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Komarr (Vorkosigan Saga Book 11) [Kindle Edition]

Lois McMaster Bujold
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Komarr could be a garden - with a thousand more years work. Or an uninhabitable wasteland, if the terraforming fails. Now the solar mirror vital to the terraforming of the conquered planet has been shattered by a ship hurtling off course. The Emperor of Barrayar sends his newest Imperial Auditor, Lord Miles Vorkosigan, to find out why.

In the political and physical claustrophobia of the domed cities, are the Komarrans surrounding Miles loyal subjects, potential hostages, innocent victims, or rebels bidding for revenge? Miles is caught in a race against time to stop a plot that could exile him from Barrayar forever. His hope lies in an unexpected ally, one with wounds as deep and honor as beleaguered as his own.

"Miles is a hugely popular character with fans--and they won't be disappointed with his latest adventure."
- Therese Littleton

“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

Bujold's "work remains among the most enjoyable and rewarding in contemporary SF."
- Publishers Weekly

"Bujold is also head and shoulders above the ruck of current fantasists and well as science-fictionists."
- Booklist

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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 927 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles meets his match 27 Sept. 2012
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To really appreciate this book, you need to have read some of the preceding books in the series. However, you can still enjoy it on its own.

In this book, we meet Ekaterin Vorsoisson, unhappy wife of Etienne Vorsoisson, a Barrayaran administrator on conquered Komarr. It's her apartment where Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan comes to stay (with her uncle, Imperial Auditor Professor Vorthys) when investigating the origins of a planetary disaster: was it accident, incompetence - or sabotage?

Interestingly, in this book, Ekaterin is the main point-of-view character. In most of the other Vorkosigan Saga books, this is Miles, so this represents a change. But the change works extremely well. Not only do we get to see Miles as strangers see him, but we get the point of view of someone who does not routinely move in the same rarefied social, political and military circles as Miles. Ekaterin grew up in a provincial town; she has followed the socially-acceptable life path for a young Vor girl (wife and mother) but it has not brought her happiness. Now we get to see not only how the 'other half' lives, but also how Ekaterin reacts to Miles' famous forward momentum and you-can-do-anything-and-the-universe-had-better-get-out-the-way attitide.

As usual with Bujold's books, all of her characters are living beings. She manages to write people so that even the ones you never meet - who are only referred to in one line spoken by a walk-on character - seem to conjure up a whole image and personality. Bujold delights in the ridiculous, but she can be serious too, often by stealth. We meet Ekaterin's husband, a lonely, frightened man whose loneliness and fear are all his own fault, or the fault of his clinging to increasingly outmoded social mores.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miles is my hero! 17 Feb. 2014
By Alyxx
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Can't get enough of Miles Vorkosigan! A hero who is all too human but who doesn't let a lack of height stop his rise to the top!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Komarr 26 April 2013
By Pat
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Excellent book continues the Vorkosigan saga, as good as the rest of them, I am looking forward to the next one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 7 Sept. 2014
By P Crowe
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Very well written picked it up to read every time I got a chance
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5.0 out of 5 stars Miles meets his match? 10 Oct. 2012
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The writing of Lois Mcmaster Bujold is unique in her ability to blend comedy, deep thinking and adventure. Some of her early novels starring her protagonist Miles are space opera. They are very funny while containing accute observation of the follies of war and the failures of politics. Within the series we are introduced to Miles before his birth and and are privy to glimpses of his hyperactive childhood. Miles goes from adolescent to maturity encountering different milestones along the way. In this novel the former military strategist and sometimes space admiral has begun a new career as an imperial auditor. He and his fellow auditor have arrived on the planet Komarr to investigate the damage to solar mirrors that are part of the planetary terriforming reshaping Komarrs ecology. Miles is in a process of ajustment to the very broad powers of his new position. The auditors are to be guests of Ekatrine and her family. Ekatrines husband administers a part of the terriforming project and is stressed by the arrival of auditors who intend to examine the workings of his department, even though one of them is his wife's delightful uncle. The unfolding story is seen partially through the eyes of Ekatrine, and partially from the viewpoint of Miles.
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. To Miles the family originally appears the archetype of what he now seeks for himself, delightful domesticity with a refined and intelligent woman. Existing in the same space as mystery is an examination of the difficulites of marriage
Circumstances insure that these finely drawn characters are both shaken and stirred by the end of the tale. The conclusion of this adventure includes perhaps my favorite description of the adult Miles. When asked about Miles Ekatrine replies " he's not so short, he's just concentrated."
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There's nothing left to say 5 May 2013
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It's Lois McMaster Bujold. It's the Vorkosigan Saga. It's wonderful. Myles comes into his own. Must read for this series. What's there to say?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Miles at it again. 22 Feb. 2013
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If you're a fan of the vorkosigan saga you won't be dissapointed, as the usual turnarounds and good history telling and on this one too.,
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Bujold's many, many reading delights. 29 May 2013
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As always, Lois McMaster Bujold does comfort food in books. Her writing is wonderous as always. This book is no exception.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Besr of the great "Vorkosigan" series 20 April 2013
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Enjoyed the whole bit. This author obviously knows the suffering of an emotionally abused woman, wheras others outside the marriage see only a relationship with no physical abuse, and a 'charming' man involved. Ergo, to them, she is so lucky to have such a wonderful guy....
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