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Lois McMaster Bujold

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One of the most respected writers in the field of speculative fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold burst on to the scene in 1986 with Shards of Honor, the first of her tremendously popular Vorkosigan Saga novels. She has received numerous accolades and prizes, including two Nebula Awards for Best Novel (Falling Free and Paladin of Souls), four Hugo Awards for Best Novel (Paladin of Souls, The Vor Game, Barrayar, and Mirror Dance), as well as the Hugo and Nebula Awards for her novella The Mountains of Mourning. She has, in fact, won more Hugo Awards for Best Novel than any other author with the exception of Robert A. Heinlein. The mother of two, Bujold lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.



In celebration of the 15th (!) reprinting of The Warrior's Apprentice, my long-time Japanese publisher, Tokyo Sogensha, devised this cover-strip. (The little Japanese paperbacks normally come with a removable strip of assorted advertising, which I take off before scanning the cover art for your delectation. Most of them are red with white printing.)

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The Vorkosigan Saga Reading Order Debate: The Chef Recommends (Science Fiction & Fantasy)
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Description: A short, with luck helpful, essay on what orders work best for reading the series novels of Lois McMaster Bujold.

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I liked this one best of the series so far, in part because I prefer Ohio to New York City, and biology to ballroom dancing, interesting in an alien sort of way as the latter two are. I was also quite charmed by our biologist-hero Alex (because, biol...more
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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)

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