Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

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by Lois McMaster Bujold

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A NEW NOVEL IN THE AWARD WINNING VORKOSIGAN SAGA. A New York Times bestseller in hardcover. Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan returns to the planet that changed her destiny.


Three years after her famous husband’s death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, Admiral


A NEW NOVEL IN THE AWARD WINNING VORKOSIGAN SAGA. A New York Times bestseller in hardcover. Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan returns to the planet that changed her destiny.


Three years after her famous husband’s death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, Admiral of the Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways he’d never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his career.

Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor’s key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry, into a mystery he never anticipated—his own mother.

Plans, wills, and expectations collide in this sparkling science fiction social comedy, as the impact of galactic technology on the range of the possible changes all the old rules, and Miles learns that not only is the future not what he expects, neither is the past.

About Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga:
“Fans have been clamoring for Hugo-winner Bujold to pen a new Vorkosigan Saga novel . . . her deft and absorbing writing easily corrals the complex plot.”—Publishers Weekly on Cryoburn

“Bujold mixes quirky humor with action [and] superb character development . . . [E]normously satisfying.”—Publishers Weekly.

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

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

About Vorkosigan series entry Captain Vorpatril's Alliance:
“. . . this may be one of the most anticipated and long-awaited entries to Bujold’s acclaimed Vorkosigan saga. For years fans have clamored for Ivan Vorpatril’s story, and at last Bujold delivers something that will both thrill the devoted audience and entrance new readers . . . Longtime readers will love seeing a new side of Ivan as well as hearing his views on many of the series' characters. New readers can enjoy Ivan’s story on its own . . . Essential for all sf collections and a must-read for Bujold and Vorkosigan fans.”—Booklist

About Vorkosigan series entry Diplomatic Immunity:
“Bujold is adept at world-building and provides a witty, character-centered plot, full of exquisite grace notes . . . fans will be thoroughly gripped and likely to finish the book in a single sitting.”—Publishers Weekly

The Vorkosigan Series in Story-based Chronological Order
Falling Free
Shards of Honor
The Warrior's Apprentice
The Vor Game
Ethan of Athos
Borders of Infinity
Brothers in Arms
Mirror Dance
A Civil Campaign
Diplomatic Immunity
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This enjoyable addition to the Vorkosigan family saga (after Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance) will work best for readers who don’t expect interstellar derring-do but are prepared to amble through a gently developing romance. Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan, now vicereine of the colonial planet Sergyar, and Oliver Jole, admiral of the fleet guarding the planet, have discovered that they not only both loved Cordelia’s dead husband, Aral, but are ready to care passionately for each other. There’s still the question of what to do with frozen genetic material that can let Cordelia have six more daughters and Oliver three sons, but no one—not even series hero Miles Vorkosigan, Cordelia’s son—is terribly upset by the thought of such a large expansion of the family. The tender feelings and humor add up to a droll tale that’s more comforting than exciting, like a space opera written by Jane Austen. (Feb.)
Library Journal
Three years after the death of her husband, Aral, Dowager Countess Cordelia Vorkosigan has finally moved beyond her fog of grief and is ready for a new life chapter. She will resign as Vicereine of the planet Sergyar and be a mother again (after raising the irrepressible Miles Vorkosigan), thawing out genetic material that she has banked away. In a generous impulse, she offers the extra eggs to Oliver Jole, Aral's former aide and longtime lover, to have a child of the man he loved. As the two spend time together, bonded initially by their mutual love of Aral, they find they have more in common than shared grief. Things get complicated, however, when Miles comes to Sergyar to check on his mother. VERDICT Bujold has had great success in the past writing romance featuring mature adults (Paladin of Souls), and Oliver and Cordelia make a lovely couple, albeit one with more baggage than most. A welcome addition to a series that is always a delight.—MM

Product Details

Publication date:
Vorkosigan Saga , #17
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Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

A science fiction legend, Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most highly regarded speculative fiction writers of all time. She has won three Nebula Awards and six Hugo Awards, four for best novel, matching Robert A. Heinlein's record. Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan saga is a massively popular science fiction mainstay. The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in Minneapolis.

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Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is there life after Aral Vorkosigan? The latest book in this space opera takes place on Sergyar three years after Aral's death. Cordelia's romance brings out some of what was going on with his parents while Miles was causing havoc elsewhere in the galaxy. These revelations are actually believable based upon details from the earliest books in the series. Kudos to LMB for that! This book is heavy on references to earlier books so I would definately recommend reading some of the others first. It's an enjoyable "where are they now" for fans of the many relationships we've seen along the way. I didn't give it 5 stars because I think some of the others are better, and I felt that the personal issues here were already covered, if not in quite so much depth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My goodness can that woman write! No matter what genre, writing a good story is about people and no one does it better than Lois.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cordelia always said she wondered what her next role would be. So great to see what my role model is up to now. Definitely can tell LMB is the child of an engineer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A delightful read for me
Anonymous 3 months ago
Cordelia has always been my favorite character. Glad to see her story continue!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Disappointing offering from my favorite author in the genre. There should be a warning label to tell you that NOTHING HAPPENS. This should have been a short epilogue to a proper novel in the Vorkosigan universe.
Anonymous 9 months ago
After a fantastic set of stories, some shorter, some longer, I was looking forward to the post-Aral world. Sadly, much as I appreciate every other short story and novel in the arc, this latest offering would be in the nature of an afterbirth as opposed to a live birth. I imagine an agent saying "you have to finish another novel to complete your contract!" Because based on Ms. McMaster's writing until this point, this is truly lacking in drama, suspense, and progression of the universe. The humor, subtle and toned down, is there. As are the personalities of Cordelia and Miles. Just as Tom Clancy went from developer people to 2D characters, the named characters in this novel pay formulaic homage to their previous incarnations. Ekaterin is a non-entity. Miles is a small (sorry) pile of personality quirks. The chapters meander, and it wasn't until about 2/3 of the way through that I realized that this novel was Going Nowhere. I read it to the end, and appreciated some of the character and scene vignettes, but essentially this was all cutting floor material, not the stuff of which good novels are made. I will be first in line to buy the next McMaster novel -- she's stored a large credit in my bank. But if you're considering buying a novel in the series, please, PLEASE skip this one. It will Not End Well.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this bookend and "closure" to Cordelia's story.
BonKev More than 1 year ago
This is nothing but a cheesy Romance Novel. No action, intrigue, mystery, or derring-do of any sort. I'm a longtime fan of Bujold and rate her other vorkosigan books at 4 or 5. The only reason I even finished the book was because I kept hoping something dramatic would happen. Alas, my hope was cruelly crushed. Looking forward to her next novel being a lot more exciting, ( like her previous novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Corelia's private life is delved into revealing the compromises made to allow two complex people to remain true to themselves while attaining their dreams. Of course, the course of true love can never remain smooth. The richness of the plot and her masterful writing style are typical of Bujold and are the reasons why I always eagerly await her books.