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A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold
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Apr 09, 08

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This has to be my favorite of the Miles Vorkosigan books, and considering how much I love *all* of them, that's saying something. Bujold dedicates this book to "Jane, Charlotte, Georgette, and Dorothy"--Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Georgette Heyer, and Dorothy Sayers. The Grandes Dames of women writers.

Here you will not find the covert ops rescue missions or epic space battles of Mile's past. Instead, he's facing something much, MUCH harder: dealing with real, domestic life. Like trying to court the woman of your dreams, when your experience with courtship has been limited largely to, well, *military* campaigns. Or attempting, for the first time, to entertain friends and guests in your own, actual identity instead of a cover identity. Or trying to get one of your closest friends (who also happens to be the Emperor) through the grueling prenuptial events, and all the while juggling politics you hadn't anticipated dealing with until, well, you were *old*. Miles being Miles, he meets all of it with his usual flair and aplomb, succeeding brilliantly at some things and failing spectacularly (as he does all things spectacularly) in others. This is a laugh-out-loud book, with more than enough genuinely touching emotion in it to make you sorry these people aren't real, and your neighbors. Life would surely be more fun if they were...
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Lois McMaster Bujold
“My dinner party,' Miles grated. 'It's just breaking up.' And sinking. All souls feared lost.
Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign

Lois McMaster Bujold
“Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself.”
Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign


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