Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

Captain Vorpatril's Alliance

Book - 2012
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"Captain Ivan Vorpatril sometimes thinks that if not for his family, he might have no troubles at all. But he has the dubious fortune of the hyperactive Miles Vorkosigan as a cousin, which has too-often led to his getting dragged into one of Miles' schemes, with risk to life and limb--and military career--that Ivan doesn't consider entirely fair. Although much practice has made Ivan more adept at fending off his mother's less-than-subtle reminders that he should be getting married and continuing the Vorpatril lineage.Fortunately, his current duty is on the planet Komarr as staff officer to Admiral Desplains, far from both his cousin and his mother back on their homeworld of Barrayar. It's an easy assignment and nobody is shooting at him. What could go wrong?"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen Books ; New York : Distributed by Simon & Schuster, c2012.
ISBN: 9781451638455
1451638450
Characteristics: 423 p. ; 25 cm.

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Knitwit50
Oct 23, 2013

The Vorkosigan series is one of the best sci-fi (or for that matter ANY) series around. The characters are memorable, the adventures astounding and the shenanigans of the characters will make you laugh out loud.

rdavis1902 Apr 29, 2013

This is in my recently returned list Why do you say I still have it out?

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lij
Jan 28, 2013

This whole series is great with fully drawn likeable characters who develop over time, including Ivan. He's often, to his horror, drawn into his cousin Miles' machinations and the butt of other characters' jokes or ire but here he gets to be hero, in a way that is consistent with his previous appearances and his background. Just a note, this book is set before the last Miles book, when they are turning 35. I'm glad Lois McMaster Bujold decided to fill in this gap in giving us Ivan's story.

LJHan Jan 11, 2013

Love Bujold's Vorkosigan saga novels. Ivan, while he might have been a mere "background" character in another writer's books, has always been important--not Miles important; Miles wouldn't accept that--in Bujold books. After Ivan's larger roles in "Memory", "Komarr" and "A Civil Campaign", he was due for a larger role. Nice to see he got his own story and he won't be a lonely bachelor. Now, due next is a story from Emperor Gregor's point of view...!

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ahsimlibrarian
Dec 14, 2012

Lois McMaster Bujold is so, so good at what she does. She writes wonderful characters that you would follow anywhere. She writes stories with great dialogue, political intrigue, humor, psychological depth and insight, romance and action. Once you start the Vorkosigan series you are almost guaranteed to read them all. This is the first book featuring Ivan as the main character; he's always played for levity in the other books and is here, too. This is a great book for fans and first time readers, too.

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