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.
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.