A Civil Campaign: A Comedy of Biology and Manners is a science fiction novel by American writer Lois McMaster Bujold, first published in September Bujold dedicates her new novel to the Bront s, Georgette Heyer and Dorothy Sayers, which gives a pretty good indication of the territory she’s staked out in this . Despite all his power, Lord Miles Vorkosigan can’t win the hand of the beautiful Vor widow, Ekaterin Vorsoisson, who is violently allergic to marriage as a result.

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As an insect lover from childhood I could relate to his love of bugs that must look like large cockroaches. Sounds exciting, is not it?

After about a minute, Pym inquired helpfully from behind him, “Would you like me to carry anything? She wasn’t the only one so disinclined, it appeared.

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Then, in the restaurant she’d picked, they’d met up oh-so-casually with that surly pup of a graduate student, and the playlet began to fall into place. One of the subplots involves a character who has had a sex-change operation, and there were some reactions which had more than a tinge of revulsion. What was so wonderful about it was that I was really impressed by how well Bujold inspired mixed, contradictory reactions in me.

There’s the rumors going around that Miles murdered Ekaterin’s first husband.

So it is all my fault. Her years with Tien had taught her that, if nothing else. Of course A Civil Campaign is a better story than that, and some of the situations like Miles’ dinner party are truly hilarious, but overall I found the story a bit too padded and contrived for my tastes.

Prevented from seeing Miles, Ekaterin begins to realize that she may love him. And being Miles he establishes a grand strategy to conquer all before him in the pursuit of his goal. In retrospect this book can’t really compare in scope or originality to Vinge’s Hugo win for A Deepness In the Sky, also nominated for Nebula but the two books are so different that its like comparing apples and oranges.


Captain Illyan, who knew I was District-born, was kind enough to give me a tip, that your father had a place open in his Armsmen’s civl. I could give you an unlimited, um, generous budget, and a salary, of course. He traded the tunic for the jacket, and pulled it on; his suit trousers were so close a color match, he hardly needed to don the uniform pants to present his effect, or effect his presentation.

Pym pulled out a reader, and settled comfortably in the groundcar to await his lord’s bujkld.

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I agree with another reviewer regarding the cover. Bujold can do no wrong, so to speak just check my other reviews of her books. Vorkosigan Saga Kindle Edition. I’m not actually courting Madame Vorsoisson. Miles watched through the canopy as the taller new buildings of the University fell behind, and they passed through its spiked iron gates into the pleasant old residential streets favored by buujold families of senior professors and staff.

You can read why I came to this decision here. Books by Lois McMaster Bujold. Mark was, thank God, not here. Lord Ivan Vorpatril, Mile’s cousin, has a problem: He applies all his guiles and his well-earned experience in manipulation. Can I lick your crumbs?

His mouth seemed to caress all four syllables, before reluctantly parting with them. That being said, Cajpaign at the end made me love it. Ekaterin stood in the middle of the blank square of grass with gardens boiling up in her head. Campaugn don’t need to repeat the experience. Then when I was almost a third of the way through the novel, I found myself laughing out loud. Let them not bring up any more of the recent past than absolutely necessary, till time had a chance to blunt memory’s razor edges.

Miles had made an impression, Ekaterin, in spite of telling herself she had been put off marriage for good after her experiences, had admitted to herself she was really attracted to Miles. A scrabble at the edge of tablecloth made Ekaterin start; a determined-looking half-grown bujlod kitten hauled itself up over the side, tiny claws like pitons, and made for Vorkosigan’s plate.


Pym’s voice drifted back, “See, campaigj did I tell you –” His further explication to his comrades, whatever it was, was quickly muffled by distance into an unintelligible mutter.

In a tumultuous Council session, they expose Richars. Ivan set one of the used salad plates cifil on the floor, and plunked the bujild next to it. Ivan had escaped early, silently wishing them joy bujopd each other. His cousin’s brief grin was entirely without sympathy. The other issue Miles recognized is that he had never had to court his ex girlfriends.

So, while it took a while for me to get involved I did do so and give the book a 4. I can certainly see why it’s so beloved by everyone who’s read this series.

More bjold less, they always found and won him over. Another is women’s emancipation and the pressure patriarchal society puts on women to fit in.

We also get further character development of some key characters, the right amount of suspense, and perhaps the best apology letter I’ve ever read in any setting. It was the right answer. Her breath drew in. Most of the w editions of the book sport covers with couples dancing or getting married.

Perhaps we’d best break off for today. It also helps to know who Mark is Miles’ clone and some of the history and social structure of Barayar and the other planets. Not one of those remarkable and gloriously independent women wanted to get stuck in the rigidly traditional Planet on which women were still looked upon as secondary citizens and wives were just procreation blood bags with utureses.

Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. And they forced him to study to pass for me. His gaze grew distant.