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Diplomatic Immunity (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) #13)

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A COMEDY OF TERRORS from the inimitable award-winning Lois McMaster Bujold!
Paperback, 367 pages
Published 2003 by Earthlight (first published May 1st 1999)
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May 22, 2014 Banner rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
Another solid story in the Vorkosigan cannon. A galactic "whodunit" wherein Miles once again risk life and limb for the beloved empire. Some old familiar characters return; and grace triumphs over pride. Lady Vorkosigan is really growing into the role. She seems to be made for this, but I think there is just so much more to explore and not as much time was spent with her as I would have liked.

With these clones who need aliens! There are some strange genetics in this one. How scientifically proph
Another cracking adventure with Miles! I didn't want to put it down and quickly picked it back up again. Bujold is a terrific, natural storyteller - and if you've ever read any of her work, you don't need me to tell you that! Incredibly consistent and this is another strong addition to her Vorkosigan Saga.

It doesn't quite hit the peaks of her best, but my top 3 long-running series are now, very firmly:
1) Discworld
2) Dresden Files
3) Vorkosigan Saga

'Nuff said?

I have 40+ books sitting on my 'review
Dec 16, 2013 Olgalijo rated it really liked it
I could have given this book five stars if it weren't for the fact that there are other books in the series that are even better. Without going into spoilers I can say that Miles gets thrown into an adventure that involves previous Dendarii loved characters, worlds new and old that we have heard of or visited already, AND Ekaterine, God bless her heart, is a very cool, stable counterpoint for crazy old Miles.
Jul 23, 2012 Laurel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
I just don't get it - how can every single book in the Vorkosigan saga be a home run?! It's a smaller cast, only a few of our favorite characters show up, but the book does not suffer for it. Such an imaginative wild ride of a whodunnit. This is a must read!
Mike (the Paladin)
You know, Miles has an interesting life, and now so does his wife.

Here we have another satisfying addition to the saga of Miles Vorkosigan. Having overcome his challenges had spade command, been a super spy, saved countless lives, become the voice of the Emperor what more does one aspire to? Well, parenthood of course.

But (again "of course") things never go as planned in his many other diplomatic spy military tactical strategists get called away from their honeymoon to prevent a war.
Rosario (
After the emotional rollercoaster that was the amazing A Civil Campaign I took a little break from the Vorkosigan series, and the long trip back to Uruguay seemed like the perfect time to start the next one in audio.

Miles and Ekaterin are on their way back from the honeymoon, when a message from Gregor catches up with them. A Komarran merchant fleet, travelling under Barrayarran military protection, has been impounded in a distant part of the galaxy. Turns out Miles is relatively close, and coul
May 15, 2015 Katherine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
Diplomatic Immunity is a good, solid mystery story set on a space station. Miles is now established in his career as an Imperial Auditor, a sort of special investigator for the emperor. He and his wife Ekaterin are on their honeymoon, but are diverted on their way home to deal with an emergency situation between a Barrayaran space fleet and a space station occupied by the Quaddies. The Quaddies are a genetically engineered race of people who have four arms rather than two arms and two legs, and ...more
Kat  Hooper
Aug 19, 2013 Kat Hooper rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Originally posted at FanLit:

Warning: Contains spoilers for previous books.
In Diplomatic Immunity, Miles and Ekaterin are on the final leg of their interplanetary honeymoon and are anxious to return to Barrayar where their two full-term babies (one boy and one girl) are ready to be released from their uterine replicators. But, as usual, something happens to delay their return. In this case, it’s a diplomatic issue — a Komarran merchant ship with a Barrayar
Caprice Hokstad
Aug 10, 2014 Caprice Hokstad rated it really liked it
I'm so happy Bujold penned a "redemption" tale for Bel Thorne. Yes, there's a lot more to it than that, but Bel is very well redeemed from the past disgrace and forced resignation from the Dendarii Free Mercenary fleet. Some things were confusing to me, but that seems to be standard for any tale involving Cetagandans. Fortunately, I love the protags so much, that not understanding Cetagandans just doesn't bother me enough to be a put-off. I will read again, most certainly after a second go-throu ...more
May 17, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing
Oh the joy, especially after a couple of very disappointing reads lately, of running headlong into the arms of my sweet Miles. Of course, I knocked him flat on his a** as I'm 12 inches taller, but Miles just laughed. He's great that way. Our time together was hindered somewhat by the presence of his new wife, Ekaterin, but I managed to ignore her completely. Miles was brilliant as usual, managing to solve a mystery at a Quaddie space station that could have precipitated a war. Not on Miles' watc ...more
Feb 06, 2016 Paraphrodite rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
This was good until the very end when the resolution was a verbal recap rather than real-time telling. Not sure why that was though.... Otherwise, it was still a very good installment.
Kristi Thompson
Mar 18, 2009 Kristi Thompson rated it it was ok
Least interesting of Bujold's novels I've read yet. The Miles Vorkosigan series started going down after Mirror Dance - I only liked Civil Campaign because of Mark, and he wasn't in this one. No decent supporting characters at all, actually.

