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Read Å Gentleman Jole and the Red ueen ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Imself caught up in her web of plans in ways he'd never imagined bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his life Meanwhile Miles Vorkosigan one of Emperor Gregor's key investigators this time dispatches himself on a mission of inuiry into a mystery he never anticipated; SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERSAbout a third of the way into this book it occurred to me that the genre I love best has in so many ways grown up At least I can t think of a major book coming out from genre publishers in the last few decades that is basically about two old people thinking about retirement reflecting on their past lives and finding romance as well as feeling their way toward their future livesI loved this book because it engages directly with the long shadow of past grief and post violence emotional fallout in a believable way and yet it is filled with hope We have aging people interested in the world around them still vital in spite of physical wear and tear who are still engaging the world wanting to make a difference and above all still learning and still using their minds It is a leisurely book as it concerns the aftermath of great events and sometimes the cost of them as well as the triumphs There is plenty going on in this book but it s all small scale This arm of the galaxy appears to be entering a period of peace after a generation of external and internal conflict So there is no war as there is no violent emotional reaction I love the handling of Cordelia s character She s always been a catalyst From the very first book we have seen her come up against the formidable military culture of Barrayar as it endures violent reinvention while coming to terms with the rediscovery of the galaxy to which she brings her Betan paradigmAnd though she is up against nothing profoundly distressing in this book it s close enough to the aftermath of Aral s loss for us to feel her tenderness and recovery She could so easily have been smug but she isn t In Cordelia s mind she is an aging woman feeling her way toward her future while dealing with both power and her reputation both of which we have seen her earn While the reader discovers the surprise relationship there are enough hearkenings to the past to remind us of Cordelia s profound effect on Barrayar as well as Barrayar s effect on Cordelia Neither has come this far without affecting the other I think the key to the entire series is provided in the elegiac short story termed a postlude at the end of Shards of Honor called Aftermaths That story has remained in my mind each time a new Vorkosiverse book has come out That includes rereads And so when I came to this new entry in the series in so many ways it felt as if Bujold has gently guided her long touring ship to final dock along with the Prince Serg Not full circle or not uite There is far too much unalterable change for that bad and good but that poignant story about the costs of war and a war like culture is examined here with a light tender insightful humorous and yet profound touchThere were so many wonderful small moments The evolving biota of Sergyar threw me right back to the discoveries of this planet during Shards of Honor Bujold carries the sfnal delight in discovery forward here as the planet s human population grows and settlesI loved seeing old characters and meeting new And most of all I loved seeing Miles in middle age I ve always thought Bujold did a terrific job with a disabled hero who never had the physical strength to be a hero but who managed anyway on wits and nerves And now we see the cost of that legacy in Miles Not mentally it was delightful to see him on the scent again putting things together faster than his exasperated mother was prepared for but physicallyRetconning and emotional evolutionThough I tried to stay away from spoilers until I was able to get and read the book I saw enough hints here and there about its content most often in commentary about retconningSome fans seem to feel that reconning that is revising an aspect of a fictional work retrospectively typically by introducing a piece of new information that imposes a different interpretation on previously described events is wrong I just don t see that unless I can t believe either the event or how it rings changes through the entire series Long writers working on a roman fleuve have to deal with what s in print and generally readers like deepening of the characters and complexity added to the work Tolkien was lucky in that his work didn t see print until he d been able to go back and forth over it for a couple of decades It can be a tough challenge to discover trapdoors in what a writer considered a floor that open to an entire new level that makes absolute sense several books after the factThis is not a new problem Anthony Trollope for example in his autobiography gets into his regrets about early decisions in both the Palliser and the Barsetshire series but what can one do when the books are already in printSo my reaction to the big discovery at the start of this book was but of courseI can see how Aral and Oliver would have had to keep their relationship secret from Barrayar given the cultural climate especially the unwritten but firmly understood taboos about senior officer and junior but I can understand Cordelia s Betan side being as impatient with this rule as she was with the privileges of birth rank While making no secret of the fact that she considered the Barrayaran military culture half mad she did learn to understand military chain of command and to use it when necessaryBut to her from the very first book everything about rank is all a fiction Role playing Therefore I cannot see her getting in a swivet about the difference in age and rank between Oliver and Aral who in her Betan view are after all just two human beingsAs for her and Aral s relationship it was clear from the first book that she knew precisely what she was letting herself in for when she married Aral who had been about as traumatized as could get and remained relatively sane unlike Prince Serg and Ges Verrutyer when she finds Aral again at the end of Shards of Honor he s stinking drunk and suicidal He has given up and given in It s she who goes after him and firmly calls the shots in cementing their relationship and it is then that he is able to rally emotionally physically intellectuallyShe retorts crisply to that smarmy Vor bastard in Barrayar that Aral was bisexual and now he is monogamous which was true at the time too The reader assumes without evidence that it stayed that way despite all the evidence earlier that these two were capable of redefining the rules of their relationship We don t actually get to see the dynamics between the two of them as the relationship developed as the main focus of the previous books has been Miles after Shards and Barrayar but given those first two books it wouldn t have surprised me to see Aral s conviction that he was staying true to his marriage vows which by the way we never heard by staying away from all women which would exclude occasional interactions with guys Then when one of those looks like it s becoming serious bringing Cordelia up to speed and