Cryoburn

Cryoburn

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by Lois McMaster Bujold
     
 

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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

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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!

“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

Editorial Reviews

It's been eight long years since Diplomatic Immunity, Lois Bujold's last previous Vorkosigan Saga novel. From its first pages, Cryoburn tosses interplanetary diplomat Miles Vorkosigan into an unprotected situation. Drugged and nearly kidnapped, he finds temporary refuge in a squatters house; but even in this sanctuary, all is not well. Once again, Hugo Award-winner Bujold has crafted a futuristic novel that presents a compelling lead character without sacrificing suspense.

Publishers Weekly
Fans have been clamoring for Hugo winner Bujold to pen a new Vorkosigan Saga novel since 2002's Diplomatic Immunity, and they will not be disappointed by this thoughtful tale. Only five days after arriving on Kibou-daini for a cryonics conference, interplanetary diplomat Miles Vorkosigan narrowly escapes kidnapping. Drugged, dazed, and alone, he is taken in by Jin Sato, whose mother was the leader of a cryonics reform movement until being declared mentally ill and involuntarily frozen. Now Jin lives in a building full of squatters running an illegal cryonics clinic. Under imperial orders to investigate the shady dealings of the cryo cartels, Miles connects the far-flung pieces and exposes a sneaky plot. Bujold introduces appealing characters to join familiar ones in exploring the ramifications of a planet-wide culture of postponing death, and her deft and absorbing writing easily corrals the complex plot and softens the blow of a tear-jerking conclusion. (Nov.)
Library Journal
When a company specializing in cryogenics from the planet Kibou-daini seeks to expand into the Barrayaran Empire, Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan travels to the distant planet in search of hidden agendas and other complications—and finds them. A botched kidnapping attempt lands Miles in the company of Jin, a young boy who collects pets of all kinds and has contacts among the street people. Corruption on many levels and a resistance movement seeking to end the cryo-freezing of the dead make life interesting for the Emperor's foremost troubleshooter. The first Miles Vorkosigan novel in eight years (after Diplomatic Immunity) offers another gateway into the world of one of sf's most charismatic and unusual protagonists. VERDICT Filled with snappy dialog and quirky humor, this long-awaited title should find a large following among series fans.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439133941
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
10/19/2010
Series:
Vorkosigan Saga, #13
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
9.76(w) x 11.80(h) x 1.22(d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Cryoburn 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Midwesterner More than 1 year ago
Plot twists, humor, believable characters you can (and do) care about. This page-turner of a book provided enormous entertainment and could be satisfying as just a surface quick-read. And on a deeper level it also has innovative concepts on healthcare, aging and societal impacts that are food for thought. Science fiction readers, especially those who've read the other books in the series, are in for a treat. It's like meeting up with a good friend after a time apart, picking up just where you left off. And realizing that they're still amazing and have become even more interesting in new ways since you last talked.
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CWick1021 More than 1 year ago
I have missed Miles so much. Within 3 or 4 pages I had fallen back in to Mile's world. Funny, witty with laugh out loud moments this book is one of my favorite books. Bravo Ms. Bujold for writing a knock it out of the park story again. Please don't make us wait so long for the next Miles book. Please
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harstan More than 1 year ago
Residents of the planet Kibou-daini believe strongly in putting off death preferably forever. At the direction of Barrayaran Emperor Gregor to investigate the planet's cryo-corporations, Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan arrives on the planet to attend a cryonics conference. However, he is a few days on the orb when someone drugs the interplanetary diplomat. Miles escapes from his wannabe kidnappers, but his mind is hazy from whatever was given to him. Jin Sato rescues a dazed Miles. Jin's mother led a cryo reform movement until she was declared incompetent and frozen. Living amidst the impoverish masses, Jin runs a cline for the poor. As Miles learns about the cryo war over heirs and inheritance, he begins to meet the natives inside and outside of frozen coffins. This is a great addition to the Vorkosigan diplomatic science fiction thrillers. Following regal orders, the hero investigates a convoluted series of events that appear only loosely tied by a cryo theme. Vorkosigan finally connects the dots only leading to greater peril; by those who do not want to come in from the cold. Simply put, Cryoburn is a timely super entry as the Imperial Auditor uncovers the stunning truth and he also learns Diplomatic Immunity will not keep him alive. Harriet Klausner
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