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.
Another great addition to the Vorkosigan saga with Miles back in action in a sort of covert ops role again. And with a poignant ending I wish I had in print to reread at my leisure.
I don't know if this book is a brilliant as the other, earlier Miles Vorkosigan adventures- but if you are like me and miss Miles, then you will will appreciate this one as well. Grover Gardner is the voice of Miles Vorkosigan, I would not be able to listen to another reader for this series.
I adore Lois's style and imagination, but they were only present in this work in the opening scene (and the Sphynx, which turned out to be almost insignificant in the Big Picture). She has clearly lost Miles's Hugo-winning creativity overdrive in making Miles a middle-aged father and bureaucrat. Her unprecedented gift for creating mind-boggling plots (i.e., Diplomatic Immunity, Cetaganda, Barrayar) was only evidenced in the denoument, where we were shown just what had been the villains' true intentions. I miss the Dendarii. Lois, you let me down.
The Big Kahuna
There are very few books that I would consider awarding a five star rating. The Miles Vorkosigan stories, in my opinion, deserve every star. The books are a perfect blend of plot and character. This new addition is no exception.
I will say from the first that I am a big fan of Lois McMaster Bujold and particularly of her Miles Verkosigan series. But this one is very well done. enough action, lots of Miles at his "best" as an Imperial Auditor, and plenty of good story. It injects a bit of "serious" at the end that is heart wrenching in a way that no other series can approach. the most dreaded words Miles could ever hear.
"Count Vorkosigan, Sir!"
thank you Lois! Please continue this story! it really is wonderful!
This was perhaps the most poignant Miles story that Bujold has written. I wouldn't say that its her best writing however. The story is intriguing as always, though the world building, while good, seemed a bit rushed and not completely thought through. Perspective of the narratives seemed a bit inconsistent and choppy. Grover Gardner's reading is excellent as always, though his grasp on the accents for this particular book showed perhaps less familiarity with Asian accents. This might only be noticeable to someone who is very familiar with Asian accents. Still, this a great addition to the Miles saga. I don't know how many more will continue to come out, but as long as they do, I will continue to buy them!
I'm a long-time fan of Bujold, and in this story she doesn't disappoint, delivering her characteristic wit and adventure, with many of your favorite characters but none of the darkness of her earliest work.