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Komarr (Vorkosigan Saga Book 11) by [Bujold, Lois McMaster]
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Lois McMaster Bujold comes through again with another sharp Miles Vorkosigan novel. Komarr can be read as a stand-alone, though it is part of a whole series. (Komarr brings the total to 16 books!) Miles is a hugely popular character with fans--and they won't be disappointed with his latest adventure.

The planet Komarr is undergoing centuries-long terraforming when one of the orbiting mirrors crucial to the effort is smashed by an off-course ship. Miles Vorkosigan is sent to Komarr to investigate the incident; once there, he becomes embroiled in political and scientific battles. To make matters worse, the name Vorkosigan is anathema on Komarr. But our intrepid hero can't be put down easily. While trying to save Komarr, he manages, maybe, to find true love at last! Bujold's original and intelligent blend of politics, science and cliffhanger space opera makes this book a satisfying adventure and a charming romance. --Therese Littleton

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Komarr could be a garden -- with a thousand more years work. Or an uninhabitable wasteland, if the terraforming fails. Now the solar mirror vital to the terraforming of the conquered planet has been shattered by a ship hurtling off course. The Emperor of Barrayar sends his newest Imperial Auditor, Lord Miles Vorkosigan, to find out why.

The choice is not a popular one on Komarr, where a betrayal a generation before drenched the name of Vorkosigan in blood. In the political and physical claustrophobia of the domed cities, are the Komarrans surrounding Miles loyal subjects, potential hostages, innocent victims, or rebels bidding for revenge?

Lies within lies, treachery within treachery -- Miles is caught in a race against time to stop a plot that could exile him from Barrayar forever. His burning hope lies in an unexpected ally, one with wounds as deep and honor as beleaguered as his own.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1244 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc. (2 Aug. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #67,160 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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To really appreciate this book, you need to have read some of the preceding books in the series. However, you can still enjoy it on its own.

In this book, we meet Ekaterin Vorsoisson, unhappy wife of Etienne Vorsoisson, a Barrayaran administrator on conquered Komarr. It's her apartment where Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan comes to stay (with her uncle, Imperial Auditor Professor Vorthys) when investigating the origins of a planetary disaster: was it accident, incompetence - or sabotage?

Interestingly, in this book, Ekaterin is the main point-of-view character. In most of the other Vorkosigan Saga books, this is Miles, so this represents a change. But the change works extremely well. Not only do we get to see Miles as strangers see him, but we get the point of view of someone who does not routinely move in the same rarefied social, political and military circles as Miles. Ekaterin grew up in a provincial town; she has followed the socially-acceptable life path for a young Vor girl (wife and mother) but it has not brought her happiness. Now we get to see not only how the 'other half' lives, but also how Ekaterin reacts to Miles' famous forward momentum and you-can-do-anything-and-the-universe-had-better-get-out-the-way attitide.

As usual with Bujold's books, all of her characters are living beings. She manages to write people so that even the ones you never meet - who are only referred to in one line spoken by a walk-on character - seem to conjure up a whole image and personality. Bujold delights in the ridiculous, but she can be serious too, often by stealth. We meet Ekaterin's husband, a lonely, frightened man whose loneliness and fear are all his own fault, or the fault of his clinging to increasingly outmoded social mores.
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Since discovering Lois McMaster Bujold I have been reading my way through the Vorkosigan saga in her suggested chronological order. I've enjoyed every single book, but this one I enjoyed so much that I have to stop for a long overdue review.

Bujold is a great writer of wonderful, well-plotted, compelling stories about people as real as any you will meet in fiction. This series is quite old, and so from a Sci-Fi technical perspective, particularly IT, it is clunky and out of date (though the thought of Miles Vorkosigan with a neural lace implant is just frightening!). Even for a lover of Ian Banks, though, Bujold's people are peerless. They are real, fully drawn, brilliantly observed. She gives attention to all the little things that make people individuals; petty faults and little graces. She has a wonderful sense of humour, chuckling along below the surface for much of the time and occasionally bursting out in a spring of delight. Her romantic streak is at least as wide as Barrayar, and why not?

I cheered, I laughed, I read curled up in my chair for hours when I should have been doing other things. No need for more, or for spoilers. Just to say that if you are new to this series, you could start with this book because of its unusual viewpoint - previous books have mainly focused exclusively on Miles, and Ekaterina's viewpoint allows you to see him from outside as well as within. It might be quite fun to start here, in fact, and then find out how Miles came to be later in your journey of enjoyment.

Ms Bujold, I salute you. Wonderful stuff.
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I hadn't read any Bujold (or SF) before but this was highly recommended and so I gave it a go - and really enjoyed it. The 'space' element was less scary than I expected and I really liked the sense of a whole real universe going on in the background complete with histories, wars and conflicts that the author didn't feel it necessary to spend endless pages explaining. Miles is a great character and I liked the fact that this wasn't a conventional romance with Ekaterin getting to know and like him without falling in love immediately. I am now intrigued to know all the back history but also want to know what happens next...so which do I read first?
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Format: Hardcover
I was lucky enough to be able to buy the paperback version of Komarr in Australia just before Xmas (what a present for me). I read it and have read it again. Lois has done it again. I recommend this book to anyone who has watched Miles mature and grow in his world. Miles is growing into his power as an Imperial Auditor. He starts slowly at first, after all he is the son of the Butcher of Komarr, the youngest auditor ever and has only had his power for a short period of time, but by the end he is starting to become Miles Vorkosigan, Imperial Auditor. This is the book that is the transition from Lt Vorkosigan/Admiral Naismith to Lord Miles Vorkosigan - Imperial Auditor. I have just re-read the 42 reviews and have to say that many readers who have not liked the new woman in Miles life, saying she is weak or not strong willed have not picked up on the Vor character. Miles is a Vor, something that influences every decision he has made. Admiral Naismith only lived because Miles handed him over to Simon Illyan. A Vor cannot have a private army. Miles becoming an Imperial Auditor was because of his Vor heritage. He has to find out what happened to Simon and then he cannot take the bribe offered to him because he is Vor. None of the women in Miles life are Vor, except for his first love, Elena, who left Barraya. His mother is a Betan, Rian was a Cetaganden, Elli was a mercenary and could not even stomach the thought of being Lady Vorkosigan, Rowan and Taura were Jacksonian. Lois has allowed us into the mind and thoughts of a Vor woman. Ekaterin is a true Vor woman. She did not take her son to a doctor asap because she has been brought up to believe her loyalty is to her husband, then to her emperor. A Vor woman cannot be tried for treason because of that belief.Read more ›
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