Jenny's Library

Reading Round-up 2013: week 27

Posted on: November 25, 2013

cover image for CryoBurnCryoburn by Lois McMaster Bujold

When a Kibou-daini corporation begins negotiations with the Barrayaran Empire, Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan is dispatched to investigate.  Freezing patients to be revived later, once medical breakthroughs have made longer lives possible, may be the norm on Kibou-daini, but it’s a technique most planets use only in emergency situations.  It’s Miles job to find out if expanding the use of cryotech is only good business sense, of if something more sinister is afoot.  Being kidnapped within a week of setting foot on Kibou-daini strongly suggests the latter, but that still leaves unraveling the mystery of just what precisely is going on in Kibou-daini boardrooms – and how to get back home in one piece.

I don’t know that this is my least favorite Vorkosigan book, but it’s certainly in the running.  It’s not just that so much was left unexplored, but also that the plot felt like an attempt to bring back the old pre-Memory/pre-Komarr Miles.  But Miles has changed, he’s no longer the Miles he once was.  Plopping him back down in the same kind of adventure and mystery feels like stuffing him into an ill-fitted suit; it’s an entertaining story, but nothing seems to fit quite right.

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