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Good, but not as good,
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This review is from: Cryoburn (Vorkosigan Saga) (Hardcover)I quite enjoyed this latest episode in the Vorkosigen saga, but don't think it met the standards of the earlier books in the sequence. In particular, I found the sentimentality that seems to have crept into the books of late irritating (especially surrounding children who don't interest me in the least as characters).
Having reread much of the sequence recently, I thought the books featuring the Dendari and the stories/action surrounding them were much more interesting (as well as characters such as Aral, Cordelia, Ivan, Gregor, Galeni and Bothari). Miles seems to have become a tad less of a draw since his marriage. Perhaps a good tack to take in the next story would be for his wife to die...
I hear that the next Vorkosigen book will centre on Ivan - pray to God it's not yet another soppy romance. I like my SF more in the line of Shards of Honour, Barrayar, The Warrior's Apprentice, The Vor Game, Mirror Dance and even the sublime short story Falling Free. They had the emotional and humorous content, but also the strong, well-written action that kept me gripped throughout, so that I didn't want to put the books down. Some space-based action, which also featured in many of the previous novels, also appeals.
I feel this outing would have been better as a short story rather than a full-length book, and could have done without the CD in exchange for a stronger novel. The very final, harrowing episode was the only bit that really had the strength of events in the best of the previous novels - I can't believe it. Perhaps it's not true and it hasn't really happened, but has been fabricated in order to defeat some plot or other?
I love Miles and his world and am delighted to see him back - but please, Ms Bujold, let's have more in the line of the best of the previous books. I don't mind long books, with more substance.