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Cryoburn (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) #14)

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A New York Times hardcover bestseller, this is the long-awaited NEW installment in the hugely-popular, award-winning science fiction adventure series. Miles Vorkosigan, troubleshooter for the Barrayaran Galactic Empire, takes on the corrupt and dangerous ruling elite of a world where immortality is a commodity to be bought, sold and bartered for power.

Kibou-daini is a plan...more
Paperback, 434 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Baen (first published January 1st 2010)
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Lightreads
Ah. I got an ARC of this two weeks ago, and it’s a mark of just how fucked in the head I was by the bar exam that I couldn’t even crack it open until now. But I did at last, and ah, it was good.

This is a romp. In fact I’d go so far as to say in some places it’s a caper. Basically, it’s a hundred thousand words of Miles repeatedly happening to people. These people generally start out unsuspecting, but by the end are learning to brace for impact, even if they’re curled up in the fetal position and...more
Geoffrey Cubbage
I'll always have a fondness for Lois McMaster Bujold, but CryoBurn is -- appropriately enough -- hard to warm to. Fans of the series it belongs to will recognize all the familiar tropes, but they aren't enough to sell a story weighed down by an altogether-too-precious kid character and lacking in any primary antagonists. Not that there aren't antagonists, or that everyone's morally ambiguous -- there are bad guys; they just don't ever actually appear in the narrative. They get tided up at the en...more
Eh?Eh!
Bujold returns to her sci-fi world after 7 years and 2 fantasy series (one wonderful, the other not as wonderful). Many thanks to Lightreads for pointing the way to read this before it reaches the bookstore.

The story is deceptively simple, an investigation that becomes a mystery that turns into a rescue. I don't want to ruin anything so I won't do any of my usual summarizing that brought my grades down in English classes. This is going to be brief fan-squeeeeeEEEEEeeEEEEEeeeeeeeeEE about Bujold...more
Courtney Milan
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Sherwood Smith
It is so good to have a Miles book again! I suspect that some readers will consider this one of the lightweight ones, partly because there is a great deal of the action seen through the eyes of an eleven year old boy (which mostly works, though occasionally he's able to define adults' expressions with the cognizance of someone far more experienced in life), and partly because, though many of the characters are enduring life-threatening and -changing adventures, Miles isn't. The book opens with h...more
Jim
Another mainly Miles adventure that was pretty good. Actually, most of the book was quite up to par, but the end was a bit disappointing. Bujold strayed into too many recaps of Miles' career. She spent time explaining who he was to a couple of kids just to talk him up, I think. Redundant. This book really shouldn't be read as a stand alone & even if a person did, this information obviously wasn't needed or it would have been introduced earlier.

The very end was quite disappointing. She shifte...more
Elf M.
Lois McMaster Bujold returns to her first and most popular character, Miles Vorkosigan, in the lastest novel, Cryoburn. Sadly, the story is sloppy and uninspired, the writing hampered by Ms. Bujold's personal cliches and obvious reluctance to return to this well, follows an entirely predictable arc from beginning to end, and even ends up as its own sort of used furniture, not so much from SF as from modern television police procedurals. The sort of brilliance that turned the SF lexiconigraphic "...more
Kathleen
I have come to the end of the fabulous Vorkosigan Saga. Wish I could say it ended on a high note, but I didn't much care for this one, with the exception of the superb beginning, when Miles was lost in the cryocombs beneath the city (chapter one, not a spoiler) and suffering some pretty funny butterbug hallucinations, and when he was first staying with young Jin. I also liked some scenes later in the book, including the plot twist, when (WARNING! MAJOR SPOILER!!) (view spoiler)...more
Algernon
[7/10]
Cryoburn marks my return to one of my all time favorite military space opera universes. After a couple of volumes more concerned with weddings and marital bliss than with warcraft and political infighting (A Civil Campaign, Diplomatic Immunity) this recent book sees our favorite hyperactive short guy, Miles Vorkosigan, back in the business of ferreting out secret plots and exposing bad guys bent on controlling galactic worlds.

