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Sidelines offers Lois McMaster Bujold's nonfiction, over the course of three decades, on the many facets of writing and a writer's life, on art, literature, society, cultural differences and some revelations about her own life, family and how they influenced her.

In this beautifully written series of speeches, travelogues, articles, introductions and less formal pieces, mul
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Published March 18th 2013 by Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
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Lois Bujold
Mar 20, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
I cannot very well review this e-book, since I wrote it, but through it I discovered how to add a book to the Goodreads data base, another small step for technology as I am slowly dragged, backwards and protesting, into the 21st Century. Let me know if I have made any errors, though I must say the GR process seems very helpful in preventing such.

bests, Lois.
Elizabeth
Apr 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: essay
Having started my first Bujold novel, I collected and read the rest in about two months -- it would have been faster, except that some of her titles were hard to find. Reading the novels, I wanted to know more about the author and her approach to writing. As another reviewer noted, some of the pieces in Sidelines are from certain editions of her books; however, I had to hunt all over the place to find additional nonfiction. And Sidelines includes far more than I was able to find.

Bujold's fiction
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Rachel Ayers
Aug 09, 2020 rated it liked it
For Bujold completionists. Very enjoyable. Took me a long time to finish because it's mostly short speeches and reprinted essays, easy to put down and pick up again in spare moments. ...more
D J Rout
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lisa Stout, Sue Burke
Read this one on the new Kindle, which has more human voices than the old Keyboard, but is harder to search through and the voice I'm using, "Brian", can't pronounce either 'Baen' or 'Bujold'. Once you get over that, though, a lot of what she's writing makes sense and , of course, is very informative about her own books, which I/m currently bingeing on.

Of particular note are her essays describing the value that the readers giving in creating the work, tha by their experience and method of interp
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Susan
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a collection of Bujold's non-fiction - I'm just dipping into it in bits and pieces, so it will be here for a while. Very interesting collection includes forwards and afterwords from various books, speeches from conventions, articles from her blog, etc. There were also two interesting articles (travelogues?) about her visits to conventions in Croatia and Finland as guest of honor. Her skill with words is not limited to her fiction! ...more
Terry Cox
Feb 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Bujold fans, writers
Sidelines is a patchwork of many pieces of cloth, woven during a long and fruitful career: talks, articles, written interviews, speeches, travelogues. These works share the common thread that they're non-fiction.

As one of SFF's most celebrated authors and a purveyor of both hard science fiction and fantasy, Bujold might agree that her novels speak for themselves. As a fan, I certainly think so. But these sidepieces do provide insight into the mind of the author and her works and are well worth
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Geoff
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
While this is probably worth it only for Bujold uber-fans, I'm squarely in that category. The author's notes I'd seen before and the travelogues were indeed like watching someone's vacation slides, but I did really love the essays and convention speeches. I especially liked her discussions of how she was trying to play against both romance and fantasy conventions in the Sharing Knife series (to try and make a meaningful, adult blend of both). That's persuaded me to give the Sharing Knife (which ...more
Pamela Dodd
Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Food for fans

I love Bujold's science fiction, but I have only read one of her fantasy novels. Most of these speeches and essays deal at least in part with the earlier sci-fi yarns, so I enjoyed that aspect. As I have many of her books, the "afterward" essays I merely skimmed, as I had already read them.

I'm also a bit of a writer, so I really enjoyed the sections (regardless of category) about her career as a writer. Fans will find some delicious tidbits in this collection, and everyone else wil
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Jon
Jul 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bujold
Really insightful look into Lois Bujold's writing. It's like having a personal conversation with the author about her work in various settings. Recommended for any big fan who wants to see how Lois thinks. Gave it 4 instead of 5 because some of the essays do borrow from other material so there are some rehashed bits, but it's still a very intriguing read, exciting enough to plow through in a single evening or two. ...more
Rebecca
Apr 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
A collection of essays, travel memoirs, and sundry other writing. A must read for rabid fans.
Donna
Apr 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Probably mostly appealing to Bujold fans, but some really interesting insights into genre, SFF, and writing.
Karl
Apr 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A fascinating collection of essays by brilliant author Lois Bujold. She shares her insights into writing, publishing, culture, and humanity.
Angie
May 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
An enjoyable read from a favorite author.
Mark Henwick
Mar 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Great way of catching up with all the conferences that work kept me away from!
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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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