So much fun!,
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This review is from: Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures) (Hardcover)
When first I read this book, I thought "There's no point writing a review - there must be thousands"; that's not quite true - there's just under 300 on Amazon (UK and US) at the time of writing.
After I lost count of how many times I had re-read it, and enjoyed so doing, I thought I ought to put something down. The previous volume that I have read so much was "A Civil Campaign".
Before I started so to write this, I re-read almost all the previous books - chasing cross-references to this one - and enjoyed that too. In particular, the reader can see elements of the development of Ivan as a character - something other reviewers seem to have forgotten - think of the scene where Ivan gets drunk at the Emperor's Birthday (in the middle of "Mirror Dance") when he believes he's just moved from number 3 to number 2 in the order of heirs to the Empire.
The main point about this book is that the author quite clearly enjoyed writing it, enjoyed embedding all those cross-references and enjoyed creating the sort of extended similes that I first saw in "Paladin of Souls".
When I was a teenager I used to read "The Hobbit" and all three volumes of "The Lord of the Rings" during each school vacation; I shall obviously have to start doing that with the Vorkosigan series. It's worth the effort. I'd forgotten how well-written the earlier volumes were as well.
This book may have been published out of chronological order with "Cryoburn" but Bujold has done this before: "Cetaganda" was published almost-simultaneously with "Memory" - but in that case I believe it was to provide the reason for Miles having the Cetagandan "Order of Merit" award. There's no such reason here. I think this was written 'just for fun'. It may yet spark off further volumes. Don't forget that this series has previously spanned two main characters - Cordelia and Miles - now Ivan gets a turn.