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Captain Vorpatril's Alliance Hardcover – Nov 6 2012

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (Nov. 6 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638450
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638455
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 567 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #225,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

A science fiction legend, Lois McMaster Bujold has won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Her Miles Vorkosigan saga is a hugely popular science fiction mainstay with multiple New York Times bestsellers including previous entries, Cryoburn and Diplomatic Immunity. The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in Minneapolis.


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The more you read the Vorkosigan series, the more you begin to enjoy the appearances by Ivan-you-idiot. So when the latest book in the series was released centered around an Ivan adventure (with Byerly resurfacing!) I was hoping for the best.

I was not at all disappointed. This one was a riot.

The book can basically be divided into quarters. The first quarter introduces all of the new characters, gives details on Ivan's current career standing - and surprise! he is doing quite well thank you - and delivers laughs and plot twists fastly and furiously.

The second quarter is possibly my favorite, as Ivan returns to Barrayar and renews acquaintances with Miles, Gregor, Alys, Simon, and others. This portion of the book rivals Civil Campaign for fantastic dialogue and the reinforcement of Vorish duties and expectations. The previous (set further in the future) installment of the series, Cryoburn, lacked this reconnection with older characters (aside from Roic and Raven) and despite the jaw-dropping ending in Cryoburn, this lack proved a bit of a disappointment for long-time fans. There are no such concerns here.

The third quarter brings a massive plot twist. For a wee while I was afraid that the first half of the book might prove to be the more enjoyable, but things began to pick themselves up and then came:

The last quarter, where the full dryness of Barrayaran humour comes out and mayhem ensues.
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Format: Hardcover
It's competent, but not particularly brilliant or exciting. A poor man's version of A Civil Campaign, about the best that can be said is that it's more entertaining than Cryoburn, though it shares one of the latter's weaknesses. Villains are scarce, and those that do pop up are too easily subdued within a few pages.
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I found "Captain Vorpatril's Alliance" a very enjoyable read. It was great to finally read a novel-length story from Ivan's point of view. The undercurrent of Lois's subtle humour kept me reading; at the end of my workday, I couldn't wait to get back to it. I finished the novel in record time (for me).
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I loved Ivan getting himself into and then out of trouble. I was slightly disappointed (but only slightly) that Miles and the normal cast were mostly absent, but it was still a very fun read. I hope there will be more novels in this parallel storyline.
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