Miles in Love
"This mind-melting mixture of lust and domesticity was entirely novel to him. Well, half novel; he knew how to handle lust. It was the domesticity that had ambushed his guard."High marks for Miles in Love, three off-world, romantic and suspenseful sci-fi stories.
This trilogy revolves primarily around Lord Miles Vorkosigan and his new heart-throb, a courageous widow named Ekaterin (with her 9-year-old son Nikki). Here's the skinny on each one:
1) Komarr: Miles meets Ekaterin. Solid romantic ...more
Follow this link for my review of A Civil Campaign 4.5-5 stars
'Winterfair Gifts' (novella) 4 stars
'Winterfair Gifts' grants us a glimpse of Vorkosigan House through the eyes of Roic, the newest member of the armsmen, infamous for his spectacular brief rescue of Dr. Borgas and his assistants in A Civil Campaign. Roic feels he failed Lord Miles then and second-guesses himself constantly. Galactic gifts and guests begin to arrive for Miles and ...more
*happy sigh* A most excellent, emotionally satisfying read. I love Ekaterin. And I really love Ekaterin for Miles. So Vor, but so sensible; so wounded but so brave. I can't wait to move onto the courtship!
A Civil Campaign: 19-20.5.2013 5 stars
Contains the most disastrous dinner party in the history of ever. And vomiting beetles. Not to mention, an awkward romance. What's not to love? (Also, Ivan shows signs of possibly maturing someday. o_O)
Winterfair Gifts: 20.5.2013 ...more
Just as much fun as the first time around!
And, rereading Komarr again in July 2014, purely escapist in the midst of moving--and, enjoyed it again, just as much!
Rereading during nursing, January and February 2017. Still good, especially when one is just looking for a fun read.
July 2019--Reread most of Komarr and bits of Civil Campaign during ...more
**Update** Re-read on my Kindle in 2011.
Now I just have to backtrack and go through Miles Errant (omni #3) and Miles, Mutants and Microbes (omni #4).
Imagine my surprise when I realized the continuation of the Vorkosigan universe actual involved their son Miles. What a happy coincidence of having the story be about a romantic story between Miles and his beloved, Ekaterian.
I really enjoyed all three books in this omnibus. ...more
Man, Duv Galeni's romance must have occurred in Memory too. I figured it also contains the death of Admiral Naismith and a terrible accident befalling Simon Illyan. ...more
A Civil Campaign, written as a regency romance crossed with space opera (but mostly that Georgette Heyer-esque regency tone), has long been my favourite Miles book. On this re-read, however, Komal has overtaken ACC. Miles has a frenetic energy to him that I think leads to fast paced action-driven books. These books are the calm, a pivotal change and the beginning of a new Miles. I like this new Miles. He’s grown up.
The very best of Lois McMaster Bujold. Heartwarming stories with laugh out loud moments. I read a lot of books, good books, but occasionally I'll re-read one of Lois Bujolds award winning novels. I'm transported back to the Vorkosigan world. Uplifts my soul!
If I had to rate them individually, I'd give Komarr 4 stars, A Civil Campaign 5 stars and Winterfair Gifts a weak 4 stars.
Komarr, for me, was a slighly above-average entry into the Vorkosgian saga. What made it above-average was that it seemed to be headed in ...more
I love this series, because it's really a treat to be able to dig into a long series about one character, and watch the character (and writer) develop over time. It's said that any book in this series can be read as a ...more
Two complete novels and a short novel in one large volume:
Komarr—Miles Vorkosigan is sent to Komarr, a planet that could be a garden with a thousand more years of terraforming; or an uninhabitable wasteland, if the terraforming project fails. The solar mirror vital to the project has been shatteredby a ship hurtling off course, and Miles Vorkossigan has been sent to find out if it was an accident, or sabotage. Miles uncovers a plot that could exile him from Barrayar
3 books in 1 omnibus
First Komarr, Miles as recently appointed Auditor goes to Komarr to investigate a possible accident or sabotage to the solar disc for the planet, there he finds that things might not be as easy, especially after they find the body of a missing terraform ex-worker on space by the crash. Several plots unfold, like the Barrayan administrator taking money away from one department, soon they find he was being fooled and the money scam was more than that, and the ...more
So, this is made of two books, Komarr and A Civil Campaign. Komarr is a lovely mystery that deals with the consequences of occupation and resistance. ACC is described as 'a comedy of manners and biology', and weaves together romance, family, and interesting science-fiction social situations.
One thing I like about this duology is that we get a number of different views of female characters in romantic situations. We have Ekaterin, who is a widow recovering from an ...more
Her fantasy from HarperCollins includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife tetralogy; her science fiction from Baen Books features the perennially ...more