Winterfair Gifts (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) #13.1)
This Hugo-nominated novella adds a delightful extra chapter to Bujold’s acclaimed Vorkosigan series. Falling in between the novels A Civil Campaign and Diplomatic Immunity, it describes the wedding of Miles and Ekaterin and the events leading up to it.
In the festive season of Winterfair on the planet Barrayar, Lord Miles Vorkosigan is making elaborate preparations for his...more
I highly recommend the Vorkosigan saga, but don't start with this story.
Nominee: Hugo Award for Best Novella.
In the scheme of things, if this story was skipped, it probably wouldn't hurt the series, but I'm glad I didn't.
Straight after reading this I am rereading Cryoburn. I can appreciate a lot more in the way Roic handles things! Way to go Roic,you wil ...more
You would think that Taura would have cause to be jealous at Miles' wedding, since he was once her lover. And you can imagine how an armsman from the backcountry would react to the lethal giantess, what with Barrayar's antiquated notions about women. So when Armsman Roic first meets Taura, the story seems to lead ...more
Taking place between A Civil Affair and Diplomatic Immunity, plot is secondary in thi ...more
This novella deals with the events leading up to the wedding of Miles and Ekaterin, to ...more
Seeing events through another character's eyes puts a unique perspective on events leading up to a major event. I find it interesting that the author chose to make a major event happen in a novella, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading this.
Old characters are brought back in for the events (it's great to have Taura back), a mystery is presented, and everything is wrapped up with all th ...more
Poor Roic! How can a simple provincial boy match up to the sophisticated world he finds himself in as one of Lord Vorkosigan's Armsmen, especially after being found in m'lord's hallway, more than half-naked and covered in bug butter?
Very enjoyable novella in the Miles in Love omnibus. I really like these omnibus editions, especially because they include the extra little short story or novella that might be hard to find elsewhere. It's great to discover this series when it's so far along that I ...more
I've been following her since I picked up Shards of Honor back in the Eighties, when I fell in love with Lois's characters. Lois is a master storyteller, and her great gift is in the creation of characters the reader cards about. You WANT to know what happens next. I find myself waiting almost breathlessly for the next story.
While I am a bit of a romantic, Cordelia and Aral's story is an original, and unique. How two people from opposing sides meet, fall in love i ...more
The plot was tremendously predictable, in a children's pantomime, "look out, t ...more
Armsman Roic is still trying to prove himself after the bug butter debacle, and the fact that apparently everybody except him was briefed on the part where one of Miles' wedding guests was a genetically engineered giantess with tusks is not helping him keep his footing. Taura is not at all what Roic was expecting, though, from that first impression.
This was lovely. I'm very fond of ...more
Miles does not feature much in t ...more
I also have to confess that I simply don't like ...more
Warning: Contains spoilers for previous VORKOSIGAN books.
Winterfair Gifts is a novella that tells the story of Miles Vorkosigan’s wedding to the widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson. It you want to follow the chronology, it should be read after A Civil Campaign and before Diplomatic Immunity. You will probably also want to first read the short story “Labyrinth” which can be found as a stand-alone or in the novel Borders of Infinity.
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Winterfair Gifts is based on three other prequels: The novella Labyrinth, and the full length novels, Komarr and A Civil Campaign.
Or, skip Labyrinth if not interested in how Miles and Taura first met (a good story), and just read the three, also published in the collection, Miles in Love
The three books, revolve primarily around Lord Miles Vorkosigan and his new heart-throb, a courageous Vor widow named Ekaterin (w ...more
This story is told from the perspective of one of Miles’ new armsmen — Roic — who we (or at least I) remember fondly as the tall mus ...more
Basically, what I have to say is: TAAAAAURAAAAAAAAAA.
I love Taura so much, you guys. She is the best character. So I am thrilled that she shows up again and for that reason you should definitely read this.
The actual plot: Eh, well, it's a wedding.
You should read it, though -- why wouldn't you? It won't take long. (And it is definitely better th ...more
The story is cute, but would not be worth much if it hadn’t been tacked on to the end of the Miles in Love omnibus. It is certainly worth reading, and it forms a nice bookend ...more
La prima metà è dedicata alla scelta del colore dell’abito che dovrà indossare la povera Taura al matrimonio di Miles – ma dov’è finita la temibile guardia del corpo dell’ammiraglio Naismith? - e alle considerazioni sui problemi di altezza di Roic, la seconda metà all’organizzazione e celebrazione del matrimonio, con dettagli sulle decorazioni del giardino e dei pizzi delle dame; nel mezzo un po’ di giallo. ...more
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