Cryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold
(Vorkosigan Saga)

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Miles Vorkosigan is back!

Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove—he’s been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp—an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future—attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter Miles to check it out.

On Kibou-daini, Miles discovers generational conflict over money and resources is heating up, even as refugees displaced in time skew the meaning of generation past repair. Here he finds a young boy with a passion for pets and a dangerous secret, a Snow White trapped in an icy coffin who burns to re-write her own tale, and a mysterious crone who is the very embodiment of the warning Don’t mess with the secretary. Bribery, corruption, conspiracy, kidnapping—something is rotten on Kibou-daini, and it isn’t due to power outages in the Cryocombs. And Miles is in the middle—of trouble!

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“Fresh, intriguing, and, as always with Lois McMaster Bujold, superb.” —Robert Jordan

“It is such a delight to read something by such a good writer, who now seems to be writing at the height of her powers. . . . I really have seldom enjoyed a book so much . . . I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough.” —Diana Wynne Jones

“Living breathing characters who inhabit unusual yet believable worlds.” —Jean Auel

“Bujold successfully mixes quirky humor with just enough action, a dab of feminist social commentary and her usual superb character development . . . enormously satisfying.” —Publishers Weekly

“One of sf’s outstanding talents . . . an outstanding series.” —Booklist

“Excellently done . . . Bujold has always excelled at creating forceful characters and she does it here again.” —Denver Post

“. . . an intelligent, well-crafted and thoroughly satisfying blend of adventure, sociopolitical commentary, scientific experiments, and occasional perils . . . with that extra spicing of romance. . . .” —Locus

Lois McMaster Bujold burst upon the science fiction world in 1986 with the first of the Vorkosigan Saga novels, Shards of Honor, closely followed by The Warrior's Apprentice, which introduced Miles Vorkosigan, the hyperkinetic military genius with bones of glass. She has won an unprecedented four Hugo Awards for works in the Vorkosigan Saga. Bujold has published sixteen novels to date, all but one with Baen Books. The mother of two, Bujold lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
 

About Lois McMaster Bujold

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Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy and has won five Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards, including a Nebula Award for Falling Free, included in Miles, Mutants and Microbes. She immediately attracted attention with her first novel, Shards of Honor, which began her popular Vorkosigan series, and quickly followed it up with The Warrior’s Apprentice, which introduced young Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most popular characters ever in science fiction. Her two recent fantasy series for Harper-Collins have been top sellers, from which Paladin of Souls took home her latest Hugo Award. The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in Minneapolis, MN.
 
Published December 12, 2013 by Baen Books. 352 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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In this most-recent novel, Miles, as an Imperial Auditor for the tri-planetary Empire of Barrayar, is on a sort of trade/fact-finding mission on a planet whose cryonics corporations have taken over, and want to do business with the Empire.

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It is quite shocking to realise that, by my reckoning, this is Bujold’s fourteenth Miles Vorkosigan novel, a series that since 1986 has gained Awards a-plenty (2 Nebulas and 4 Hugos).

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SF Signal

Bujold also states, “I have no current plans for more Vorkosigan books beyond the Ivan book.” So it appears that, if indeed Bujold does not change her plans, the Vorkosigan Saga may not end with a flash grenade’s bang, but with a romantic smile and a sigh.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Kelly Jennings Critical Summary The later novels in the Miles Vorkosigan series cast SF/F heavyweight Bujold's most famous protagonist as a detective of sorts, reminiscent of Jack McDevitt's Alex Benedict series or Kristine Kathryn Rusch's Retrieval Artist books.

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Strange Horizons

Cryoburn, the latest in Lois McMaster Bujold's ongoing saga of the Vorkosigan clan, begins with an interesting situation: a planet, Kibou-daini, that has backed itself into an economic corner by putting more and more of its power and wealth into fewer and fewer hands.

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Shiny Book Review

Now, Mark and Miles are told of their father Aral’s death on Escobar, which is a transfer point to get back to the Barrayaran Empire, by the simple expedient of the Barrayaran Ambassador coming up in his dress uniform (he is a retired member of the military, as are many Barrayarans due to Barraya...

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Grasping For The Wind

I was new to Bujold and Miles Vorkosigan with Cryoburn, but if this novel is indicative of her overall quality, Bujold will soon rise to near the top of the list of my all-time favorite writers.

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Geek Speak

Yeah, I kind of meant it.) For one thing, unlike the other Vorkosigan novels, the plot is not tied up particularly neatly at the end.

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Buried Under Books

The story, which opens with a drugged and hallucinating Miles wandering through a warren of underground cryocombs – a storage facility holding thousands of cryonically frozen bodies – after escaping a botched kidnapping attempt, unfolds through the eyes of three narrators: Miles, his bodyguard Ro...

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Black Gate

For the same reason, longtime readers of the Vorkosigan stories will want to read this book, even if it is less than Bujold’s best work.

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