There are sadly no battles between giant spaceships in this vol...more
Carly
**edited 01/27/14

It sometimes seems as though fantasy is all about new and inventive ways to die. Scifi, its inverse, always--always, in the end-- involves the extension of life to a point where it begins to exceed reason and rationality. What happens when life is no longer a brief blaze of experience lodged between two eternal unknowns? Is the extension of life past the norm inevitably selfish, either through the selfishness of the individual who seeks to forestall the unexplored, or the selfis...more
Jon
Really only 3.5 stars, but the last chapter made it 4 stars for me.

If you strip away the space opera and science fiction, this story boils down to a mystery/thriller where the old adage 'follow the money' proves axiomatic again.

Miles is on a new (to us) planet, Kibou-daini (settled by people of Japanese heritage). An entire culture mortally afraid of dying (pun intended) to the point where millions, if not billions, of citizens have chosen cryo preservation rather than the more traditional fin...more
Wealhtheow
Miles descends upon Kibou-daini to find out if there's something fishy about a cryofreezing company trying to invest in Komarr. Of course there is, and of course Miles is rapidly caught up in a fast-moving adventure to figure out what secret the cryofreezing corps will kill to protect.

The mystery itself is pretty pedestrian, and the adventure isn't particularly exciting. Miles has as many resources at his disposal as he could wish for, so there's never that feeling of flying-by-the-seat-of-one'...more
Erica
It was like hanging out with a friend you haven't seen in 10 years only to find out that what you had before was something special and what you have now is just mediocre. I enjoyed Cryoburn, but it just wasn't the same.
Banner
This is the kind of story I have come to expect from this series. A heartwarming mystery with real characters and a thought provoking theme or two. Miles continues his work as an imperial auditor dealing with a mystery surrounding cryogenics technology, an area he is uniquely qualified to investigate. His trial leads him into the lives of some very interesting people. As always Miles, never fails to leave a lasting impression, wherever he goes.

Death and technology partner up in this story as ou...more
Kaje Harper
Lois McMaster Bujold is the writer I wish I could someday be, and Miles Vorkosigan is her best character. But this long-awaited addition to Miles's story just doesn't quite measure up to the earlier ones. Miles seems a little less than his usual 200% engaged in the action, although it still has its great moments. But in some ways it feels like the whole book was put in place to provide a scaffold for the last chapter. And that last chapter is sooo frustrating. A major event in Miles's life, and...more
Phoenixfalls
This is the umpteenth Vorkosigan Saga novel, long salivated after by all right and proper fans (whose ranks do include me, as fair warning), and like all books in the series it functions as a stand-alone and even would serve as a decent introduction to the series. It's not the best introduction, but anyone who comes to the series through this novel will have no trouble keeping up with the plot here and will also not be spoiled on any major events from earlier on, except for Mirror Dance -- but t...more
Miriam
I can't tell if I would have liked this less or more without having read the rest of the series. On the one hand, the earlier books set the bar awfully high. On the other hand, many of the recurring characters and motifs here would be awfully flat without previous encounters. But is having introduced characters in earlier books really an excuse to leave them flat? Mark and Kareen hardly existed in this book (and weren't really needed plotwise) and Ekaterin might as well have not been mentioned....more
Stefan
In a nutshell, Cryoburn is a good installment in a great series. I doubt that many long-time fans of the Vorkosigan Saga would consider this one of the best entries in the series, but expecting that would put the bar almost impossibly high. The plot also doesn’t really advance the overall story arc of the series much, and instead reads as if it could be one of five or ten other missions Miles completed in the same year.

Read the entire review on my site Far Beyond Reality!
Lyssa
I just finished the e-arc now to review the book without spoilers. First Lois McMaster Bujold did what she does best, she delivered. She gave me hours of enjoyment in the form of a well plotted story with an excellent turn of phrase. She once again took me into the world of Miles without missing a step for the most part.

