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Cetaganda: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel | [Lois McMaster Bujold]

Cetaganda: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

When the Cetagandan empress dies, Miles Vorkosigan and his cousin Ivan are sent to Cetaganda for her funeral as diplomatic representatives of Barrayar. Upon arrival, the two men are inexplicably attacked by a servant of the late empress. When the same servant turns up dead the next day, Miles and Ivan find themselves in the middle of a mystery.
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Publisher's Summary

When the Cetagandan empress dies, Miles Vorkosigan and his cousin Ivan are sent to Cetaganda for her funeral as diplomatic representatives of Barrayar. Upon arrival, the two men are inexplicably attacked by a servant of the late empress. When the same servant turns up dead the next day, Miles and Ivan find themselves in the middle of a mystery.

Miles tries to play detective in a strange, complicated, and deceptively alien culture, while lascivious Ivan manages to get himself involved with several noble females at the same time, a diplomatic no-no of the first order. As the plot thickens, it becomes clear that it's up to Miles to save the empire.

With her usual skill, Bujold addresses timeless issues of human identity through the personal dramas of her characters.

©1996 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2006 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Set in a vividly realized world where Machiavellian intrigues are played out behind a facade of aristocratic discretion, this novel, like its predecessors, blends high adventure with wry commentary on the seemingly unbridgeable gulf between human ideals and political realities." (Publishers Weekly)
"[Even] readers who normally eschew science fiction will delight in Bujold's intriguing plots, appealing characters, and wry humor." (Library Journal)
"As witty and well-handled as is usual for Bujold....In the wake of Bujold's new Hugo, even greater swarms of readers will flock to this book and swell even more the number of her fans, which is only what she richly deserves." (Booklist)

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    D. G. Pratt Colorado, USA 05-10-11
    D. G. Pratt Colorado, USA 05-10-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Lot of Fun"

    I've been working my way through the Vorkosigan series and loved Bujold's humor and lighter touch in Cetaganda. High points for me were when Miles first meets the gorgeous genetically engineered Haut-lady Rian and is badly smitten (of course) and his second interview with the Cetagandan security colonel in the presence of the Barayaran imp-sec officer, who realizes just how much Miles hasn't told him about what's going on. It is very funny stuff.

    In this book the only two characters from the earlier novels are Miles and his cousin Ivan. So far as the series is concerned, in this book one learns a whole lot about Cetagandan society and culture. In the earlier books they were just the somewhat mysterious expansionist enemy, although Barayar and Cetaganda are currently at peace.

    For those interested in listening to/reading the novels in the series in chronological order I believe it goes this way:


    1) Shards of Honor,
    2) Barayar,
    (these two books concern Cordelia Naismith and Aral Vorkosigan, parents of Miles Vorkosigan)

    3) The Warrior's Apprentice,
    4) Short Story: ???The Mountains of Mourning??? (short story is contained in "Borders of Infinity"),
    5) The Vor Game,
    6) Cetaganda,
    7) Ethan of Athos,
    8) Short Story: ???Labyrinth??? ("Borders of Infinity"),
    9) Short Story: ???The Borders of Infinity???,
    10) Brothers in Arms,
    11) Mirror Dance,
    12) Memory,
    13) Komarr,
    14) A Civil Campaign,
    15) Novella: ???Winterfair Gifts???,
    16) Diplomatic Immunity,
    17) Cryoburn.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-29-10
    crazybatcow East Coast, Canada 11-29-10 Member Since 2012

    I like Jack Reacher style characters regardless of setting. Put them in outer space, in modern America, in a military setting, on an alien planet... no worries. Book has non moralistic vigilante-justice? Sign me up! (oh, I read urban fantasy, soft and hard sci-fi, trashy vampire and zombie novels too)

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    "A good installment in the series"

    The story stands alone even though it is part of a long series (or perhaps collection is a better term) of books that contain many of the same characters.

    It is a mystery/detective novel set on a different planet. The main character, Miles, solves this puzzle and saves the day. The characters are believable and fully drawn.

    The world is also well-drawn, the characters are interesting, and there is just the right amount of humor to make it a tad funny even though the story itself is not meant to be humorous.

    The narration is well done. I will certainly listen to others in this series.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Royce LEESBURG, VA, United States 11-01-13
    Royce LEESBURG, VA, United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Miles stuck in a convoluted plot is not fun."
    Any additional comments?

    I love this series but this edition has Miles in a very confusing and slow moving traditional mystery story that fails to hold the attention. The inter-play between Miles and his cousin is as always, extremely entertaining, but the main plot found my attention wandering. The narrator is excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer FAYETTEVILLE, GA, United States 04-24-13
    Amazon Customer FAYETTEVILLE, GA, United States 04-24-13 Listener Since 2002
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    "Good sci-fi series"

    Good sci-fi series, I plan to read the whole series. Our disabled hero Miles prevents a war.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 03-12-13
    Bunty Burnaby, BC, Canada 03-12-13
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    "Super all the way"
    Would you listen to Cetaganda again? Why?

    Yes. I like the humour, intrigues and Miles getting in and out of trouble. How he convinced his cousin, Ivan to help him.


    What about Grover Gardner’s performance did you like?

    I like Grover Gardner's performance. He perform the different characters very well. Love it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kirsten M. Crippen Kennewick, WA, USA 01-21-13
    Kirsten M. Crippen Kennewick, WA, USA 01-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Miles is at it again!"

    I've read this once before. But as I had recently been going through the Vorkosigan books on audiobook, I thought I'd get this one too. Reading (or listening) after I've gone through the previous 4 really made it stand out even more.

    Not the best of the series that I've read so far, but still it stands out as a fun read. I continually really enjoy how there can be such varied cultures all from the same source. But of course humanity has such varied cultures on Earth, too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S. Kreed The Rockies 12-12-12
    S. Kreed The Rockies 12-12-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Kind of sedate for Miles"
    What did you love best about Cetaganda?

    The baroque culture of the world


    What other book might you compare Cetaganda to and why?

    Although there are no galactic invasions in this one, Cetaganda stands up well in the series. Miles Vorkosigan is a vortex of chaos seemingly in spite of himself.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved it when Ivan described his handling of being drugged


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I heartily enjoy listening/watching Miles operate.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Clayton, CA United States 07-03-12
    Amazon Customer Clayton, CA United States 07-03-12

    CompulsiveReader

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    "The channels of power and control"

    By what means do individuals and groups get others to do their bidding? An ancient question. Cetaganda is a fresh and thoroughly entertaining response to that old question. Of course, there is much more to the book: stunning visuals, amazing plot twists, lots of action, and totally absorbing dialogue. Bujold did it again. Grover Gardner's delivery is - as always - a perfect match for this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 08-21-07
    Andrew 08-21-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"

    this is another Vor book and follows Miles as a Vor not the 'little admiral'

    it was nice to see this side of him again

    well done LMB

    great book

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas MSU, MS, United States 08-28-06
    Thomas MSU, MS, United States 08-28-06
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    "Miles is getting annoying"

    This book pails in comparison to The Warrior's Apprentice and The Vor Game.

    Miles has grown very arrogant.

    I personally think he should be punished by his commanders for his behavior.

    I also got tired of all the desrciptions of poker faces and hand gestures, and Miles' snide little comments to himself and others. In real life he would be an embarrassment to his goverment for his utter lack of protocol.

    The Cetagandans are also not as interesting as one would hope.

    The whole book had a very tired and repetitive feel.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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