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Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Review: Cryoburn

Cryoburn (The Vorkosigan Saga) is Lois Bujold's latest foray into the Vorkosigan saga, her hyper-kinetic space opera hero. Unfortunately, it was not her best work.

Scarlet wrote a thorough review of this book a while back, so I'll outsource most of the criticism to her. The book didn't grab me plot-wise or emotionally, and we see precious little character development, either of Miles or any of the supporting characters. We don't even get the little thrill that we should get when Miles solves a puzzle. Even the setbacks were too easily resolved. Unlike other novels, where Miles gets put through the wringer, he solves all the problems far too easily.

Unlike Scarlet, I didn't see the ending coming, but it wasn't much of an emotional punch. Not recommended. Bujold is a brilliant writer, and you should start elsewhere in the series for really good reading.

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