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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: New American Library (Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451211111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451211118
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.6 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 991,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Catherine Asaro is a Harvard-trained scientist and the author of ten novels. Among her literary honors are a Nebula Award, the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, Analog Readers' Poll, National Reader's Choice Award, the Prism, the Sapphire, and the Homer.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A. Flatt on 23 Feb 2004
Format: Paperback
Many I suspect will, like me, buy this book purely for "Winterfair Gifts" the long awaited addition to Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan saga. Those who do so may be disappointed, not because the story isn't marvelous (it is!) but because at only eighty pages in length it is enough to whet one's appetite but not enough to fully satiate it. Also Miles fans should be warned that he and Ekaterin are only minor players in this story. To those still hungry after devouring "Winterfair Gifts" I would recommend reading the other stories here, you may be pleasantly surprised.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shaz17 TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 27 Jun 2005
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Six Stories by the six most popular authors. Stories range from sixteenth century Britain to the outer realms of space.
Winterfair Gifts: Bujold. I haven't read a lot of Bujold, but this will inspire me to read more. It is a science fiction romp and good fun. It's clear a lot is going on with the world and universe Bujold has created and many more characters to get to know. The two romantic leads, Roic and Taura, are great.
The Alchemical Marriage: Putney. This story is very different from the first. It is a historical fantasy with mages who fight the Spanish Armada with weather magic. Putney pulled me in right away, with the hero initially imprisoned in the Tower of London in 1588. I wanted to meet more of these two mages. I'm curious to know more about the weather magic, too.
Stained Glass Heart: Asaro. It is science fiction, though with a little the feel of fantasy. It charms in its evocation of first love, which is complicated by an unexpected arranged marriage. The turn-about is well done, with the young groom betrothed to older powerful bride.
Skin Deep: Stover. Another change of pace, a modern fantasy about a detective who goes undercover as a male stripper. Meanwhile, the former love of the heroine (a cad) has to earn his place in heaven by helping her straighten out her love life with the detective. To his dismay, the cad comes back as a woman. Many delightful hi-jinks follow.
The Trouble With Heroes: Beverley. This is a powerful story. What happens after the war is won and the hero wants to come home, but his people fear him? The story is gripping. Beverley's portrayal of the complex responses of the towspeople works. This is the first of her science fiction I have read.
Shadows in the Woods: Roberson.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David Roy on 22 Mar 2006
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In concept, Irresistible Forces, an anthology edited by Catherine Asaro, sounds like something I would avoid like the plague. The book contains six SF romances by three leading romance authors and three SF authors, all of the stories dealing heavily with emotions and various other romance genre tropes. As a reader who actively avoids the romance genre, I approached this book with caution. Sadly, the caution was justified, though the Bujold story almost makes up for it. At least half of the stories contain most of the romance stereotypes that I despite, such as the constant "one touch by him set her aflame" prose, or the overly emotional language. One of the romance authors surprised me while one of the SF authors disappointed me, making for a collection of stories that was obviously not meant for me. If you're a romance fan, however, this may be a treat for you.
I'll highlight the best and the worst and then just comment in general. "Winterfair Gifts," by Lois McMaster Bujold, is the Miles Vorkosigan story that I requested this book for, and it was well worth it (I probably should have read it last). This is the story of Miles' wedding to Ekaterin, after the almost disastrous courtship in A Civil Campaign, and it continues the wonderful humour of the series by giving us the whole story in the view of one of Miles' armsmen, Roic. It's Roic's job to guard the Vorkosigan estate at night, as well as to ferry Miles (or one of his designates) around when needed, and it's interesting to see the world of the Vor elite from the point of view of a commoner. And when the guests start showing up, it gets even worse, with the feral (but gentle when she wants to be) Sergeant Taura striking Roic's interest despite his shyness and the chaos going on around them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Helen Hancox TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 30 July 2007
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I imagine a lot of people will buy this book simply for the Lois McMaster Bujold story 'Winterfair Gifts', which shows the wedding of Miles Vorkosigan and Ekaterin from the viewpoint of Roic, one of Miles's armsmen. We also have a side romance between Roic and Taura and a mystery as to whom is trying to injure Ekaterin before the wedding. It's a great little story full of all the usual Bujold magic and probably the reason that most readers are buying this anthology. It's worth the cover price, too, as an enjoyable romp and giving more depth to Taura and Roic who have featured in previous episodes in the Vorkosigan saga. Definitely one to enjoy for Bujold fans and works well on its own for those new to her writing.

But there are five others stories in this collection as well. Perhaps none of them are as good as the Bujold story but they are still worth reading and their variety adds to the enjoyment. It's a chance to dip into the writing styles of other writers (some of whom are better known for historical romance books rather than sci-fi) and gives a good overview of the different kinds of stories in the romantic sci-fi genre.

'The Alchemical Marriage' by Mary Jo Putney is a historical story which introduces her Guardians, subjects of three (to date) full length novels. The Guardians are magicians with various skills including weather working who try to use their skills for good. Sir Adam Macrae (ancestor of some of the Macraes in the later books) is in the Tower of London at the behest of Queen Elizabeth because he is a Scot who supported Mary Queen of Scots. However he is granted freedom because his weather working skills are required to turn back the Spanish Armada which is preparing to attack England.
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