It was just basically a science fiction space procedural mystery - not my favourite kind of mystery at all. I like her books for the characters, not the threats to the galaxy. No character development, just Miles being his superheroic ultracompentant self. I
Michael Burnam-fink
Sep 12, 2015 Michael Burnam-fink rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, 2015
Diplomatic Immunity is a callback to the earlier Miles stories, with a relatively simple espionage-intrigue related plot, and madcap heroics to save the day.

Imperial Auditor Vorkosigan's honeymoon is interrupted with an urgent message to go to Quaddie space and sort out a problem between a Barrayaran trade fleet and the Quaddie authorities. The Quaddies, genetically engineering humans designed for zero-G with four arms, didn't do a solid job investigating the disappearance of a Barrayaran office
Miles & his lady in another twisty mystery set in Quaddie space. She's as good as he is & some threads from his past come home to roost. It was a lot of fun, as usual, but not critical to the series. Well worth reading, though.

As usual, the galactic community is well represented. It's an interesting bunch.

Same reader. I don't know why I can't remember his name, but he's quite good.
I love this series, and listening to Grover Gardner just makes it even better, hence the 5th star (ebook gets 4).

2014 - this is rapidly becoming a favorite on the level of *Memory*; just so much good story in this, including Ekaterin telling Miles to stop panicking and shape up, get on with the job he's stuck with. And Bel Thorne is back.

John Carter McKnight
Aug 30, 2014 John Carter McKnight rated it really liked it
Despite being a huge fan of Bujold's Vorkosigan novels for over 20 years, I'd never read this one before: for some reason, I'd skipped all the stories dealing with the Quaddies, humans genetically engineerd for zero-G.

Diplomatic Immunity is the post-Dendarii novel most reminiscent of the earliest books in the series: fast-paced, a complex plot beginning with an almost trivial initializing incident and quickly spiraling out of control, with Miles running to catch up and gambling with his life an
So here we have yet another setting for a Miles adventure, Graf Station in Quaddiespace, where Miles must quash some sort of diplomatic problem whilst he and Ekaterin are on their way home from their honeymoon. Of course, all hell breaks loose, including out of control junior military men, angry people of various ... groups, a sort of terrorist, bioweapons, and, well, everything else, all moving inexorably toward the ignition of a potentially vast war between the Cetagandans and the Barrayarans, ...more
Mayank Agarwal
Jul 04, 2015 Mayank Agarwal rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fiction
It is so good, stayed up all night and finished it in one go. Been reading the series in chronological order and the last few books has been solid but was missing the manic adventure stuff we use to get from Admiral Naismith. In this installment we get the perfect combination of all the different elements that made the series so awesome, it has adventure, suspense, emotions and humor. The pacing is amazing, Miles characteristic is a mixture of the mature Imperial Auditor as well as the manic Nai ...more
Oct 12, 2015 Kimberly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really liked this one, probably in my top few in this series, but not my absolute favorite. While I felt some of the plot was a bit obvious (like who some of the bad guys were) it was a fun space adventure that I enjoyed reading. I also really like Ekaterin and while she's only a minor character in this one, I felt like I really saw her growing into a great balance to Miles. Also, while currently pregnant I really wished I had a uterine replicator so I could go gallivanting across the universe ...more
Feb 17, 2014 Ghoule rated it did not like it
Je ne réalisais pas à quel point je pouvais détester la science-fiction militaire avant de commencer la lecture de ce roman!

