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Product details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: NAL Trade (3 Feb. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0451211111
  • ISBN-13: 978-0451211118
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 2.1 x 13.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 167,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Catherine Asaro is a Harvard-trained scientist and the author of ten novels. Among her literary honors are a Nebula Award, the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award, Analog Readers' Poll, National Reader's Choice Award, the Prism, the Sapphire, and the Homer.

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Format: Paperback
Many I suspect will, like me, buy this book purely for "Winterfair Gifts" the long awaited addition to Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan saga. Those who do so may be disappointed, not because the story isn't marvelous (it is!) but because at only eighty pages in length it is enough to whet one's appetite but not enough to fully satiate it. Also Miles fans should be warned that he and Ekaterin are only minor players in this story. To those still hungry after devouring "Winterfair Gifts" I would recommend reading the other stories here, you may be pleasantly surprised.
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In concept, Irresistible Forces, an anthology edited by Catherine Asaro, sounds like something I would avoid like the plague. The book contains six SF romances by three leading romance authors and three SF authors, all of the stories dealing heavily with emotions and various other romance genre tropes. As a reader who actively avoids the romance genre, I approached this book with caution. Sadly, the caution was justified, though the Bujold story almost makes up for it. At least half of the stories contain most of the romance stereotypes that I despite, such as the constant "one touch by him set her aflame" prose, or the overly emotional language. One of the romance authors surprised me while one of the SF authors disappointed me, making for a collection of stories that was obviously not meant for me. If you're a romance fan, however, this may be a treat for you.
I'll highlight the best and the worst and then just comment in general. "Winterfair Gifts," by Lois McMaster Bujold, is the Miles Vorkosigan story that I requested this book for, and it was well worth it (I probably should have read it last). This is the story of Miles' wedding to Ekaterin, after the almost disastrous courtship in A Civil Campaign, and it continues the wonderful humour of the series by giving us the whole story in the view of one of Miles' armsmen, Roic. It's Roic's job to guard the Vorkosigan estate at night, as well as to ferry Miles (or one of his designates) around when needed, and it's interesting to see the world of the Vor elite from the point of view of a commoner. And when the guests start showing up, it gets even worse, with the feral (but gentle when she wants to be) Sergeant Taura striking Roic's interest despite his shyness and the chaos going on around them.
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Like the previous reviewer, I bought this book for Winterfair Gifts and was not disappointed - a worthy contribution to the continuing marvellousness that is the work of Lois McMaster Bujold. Fans will be pleased to hear that we get to see some more of Sergeant Taura. But despite turning with anticipation to the rest of the book, I found the other short stories are really not worth the effort - weak characterisation, self-indulgent plots, nothing that really lifts off the page. Without Winterfair Gifts this would pretty much make a good doorstop, but not much else.
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