What can I say as a negative? Not much. Though the foreshadowing of the ending was a bit heavy for Bujold's normally deft touch. Though I think perhaps this two adds to the fina...more
Michael
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Jacqueline O.
MAJOR SPOILERS

Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold is Lois's first new Miles Vorkosigan novel in years. And it's really good, as all her Miles novels -- a mystery, action, and humor. The book has less humor than other books, however, especially A Civil Campaign, which I would have wondered about until I got to the end -- where the book hits you with a kick in the teeth.

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW (I will try to place this under an LJ-cut).

The last line of the novel proper, is a chilling kick in the teeth t...more
sage
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Jamie
Very excited to have a new Vorkosigan book, albeit one with a terrible title. This is a nice enough Miles caper, with familiar characters behaving in familiar ways and strangers who have typical reactions to their encounters with Miles. I liked the background of a society which leaves voting power in the (proxy) hands of people who, instead of dying, go into indefinite cryogenic storage.

After that wrenching bit at the end I had to resist the urge to launch into a re-read of all the other Vorkosi...more
Tim the Wiz
I didn't know how much I had missed Miles - the same old "hyperactive lunatic" whose danger readily belies his height - but it certainly shouldn't be a surprise that Bujold's mystery-come-science-fiction formula of late for the Vorkosigan saga continues to work. But, damn, the ending: it's a violent kick to the shins right at the last and promises to shake things up in a major way - the outcomes of which should prove very interesting in the next volume. Easy addiction and intelligence. It's a to...more
Kiri
I bow down before Lois McMaster Bujold. I worship at her feet. She... I have no words. She just keeps outdoing herself, damn it!

This was a great read in the tradition of the Miles Vorkosigan books; action, adventure, excitement, danger... wonderful secondary characters (her secondary characters always feel fully-fleshed and well-realized).

Nice wrap up. Miles being Miles. Fun, humor, etc. And then.

The conclusion pushed this into the realm of the magnificent.
D.w.
Miles is back. Yes another Vorkosigan adventure where Miles provides his unique blend of intelligence to problem solving. And Bujold throws in her science background which I find a little confusing at times and not wanting to take the time to make a careful read of that subplot as it slows the adventure down.

In this instance we have a charming guide in the character of Jin who shows Miles again what the human side of the equation is and as the plot thickens the relation with Jin does as well. As...more
Sandra
As someone said, it was like visiting with old friends. Very funny, touching, Miles and his wild antics have matured a little. Having to do with cryogenics as the title implies. Miles, of course, was revived from a cryo-sleep years before.

I knew something sad was coming at the end from reading other reviews so was braced for it, but still, it was out of the blue and brought tears to my eyes. ;( ;( ;(

Another fine addition to the Vorkosigan Saga.
Caprice Hokstad
I give it a 2.9. I would say 3 but by Goodreads, that means "I liked it" and that's really nto the case. "It was okay" fits much better.

The plot was rather unsatisfying. More good people die or are mentioned to be dead, while the bad guys just get lawsuits, lost business, or (maybe) jail time. I didn't really like Jin very well, especially since he was made a POV character for way too much of the story. Roic's POV is slightly jarring too, but I can stand it a little better.

I don't know who decid...more
Unwisely
I realized that three stars for a Vorkosigan is like a B- in grad school. But, I'm not sure I can go higher than that.

It was still Pretty Good, don't get me wrong. It was a one off, on some new-to-the-universe planet (c'mon, guys, let's do one on Sergyar!). Am glad we're off Barrayar - the kid stuff is kind of getting tiresome. I mean, I'm glad he's developed and lived long enough - not enough SF characters even get families, and getting to have adventures afterwards is laudable - but, I like t...more
Vanessa
Miles Vorkosigan is reliable. Reliably clever. Reliably entertaining. Reliable at finding trouble. But does reliability equal excellence? For Miles it does because he's reliably awesome, but for Lois McMaster Bujold, who can and has written better, CRYOBURN is merely better-than-average entertainment.

Something's rotten on the planet Kibou-diani, and Miles is trying to sniff out the secret. Known for their use of cryonics to preserve the ill or aged until medicine advances enough for a cure, the...more
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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 bestse...more
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