Cryoburn

Cryoburn

by Lois McMaster Bujold

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ISBN-13: 9781451637502
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 09/27/2011
Series: Vorkosigan Saga , #13
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 402,105
Product dimensions: 4.14(w) x 6.78(h) x 1.25(d)

About 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 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For those of who have been fans of Miles from the begining, this book lives up to and surpasses expectations. For those new to this universe, dive in and enjoy. For everyone, read this book! VerityJDL
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.
amberwitch on LibraryThing 5 months ago
It wasn't the most amazingly amusing book in the Vorkosigan series, but it was a good read.Miles has grown up, but we only learn about it at the distance. Much of the story is filtered through the viewpoint of other characters as if Bujold is not quite certain how to write this grown up Miles.The plot is not as strong and coherent as in some of the other books, but satisfyingly convoluted, and with sufficient action thrown in for entertainment.
Guide2 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A bit formulaic for my taste. Still good, but nothing earth shattering.
atreic on LibraryThing 5 months ago
99% of that book was awesome everything-I-have-come-to-expect from Bujold - well plotted, fast moving, a good mix of old and new characters, and an interesting exploration of a technological improvement (this time freezing people before they are dead). And then, just when I thought it was all over, the last page broke my heart. Oh Bujold.
JudithProctor on LibraryThing 5 months ago
One of Bujold's great skills as a writer is the way she weaves in background information without info dumping. Although I've read every book in the Vorkosigan series, I think this one is actually capable of standing on its own.I got to the end and read the last sentence in the book - one which carries a lot of impact to anyone who knows the series - and then realised how she had quietly slipped in all sorts of snippets of information about all kinds of things like the relationship between Miles and his brother - always making them relevant to the plot.I think that ending would still work, even to someone who hadn't read the rest of the series.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I think I might have given this outing in the Vorkisigan Saga only 3 stars were it not that the last line delivered an emotional punch. Albeit, that punch has power from the accumulated effect of the series--not the book. I read one review I rather agree with that says in a way this book might in it's way get rated higher if you don't know the series--that this actually suffers somewhat in comparison to the other books. At the same time it benefits from the series--because for me these characters are like old friends, ones who after a long visit with I won't have another chance to see for months--until the next book comes out. I certainly wouldn't start here but with either the omnibus of Cordelia's Honor or Young Miles. For those that don't know, the Vorkosigan Saga is a series of science fiction novels that could be described as space opera. All but four of the fifteen novels to date are centered upon Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most memorable characters in science fiction. Most action-adventure heroes are notable for their brawn with which they fight their way out or their good looks with which they can charm or bed their way out. Miles is at a disadvantage since he's physically fragile and none too handsome. But his brains and hyper energy more than make up for it. In this novel he's investigating a singularly creepy planet. Kibou-daini is a necropolis and a necrocracy--most of its inhabitants are the dead--frozen in hopes of future revival and their votes going to the corporations who have taken custody of them. (Giving new meaning to cemetery voting. Boss Tweed would have loved this planet.) That this is one of those "evil executives" tales loses points for me. I'm sick onto death of the trope and the underlying worldview. It also doesn't help that with Miles on this new planet few of the secondary characters I've grown to love are around. On the other hand, I'm tempted to give the hardcover book--although not the novel--a full five stars. Why? Because my hardcover edition comes with a CDROM with every Vorkosigan story to date except for one novel (Memory) and one short story ("Dreamweaver's Dilemma") as well as the contents of the Vorkosigan Companion. As I'm decidedly a fan of this series and the characters this made this particular purchase an excellent value. And since I gobbled up what I hadn't read before in just a few weeks I'll expect I'm soon to go into withdrawal. I can't wait for November when Captain Vorpatril's Alliance is finally released.P.S. I was amused to see Bujold's Afterwards consisted of drabbles (stories of exactly 100 words) since I so often saw that as a staple of the fan fiction community.
anyanwubutler on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Miles is sent to the planet Kibou- Daini where cryocorps (businesses that deal with cryonics) keep people alive, well frozen, forever. He is quickly separated from Armsman Roic and ten year old Jen, a native and orphan finds him and saves him. Miles returns the favor repeatedly and saves Kibou- Daina, too. At the very end of this book there is a change that will effect Miles' life. The next book, Lois McMaster Bujold reports, will be from Ivan's perspective. Now that Miles is father to four children under ten, I like that POV switch for the next book. (One of his biggest fears is that his children may learn what their mother has always known: that Miles is no grownup.)
