I am a fan of all of the Vorkosagan Saga. Winterfair Gifts is more in the line of a novelette than a novel, but although short, it is indeed sweet. Bujold tells the story from the point of view of Armsman Roarik instead of Miles, but it gives a much needed twist on the perceptions of others of the Vorkosigan clan. It is very well written, with, as usual a dry wit, and in some cases, downright hillarity. The character of Roarick grows beyond his cultural bounds, as the ending shows so delightfully. I Have recommended Lois McMaster Bujold for years, and feel no need to stop now.
Great concept, that of a Christian soccer mom, who by virtue of her training and faith, is ready when the time comes to utilize both in defense of self and those who will never know what she has done for them. Tension is high, action is quick, I hope dearly that he continues with this story line. Overall a great read or listen.
I first read the Martian series by Edgar Rice Burroughs in the 50's & 60's. Barely into my teens, the series excited me and really provided a boost for my imagination. I decided to buy the Audio version after seeing the movies "A Princes of Mars" and John Carter of Mars. It had been over 40 years since I had read them, but I just didn't remember the stories that way. I was right, but I wont go into the differences as this is not a review of the movies. "A Princes of Mars" was written in 1912, and upon re-reading the book (audio) I find that he was ahead of his time in many respects. The creator of Superman was probably a reader of Burroughs. E.E. "Doc" Smith, author of the Skylark series, was probably one too. There are probably more that I have not made a connection to as yet. As I said, it was written in 1912 and his personal attitudes, as seen through his main character, John Carter, a Civil War veteran who fought for the south, come through very clearly. His southern mentality are part of the story, and the reason that he react to the situations that he encounters the way he did. All in all, I find "A Princes of Mars" and for that matter, the rest of the series, to be a very good read.
Book 5 of the Safehold series is just as excellent as the first four books. Exciting action, a story of truly epic proportions, philosophically and religiously deep in thought, How Firm a Foundation continues to hold my full attention from the first word to the last.
What made this one hard for me was the narrator. He has a good speaking voice, but shows little change in tone or inflection from one character to another. This is especially true of the female and young characters.
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