I have read this book four times and the afterwords have always been gut wrenching. Listening to the book as always gave me new perspective about the story. However the five epilogs, were even more of a world tilting experience. This woman is a master story teller. There was a death (not Miles) in this book that was almost as big a loss as if the character was a for real friend I have known for many years. I found myself on the brink of tears from grief as real as any I have ever felt. This is the result of a Master of her craft.
Thank you Lois for such awesome work and for sharing it with us!
Lord Miles, followed by Roic
Yes I never put it down.
Well worth the money!
This science fantasy/fiction series has always intrigued me due to its unique characters and storyline. This title is the latest in the series, and when I reached the end of it, all I could think of was "What? It's over?" Please, give me more. This book did seem shorter than some of the others in the series.
Almost everyone of Miles' friends and compatriots are missing in this book. Even his wife gets only a little thought. I've not only enjoyed the Vorkasigan series for Miles' activities but the interaction among Miles and other characters, such as his clone brother, Mark, Ivan, and Gregor.
Yes, but I'd explain that the events take place outside Barryar and the usual cast of characters are missing.
I find Gardner a terrific narrator. He brings great verv and intonation. His portrayal of the various characters is outstanding.
Miles is on another adventure. This book left me stunned! I enjoyed it very much and thought everything was settled until the last few pages. Wow, what a twist! Now I'm stuck because there is not another Miles book to jump right into. What ever will I do?
The characters are what I really love about these books. Lois does such a great job with character development. I've become attached to not one or two, but many different characters in the series. This book certainly doesn't disappoint in that respect. And Grover is one of the best narrators
Another outstanding novel from Lois McMaster Bujold. When I was young I thought the great science fiction and fantasy masters were Asimov, Tolkein, and Heinlein. I would now add Bujold to that group and would probably put her ahead of Heinlein. Miles Vorkosigan is the best character in modern science fiction. This book, once again, extrapolates current science to create an interesting backdrop to an excellent plot and excellent characters.
Bujold's hero, Miles Vorkosigan, is in the grand tradition of Dominic Flandry (by Poul Anderson) or Jaime Retief (by Keith Laumer). Like those classic authors of space opera, Bujold not-so-innocently stashes a lot of ideas in among the quips and the daring-do. This one looks at the ethical implications of freezing people. It sounds gruesome... but it's FUN!
The narration is not overly intrusive.
Vorkosigan books are not to be taken seriously... but they are most definitely to be taken! Highly recommended.
I listened to the audio the first night I bought this book, and I must admit, it took me a while to form an opinion on it. Don't get me wrong, I love all the LMB books I have read, and will eagerly buy any books she writes. But I guess my main issue, as some of the others have written, is that there is such a gap between Diplomatic Immunity and Cryoburn.
But also ***vaguely spoilerish***
Something major happens to a much loved character.
The drabbles that deal with each persons response to this event at the end are too short, and seem almost rushed.
But on the whole I give it a 4/5, because it is a Miles V book, and its still a great read
Along with many other fans, I've been waiting for a new book in LMB's Vorkosigan series, and Cryoburn delivers all that I hope for. Miles has continued to grow in his world, which we might expect, but then the subject matter manages to be thought-provoking as well.
Grover Gardner is a perfect reader for the Vorkosigan books. He does an ironic tone very well, without approaching sarcasm. Miles is generally self-aware enough that this is a common tone.
This isn't a great starting book for the Vorkosigan series. I'd probably suggest Warrior's Apprentice for that (and then go back for the prequels). But it shouldn't be missed by any fan.
It was a darn good yarn. Like sitting down with an old friend-- it was great hearing Gardner bring Bujold's BEST character back. Hope she keeps them coming.