Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
|Print List Price:||£6.99|
Save £2.00 (29%)
CryoBurn (Vorkosigan Saga) Kindle Edition
|New from||Used from|
|Length: 352 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
|Page Flip: Enabled||
Switch back and forth between reading the Kindle book and listening to the Audible narration. Add narration for a reduced price of £3.99 after you buy the Kindle book.
- Similar books to CryoBurn (Vorkosigan Saga)
Customers who bought this item also bought
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Cryoburn is the most recent Vorkosigan Saga novel to focus on the series' erstwhile central figure of Miles Vorkosigan. The two more recent books (Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, published later although set earlier than Cryoburn, and Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen) have focused on other characters with Miles playing a much-reduced role. So this is the last ride, maybe for a while, we get to have with Miles encountering a problem and sorting it out in his own, inimitable style.
Cryoburn is satisfying on that level, but it also sees Bujold flexing her writing skills. A lot of the book is told from the point-of-view of an 11-year-old boy, Jin, whom Miles encounters on his travels. Given the labyrinth plotting, conspiracies and feints of the average Vorkosigan book, having it filtered through the understanding of a child is challenging but Bujold pulls it off to deliver something fresh, giving us a new perspective on Miles and his world (and makes me think that a YA-focused Vorkosigan novel could actually be a very interesting read). However, the book also give us something more evolutionary and adult as well. This book is set seven years after Miles's previous adventure in Diplomatic Immunity and he is now approaching forty. He has matured a lot in that time, becoming a father several times over and is now less manic, less prone to blundering straight into situations and is more thoughtful and analytical. This is all relative to his former self, of course, and he remains the same character, but an older, more seasoned and more wary one.
Indeed, Cryoburn feels like a musing on the passing of generations, with Jin representing a new generation of children growing up in a more peaceful period of nexus history and Miles spending chunks of the book analysing his father's and grandfather's lives and what they went through. The book's musings on death, mortality and legacy also feed into this, but Bujold expertly avoids making this a maudlin or depressing book. Quite the reverse, the notion of mortality and the precious commodities of life and time are joyously celebrated...right up to the final, startling moments of the novel, which may rank among Bujold's finest-ever pieces of writing.
Cryoburn, an upbeat and uplifting book about death, is one of the stranger but stronger books in the series (****½). It is available now in the UK and USA.
THe latest 'Cryoburn' is another great book but I would suggest to any new reader to start with Cordelia's Honour and go from there.
Cordelia's son Miles at seventeed then became the central character of the following books and has had some great Si-fi adventures in this universe. Even visiting a futuristic Earth where an enemy agent plans to replace him with a clone. He survives and takes his replica home. He has always wanted a brother.
In his next adventure Miles is killed,frozen and resusicated which leaves him unsuitable for space duty and he is appointed as an Imperial Auditor. A roving position sorting out the Emperior's problems. This leads to a further series of adventures.
In Cryoburn he is sent to a planet where people can be frozen and await resusitation at some future time. One of the companys involved want to expand their franchise to one of the Barrayaran Emperor's planets. He sends Miles to look into the matter. Trouble follows.
Of course, there really is corruption on Kibou-Diani that Miles uncovers, mostly revolving around a kid called Milo, his sister and his (Cryofrozen) mother, which was remarkably fortunate as she was a rebel who had the critical bit of information on New Egypt that will blow the whole gig open. We also get told that their move into Komarr is some backdoor plot to take over Komarr, though its not really clear how since it would seem to require Komarr (and by extension, Barrayar) to adopt the same laws that exist on Kibou-Diani.
Having literally just finished "Diplomatic Immunity" prior to starting this book, I was hoping that we'd get to see what sort of a father Miles is - would his family prove as much of a source of stress to him as he doubtless did to his parents? But in fact his interactions with his family are limited to one video call from Ekaterin and his now four kids (wow, busy couple!), not including Nikki (though his interactions with his son-substitute, Milo, indicate he's a pretty decent dad). In fact, there are virtually no interactions with characters from previous novels other than Armsman Roic (except for Mark and Kareen, who appear about halfway through) - no Ivan, no Gregor, no Pym, no Cordelia, no Aral. And there's surprisingly little action - the one part where Miles attempts a guerilla raid on New Egypt it goes off without a hitch. Now that may be meant to represent the fact that Miles' planning is better than it used to be, or the fact that he's getting older (he now walks with a cane, partly thanks to the events of "Diplomatic Immunity"). In fact, death is a pretty near constant motif in the novel, what with all the frozen corpses, deaths of characters (we learn that Taura has died and is now buried in the Vorkosigan family plot) and the discussion between Mark & Miles about how a potentially life extending treatment might be really handy for their father.
I'm not going to spoil the major gamechanger that occurs at the end (though other reviews have, so read those if you want to know!), but suffice to say that things will be different for Miles in any future adventures.
Would you like to see more reviews about this item?
Most recent customer reviews