed to the self-assured, charismatic Miles Vorkosigan, Ethan is an endearingly timid and naive protagonist, who finds himself hopelessly out of his depth on a strange space station. When his mission goes drastically wrong, and he finds himself caught up in something much bigger, he is even forced to accept the help of... A WOMAN.

Said woman is Elli Quinn, a minor character from Miles's early career, now a fully-realised and delightfully snarky presence. She manages to aid the hapless Ethan while exasperating and confounding him; their interplay is frankly the highlight of the book, and makes what could be quite a flimsy plot into a highly enjoyable journey.

Ethan of Athos might not be a particularly important installment in the overall Vorkosigan saga, but it is a touching and well-written self-contained story in its own right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Vorkosigan story with no Miles! 12 Aug 2011
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This is a typically exciting story with the added interest of an exploration of the implications of the available technology.

Uterine replicators, which allow a fetus to develop outside its mother, were introduced in "Shards of Honour" having been invented on Beta Colony some two hundred years earlier to help with medical emergencies. On the wealthier planets no babies gestate in the old fashioned way.

Athos was settled by the Founding Fathers not long after the uterine replicator was invented. They brought ovaries, replicators and men and have created a society without the source of all evil: women. Unfortunately, the original ovaries are deteriating and must be replaced. The first attempt the purchase new ovaries online is a failure and a doctor, Ethan, must go out into the galaxy to inspect the product before purchase. We have both the excitement of the plot he finds himself within and the amusement of Ethan's difficulties in meeting - its the correct medical term and one should not be embarrased to use it - women.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Proves once again that she is a great writer 26 Dec 2012
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I first read this book many years ago, just after it came out, and now I have it on my Kindle. It was one of my first Bujold books and it immediately told me that here was a writer who deserved to be taken seriously. Though the material is quick, and easy and light-hearted, the characters and imagination are very worthy. I was in Medical School at the time, and I would carry it around with me as I did my hospital rounds. People would ask me what I was reading and I would say, "Oh, a book about an Obstetrician from a planet where there are only men." Of course then they would say, "How could he be an Obstetrician when the planet has only men?" Ah, there the story beings. It is not really a medical story, so much as a story about people who face unique and interesting problems, and need to work to overcome them.

Clearly, by definition, the men on the planet Athos would be considered to be 'gay.' But it is a cultural, not a sexual thing. In fact, the book is full of culture, but not a bit of sex, other than a few minor allusions. I myself am not gay. I say that only because I want to emphasize that this is a book for everyone. This is a book about people and their efforts to deal with some interesting problems. Their cultural references are needed to help understand and set up their dilemma. On an emotional level, it isn't important that they are homosexual, though that becomes the source for the problems that drive the book. Since they are only men, and since they do cell cultures and raise their babies 'in vitro' they sometimes have problems maintaining their generative female tissue banks. That is what drives the plot, because they must find a way to replace this female tissue from whence they all issue. Bujold also tried to introduce a religious element into their belief system, and I felt that religious element deserved to be augmented in the book. It was understandable, but didn't strike me as detailed enough to become 'real.' For such an important element of their culture I really thought it deserved more of a place in the book. But I will frankly admit that maybe I am wrong, and maybe that is a reflection of my own personal preferences.

In any case, I still enjoyed this book very much. The honor and competency and selfless efforts of the main characters is their saving grace. So you have an interesting sub-culture, a unique scientific and cultural problem, a fish-out-of-water story, and good people. What more could you ask for?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend Series 1 Mar 2013
By KARLEEN G LAKE - Published on
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I have enjoyed the whole series and have recommended to several family members and friends. If you enjoy family sagas this is a very enjoyable series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great series 20 Dec 2012
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a book in the miles vorkosigan life series no actual miles but characters in his life book 4 in series
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read 24 Nov 2012
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This book is plainly written to make a point, but it's still a good, enjoyable read and it skillfully avoids or turns on their head the various goofy "man meeting women for the first time" tropes that might otherwise have turned this story into a farce. It's not a farce--it's a serious novel. It's also nice to encounter a male protagonist who is neither steeped in machismo nor a professional warrior. Nor is Ethan effetely helpless. He's an ordinary-enough guy who takes his responsibilities seriously and winds up in a nasty situation beyond his understanding, but not, as you'll discover, beyond his abilities.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A really fun read! 2 Nov 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It is really a great book for those who are LGBT or have friends or family members who are. It is a really fun read and yet again Ms. Bujold has expanded our horizons and our minds. There is plenty of excitement and adventure, along with really great characters. Along with the fun science fiction is a deeper message of being open-minded about gender and sexual orientation.
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