Isolated from the galactic community by distance and a lack of exploitable resources, the Athosians have peacefully lived their peculiar social experiment for two hundred years. But now, the ovarian cultures dating back to the original settlement of the planet are giving out.
With the future of Athos at stake, Ethan is chosen on behalf of his cloistered fellows for a unique mission: to brave the wider universe in quest of new ovarian tissue cultures to replenish Athos' dwindling stocks. Along the way, he must tangle with covert operatives, killers, telepathy, interplanetary politics, and - perhaps most disturbingly - an indomitable female mercenary named Elli Quinn.
©1986 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I was a little put off when it was revealed that Athos was an all male planet with all that implies. But, that aspect is not explored in depth. This story follows the typical vorkosigan pattern of mystery, machinations, manipulations, all finally tied up in a neat bow. If you're into the series, you won't be disappointed.
Historical & SciFi Book Lover, especially Georgette Heyer, Lois McMaster Bujold, Connie Willis (& New Who). Also books for the kids.
More comedy of errors adventurous fun from LMB. For years this was one of my favourite LMB books. (And this is one of her weaker novels, the woman is a genius).
No Miles in this book. However, If you are new to the series you could start here, and you ca get a flavour of the Little Admiral.
This may seem like a simple adventure/spy story. But LMB is never simple. This is also a clear exploration of how technology affects society and societal mores.
Anyone who regularly visits the Vor universe will be right at home. Belle is a strong supporting character who has to think on
The story is about Ethan having his eyes opened about sexual/social norms (Never graphic!) but coming at it from an unusual background. I found his attitudes amusing from the point of view of early 21st century.
Its hard to choose one characterization. Mr Gardner does a good job with all and by the time I got to this book his voice has become part of the Vor universe to me.
The ending was sweet.
Anyone uncomfortable with the idea (no graphic portrayals) of homosexuality may experience some squirm moments.
I cannot believe this book was published in 1986! I had no idea until the copyright information just before the final
This is my favorite of the Vorkosigan Saga. It's the first published book in the series but is often overlooked because it does not feature Miles Vorkosigan. He is referenced by Commander Elli Quinn, Miles' future girlfriend, mentions him on occasion. I have read the paperback version of this book many times and listened to the first recorded version released in the 90's - which was awful, overacted by poor narrators. I do have o say that I took offense to the wording of "lived their peculiar social experiment" in the description of the book. I think the wording - the use of "peculiar" in particular - is rather homophobic. Don't you have proof readers? But as I said this is my favorite of the series and am glad that you put out a superb recording.
For all you Miles fans - he's not in here. But get it anyway! It was a great story, great narration by Grover Gardner, and Elli Quinn in a pretty good character. I enjoyed it and hope she does some more (after doing another book in the Miles series).
I really enjoyed the prior books but the description of this book is misleading at best.
I will try the next book in the series and hope that this one is more like the other books.
I like the female lead character.
The plot got confusing and uninteresting. The book lost my interest at the outset and never got it back. I did not like it. The writing felt forced to me. I know this book won awards, but I did not like it.
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