Fledgist on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Miles Vorkosigan investigates and thwarts yet another threat to Barrayar. This one both bizarre and truly fascinating. This novel begins with Miles in the middle of things on a strange planet, and brings in a fascinating cast of characters including a very affecting young lad and his sister. Plus of course, Lord Mark, Armsman Roic, Kareen Koudelka, and assorted Vor and galactics. Miles continues to mature, while remaining Miles, Mark continues to be Mark, while maturing. There is an expectable, but still painful, twist at the end, presented in proper Barrayaran style.
MarianH98 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
This is a book that sucks you right in. Dedicated readers of Bujold's Vorkosiverse will find delightful reminders of past adventures in many nooks and crannies of this work, without stopping the action at all. In this book, Miles, all grown up now and one of Emperor Gregor's trouble-shooting Lord Auditors, has to solve a problem being caused by a cryogenics corporation on a world called Kibou-Daini, where the quest for life after death has escalated into a culture which frreezes every body at--or just before death, with political repercussions since the corporations which care for the frozen bodies get to vote on behalf the frozen people. And it's been known since the Greeks invented it that the only problem with a democracy comes after the people realize that they can vote themselves money. Of course Miles runs into trouble, and instead of being saved by his faithful, tall Armsman Roic, an 11-year-old boy rescues him. Jin's mom was frozen before death, he escaped from his unfriendly aunt's house, and has been living in an off-the-grid cryo-coop, which has been scavenging the wherewithal to freeze the not so rich members of this society. As Miles gets more deeply into the whos and whys of the dastardly plot of the cryo-corporation, Bujold goes deeper and deeper into the emotional and societal twists and turns that are set up by hope of escape from death, which in the end, is inescapable. This is an elegantly plotted, masterfully written novel, whose intellectual pleasure is constant, but whose powerful emotional punch is saved for the very end, where all the compare and contrast ideas about death fall by the wayside when it becomes personal and immediate for the characters, and for the long-time reader of the series. She didn't have to explain what it feels like to lose a loved one. She makes you feel it--and understand that other people feel the same way. And that is genius, pure and simple.
amanderson on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Ah, I love Miles Vorkosigan and his hyperactive and detecting ways. It's been quite a while since the last Miles space caper, and this book holds up to the best of them. You don't need to read the others to read this one. It starts off with a bang, as Miles is wandering lost, drugged and confused through kilometers of creepy subterraneum crypts which house cryogenically frozen bodies. He's on planet Kibou-dainai, where a handful of cryogenics corporations hold a lot of power and seek to expand into Miles' home empire with their business, which is why he has been sent there to get more information in his Imperial Auditor capacity for his empire. Miles has just escaped a botched kidnapping attempt by what appear to be resistance fighters to the cryo-freezing way of life, where few die and the ill are frozen so that in more technologically advanced times they can be revived and cured, while their voting proxies go to others until they are revived. Soon he is rescued by a young orphan lad, Jin, who has a habit of rescuing pets, and recovers to find himself amidst a community of squatters running an illegal cryofreezing establishment. Jin's mother was a top freedom fighter who was abruptly & mysteriously taken away and frozen, and Miles is determined to uncover what's really going on in this society. The pace stays fast and suspenseful through this tale, and I enjoyed the switching of viewpoints from Miles to young Jin.
katekf on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The newest book in the Vorkosignan series follows Miles as he explores Kibou-Daini, a planet with a political system and economy built around the world of freezing the dead. In his role as Imperial Auditor, he is investigating how things work but quickly things spin out of control. Miles interacts with a young man named Jin Sato and finds another side of Kibou-Daini that requires him to rethink his plants. This book isn't the one to start with since it references the rest of the Vorkosignan series but those who love Miles will not be disappointed as Cryoburn is an exciting read.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Wow. It's a good Miles story - a wild tangle of events, though he does, I think, more planning and less improvising than usual. It starts rather confusingly, with Miles already in serious trouble, though he escapes that brouhaha relatively easily - but it sets up the rest of the tangle nicely. I like Jin - he's a great kid. Then every twist in the tale opens up new vistas of puzzle...good story. Nicely rounded solutions (personal solutions, I mean, though the legal ones work well too). We get to see quite a bit of Armsman Roic, from Miles' POV and his own, among others. A mention of Sergeant Taura, too. And with everything nicely wrapped up - the shocker at the end. Ouch. The short views after that sum things up beautifully. Very very rich. I'm going to have to wait a while before I can reread - see if I can read the story without thinking of the end. Don't know - I've done it for other books but right now the whole Kibou-danai story is drowned out in my mind.
