Komarr Mass Market Paperback – Apr 1 1999
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Lois McMaster Bujold comes through again with another sharp Miles Vorkosigan novel. Komarr can be read as a standalone, though it is part of a whole series. (Komarr brings the total to 16 books!) Miles is a hugely popular character with fans--and they won't be disappointed with his latest adventure.
The planet Komarr is undergoing centuries-long terraforming when one of the orbiting mirrors crucial to the effort is smashed by an off-course ship. Miles Vorkosigan is sent to Komarr to investigate the incident; once there, he becomes embroiled in political and scientific battles. To make matters worse, the name Vorkosigan is anathema on Komarr. But our intrepid hero can't be put down easily. While trying to save Komarr, he manages... maybe... to find true love at last! Bujold's original and intelligent blend of politics, science, and cliffhanging-good space opera makes this book a satisfying adventure and a charming romance. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
From Publishers Weekly
Rendered unfit for military service by incurable seizures resulting from his having died, been cryofrozen and then revived, Miles Vorkosigan has managed to land on his feet once again, this time as an Imperial Auditor handling top-secret investigations of the most difficult and vital sort. When a gigantic solar-powered satellite necessary to the terraforming of the planet Komarr is damaged in a collision with an ore freighter, Miles and another Auditor are sent to determine whether the collision was an accident or sabotage. Conquered within living memory by the Barrayaran Empire, which Miles represents, Komarr has a history of rebellion. Worse, Miles's father, Lord Vorkosigan, who put down the last revolt, is hated by many Komarran patriots. Miles eventually uncovers what is apparently a straightforward scheme involving bribery in high places, but a darker and more dangerous plot is brewing below the surface, one that could destroy the Empire. In addition, he falls in love with the unhappily married wife of the government official who is his host. As usual, Bujold (Memory) tells a fast-moving story that combines just the right amount of action and wit as Miles continues to mature in a manner unusually complex for a series protagonist. Breaking new ground, Bujold tells much of her story from the viewpoint of Ekaterin Vorsoisson, the woman Miles falls in love with, and the portrait that emerges of a good woman stuck in a loveless marriage is both believable and intensely painful. Bujold continues to grow as a writer, and her work remains among the most enjoyable and rewarding in contemporary SF. (June) of the year and was a finalist for both the Hugo and the Nebula Awards.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The real delight of this book is to see Miles through a newcomer's eyes, but it takes some getting used to compared to the other books. Had I reviewed the book after my first reading, I would have given it only 3 stars. But the depth of Bujold's characterizations and her gift for staging some truly incredible scenes show no signs of weakening here. With subsequent readings, you develop an even better appreciation of exactly what Bujold has wrought.
I must take strong exception to those who disdain Ekaterin as a potential partner for Miles. The true achievment here is that Bujold has crafted a character that is truly believable as a possible partner for Miles, a task that I thought impossible after finishing "Memory." Ekaterin starts as an apparently weak person, but that appearance grows from the underlying strength of her character. She is a study in contrasts, but that's nothing new for Miles lovers, eh? No "normal" woman would put up with what she does, but she stands by her committments, and above all, to paraphrase, she's Vor.
When relieved of her crushing personal circumstances, she begins to blossom into her potential.Read more ›
On the other hand, the great strength and beauty of the book is its treatment of Ekaterin. I think she is one of the most complex characters Bujold has created in a long time. She seems to be in a kind of delayed adolesence, as if, at thirty, she has discovered that her whole life is ahead of her. I don't think that the ending is as facile as some complain it is. There are still many unresolved issues, most of which rest with Ekaterin, and I will be interested to see how she deals with them.
Hopefully, that shows the order of importance in the events of this novel. Yes, this is a romance. I know I keep saying this in the Vorkosigan books, but it's not your normal romance. Ekaterin, for one thing, is unattainable at the moment. There is no bodice-ripping scenes, no "I must have you!" confrontations. There is a rescue, but even that's not like normal rescues. Bujold has a way of avoiding these types of clichés in her writing and it's refreshing. It is almost cute how this romance develops. Miles has a crush on her almost from the first moment he sees her. At first, she can't get past his obvious physical differences from normal men, but she learns in time. Miles tries to do things to please her without betraying how he really feels. It's adorable.
Bujold writes her characters very well. They are all believable. This includes the main villains of the book. As Miles and the other investigators start tracking them down, their motivations are well-established.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I enjoyed reading this book. But, I can see the writing on the wall. It looks like from now on Bujold is going to focus more on Mile's romance and personal activities instead of... Read morePublished on Aug. 13 2003 by illiandantic
I started reading this series last month with Shards of Honor and Barrayar. What a beginning! If I have had any regrets about subsequent books, it is that Cordelia rarely appears... Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2002 by bookjunkiereviews
It's impossible to choose a "favorite" Vorkosigan book, but a great many days, this qualifies. Superb plotting, believable characters who tug your heart. Read morePublished on Aug. 5 2002
This isn't the first book. Have you read the first book? If not, you should immediately drop everything and order it. Now. Immediately. Right away. Read the whole series. Read morePublished on Aug. 3 2002 by A. Trotter
As Miles Vorkosigan novels go, this is one of my favorites... clean writing, tight plotting, amazingly taleneted and tragically flawed characters, and of course the introduction of... Read morePublished on May 30 2002 by Dave Stagner
I couldn't resist coming to see whether other readers noted the same thing that bugged me; but once here, I found I didn't have the patience to read 70-odd reviews. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2001 by Kay Kelly
Komarr was my first exposure to Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan novels that have been popular for several years. Read morePublished on May 23 2001 by Bill Mac
Miles Vorkosigan has been trying to get a Lady Vorkosigan of his own for a long time. But really, who would be strong enough to stand up to him? Read morePublished on April 6 2001
Once again, Bujold enfolds us in the continuing adventures of Miles Vorkosigan. This time he's off to a neighboring world, Komarr, to investigate the destruction of a solar... Read morePublished on April 1 2000 by E. A. McCombs