The Vorkosigan Companion Hardcover – 2 Dec 2008
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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 won six Hugo Awards and two Nebula Awards, including a Nebula Award for "Falling Free," included in "Miles and Metallurgy." 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. The recent novels in her fantasy series for Harper-Collins have been top sellers, and one, "Paladin of Souls," took home her latest Hugo Award. The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in Minneapolis, MN. Lillian Stewart Carl is the published author of nineteen novels and a number of short stories in the fantasy and mystery fields. She has worked at a few "real" jobs as an engineering aide, a librarian, a newspaper columnist, and a college history teacher but all along was writing. The mother of two grown sons, she lives in a tract house disguised as a book-lined cloister with her husband, a cat, and a number of plants. John Helfers is an author and editor who has published more than forty short stories in various venues and edited more than a dozen anthologies. His media tie-in fiction has appeared in anthologies for the "Dragonlance"(r) and "Transformers"(r) universes, among others. He has also written both fiction and nonfiction books, including the third novel in the first authorized trilogy based on "The Twilight Zone" television series and a history of the United States Navy. Currently he is writing novels in the "Room 59" thriller series for Worldwide Publishing." -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Mass Market Paperback.
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This book was mainly about LMB and the genesis of each story. Don't get me wrong - it was interesting. But not in a companion book to the stories. There was also a pronunciation guide AND a concordance. A lot of this was repetition and the size of the book would have been much less if the two had been combined. The summaries of each book would be good if you were new to the series - but what new reader is going to buy a companion book? That's for those who love the series and are die-hard fans.
This book just didn't measure up to expectations and if I'd seen it before I bought it then it would have stayed where it was. Unfortunately that didn't happen so it will sit on the shelf as a bad buy. Only get this book if you really are die-hard and must have everything written by LMB.
However, the 'encyclopedia' part of the book was pretty terrible. The writing was not good. There were incoherent sentences, plot points gotten wrong, odd jumps in explanations, and so forth. The most glaring thing I noticed was the later the book, the worse the information. The very early books were covered in exhaustive detail, but I got the impression that the entries on the late books were written after one hasty reading. How could there be entries on plants mentioned once in the whole series, but no entry for Zap the cat?