TadAD on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I've been away from Bujold's stories about Miles Vorkosigan for a while¿I wonder if my reaction would have been different had I been reading them in a steady stream.First, this isn't a good candidate for entering the series if you're not already familiar with it. This isn't because of backstory: while Bujold doesn't provide much explanation for the references to previous events that crop up, they are largely irrelevant to this story and could be skipped over quite readily. The plot, itself, is largely self-contained and easily accessible to a new reader. No, it's more a question of the characters. While the new introductions (Jin or Vorlynkin, for example) are fleshed out, the recurring characters have only their outlines sketched in for the reader. Bujold is relying entirely on the reader's memory to provide depth or understanding of the frenzied little clown who (nonetheless) seems to be quite an important person, or the stalwart bodyguard who is curiously ineffectual at keeping his charge from doing stupid things, or the cold and calculating younger brother. Longtime readers will have little difficulty with this aspect but the newcomer is likely to find them all stilted, stereotyped and maybe just a bit stupid.Moving on, I found that I didn't enjoy the tone or storyline of this book so much. The early Miles books were, well, rollicking...sort of madcap, fast-paced quasi-military adventures full of colorful characters that sometimes were just plot-driven but sometimes had some depth to them. This book, however, is more somber in tone with an edge of moralizing at the reader. It's entirely plot-driven. The adventure content seems diminished, replaced with some economic/political conspiracy descriptions. The main plots (there were two of them) never integrated into a coherent whole. Everything was just so pat in how it worked out. In other words, it wasn't as much fun.Be careful how much you read about this book as the ending is supposed to be a surprise. Unfortunately, many commentators seem to have no objections to spoiling it for everyone. In retrospect, I did feel that much of the moralizing throughout the story was aimed at making the ending more Significant (with a capital letter), but it's not a bad ending for all that.In the end, I felt like Bujold just mailed this one in and I'm astonished it's up for a Hugo. It really makes me wonder how much of a role "Name & Fame" play in that nomination process...or else the other contenders are really quite bad.
shadrach_anki on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I love the character development that occurs in this book. And there's some beautiful symmetry between this book and The Warrior's Apprentice.
TerryWeyna on LibraryThing 5 months ago
It¿s been a long time since Lois McMaster Bujold gave us a Miles Vorkosigan novel ¿ eight years, to be precise, since Diplomatic Immunity. I¿ve missed Miles; his adventures have always been the science fictional equivalent of popcorn, fun to read, not too taxing, written breezily and well. Cryoburn takes a leap in time to show us a Miles who is now 39 years old, married with four children, and working as an Imperial Auditor ¿ with his own peculiar, almost childlike, disregard for rules and complete creativity and curiosity. It¿s good to read about him again.This adventure finds Miles on the planet Kibou-daini, which is built around the industry of cryonics, that is, freezing those who are fatally ill, injured, or just too old to live any longer. The idea is supposed to be that these individuals will be thawed and cured of their afflictions as cures are discovered by medical science, but oddly, few revivals ever take place. The reason for this seems to be not that medical science is making no advances, but because the cryocorps that run the cryonics businesses accumulate the votes of those who are frozen, and are allowed to exercise them. Who wants to give up even a single vote ¿ a single bit of power ¿ by reviving someone?Miles goes to Kibou-daini under the pretense of attending a conference on cryonics, but when we first come across him on this planet, he is wandering about the deep, dark halls of a typical cryocorps installation, with rows upon rows of frozen corpsicals around him, hallucinating. Someone attempted to kidnap him and probably shot him with a sedative to keep him quiet. Unfortunately, because of Miles¿s strange body chemistry, most sedatives have precisely the opposite effect on him. The hyperactivity which resulted was probably what allowed him to escape his captors, but now he¿s lost and not exactly in his right mind.Fortunately, Miles is rescued by a young boy, Jin, who takes him back to his homeless shelter and cares for Miles until Miles recovers from the drug. This particular homeless shelter, though, turns out to be quite fascinating to Miles. It is an illegal, underground cryocorps, freezing people who can¿t afford the procedure otherwise. This business and its owner show a whole new aspect to the cryonics business to Miles, and reveals a fissure in Kibou-daini¿s society between the wealthy and the poor ¿ one that is even more a matter of life and death than is the same fissure in our own society. Miles becomes very interested in and involved with Jin, who turns out to have a mother who is a political activist working for justice in cryonics, a mother who was illegally frozen to shut her up when her protests started to catch fire.Miles accomplishes his first mission ¿ to prevent a Kibou-daini takeover of Barrayar ¿ quickly and with finesse, but by then he is more interested in Kibou-daini¿s problems, and more specifically, with Jin¿s. His schemes to solve those problems consumes the bulk of the book in trademark Vorkosigan style, complete with conning the conmen, deceiving the liars, politicians and corporate bigwigs, and working some real justice for those for whom the word ¿justice¿ has been only a theory that never worked in their favor. In other words, this is a typical Miles Vorkosigan story. It¿s fun. This is by no means the equal of Bujold¿s more challenging Vorkosigan novels like Mirror Dance; I¿d be very surprised indeed if this book were nominated for any awards, no matter how often Bujold has been on the Hugo and Nebula shortlists. But that¿s not to say that it¿s not worth reading, because it is. I¿d enjoy ten more like it. But the end of the book indicates that Miles is moving into a new phase of his life, and I suspect that the next Vorkosigan novel is going to be quite different from this one. I look forward to it.
