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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Miles - hero and author in good form!
The book:Miles Vorkosigan, Imperial Auditor for the Barrayar Empire, is sent on a solo mission to a planet where he has to attend a conference on cryo-freezing people, keeping them on ice until they can be revived. Of course there is another reason, or two: vote-rigging, corporate shenanigans, even planetary plots. See the hero go from panic to reacting cleverly to...
Published on 20 Nov 2010 by Henk Beentje

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not the best in the series to date..
This book takes place 9 years after the memorable events in A Civil Campaign: A Comedy of Biology and Manners (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures) and Miles is well and truly a married man. He is sent to Kibou-daini to investigate some possible cryo fraud that was being set up in Komarr by a Kibou-daini company. Once there Miles finds himself kidnapped and things finally start...
Published on 8 Nov 2010 by K. Maxwell


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4.0 out of 5 stars Lord Auditor Vorkosigan is back, 30 July 2013
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Not Bujold's best tale - but it gives us an interesting perspective from his armsman Roic.I enjoyed it enough to read it more than once - and enjoyed it more second time round!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hopefully not the last, 23 May 2013
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A thoughtful, funny,sad, wonderful read.

It introduces new characters which I am sure we will see again.

With a end that promises more to come...... please
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cryoburn, 26 April 2013
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Miles, 21 April 2013
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Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan books are some of the best books I have ever read. I would recommend them to anyone, and this one stands well along, but it might be better to start earlier in the series to get the full impact.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent science fiction, 28 Mar 2013
Nothing extraordinary, but very entertaining Bujold work. It was difficult to stop between sessions. Definetely enjoyed reading this. I recommend following Bujolds timeline.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, 30 Dec 2012
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Great read in the series that continues to show us Miles and his friends as they continue to grow up, become house-holders and do further daring deeds of adventure.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A new mission for miles, 26 Jun 2012
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Fantasy and science fiction writer Lois McMaster Bujold returns, after a few years away from it, to the science fiction series that made her name. The exploits of Miles Vorkosigan. The man short in statue but strong in mind and wit. Once mercenary, now happily married imperial auditor.

There is a fair bit of exposition in this and new readers may be able to get into it. But even so, it is the thirteenth novel in a series and thus there's a lot of back story. So start with Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga).

Regular readers, read on...

This volume runs for four hundred and six pages of story [after that comes a timeline of the series plus previews of books by some other writers] and is divided into twenty chapters plus a short epilogue.

It sees Miles in the middle of a new mission. On a world that is home to a company which specialises in suspended animation. For those who have diseases that can't currently be cured and who are looking to wake up in a time when they can. Or those who just want to wake up in what will hopefully be a better future. When they seek to expand their operations into the empire, Miles is sent to check things out.

Naturally he runs into trouble, and discovers shady goings on.

Can Miles find the truth of things, and help a young orphan who loves pets and his sister be reunited with their mother?

The book begins with Miles having just escaped a kidnapping and being in something of a disoriented state. Thus it does drop the reader right in the middle of things and you can feel almost as disoriented as he does from the start. But Jin, the aforementioned orphan who comes to his aid also becomes a viewpoint character, and his is an instantly sympathetic perspective, providing someone you can feel sympathy for and who is easy to relate to.

Everything does swiftly become very readable in due course.

There are other viewpoint characters, such as Miles' armsman Roic, who does have his moments as well.

The characterisation is strong and the prose very readable and the story does zip along nicely enough. It's not the most major story in the series though. But after so long away - it being a few years since the previous volume - regular readers might just be happy to be back in this universe.

Time has passed for Miles in the interim. Whilst his family remain at home during the story and only appear briefly, that passing of time is addressed by the scene in question.

There's not a great deal of incident here and the mystery doesn't amount to much, but there are good characters who interact very nicely, and that makes for a very pleasant read.

Not the strongest book in the series by any means, but a decent return for it.

However the end does bring in a surprise development for the series as a whole. And will leave you wondering what might happen next.

The next book in the series Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (Miles Vorkosigan) is due out later this year.

In the meantime: welcome back Miles. It's nice to read you again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A natural end to a brilliant series., 26 Nov 2011
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I enjoyed this book. This last adventure ties up some threads from previous stories. Miles as usual stumbles into the heart of the mystery. On escaping kidnap he is free to explore the underworld of Kibou-daini.
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1.Always accept the bribe!
2.Inform your superiors!
3.Do what you were going to do anyway!Cryoburn SC (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Always a good read, 13 Nov 2011
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I enjoyed this latest installment in the Vorkosigan Saga although I found it less satisfying than previous episodes, perhaps because there is gap of almost ten years between it and Diplomatic Immunity and for me, the real heart of it didn't come until the last few pages and was almost unconnected to the rest of the story.

While any book in the Vorkosigan universe is worth reading, I found this one to be a little too disconnected to previous books in the series with too few of the familiar characters I have grown to love as much (or more) as Miles himself. Nevertheless, it's still a good read and be prepared for tears at the end - if there's one thing McMasters Bujold can do, it's write a killer emotional ending!

One final note is that I hated the paperback edition of this with its minuscule margins and cheap paper. I wish she had a UK publisher!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light - until the end, 4 Oct 2011
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Part way into the book, I started to feal slightly let down. A pleasant, light romp with a character that I like and know well. But the earlier Miles magic was missing - and everything was predicable and too easy.

I was thinking of 3 stars until about 5 pages before the end.
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