Komarr (A Miles Vorkosigan adventure) Paperback – 6 Oct 1998
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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
From the Back Cover
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. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.Read more ›
A lot of the book is written from the point of view of Ekaterin Vorsoisson both before and after the death of her husband which gives it an unusual air. As Miles comes to terms with his appointment as an Imperial Auditor and the powers appertaining thereto, he makes a number of blunders that have serious consequences. Komarr, the book, marks a change of pace from the earlier books, changing the focus of action from fleet sized action to a more personal level of interaction (though not necessarily less intense!).
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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
Komarr, second world of the Barrayaran Empire, is slowly being terraformed over the course of centuries. Read morePublished 14 months ago by A. Whitehead
Can't get enough of Miles Vorkosigan! A hero who is all too human but who doesn't let a lack of height stop his rise to the top!Published on 17 Feb. 2014 by Alyxx
Excellent book continues the Vorkosigan saga, as good as the rest of them, I am looking forward to the next one.Published on 26 April 2013 by Pat
One of the very best books in the Vorkosigan series. Here, Miles is maturing. He's grown out of his younger desperate need to prove himself at every turn. Read morePublished on 14 Feb. 2009 by Mrs. J. Proctor
Another Miles in a relatively huge series doesen't bring anything new. As I was saying before, Miles always plays a role of someone who can boss other's around, I am not saying hi... Read morePublished on 9 Feb. 2002 by Matko Vladanovic
It's good to see Miles adapt to his new job, and to see his new love interest from -her- point of view. Can't wait for the next one, which I've got on order as I type this.Published on 24 Aug. 1999
To my surprise Komarr is, to my point of view, the best Vorkosigan's novel. It is the first time that Miles appear to be human. The lack of action is a large contribution to this. Read morePublished on 9 July 1999