reading_fox on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Miles and Armsman Roic are sent to a Japanese cultured world to investigate a corporation that has interests in a major new Cryopreservation facility on Komarr. Miles get involved in a scuffle during the official presentations and quickly discovers the seemy underside to the planet's corporate glossy surface. This rather trivally enables him to deduce all the consequences. The japanese effect is limited to the names and scenary though it has no other consequence or notice.This is far from the best of Miles' adventures, although not actually bad - I'm not sure Bujold is capable of writing a bad novel. It is somewhat short, a little rushed, and lacking in much of Miles' brilliance. in part this is because other characters get a chance to have the narrative especially Jin a young boy living in the seemy underside, who helps Miles several times. This sort of works as a narrative device, it isn't over used, but it is unusual in the Miles series. Several years have passed since the last book but these are flashed past us in one Holocube scene. None of the characters appears tohave changed.As might be obvious ina book featuring Cryopreservation the theme often (over) heavily accented here is death. However rather than the perhaps expected good deaths and bad deaths theme, it is more the consequences of death and not-death that are highlighted. How does early freezing effect a planets demograpghics, why are the religious not concerned about the period of teim before they born, that kind of thing. It is also an opportunity Bujold takes to kill off a couple of major characters. I'm sure there actual death scenes will be the subject of some future short stories, as they're very much in absentina here. Somehow this all seems a bit ladelled on top of the story rather than properly integrated, as has been managed in some of the previous volumes.Readable, enjoyable in places, and even laughout loud funny once or twice, it never quite manages the seriousness of a funeral, but also avoids the levity of a wake. Not one of her best.
FrozenFlame22 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
After a very long wait for another Miles book, this was a much appreciated return to the Vorkosigan universe. Cryoburn explores the interesting possibility of what would happen if we put everyone in cryostorage instead of cemeteries and who might benefit. We get a taste of Mad Miles when he is separated from his armsman and other support crew and must fend for himself. There are many elements of the book that feel like earlier books, but not in a way that becomes repetitive because Miles is older and approaches problems slightly differently. I absolutely loved getting to see Roic's point of view and how he has really settled into chasing after Miles in the past few years. The end of the book does feel rather disjointed. I kept expecting for the two cryostorage facilities plots to intertwine but they never did. It did feel more realistic, but a bit of a let down when I was expecting more of a unified resolution. The last few pages, however, made my breath catch with only three unexpected words.
infjsarah on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed this book (a Christmas present). Miles Vorkosigan is always a welcome visitor. And while I agree that it is not the best of the series, it is still much better than many novels. Mark makes a too brief appearance. I never felt that Miles was in real danger - he had the bad guys in a spin from the beginning. But I, like other reviewers, cried at the unexpected end - 100 words to make a reader cry and there's nothing wrong with an author's writing skills! And am I the only one to spot the dig at bankers? - commodification of frozen toxic assets indeed.And there's a CDROM with the book. I am puzzled by this at first but WOW it has a copy of the entire series on it and interviews and a load of other stuff - enough to keep one happy for many hours. Baen win a prize for enlightened attitude unlike most publishers.
amf0001 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I love LMB, nad love this series, but I couldn't really follow the crime here, and so never quite understood the plot. I had just reread Cordelia's honor, and this may have just seemed too removed from Barrayar for me, but while I knew the baddies were bad, I still couldn't see what evil they were planning on the other planet. I liked Miles, acting in his usual Milesish way, and I liked seeing some old characters drop by. I did like the boy Jin and menagerie and the ending packs a huge wallop.
