Cetaganda (Vorkosigan Saga)

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Cetaganda is the latest installment of the Hugo-award winning adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, in which Miles and Cousin Ivan go to Cetaganda to play the part of sprigs of the nobility doing their diplomatic duty by good old Barrayar. The idea is that they will gain diplomatic polish on this simple mission, but when the Cetagandan empress dies naturally and her lifelong attendant dies unnaturally - apparently a suicide, but there are rumors - Miles and Ivan find themselves in the thick of it. Miles tries to play ...
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Overview

Cetaganda is the latest installment of the Hugo-award winning adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, in which Miles and Cousin Ivan go to Cetaganda to play the part of sprigs of the nobility doing their diplomatic duty by good old Barrayar. The idea is that they will gain diplomatic polish on this simple mission, but when the Cetagandan empress dies naturally and her lifelong attendant dies unnaturally - apparently a suicide, but there are rumors - Miles and Ivan find themselves in the thick of it. Miles tries to play detective in a strange, complicated, and deceptively alien culture. Meanwhile, handsome and lascivious Ivan manages to get himself involved with several women at the same time - all of whom are TROUBLE from the word go. Miles had always wanted to save the Empire - it was just that the Cetagandan wasn't exactly the empire he'd had in mind...

The latest installment in the adventures of Miles Vorkosigan. Miles and Cousin Ivan travel to Cetaganda to play the part of sprigs of nobility doing their diplomatic duty. But when the Empress of Cetaganda dies naturally, and her lifelong attendant dies unnaturally, Miles and Ivan finds themselves in the thick of it.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Miles Vorkosigan has been sent on a diplomatic mission to the home planet of his people's long-standing enemy, the Cetagandans. He and his cousin Ivan are there for the funeral of the Emperor, but they quickly become embroiled in local politics. The Cetagandans have taken genetic engineering to artful heights, and when someone steals a piece of software that holds the key to their genome it is up to Miles and Ivan to find the culprit before they are framed for the crime. VERDICT This title is part of a long-running series that also features humor, action, and memorable characters. This reviewer envies those who have not yet had the chance to meet indomitable underdog Miles and who have the option of a summer spent devouring the entire saga.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The power to engineer a civilization's genetic destiny fosters new variations on old struggles for political power in this entertaining space-operatic entry in Bujold's long-running Vorkosigan saga. Miles Vorkosigan, hero of Mirror Dance (winner of the 1995 Hugo Award for Best Novel), is on a diplomatic mission to represent his home planet at the funeral of the dowager empress of the Cetaganda empire when an encounter with an assailant leaves him with a piece of computer software. This proves to be a bogus duplicate of a key to the Cetagandan genome, which each new empress manipulates to produce offspring. With the help of a member of Cetaganda's matriarchal ruling haut, Miles and his cousin Ivan dodge inventive assassination attempts to determine which of the empire's eight governors has tried to pin this ``theft'' on them in the hope of usurping control of the genome. With her usual skill, Bujold addresses timeless issues of human identity through the personal dramas of her characters, most notably Miles, a deformed mutant whose insecurities afford him insight but sometimes obstruct his investigations. Set in a vividly realized world where Machiavellian intrigues are played out behind a facade of aristocratic discretion, this novel, like its predecessors, blends high adventure with wry commentary on the seemingly unbridgeable gulf between human ideals and political realities. (Jan.)
Library Journal
When an unexplained death mars the funeral ceremonies for the Dowager Empress of the Cetagandan Empire, Barrayaran agent Miles Vorkosigan finds himself unwillingly drawn into a dangerous game of internal politics and affairs of the heart. Swashbuckling adventure laced with wry humor acts as a camouflage for the author's incisive and gentle irony in the latest addition to the popular "Vorkosigan" series. A good choice for sf collections, particularly where the author has a following.
Roland Green
Having won his creator the latest best novel Hugo for "Mirror Dance" (1994), Miles Vorkosigan returns. Filling in some of Miles' earlier career, Bujold takes him, at age 22, to the capital planet of the Cetagandan Empire, whose minions have been favorite villains in Bujold's universe for years. Miles is traveling with his handsome but dumb cousin, Ivan Vorpatril, and immediately upon landing, falls victim to a nasty practical joke. Thereafter, matters become complicated beyond any plot summary's capability to do them justice, but the whole story, lighter in tone than "Mirror Dance", is as witty and well-handled as is usual for Bujold. It shows us the elite, at least, among the long-lurking Cetagandans; develops the characters of Miles and Ivan; and demonstrates why Miles' military superiors frequently wish he could be shot. In the wake of Bujold's new Hugo, even greater swarms of readers will flock to this book and swell even more the number of her fans--which is only what she richly deserves.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780671877446
  • Publisher: Baen
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Series: Vorkosigan Saga
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 607,485
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 4.24 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Lois McMaster Bujold

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.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2004

    Milady has another hit.

    Another compelling tale by Bujold proving she is far and away the best SF/F writer in the business. Witty, intelligent, realistic action, strong characters and plot. A complete book.

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