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The Vorkosigan Companion (Vorkosigan Saga) [Mass Market Paperback]

Lois McMaster Bujold
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31 Aug 2010 Vorkosigan Saga
Lois McMaster Bujold's best-selling Vorkosigan series is a publishing phenomenon, winning record-breaking sales, critical praise, four Hugo Awards, and a Nebula award. And the thousands of devotees of the series now have a book that will be a goldmine of information, background details, and little-known facts about the Vorkosigan saga. Included is an all-new interview with Bujold, as well as essays by her on crafting the Vorkosigan universe, articles on the biology, technology, and sociology of the planet Barrayar, appreciations of the individual novels by experts, maps, a complete timeline of the series, and more.

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (31 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439133794
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439133798
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 10.6 x 17.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,018,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy and has won six Hugo Awards and two Nebula Awards, including a Nebula Award for "Falling Free," included in "Miles and Metallurgy." She immediately attracted attention with her first novel, "Shards of Honor," which began her popular Vorkosigan series, and quickly followed it up with "The Warrior's Apprentice," which introduced young Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most popular characters ever in science fiction. The recent novels in her fantasy series for Harper-Collins have been top sellers, and one, "Paladin of Souls," took home her latest Hugo Award. The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in Minneapolis, MN. Lillian Stewart Carl is the published author of nineteen novels and a number of short stories in the fantasy and mystery fields. She has worked at a few "real" jobs--as an engineering aide, a librarian, a newspaper columnist, and a college history teacher--but all along was writing. The mother of two grown sons, she lives in a tract house "disguised as a book-lined cloister" with her husband, a cat, and a number of plants. John Helfers is an author and editor who has published more than forty short stories in various venues and edited more than a dozen anthologies. His media tie-in fiction has appeared in anthologies for the "Dragonlance"(R) and "Transformers"(R) universes, among others. He has also written both fiction and nonfiction books, including the third novel in the first authorized trilogy based on "The Twilight Zone"(TM) television series and a history of the United States Navy. Currently he is writing novels in the "Room 59" thriller series for Worldwide Publishing.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative and entertaining 15 Mar 2011
Format:Hardcover
Picked this book up not so long ago, am only up to the second chapter. So far its been an informative read with a great insight to Bujold's writing and how She got started in the industry. About two pages in I got a really strong urge to go back and read my favourite Miles adventure 'Mirror Dance', for me its the first one I read and its got to be my all time favourite- But I digress. Am looking forward to reading the Novel Summeries, and Saga Concordance. After those I know I'll have to start from the begining again with Shards of Honor and just keep reading. This is a book for fans of the series, especially if you havent read them for a while, its perfect for rekindling your love for Miles et al.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not that great 28 Dec 2008
By N. L. Booth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This was not the best companion book I've ever had. I didn't have the errors mentioned in a previous review so the print run must have been corrected (for those who still want the book). Other companion books have had maps and pictures to flesh out the stories. This book only has a 'map' of the planets and their relativity in space. What about Barrayar, or Sergyar, or other planets where the characters covered wide areas? Where are the different areas in relation to each other? Or floor plans of Vorkisigan House so that we can see the Great Butter Bug Battle? How about a picture of Taura? Or the bubble chair of the Cetagandans?

This book was mainly about LMB and the genesis of each story. Don't get me wrong - it was interesting. But not in a companion book to the stories. There was also a pronunciation guide AND a concordance. A lot of this was repetition and the size of the book would have been much less if the two had been combined. The summaries of each book would be good if you were new to the series - but what new reader is going to buy a companion book? That's for those who love the series and are die-hard fans.

