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Cetaganda by Lois McMaster Bujold
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Miles and Ivan are sent as Barrayaran ambassadors to a state funeral on Cetaganda. But trouble and intrigue rush in as soon as the airlock opens, and increase as the cousins try to navigate the treacherous waters of Cetagandan society. Interesting, amusing, and enjoyable. ( )
  fuzzi | Sep 5, 2016 |
Not my very favorite in this series so far, but still an excellent mystery/adventure.
Miles Vorkosigan and his cousin are sent as diplomatic envoys to a state funeral on Cetaganda. Basically, all they're expected to do is to show up and look suitably grave.
However, the minute their spaceship docks, a mysterious assault occurs. In a combination of diplomatic tact and egotistical curiosity, Miles stays silent about the event, and embarks on solving the mystery himself.
Murder, politics, an enigmatic beauty, and a colorful society all come into play in a fast-moving story. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I liked this even more than the usual space battle-rich stories about Miles. ( )
  kenzen | Feb 23, 2015 |
While this was another fun addition to the series, it struck me as a bit too convoluted & convenient to really work at times. Much hinged on security & technology gaffs that didn't fully make sense, still it was a fun trip featuring Miles & Ivan. They're great characters & if you just go along for the ride, it's quite entertaining.

It was also nice to get a better look at Ceteganda. They're mentioned quite often in other books, but this is the first time we get to see the beasts in their natural habitat. Their philosophy, culture, & world is interesting.
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1 vote jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
Miles and Ivan are sent to attend the state funeral of the Empress of Cetaganda. Much to Ivan's chagrin, they soon find themselves embroiled in secrets, intrigue and a murder investigation.

This is the first book I read in the Vorkosigan saga, I first heard it on audio and it sent me scurrying off to find all the novels. I am not a scifi fan, but I love these. Miles and those around him are real fleshed out characters I enjoy spending time with. I am now reading them through chronologically. ( )
1 vote MrsLee | Aug 17, 2014 |
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Miles is stuck visiting Cetaganda with his doltish cousin Ivan, representing Barrayaran nobility at an Imperial funeral. Miles must have suspected that it wasn't going to be dull after the bogus docking instructions and the odd man who launched himself into their ship and started to pull a weapon on them. Three attacks and a mysterious murder later, Miles is juggling two emperors, two secret services, and a half-dozen traitors--nd that's not even counting the women.

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The hero, Miles Vorkosigan, is sent to represent his planet at the funeral of the empress of the planet Cetaganda. While there he becomes involved in a power struggle for the control of software used by Cetaganda's rulers to genetically engineer an entire people. By the author of Mirror Dance.… (more)

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