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Lois McMaster Bujold

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Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children.

Her fantasy from HarperCollins includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife tetralogy; her science fiction from Baen Books features the perennially bestselling Vorkosigan Saga. Her work has been translated into over twenty languages.


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Goodreads does not, to my current knowledge, give a quick way to review DVDs and the like media, but I watched a really charming one last night -- Tim's Vermeer -- that actually led to ordering two more books I'd never heard of before from my library. So everything cross-connects. (I really shouldn't have ordered two at once, as my reading is very slow at the moment, but one can renew onli... Read more of this blog post »
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Barrayar (Vorkosigan Saga, #7)
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Mirror Dance (Vorkosigan Sa...
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The Vorkosigan Saga Reading Order Debate: The Chef Recommends (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Secret Knowledge by David Hockney
Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters
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recommended to Lois Bujold by: mentioned in documentary film
recommended for: anyone interested in art, optics, or how the world is seen
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I came to this via the film Tim's Vermeer and the excellence of my county library.

Well, this is certainly not a book one could read on a Kindle. Hockney works a compelling example of "show, don't tell", though to be fair he does both. The book opens...more
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Power, Sex, Suicide: Mitochondria and the meaning of life
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Well, that was three days of dense, chewy fun that nonetheless did not quite break my teeth. If you have survived high school science, you can probably take this on and follow its arguments pretty well.

Molecular biology is probably one of the fastest...more
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Sure, that'd be great!

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Send a Fax to the Kasbah by Dorothy Dunnett
Send a Fax to the Kasbah (Johnson Johnson, #7)
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Also titled Moroccan Traffic, among other places in the recent e-reprint. E-edition, I suppose.

Pretty good entry into the series; also, I understand, the last. Same formula: a young woman in some interesting line of work, in this case executive secre...more
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message 17: by Steve

Steve Thank you so much Lois, for accepting my friend request.

Steve


message 16: by Lois

Lois Bujold Erik wrote: "WoW, I’m book friend’s with Ms. Bujold. How cool is that?

I don’t want to abuse it, but if you’ll indulge me I’d like to say a little something about your author history with my family.

A few de..."


I'm so glad my books have served you all so well! (Analgesic fiction is unfairly underrated, in my opinion.)

A striking number of people seem to read my books in family pods -- I suppose it's because reading generally runs in some families, but in any case, it's cool.

bests, Lois.


message 15: by Erik

Erik WoW, I’m book friend’s with Ms. Bujold. How cool is that?

I don’t want to abuse it, but if you’ll indulge me I’d like to say a little something about your author history with my family.

A few decades ago my mom, Jeanne, started reading your books avidly. As in multiple times. We have the whole catalog, many of them water damaged from reading in the tub. I picked them up to read because I wanted to be able to relate conversationally to my mom (even though we were already very close) and i got hooked.

My sister also picked them up and also my now ex-wife. In the early 90’s i read “Shards of Honor” to my two kids who were about 7 & 9 at the time. My mom used the same strategy with me when i was very young by reading the first John Carter book to me and then leaving me to devour the rest of the Burroughs catalog on my own. My son went on to read all of your books multiple times.

My daughter is still working her way through, but sweetly enough, after reading “Shards” to her, I would find her crying. She wouldn’t tell me why she was crying and only stated that, “You wouldn’t understand.” Later she finally confessed that it was because she knew she’d “never meet a man like Aral…”

The past decade has been difficult for my mom: Hip replacements, cancer, stroke, concussion, dialysis… it’s been difficult. She used to read about 2-3 books a week, and it’s not exaggeration to say that she’s read all of your books a dozen times each. After the last concussion and brain surgery she pretty much gave up reading. She just couldn’t concentrate. She picked up a somewhat slender autobiography by Eleanor Roosevelt and it took her 6 months to slog through it. That was depressing to watch. I knew she needed a page-turner and i figured your books to be the obvious-best medicine so I made sure “Cordelia’s Honor” was next to her chair while she finished up Eleanor. How sweet it is to now see her reading your books at the amazing pace of 1-2 a week. She’s midway through “Mirror Dance” after finishing up “Ethan of Athos.” And now I’m hooked in again, too. It’s very much like visiting old friends.

So yeah, if you didn’t already know it, to us you’re a true gift from the Goddess. From the whole of my heart, thank you! It feels so good to say that to you so I want to say it again: ThankYouThankYouThankYou, Lois. Please know that you are totally appreciated and loved.

With awe and gratitude,

Erik


message 14: by Carlos

Carlos Marina I think you might like this:

"Humans will be kept between life and death in the first suspended animation trials"

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/17...

Miles V. likes this.


message 13: by Carlos

Carlos Marina Thank you so much for accepting my friendship request! It's amazing when you're in touch with your favourite writer!

Maybe I sound like a fanboy here, but hey: I knew for a long time that I want to be a writer, but when I read your Vorkosigan Saga, I knew I wanted to write science-fiction.