This book just didn't measure up to expectations and if I'd seen it before I bought it then it would have stayed where it was. Unfortunately that didn't happen so it will sit on the shelf as a bad buy. Only get this book if you really are die-hard and must have everything written by LMB.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended for any prior avid fan of Bujold's books 15 April 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Vorkosigan Companion: The Universe of Lois McMaster Bujold is a 'must' for any prior reader of her Vorkosigan books: it is packed with essays, articles, and even a new interview with Bujold and discusses the sociology, science and psychology of her themes and novels. The Vorkosigan universe is complex: chapters delve into underlying meanings, influences, and more and provide a satisfying companion reader highly recommended for any prior avid fan of Bujold's books.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Half and Half 12 Nov 2012
By L. Booth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
I found this book to be of mixed value. The cover - well, I'm not the only person who thinks it is truly awful. I enjoyed the sections dealing with Ms. Bujold and her experiences as a writer. I also found the parts on the fandom surrounding the Vorkosiverse to be very interesting. I think anyone who aspires to be a writer would find those sections to be a great read.

However, the 'encyclopedia' part of the book was pretty terrible. The writing was not good. There were incoherent sentences, plot points gotten wrong, odd jumps in explanations, and so forth. The most glaring thing I noticed was the later the book, the worse the information. The very early books were covered in exhaustive detail, but I got the impression that the entries on the late books were written after one hasty reading. How could there be entries on plants mentioned once in the whole series, but no entry for Zap the cat?
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars for Vorkosigan-a-holic 27 Sep 2009
By Daniela Mancuso - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This book is for for poeple who can't help but reading everything related to Miles, Barrayar and the Vorkosigan saga in general. Considering the long-lasting abstinence from newly published novels, it is a good opportunity to learn more things about the Vorkosiverse and its genealogy. Above all, I appreciated the conversation with Lois. Whilst I hate the drawing on the cover-page. The pronunciation guide is intriguing but hardly understandable for a non english mother-tongue speaker.
28 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything You Wanted to Know 18 Nov 2008
By Arthur W. Jordin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
The Vorkosigan Companion (2008) is a guide to the Vorkosiverse. It includes a preface, seventeen articles divided into five Parts and three appendices. This work provides almost more than a reader would want to know about Miles Vorkosigan, his relatives, his friends, his world, his fans and his author.

Preface by Lois McMaster Bujold.

Part One: Creator of the Vorkosiverse

- Putting It Together: Life, the Vorkosiverse, and Everything by Lois McMaster Bujold.

- A Conversation with Lois McMaster Bujold by Lillian Stewart Carl.

- Publishing, Writing, and Authoring: Three Different Things by Lois McMaster Bujold.

- A Conversation with Toni Weisskopf by John Helpers.

Part Two: Aspects of the Vorkosiverse

- Romance in the Vorkosiverse by Mary Jo Putney.

- Biology in the Vorkosiverse and Today by Tora K. Smulders-Srinivasan.

- "What's the Worst Thing I Can Do to This Character": Technology in the Vorkosiverse by Ed Burkhead.

Part Three: Appreciations

- Through Darkest Adolescence with Lois McMaster Bujold, or Thank You, But I Already Have a Life by Lillian Stewart Carl.

- Foreword to Falling Free by James A. McMaster.

- Foreword to Shards of Honor by James Bryant.

- More Than the Sum of His Parts: Foreword to The Warrior Apprentice by Douglas Muir.

- Foreword to Ethan of Athos by Marna Nightingale.

Part Four: The Fans

- Come for the Bujold, Stay For the Beer: Science Fiction Writers as Occasions of Fandom by Marna Nightingale.

Part Five: The Vorkosiverse Itself

- A Pronunciation Guide to the Vorkosigan Saga by Suford Lewis.

- An Old Earther's Guide to the Vorkosigan Universe by Denise Little.

- The Vorkosigan Saga Novel Summaries by John Helfers.

- The Vorkosigan Saga Concordance by Kerrie Hughes, John Helpers, and Ed Burkhead.

Appendices

- A Map of the Vorkosigan Universe.

- Timelines of the Vorkosigan Saga.

- A Brief Guide to Barrayaran Genealogy.

Naturally, this compendium is not the last word on Miles Vorkosigan. Not only will he have new readers, but we can reasonably hope that there will be more stories about him. Enjoy!

Highly recommended for Vorkosigan fans and for anyone else who enjoys knowing more about a favorite author and character.

-Arthur W. Jordin
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