A Civil Campaign: A Comedy of Biology and Manners is a science fiction novel by American writer Lois McMaster Bujold, first published in September Bujold dedicates her new novel to the Bront s, Georgette Heyer and Dorothy Sayers, which gives a pretty good indication of the territory she’s staked out in this . Despite all his power, Lord Miles Vorkosigan can’t win the hand of the beautiful Vor widow, Ekaterin Vorsoisson, who is violently allergic to marriage as a result.

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I think this might be my favorite so far of the Vorkosigan series, which is campign of an embarrassing admission because this is the most like a traditional romance novel – not the straightforward Harlequins I went through a phase of loving and now can’t standbut those fat baroque novels with multiple romance threads winding through subplots of adventure, intrigue, family drama, pirates, ninjas, and so on.

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I have been away from Miles for a long time. Worse, Cammpaign has set up his laboratory in Vorkosigan House, the bugs have gotten loose and Miles’s parents, Lord Aral and Lady Cordelia, are due home any second.

She’s coming to Vorkosigan House tomorrow for lunch. And a criss-cross of walks, where people made mud paths by taking short cuts, and they finally gave up and put some gravel down. But there was always the problem that those women were in love with Admiral Naismith, not Miles Vorkosigan, the Lord of a Berryarren district and second in line for the throne of that backwards world.

Stir with a plot to frame Miles for murder and we have Miles going courting.

It was now done up as a bland guest room, with scant personality beyond what was lent it by the fabulous house itself. A drawling baritone replied, “Yeah, yeah, Pym.


Undaunted by this disapproving editorial, Vorpatril grinned, bowed deeply over her hand, and kissed it.

A Civil Campaign

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Also like other books in this series, you need to start at the beginning as one could never understand all the nuances, inside jokes and refrences found within this book. And I’m sorry, but this is going to be longer than my usual reviews. Award Nominee for Longlist This book follows Miles through as he bumbles through an awkward courtship of Ekaterian and the usual cast of characters abound.

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It’s the only deal I campaivn where, when you give more than you get, you aren’t bankrupted – but rather, vastly enriched. Or do you remember when Uncle Vorthys tells to clearance-free Ekaterin the story of the breakout from the Cetagandan prisoner of war camp, which if publicly revealed would have been considered an act of war toward Cetaganda?

But his hands carefully straightened the gray jacket again on its hanger, brushed invisible lint, and hooked it back into its place in the bar. There’s convincing Ekaterin that the fact that she made a mistake in marrying Tien at twenty doesn’t mean that she’s forever incapable of making good marital choices.

So he devises a cunning plan. Everyone will be back on planet for the wedding. She’d already encountered his somewhat erratic sensitivity about his birth defects.

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I’m going to mention only one of Mark’s lines – “Last word: Dec 15, SA rated it it was amazing Shelves: The events at the caampaign party become widely known and contribute to rumours about Miles’s part on the death of Ekaterin’s husband. It seemed to flow from her nose to her body directly, circumventing her brain. Our little daughter’d come along by then, I was just finishing my twenty-years hitch, and I was facing xivil or not to continue my enlistment.


Did you think I was a stone, for you to sharpen your wits upon? What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Since you are to be Gregor’s Second, your presence is requested and required. Ivan hadn’t had any intention of giving up his name’s word on this one.

Aside from the fact that Admiral Naismith is dead and everyone knows it, his uniform doesn’t even fit anymore. It’s still remarkably relevant, both as an allegory for the societal change brought about with the introduction of the female contraceptive pill and for modern society. Woven seemlessly into the courtship of Miles and Ekaterin are several other story lines involving love, cibil, political intrigue and Butter Bugs. The freezing gray eyes suddenly had all the expression of a pair of gun barrels.

Miles relaxed altogether, looking much more cheerful. It was just very frustrating to watch ne Parents in all previous books: Love isn’t easy or simple, but it’s worth fighting for.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. A few minutes of desultory conversation about the agenda for Lady Alys’s planning session segued into an enumeration of Madame Vorsoisson’s manifold virtues. Civkl it a deal. In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook Enter friends, relatives, and bujo,d current and past employees.