Cryoburn (Vorkosigan Saga) Hardcover – 2 Nov 2010
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About the Author
Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy and has wonfive Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards, including a Nebula Award for "Falling Free," included in "Miles, Mutants and Microbes." 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. Her two recent fantasy series for Harper-Collins have been top sellers, from which "Paladin of Souls"took home her latest Hugo Award. The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in Minneapolis, MN."
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Both of these were good, but, to my mind, mere shadows of earlier novels such as Mirror Dance, Cetaganda and Memory. In Wintergifts and Diplomatic Immunity I felt that Bujold's attention was clearly elsewhere, or just running out of things to say about Miles, and therefore I had prepared myself to say goodbye to the series.
But now we have this new novel, set six or seven years after Diplomatic Immunity. Miles is now nearly forty, still an Imperial Lord Auditor in the Barrayaran Empire, but when visiting the planet of Kibou-daini/New Hope, he has been kidnapped. In just five days Miles now finds himself trying to escape the clutches of people hoping to hold the Lord Auditor to ransom.
As events unfold we find that this is an attempt by terrorists, the New Hope Legacy Liberators, to bring attention to their cause. Disorientated by sedatives, Miles is found by twelve year old Jin, who lives in a seemingly disused cryogenic factory.
Miles escapes. Investigating further, he finds that the major cryogenic companies on Kibou are involved in conspiracy and subterfuge and that there is a major cover-up. One that Miles feels should be brought out to the open.
So here we have Miles `meddling' again, in events off-world from his home on Barrayar.Read more ›
The true brilliance of the series has always lain in McMaster Bujold's light touch in writing, and the sheer wonder of her central character. Her skills in world building are average and, as "Cryoburn" involves introducing us to a new world where countless dead lie in cryostasis awaiting resurrection, this brings the first problem. It's an interesting idea, taking an old theme of hers to an extreme conclusion, but it would be out of character for her to delve too deep into it - gritty social realism has never been her strong suit - and so it simply remains an intriguing but underdeveloped idea. Instead, we see Miles thrown into the middle of a convoluted plot about the cryostasis business that threatens Barrayar in a slightly unspecified way, which he attacks in his usual forthright and entertaining manner, producing a swift plot with some nice supporting characters, who tend to fall into familiar niches.
The usual elements of success for a Miles story are there, but never really gell.Read more ›
The zany craziness of the earlier books in the series that was one of the great attractions of Mile's stories mostly seems to be missing. Nearly all the other books in the series make me laugh at reasonably regular intervals throughout, something that seems to be lacking in this book much to my disappointment. That alone makes this book, for me, one of the lesser books in the series. It's real sting, and best writing, comes at the end of the story. There's no denying that this book is another turning point in the series, but as an auditorial outing, Bujold has done better with earlier books. It's hard to decide if it should get 3 or 4 stars, but it's certinaly not a 5 star outing, but is nevertheless recommended reading for established fans of the series.
The author: Lois McMaster Bujold has won a whole string of awards for her space-opera Vorkosigan Saga (of which this is the most recent, the thirteenth!) plus a series set in an alternate Middle-ages World, Chalion; plus a series set in an alternate Mississippi-World, `the Sharing Knife'.
The CD-that-comes-with-it: has a lot of stuff - pictures of covers, interviews and speeches by the author... and *all* the book texts of the whole Vorkosigan series in 'html files! (you can impiort these onto your iPad, oh joy). Plus 'The Vorkosigan Companion' in .html too. Pretty amazing, for this price - but my five stars are for the book alone - the CD is an unexpected bonus!
My opinion: I am happy to see Manic Miles back on his karma delivery service, as he himself calls it in this book. Excellent.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it. I'm working my way through this series and will definitely go on to Bujold's other books/series.Published 4 months ago by Internet shopper
Kibou-daini is an obscure planet in a remote corner of the wormhole nexus, but one with a specialisation in cryogenic freezing and revival as a means of cheating death. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. Whitehead
Miles is getting older, but that doesn't mean he's getting any less 'Milesian'. It just means he is taking a step back from the shooting bits of his investigations. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Miles appears once again, this time to untangle a problem on a planet where the dead are frozen, to be revived at a later date. Read morePublished 20 months ago by ilia
A pleasant story to spend a day of my holiday with, although the emerging themes were underdeveloped. And then, in the final pages, a totally gripping ending....Published on 18 July 2014 by JP
I first started reading the Vorkosigan Saga quite by chance when I picked up a copy of 'The Warrior's Apprentice'. Read morePublished on 1 Jan. 2014 by Steve