Thanks for your literature, Mrs. Bujold! And for your signature (I managed to get my hands in one of those 'Captain Vorpatril's Alliance' limited editions).


message 12: by Neil

Neil Baumgardner Would love it if you could write some more "Little Admiral"/Admiral Naismith stories - thanks for creating such a great character and fascinating universe!


message 11: by Lois

Lois Bujold Soo wrote: "Oops! Spelling error. It's called Kabuki, Vol. 1: Circle of Blood by David Mack. It's one of the few US comics that I had the pleasure to be introduced to by a friend who collects them. The art is ..."

Ghost Hound I hadn't heard of -- will follow up.

I've liked Otogi Zoshi, Mushi-shi, Paprika (my favorite ever), all the others by Satoshi Kon, all of Miyazaki of course, the Gokusen, Mirage of Blaze, and Junjo Romantica and its hilarious sequel that takes place at a manga publishing company that I can't remember the name of offhand, but enjoyed vastly for the genre-crossing publishing jokes. In general I prefer to skip all giant fighting robots, most sword or gun bloodfests, and horror. Nonetheless I greatly liked Goblin Cat and its sequels, but I have been unable to obtain them on US DVD so far.

Ta, L.


message 10: by Soo

Soo Oops! Spelling error. It's called Kabuki, Vol. 1: Circle of Blood by David Mack. It's one of the few US comics that I had the pleasure to be introduced to by a friend who collects them. The art is beautiful and the story has layers. You may enjoy the series.

I haven't read all of the Sandman series but my favorite standalone from that is The Sandman: The Dream Hunters. A nice mix of beautiful art and old folk tale.

What's your favorite Anime? I haven't watched any in a while but I really liked Full Metal Alchemist, Bleach, Trinity Blood, Saiyuki, Ghost Hound & Fruit Basket.


message 9: by Lois

Lois Bujold I don't read many US comics -- except xkcd -- or only occasionally. I've read Gaiman's _Sandman_, sampled _Girl Genius_, and caught glimpses of other things along the way, enough to be aware of the flowering of the medium that has escaped the superhero straightjacket. I have dipped more into manga, most frequently in conjunction with some anime that had caught my attention. (Since I read all day for work, resting my eyes with a DVD makes a nice evening break, when I'm in the mood and have time.)

Some years back, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design hosted a wonderful exhibit of original manga art going from the 50s forward to the present, showing the development of the form in the last half century. Seeing the original pieces was a real eye-opener.

I don't know Kubuki -- what is it, him, or her?

Ta, L.


message 8: by Soo

Soo What kind of comics do you read? I admit that I haven't been exposed to as many American comics as I've explored Asian Manga. Drawing style is a key point for me. If I don't like the art, I usually can't make myself read the story. Have you read Kubuki?


message 7: by Soo

Soo Yay! =) I'm doing the happy dance. hehehe~


Sweetie Lois wrote: "Sweetie wrote: "Lois, Thank you for accepting my friendship, I am huge fan. I listen to the audio books, Grover Gardner is just perfect. He brings Miles and Company to life."

Amusingly, I just r..."


I look forward to the interview. I'd like to say that although I am totally in love with Miles (I am in my 60's), I also like "The Sharing Knife" and "Curse of Chalion".


message 5: by Lois

Lois Bujold Sweetie wrote: "Lois, Thank you for accepting my friendship, I am huge fan. I listen to the audio books, Grover Gardner is just perfect. He brings Miles and Company to life."

Amusingly, I just recorded a short interview with Grover for Blackstone/Downpour this afternoon -- I'll put the link on my blog when it goes live.

I generally prefer written interviews, as I alas talk in first draft, but with luck it will sound more coherent to others than it did to me.

Glad you are enjoying the books!

Ta, L.


Sweetie Lois, Thank you for accepting my friendship, I am huge fan. I listen to the audio books, Grover Gardner is just perfect. He brings Miles and Company to life.


message 3: by Lois

Lois Bujold Timothy wrote: "I have a questione on your vorkosigan series what kind of sci fi series is it? Military, space opera

The reason I am asking is that it now aviable on the nook color/tablet and plan to start readin..."


Hi Timothy --

The series includes more than one genre. Almost a different one for every book in it, if not quite.

I suspect you will have the best luck starting with _The Warrior's Apprentice_. After that, you can decide whether to keep on or circle back to _Shards of Honor_. Somewhere around here on my intro page is a short article titled "The Chef Recommends" on suggested reading orders, of which there are a number of no-fault possibilities.

Good luck!

bests, Lois


Timothy I have a questione on your vorkosigan series what kind of sci fi series is it? Military, space opera

The reason I am asking is that it now aviable on the nook color/tablet and plan to start reading it soon. Either I am exited on finding a new sci fi series.


Marjorie Friday Baldwin woo-hoo! I am officially a friend of Herself :) Thank you, Lois (if you actually login and read these things LOL)

-Friday
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