Blacksmith42 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
Not her best work.The book is highly predictable (the first time Miles thought about the Durona group and their rejuvenation therapy for his father, I knew that Aral was going to die in this novel) And that's not where the telegraphing ended either. It was a sad departure for her. Her action scenes were almost non-existent, the character development bland or not existent (Miles is 39 and the only thing that's changed is his holocube with kids photos in them. Huh?) Seems to me that this book was simply a way to shut her fans up. Don't get me wrong I love the Vorkosigan saga, and would like to read more of them. This wasn't one of them though. It was a poorly slapped together book that was there only to show the death of Aral Vorkosigan. If she was in front of me I'd slide it to her and ask "really?".And for the record, the ONLY reason I'm giving it one star is because I'm comparing it to her other works.
bragan on LibraryThing 5 months ago
The latest book in Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan series, which, conveniently, came out just as I finally managed to catch up with the rest of the series. In this one, our irrepressible pint-sized hero deals with politics, corporate corruption, and kidnappings on a planet obsessed with cryogenics. It's not quite up there with the best of the series, perhaps, but it's a fun, solidly entertaining installment. Even though it'd only been a couple of months since the last book for me, it's been several years for the characters and for most readers, so there's a pleasant feeling here of catching up with old friends, and Bujold does a great, very smooth job of letting us know what various characters have been up to, even when they don't play much of a part in this particular story. I have the impression from somewhere that this is may be the final volume, and I'm a bit torn as to how I feel about that possibility. It ends on a note that may possibly mark a natural stopping place for the series, but I still really, really want to know what will happen to Miles next. Whether it's forever, or just until the next installment, I'm going to miss that crazy little guy.
flemmily on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I think I burned myself out a bit on Miles, and Cryoburn brought him back a bit for me. He's charming and funny again. There are some great supporting characters (both new and old). The action trips along. Cryoburn was quite enjoyable.
RGKronschnabel on LibraryThing 5 months ago
A later book of the Vorkosigan saga. In this one Miles is 39.The idea behind this book is cryo-preservation. If you have yourself frozen by an organization or a corporation, you are not considered dead, and so can still vote. The org that froze you votes your vote. And controls whatever finances you signed over to them. Eventually the forzen out vote the population. Lois explores this and other ideas. The plot twists and turns are frequent, mostly un-forseen and pretty good!
Aerrin99 on LibraryThing 5 months ago
I am such a huge fan of these books that I cannot possibly overstate it. I love Miles Vorkosigan et al to itty, bitty little pieces and I would fall on any book featuring him like a rabid piranha.That said.Cryoburn, the most recent in the series, is a fairly solid caper that holds your interest, but doesn't captivate it. I'm sorry to say that I think this particular series with this particular character at its helm is starting to show its age. Miles is 39, grown, respectable, and while he's still got that fantastically manic mind, he's also got a wife, a host of children, and a bigger sense of responsibility than risk.These are all good things - we spent a long time watching Miles become this person, and it was a gorgeous journey. In fact, I can't think of another character journey I've loved even half as much. The shift from Warrior's Apprentice Miles through Mirror Dance and Memory and toward the Miles we know now is amazingly rich, with a wonderful backdrop of characters, culture, and technology to keep him company. But it feels now that he's winding down.Cryoburn is a book set on a planet that revolves around death. Or not-death. Most of the business on the planet revolves around cryogenically freezing and storing people. As such, it's a great tool for Bujold to explore notions of death, of generations come and gone, of the shadow of great men and those who stand in it. We spent many of the early books of the series watching Miles try to wiggle his way out from his father and grandfather's sizable shadows - now Miles himself has grown an impressive one.Bujold is a deft enough writer that even a fun caper and mystery book has these lovely touches of character and philosophy, but there's not a lot of character change or growth here.The book gains most of its strength in retrospect whenGIGANTIC SPOILERthe aftermath drabbles show us not the aftermath of Miles' usual antics, but of the unexpected news of his father's death. Suddenly, all that musing about generations and change and life and death feels so much more poignant - and Aral Vorkosigan, who has been a secondary figure in most of the novels, but a very important one - feels both gigantic and very, very small.Do not read the last pages in a public place. I made that mistake. And the final 100 words reduced me to tears with an unexpected efficiency. Absolutely beautiful, and the sort of emotional gut-punch you can only get after living with these characters for years.