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Lois McMaster Bujold

Author of The Curse of Chalion

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About the Author

Science fiction and fantasy author Lois McMaster Bujold was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1949. After graduating from Ohio State University, she worked as a pharmacy technician at Ohio State University Hospitals. Her first short story was published in Twilight Zone Magazine in 1984 and her first three show more novels were published in 1986. She received the Nebula Award for Falling Free and The Mountains of Mourning and the Hugo Award for The Vor Game, Barrayar, Mirror Dance, The Mountains of Mourning, and Paladin of Souls. She also received the Locus award for Mirror Dance and Paladin of Souls, the Minnesota Book Award for Komarr, the Mythopoeic Award for The Curse of Chalion, and a Romantic Times 2003 Reviewers' Choice Award for Paladin of Souls. She is best known for her series featuring Miles Vorkosigan. She currently lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Photo by Carol Collins 2010


Works by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Curse of Chalion (2001) 4,829 copies
Paladin of Souls (2003) 3,683 copies
Memory (1996) 3,326 copies
Shards of Honor (1986) — Author — 3,285 copies
The Warrior's Apprentice (1986) 3,164 copies
A Civil Campaign (1999) 3,106 copies
Komarr (1998) 2,950 copies
Diplomatic Immunity (2002) 2,882 copies
Mirror Dance (1994) 2,710 copies
The Vor Game (1990) 2,707 copies
Cetaganda (1996) 2,672 copies
Falling Free (1988) 2,668 copies
Barrayar (1993) 2,622 copies
Brothers in Arms (1989) 2,547 copies
The Hallowed Hunt (2005) 2,499 copies
Borders of Infinity (1989) 2,421 copies
Beguilement (2006) 2,290 copies
Ethan of Athos (1986) 2,259 copies
Cryoburn (2010) 1,930 copies
Legacy (2007) 1,576 copies
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (2012) 1,470 copies
Passage (2008) 1,363 copies
The Spirit Ring (1992) 1,340 copies
Horizon (2009) 1,113 copies
Penric's Demon (2015) 595 copies
Winterfair Gifts [novella] (2004) 521 copies
The Mountains of Mourning (1989) 500 copies
Penric and the Shaman (2016) 423 copies
Penric's Mission (2016) 353 copies
Penric's Fox (2017) 350 copies
Mira's Last Dance (2017) 335 copies
The Flowers of Vashnoi (2018) 323 copies
The Prisoner of Limnos (2017) 315 copies
The Orphans of Raspay (2019) 284 copies
Labyrinth (1989) 280 copies
The Physicians of Vilnoc (2020) 257 copies
Masquerade in Lodi (2020) 226 copies
The Assassins of Thasalon (2021) 209 copies
Knot of Shadows (2021) 189 copies
Knife Children (2019) 158 copies
Women at War (1995) — Editor — 153 copies
Demon Daughter (2024) 87 copies
Sidelines: Talks and Essays (2013) 34 copies
Memory / Komarr (2005) 14 copies
Mirror Dance / Memory (1999) 7 copies
Chalion (3 Book Series) (2016) 5 copies
Aftermaths (1986) 4 copies
Barter [shortstory] (1985) 3 copies
Falling Free, Part One (1987) 2 copies
Falling Free 1 copy

Associated Works

Irresistible Forces [Anthology 6-in-1] (2004) — Contributor — 599 copies
The Vorkosigan Companion (2008) — Contributor, some editions — 356 copies
The Space Opera Renaissance (2007) — Contributor — 281 copies
Federations (2009) — Contributor — 208 copies
Infinite Stars (2017) — Contributor — 144 copies
Serve It Forth: Cooking with Anne McCaffrey (1996) — Contributor — 142 copies
Dragonwriter: A Tribute to Anne McCaffrey and Pern (2013) — Contributor — 131 copies
The New Hugo Winners, Volume III (1994) — Contributor — 125 copies
Nebula Awards Showcase 2006 (2006) — Contributor — 115 copies
Nebula Award Winning Novellas (1994) — Contributor — 98 copies
Free Lancers (1987) — Contributor — 96 copies
Women of Futures Past: Classic Stories (2016) — Contributor — 75 copies
Wondrous Beginnings (2003) — Contributor — 69 copies
Nebula Awards 25 (1991) — Contributor — 62 copies
New Destinies, Volume 8, Fall 1989 (1989) — Contributor — 61 copies
Love and Rockets (2010) — Introduction, some editions — 37 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
Intergalactic Mercenaries (1996) — Contributor — 27 copies
Commando Brigade 3000 (1994) — Contributor — 15 copies
Glass Bead Games — Foreword — 13 copies
Decision Points (2016) — Contributor — 10 copies
FenCon VI — Contributor — 1 copy


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Common Knowledge



Group Read: Paladin of Souls (Apr 2021) in The Green Dragon (July 2022)
Group Read: The Curse of Chalion (Jan 2021) in The Green Dragon (February 2021)
Bujold Wins Award! in Science Fiction Fans (December 2019)
Group Read: The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold in 2016 Category Challenge (October 2019)
Year-long Group Read: The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold in 2014 Category Challenge (December 2015)
Vorkosigan Group Read: Miles, Mutants and Microbes in 2014 Category Challenge (April 2015)
Vorkosigan Group Read: Miles, Mystery and Mayhem in 2014 Category Challenge (March 2015)
Vorkosigan Group Read: Cordelia's Honor in 2014 Category Challenge (January 2015)
Vorkosigan Group Read: Young Miles in 2014 Category Challenge (August 2014)
Lois McMaster Bujold fan here in Science Fiction Fans (November 2012)


As the first Miles book following on from the events of The Vor Game (in the largely chronological order I'm using), it is honestly a bit of a disappointment. Of the five books I've read so far, it's the first that doesn't feel like it moves the story forward in some kind of way, the first to not really tell me anything about its central character I don't already know. Miles and Ivan go to the planet Cetaganda, and of course find themselves embroiled in political subterfuge, plus also investigating a murder. It's fun enough, but I didn't feel like it had a strong thematic or character spine undergirding it, nothing was holding it together other than the political plot—and honestly I don't really care about the political disposition of Cetaganda, even if it does hypothetically mean war with Barryar.

So far, the Vorkosigan books are often at their best when considering cultural clashes, but I got little sense of that in this book even though it ought to be rife with it; in the rigid, ossified, stratified society of Cetaganda, one might think Miles could see a mirror to his own society. (And indeed, the cover implies such an image.) But I did not see such a thing really presented in the actual book.

Of course, it's a Vorkosigan book by Bujold, so it has good action, fun jokes, nice moments of characterization, and all comes together well. But it's the first book in the series that has felt disposable, that hasn't felt like a story that needed to be told. One knows she could do more.
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Stevil2001 | 60 other reviews | Apr 15, 2024 |
Penric is escaping Cedonia with Nikys when his talents lead him to a brothel for an evening rest. Overnight to hide their identities Penric dresses as a woman. When a Cedonian general takes an interest in the tall "courtesan", Desdemona's own Mira takes over for a last bow she never expected.
elorin | 14 other reviews | Apr 12, 2024 |
When Nikys' mother is incarcerated in a retreat for the Mother that only lets in women, Nikys' and Penric travel to Limnos to plan a daring escape.
elorin | 16 other reviews | Apr 12, 2024 |
A young girl washes up in a coastal village, apparently be-demoned, speaking only Roknari. Penric is of course needed as translater and Temple sensitive to find out what happened. Little Otta is welcomed by Pen and Des and the whole household but whether she will keep her demon is up to the God.
elorin | 3 other reviews | Apr 12, 2024 |


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