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Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (Vorkosigan Saga) (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Title:Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (Vorkosigan Saga)
Authors:Lois McMaster Bujold
Info:Baen (2012), Hardcover, 432 pages
Collections:Public Library, Read but unowned, Read and disposed of
Rating:*****
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Captain Vorpatril's Alliance by Lois McMaster Bujold (2012)

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Ivan finally gets his own book but for the most part the book is a fun romp of dealing with the consequences of quick decisions that were not thought out carefully. Of course everything ends up ok for almost everybody. What I did like was more of Gregor balancing the role of Emperor and friend. An enjoyable read and I'll probably read it again sometime soon.
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  Glennis.LeBlanc | Jul 8, 2014 |
Bujold's best entries in the Vorkosigan series manage to do what Terry Pratchett has done so often -- mix adventure, comedy, and the occasional thoughtful pause -- into an enjoyable several hours. Sadly Captain Vorpatril's Alliance is not one of those entries. A few pages of action are followed by chapters of sit-down conversation, and the romantic elements drive the plot so predictably that there is virtually no suspense. The first third is the worst, where almost all the discussion is filling backstory infodumps, but after that, it's just one visit to one character-with-more-depths-than-meets-the-eye after another. Not so bad that I won't get the next book and hope for better, but not a book I'd recommend to anyone unfamiliar with the series. ( )
  ChrisRiesbeck | Jun 16, 2014 |
I understand Bujold is pretty popular in the genre. If this book is representative, I don't get it. It was fine, I guess, if you like thinly-veiled marriage-of-convenience romances disguised as space opera? Maybe it would have been more meaningful if I'd known any of the characters better, but there would still be no interesting scientific ideas. If this wins the Hugo, I will make a frowny face. ( )
  ellen.w | Jun 1, 2014 |
I understand Bujold is pretty popular in the genre. If this book is representative, I don't get it. It was fine, I guess, if you like thinly-veiled marriage-of-convenience romances disguised as space opera? Maybe it would have been more meaningful if I'd known any of the characters better, but there would still be no interesting scientific ideas. If this wins the Hugo, I will make a frowny face. ( )
  ellen.w | Jun 1, 2014 |
This was a fun, light read. It was nice to see Ivan, Miles' at times 'idiot cousin Ivan', come into his own. Ivan is now 35 and still only a Captain in ImpSec (as everyone keeps pointing out) and his care-free bachelor days soon may be numbered if his friends and family have their way. He has just been posted to Komarr where he happily fills his undemanding job as personal assistant to Admiral Desplains, that is until Byerly Vorrrutyer shows up. Although Byerly, or By to his friends, appears to be a dissolute, party-loving man about town he is actually an informer for ImpSec, relaying back information gleaned from his less savory contacts.

By has a favour to ask of Ivan. He wants him to look out for and protect a vulnerable young woman from a bunch of thugs who are planning to kidnap her. The young woman, Tej Arqua, has been on the run for a while since her family were overthrown in a hostile takeover back on Jackson's Whole and turns out to be quite able to look after herself. Thus starts a whole new adventure for Ivan as he tries to rescue Tej and becomes embroiled in her family's problems.

Although not as action packed as previous books in this series, the story is nevertheless humorous and fun. Miles has a cameo appearance in the the guise of harassed married man with over-active toddlers and Ivan's mother Lady Alys and partner ex-ImpSec head Simon Illyan feature and it was good to be re-acquainted with them. Highly recommended, particularly for fans of the Vorkosigan series! ( )
  cscott | May 18, 2014 |
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Gardner, GroverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Ivan’s door buzzer sounded at close to Komarran midnight, just when he was unwinding enough from lingering jump lag, his screwed-up diurnal rhythm, and the day’s labors to consider sleep.
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'I do not have a claustrophobia thing. I have a perfectly rational dislike of being locked up in small, dark, wet spaces by people trying to kill me.' (Ivan)
His eye fell on Simon, watching this with his mouth gone wry. 'And Simon. What the hell?' The Why was I blindsided? look was very clear in the Emperor's eye, which Ivan could only be grateful was not turned on him. Yet.

Simon gave him a beleaguered head tilt. 'You know that long lunch appointment I made with you for tomorrow?'

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'I should have made it for yesterday.'
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"Captain Ivan Vorpatril is happy with his relatively uneventful bachelor's life of a staff officer to a Barrayaran Admiral. Ivan, cousin to Imperial troubleshooter Miles Vorkosigan, is not far down the hereditary list for the emperorship. Thankfully, new heirs have directed that headache elsewhere leaving Ivan to enjoy like on Komarr. But when and old friend in Barrayaran intelligence asks Ivan to protect an attractive young woman Tej Arqua his chivalrous nature takes over and danger finds him once again. Tej and her half-sister Rish are fleeing the violent overthrow of their clan but it seems Tej may possess a hidden secret that could corrupt the heart of a highly regarded Barrayarn family. But none of Tej's formidable adversaries have counted on Ivan Vorpatril. Behind his facade of wry and self effacing humor lies a true and cunning protector who will never leave a distressed lady in the lurch"--… (more)

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