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Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga Book 7) by [Bujold, Lois McMaster]
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About the Author

One of the most respected writers in the field of speculative fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold burst onto the scene in 1986 with Shards of Honor, the first of her tremendously popular Vorkosigan Saga novels. She has received numerous accolades and prizes, including two Nebula Awards for best novel (Falling Free and Paladin of Souls), four Hugo Awards for Best Novel (Paladin of Souls, The Vor Game, Barrayar, and Mirror Dance), as well as the Hugo and Nebula Awards for her novella The Mountains of Mourning. Her work has been translated into twenty-one languages. The mother of two, Bujold lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 973 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc. (9 Jun. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0055EFASI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
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Now this is interesting; although this is most definitely a story in the Vorkosigan universe, we are not with our usual protagonist or situation; this is a side jaunt, if you will. In fact, readers who have picked up Bujold's 'Falling Free' will find a similar feeling with this novel.

This time around, our main character is the titular doctor, a member of a male-only society that reproduces using cloned ovarian tissues. When their stocks of female material become unviable, Ethan is chosen to go out into the universe to retrieve some more in order to vouchsafe the future of his planet.

As opposed to the self-assured, charismatic Miles Vorkosigan, Ethan is an endearingly timid and naive protagonist, who finds himself hopelessly out of his depth on a strange space station. When his mission goes drastically wrong, and he finds himself caught up in something much bigger, he is even forced to accept the help of... A WOMAN.

Said woman is Elli Quinn, a minor character from Miles's early career, now a fully-realised and delightfully snarky presence. She manages to aid the hapless Ethan while exasperating and confounding him; their interplay is frankly the highlight of the book, and makes what could be quite a flimsy plot into a highly enjoyable journey.

Ethan of Athos might not be a particularly important installment in the overall Vorkosigan saga, but it is a touching and well-written self-contained story in its own right.
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The plot (without spoilers): The male-only planet of Athos is running out of genetic stock, and so Dr Ethan is sent out into the wild (and woman-infested) universe to, um, stock up. This being Bujold, endless complications ensue, in a labyrinthine but logical way, and with interesting characters, not good and evil but shades of these... Commander Elli Quinn, of Miles Vorkosigan's Dendarii Mercenaries, is on a solo mission and intersects with Dr Ethan: with surprising consequences for all concerned.

My opinion: like junk food, Bujold is very addictive - but her output is much too smart, funny and wise to be junk lit. These are good books! Very easy to read, re-readable every few years, tense, puzzling, with a sustained universe (the Vorkosigan Saga, of which this is a 1986 off-shoot) and very 3-dimensional characters. Junk food for smart people with a sense of humour, I would say (rather smugly, but there you go). Recommended! 9/10
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Ethan of Athos is a very pleasant addition to Bujold's 'Vorkosigan' books. It takes a bit of a side route from her main timeline, concentrating instead on Elli Quinn and one of her adventures while working for the Dendarii Mercenaries.
The idea of an all-male society (only possible with advanced technology) is well explored, as is the culture clash when a member of this society (Ethan) has to deal with that most mysterious entity - a woman.
This however, is merely one thread of an amusing, engaging plot involving interplanetary espionage, genetics, space station life and eels (yes, eels - I won't spoil the plot by explaining them).
If you've never read any Bujold, but you like quality writing and convincing characters, this is a great book to start on, with very little 'past history' to deal with. If you've read and liked anything else by her, you should enjoy this book.
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This is a typically exciting story with the added interest of an exploration of the implications of the available technology.

Uterine replicators, which allow a fetus to develop outside its mother, were introduced in "Shards of Honour" having been invented on Beta Colony some two hundred years earlier to help with medical emergencies. On the wealthier planets no babies gestate in the old fashioned way.

Athos was settled by the Founding Fathers not long after the uterine replicator was invented. They brought ovaries, replicators and men and have created a society without the source of all evil: women. Unfortunately, the original ovaries are deteriating and must be replaced. The first attempt the purchase new ovaries online is a failure and a doctor, Ethan, must go out into the galaxy to inspect the product before purchase. We have both the excitement of the plot he finds himself within and the amusement of Ethan's difficulties in meeting - its the correct medical term and one should not be embarrased to use it - women.
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Don't start this one thinking Miles is in it. You'll only be disappointed. The little guy is mentioned quite a bit though and one of the major characters is Elli Quinn, some might remember her from The Warrior's Apprentice. The main protagonist is this chap Ethan. He lives on a male only planet inhabited by blokes who live in superstitious dread of women (otherwise known as uterine replicators with legs). The fun starts when he has to leave his home planet in search or a replacement supply of ovarian cultures to replace the failing existing cultures, without which his society can't reproduce. Due to massive culture shock (women everywhere) Ethan soon gets up to his neck in trouble. It's all quite light hearted but very amusing.
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