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.
"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)
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,
(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,
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,
14) A Civil Campaign,
15) Novella: ???Winterfair Gifts???,
16) Diplomatic Immunity,
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)
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.
I love this author. Lois is intelligent. She is creative She very relatable on an emotional and intellectual level. She also proposes some very interesting social issues as a part of her work. This book is no exception and for as the great physician is she has created in her many books about the percussion family
Love this author and the narrator, I'm a 20 year veteran fan of this series. Worth the money to get myself an audio copy to go with my hardcover collection. Lois is funny, accurate and as always, startlingly deep. Her work has aged exceedingly well over the decades because she addresses not so much the hard and fast engineering side of science fiction as the deeper social impacts of technology. Would you have a kid using your own body if you had a safer, saner technological option? What impact would that have on society, to uncouple sex from reproduction even farther than hormonal birth control has in the past half century? What about the impact of a two century lifespan on the family structure? She studies the impact of this and many other potential technologies in her works. Forewarned is four-armed, Quaddie pun entirely intended.
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.
Good sci-fi series, I plan to read the whole series. Our disabled hero Miles prevents a war.
Yes. I like the humour, intrigues and Miles getting in and out of trouble. How he convinced his cousin, Ivan to help him.
I like Grover Gardner's performance. He perform the different characters very well. Love it.
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.
I've enjoyed everything that Louis McMaster Bujold has published, and I think that Miles Vorkosigan is one of the great comic/dramatic heroes of recent literature. Nevertheless, Cetaganda was never my favourite of his adventures. That has changed since hearing this reading of it. The narrator brings out all the dry comedy of narrative, and the detective elements unfold very effectively. Overall, this is a superb reading of an excellent story (but if you're going to buy it, it probably makes sense to start with 'Warrior's Apprentice' which is the first Vorkosigan novel available from Audible).
This is a fantastic book. Lois McMaster Bujold can REALLY write, and the narration of Grover Gardner perfectly brings the book to life. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys elegant, entertaining prose.
I find Ceteganda society totally creepy but I admit that now I want a Haut wife too :-(
"Super awesome plot and great part of the saga"
I particularly loved this book. It was my favourite of the miles novels by far. It was just a very unusual and interesting plot. Ceteganda is a very interesting place and there are some very different characters from the other books. As always miles ends up in the most complex of situations and this is probably more so than most that he encounters.
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