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Lois McMaster Bujold: Essays on a Modern Master of Science Fiction and Fantasy (Critical Explorations in Science Fiction and Fantasy #37)

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Lois McMaster Bujold has won a shelf full of awards--Hugos, Nebulas, and others--for both her science fiction and fantasy writing. She is one of the most respected names in the field, always delivering polished, thoughtful, and well-crafted writing. She consistently addresses great issues and problems on a human level, where they are faced by quirky, prickly, and very real ...more
Paperback, 216 pages
Published January 8th 2013 by McFarland & Company
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Andrea
This collection is about 80% Vorkosigan-verse and 20% Bujold's fantasy work. It's primarily what I think of as analytical essays, rather than critical work (by that I mean it looks at what Bujold's work seems to be trying to say, but doesn't try to examine holes, weaknesses, contradictions, etc).

While interesting to a reader of Bujold, fair warning that (especially in the Vorkosigan-verse section) it reads _extremely_ repetitive, especially when each piece feels it necessary to tell us plot/even
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Kerry
Jun 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, 7, non-fiction
This proved to be a combination of the interesting and the overly-academic.

Some of these essays were either specifically written for academic journals and published here later, or written by writers who liked big, topic-specific words and dense and convoluted text. Essentially, it was too much work to "translate" the text to everyday language my brain could digest. After struggling through the first, I skipped the latter ones like this.

The rest were written in a much more "everyday" style and th
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CatBookMom
Mar 14, 2018 marked it as did-not-finish
3/31/18 - DNF. The introductory bits were interesting. Then the analyses started to feel a bit too scholarly, and I have a good vocabulary. I'll borrow from the library again, when I have more patience.

For those who also love LMB, but don't want too much scholarship, try Jo Walton's What Makes This Book So Great. This is a compilation of her short reviews for Tor Books, and there is a review of all of the Vorkosigan books, up through *Diplomatic Immunity.*
Denise
Apr 01, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, writing
Sometimes I'm glad to be a dinosaur. I escaped the English Department without ever having to learn anything about Foucault, or how to write a queer critique, or when to use "legible" to describe somebody's mother. I can't imagine doing that stuff for a living, but it's fun to take a holiday and gape at the natives.

And I did learn some things about the books that I didn't pick up before. I know to pay attention to names, but Bujold's can be pretty transparent once you think about it: Chalion = C
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Holmesdoc
Fun, quick read. Easy to cherry pick. AND Useful critical essay collection for Speculative Fiction canonical writer. Several schools of critical theory represented, many approaches to framing Bujold's work, in separate arcs and as a whole canon. Useful to demonstrate voice and field variations in professional theory. Addresses in choral counterpoint the indefensible ommission of Bujold from the Norton Readerverse.
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