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5.0 out of 5 stars Miles has problems on his honeymoon ... with Quaddies, 20 Aug. 2006
This review is from: Diplomatic Immunity (Paperback)
The Miles Vorkosigan series of action adventures is far and away the most amusing comedy science fiction series ever written. This is the tenth Miles Vorkosigan adventure, and if it isn't quite the funniest book in the series - in my opinion that place is claimed by the previous volume, "A Civil Campaign: A Comedy of Biology and Manners (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures)" - it is nevertheless both exciting and very entertaining.

The Miles Vorkosigan stories, and four other books set in the the same future universe, can stand on their own. However, a number of them, of which this is one, will give you something extra if you have previously read some of Bujold's books set earlier on the same timeline.

If you have not previously met Lord Miles Vorkosigan, he is 1) a brilliant intriguer who at one stage was juggling at least three identities; 2) physically very small, having been injured in his mother's womb by poison gas; 3) a former spy for Imperial Barrayan security, former mercenary admiral and present "Imperial Auditor"; 4) finally married after spending much of the previous nine books looking for a wife; and 5) hysterically funny to read about.

Most of the action of this book is set on a space station (Graf Station) in Quaddy space. The previous story of the bioengineered quaddies and how Leo Graf helped them free themselves from slavery, which happened about 232 years before this book, is given in the book "Falling Free."

At the start of "Diplomatic Immunity", Miles and his new bride Ekaterin, who he met in "Komarr" and courted in "A Civil Campaign" are on the way home to Barrayar from their honeymoon. Then they get diverted to Graf Station where the Quaddies have seized a Komarran trade fleet which is under Barayaran protection.

Miles is asked by the Emperor to sort out a mess which turns out to include Komarrans, Quaddies, Imperial Security, Cetagandans, and Miles' hermaphrodite former subordinate Bel Thorne who has settled on Graf station with his Quaddie partner Nicol.

Sound complicated? It is. That's why there is something to be said for reading these stories in sequence. Having said that, you can read this on it's own and it is still funny.

The full sequence of books in this Universe is

"Falling Free"

The story of the romance between Miles' parents:

"Shards of Honour"
"Barrayar"
(Both published together as "Cordelia's Honor")

The Miles Vorkosigan adventures:

"The Warrior's Apprentice"
"The Vor game"
"Borders of Infinity"
"Cetaganda"
"Brothers in Arms"
"Mirror Dance"
"Memory"
"Komarr"
"A Civil Campaign"
"Diplomatic Immunity"
"Cryoburn"

And a separate adventure for Miles' friend Elli Quinn:
"Ethan of Athos"

All these books are excellent and strongly recommended.

There is also a supporting reference book to this fictional universe,

"The Vorkosigan Companion (Vorkosigan Saga)"

and the first ten Miles Vorkosigan books have also been published together in a number of compilation volumes, which are:

Young Miles (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures)
Miles, Mystery and Mayhem (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures)
Miles Errant
Miles Mutants & Microbes
Miles in Love (Omnibus Edition).
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