Déjà que plusieurs auteurs de SF, pessimistes, ont tendance à nous prédire un retour à l'impérialisme, s'il faut lire des récits (parce qu'en plus, c'est une longue saga) dans lesquels l'auteure se complaît à AIMER cette tyrannie monarchiste, je ne peux faire autrement que me révolter.

C'est possible que je n'ai rien compris à cette « Sage Vorkosigan » en ayant commencé par
Lisa (Harmonybites)
May 21, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of the Series
This is the fourteenth novel in the Vorkosigan Saga, a science fiction series mostly centering on Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most memorable protagonists in science fiction. Unlike the usual action hero with bulging biceps, Miles was born with potentially crippling physical problems--stunted, brittle boned. Which means Miles survives on his wits. Much more than just survives, and the story in Diplomatic Immunity puts on display a lot of the hallmarks that makes Miles one of my favorite fictiona ...more
Jul 25, 2010 Victoria rated it really liked it
Recommended to Victoria by: Joseph S
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May 30, 2010 Kathi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
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May 19, 2013 Kathleen rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Good, and sometimes great. Miles and Ekaterin are enjoying a belated honeymoon, visiting other planets while their twin babies grow in their uterine replicator back home on Barrayar. A problem occurs in Quaddiespace, and Emperor Gregor asks Miles to check it out as his official Imperial Auditor -- a kind of inspector general or chief snoop with almost unlimited imperial power.

So off he goes with Eketarin, running into his old pal Bel Thorne, former pilot in the Dendarii Free Mercenari
Feb 06, 2016 Cecily rated it really liked it
February 2016 update: Bumping this up to 4 stars from 3. It's fabulous and even better after having just read Falling Free. It's a great whodunit involving a lot of favorite pieces from Miles' Dendarii past: Bel, Nicol, Jacksons Whole, The Star Creche, etc. And the stakes were super high and scary as they encountered the nasty weapons used by the bad guy. Plus, I just love that last chapter.


It's a shame to give this three stars since it's brilliant and hilarious and contains a really gre
Apr 04, 2014 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
This is an excellent series. Bujold has done an amazing job with Miles, maturing him through the series so that it all seems plausible. In this book, she allows him to have a Naismith experience that almost kills him. Miles does not escape unscathed. Miles is proving to be an exellent auditor. In this book he manages to stop war breaking out between the Barrayrinas and the Cetagendians - a definite positive.

While the book is mostly about Miles, we also see his wife assuming her role as Lady Vor
Michael Nash
Dec 29, 2014 Michael Nash rated it really liked it
I've gushed enough about the Vorkosigan Saga that you can pretty much just read other reviews of it to know how i feel about this novel. A star off for lacking the scope of Mirror Dance or A Civil Campaign and also for a lack of Mark or Ivan. Still a an enjoyable, quick read.
May 07, 2010 Jon rated it liked it
Recommended to Jon by: Beyond Reality Series Selection May 2010
I read this as part of the omnibus edition Miles, Mutants & Microbes and as the Beyond Reality book club series selection for May 2010.

On the return trip from their delayed honeymoon, Miles and his wife are diverted by Emperor Gregor to do diplomatic damage control duty in Quaddiespace. Since they are expecting twins back home on Barrayar (via the ultraconvenient uterine replicators), they are anxious to mop up the mess and be on their way. Like an onion, the layers of mystery unpeel slowin
Nov 14, 2010 Mark rated it liked it
This is the last book in the Vorkosigan series (for the moment, anyway) and about average. For those who haven't read any of them, it's space opera where Miles (the main character) is a hyperactive con-man: Think Harold Hill from the Music Man, on speed, setting up a mercenary fleet instead of boys' band. In space. Bujold is really a wonderful writer, although as you can imagine in a setup like that there is a tendency for the plots spiral out of control in the weakest books.

By this point in the
Aug 05, 2014 Brad rated it really liked it
There are several things going for this novel. First, A return to a much later version of Graff Station and the quaddies. Second, a return to Cetaganda. Third, a return of our favorite hermaphrodite. The only other odd novel out that should have made a return is Ethan of Athos, or at least the first batch of interesting kiddos from that planet. Other than these bits, it may not have been the best Miles book, but it had its moments. The action picked up near the end, but the pacing wasn't exactly ...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
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