because of her Betan view of recreational sex and of the complexity of relationships knowing that she d back him up I can imagine her being worried that Oliver s pretty face hid another Ges wasn t he pretty too but I can t imagine her being scandalized offended or even betrayed at there being an Oliver She was always too clear eyed about Aral to even be surprised Further I can imagine her being so relieved when it turns out that Oliver is basically a good man with a clean heart because to a Betan this emotional relationship would reflect on Aral s emotional healing process He has not repeated the self damaging pattern of falling for a GesSo though we have no hint of Aral s relationship with Oliver during any of the other books I can understand it having happened and therefore the retcon works for me And I feel that it was a retcon the minute I finished this book I went straight to Mirror Dance which has to have been the most gut wrenching of all the books for the Vorkosigans collectively to see if there was any covert hint of Cordelia s message to Jole after the heart attack but if there was I couldn t find it though I would have been thrilled to because I adore discovering new meanings in ambiguous passages in earlier books and conversations that with new data take on completely new meanings But like I said above if a roman fleuve is going to be an evolving story and not the same old same old endlessly repeated then discoveries like this will happen And need to be worked in retrospectively if one doesn t have the option of rewriting earlier text I believed in the events as recollected in this book and it was interesting to see Miles accepting them when he and Oliver had their real talk at lastIn retrospect I think my favorite bit in the entire book was that last conversation between Oliver and Miles In the latter s maturity and rueful acceptance on so many levels and at a distance Gregor s uiet insights I see a healthy future for Barrayar Though there were some interesting minor key notes about the Cetagandans especially the long range plans of the haut I wondered when I closed the book if the long lived and far seeing emperor has enough respect for Miles Vorkosigan to wait until he is long gone before pulling out the haut s next set of plans

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Read Å Gentleman Jole and the Red ueen ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB His own mother Plans wills and expectations collide in this sparkling science fiction social comedy as the impact of galactic technology on the range of the possible changes all the old rules and Miles learns that not only is the future not what he expects neither is the past The book itself is well written and there s a lot to like about itBut Fundamentally I don t buy it In its revision of relationships retconning heavy use of flashbacks and reminiscing and general lack of plot it feels like an extended piece of fanfic view spoilerA three sided marriage two of whom are determinedly described as average looking and the third gorgeous and talented beyond belief If this had actually been fanfic I would have rolled my eyes and stopped reading right there My second reaction was a certain amount of disgust that Aral would have entered into a relationship with a subordinate No No No That just isn t on It really bothered me And when that was finally acknowledged in the text it was one sentence where Cordelia thinks that Betans would have objected to the difference on age and rank Like the Barrayarans would ve thought NBD As if Bujold says she has had this in mind since Lt Jole was first mentioned in print 20 years ago I see someone on Tumblr has compiled an exhaustive list of all previous Jole sightings and yeah if you string them all together and ponder it like she obviously has since she s apparently written a series of AralJole stories you can make some inferences between the lines But frankly I need a few breadcrumbs as a reader in order to not feel like I was just kicked in the teeth One thing I really like about Bujold is that she remembers her minor characters and drops them in throughout later books Like whatshisfacestartswitha who would be the perfect regent except he isn t a Vor but when Aral steps down as PM that guy becomes the new PM It goes so far towards creating verisimilitude hey this world is still turning even while you the reader aren t watching when little details like that are included I tend to notice them but honestly had no idea who Jole was when the book title was announced last spring Promoting a C list character to a spouse of a series protagonist is a hell of a tough sell and I guess I am just too skeptical of a customerAnd if I feel this off kilter it astonishes me that Miles doesn t freak the hell outAs for the other things that made this feel like fanfic nothing much usually happens in those stories It s generally about character relationships or backstory So it is with this book and while I enjoy this type of book see Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety and think that depictions of relationships are one major reason why LMB books are so great I am used to action in a Vorkosigan book Hence the feeling that it reads like fanficSo in my head it feels like this book never really happened hide spoiler Outback Encounter use of flashbacks and reminiscing and general lack of plot it feels like an extended piece of fanfic view spoilerA three sided marriage two of whom are determinedly described as average looking and the third gorgeous and talented beyond belief If this had actually been fanfic I would have rolled my eyes and stopped reading right there My second reaction was a certain amount of disgust that Aral would have entered into a relationship with a subordinate No No No That just isn t on It really bothered me And when that was finally acknowledged in the text it was one sentence where Cordelia thinks that Betans would have objected to the difference on age and rank Like the Barrayarans would ve thought NBD As if Bujold says she has had this in mind since Lt Jole was first mentioned in print 20 years ago I see someone on Tumblr has compiled an exhaustive list of all previous Jole sightings and yeah if you string them all together and ponder it like she obviously has since she s apparently written a series of AralJole stories you can make some inferences between the lines But frankly I need a few breadcrumbs as a reader in order to not feel like I was just kicked in the teeth One thing I really like about Bujold is that she remembers her minor characters and drops them in throughout later books Like whatshisfacestartswitha who would be the perfect regent except he isn t a Vor but when Aral steps down as PM that guy becomes the new PM It goes so far towards creating verisimilitude hey this world is still turning even while you the reader aren t watching when little details like that are included I tend to notice them but honestly had no idea who Jole was when the book title was announced last spring Promoting a C list character to a spouse of a series protagonist is a hell of a tough sell and I guess I am just too skeptical of a customerAnd if I feel this off kilter it astonishes me that Miles doesn t freak the hell outAs for the other things that made this feel like fanfic nothing much Willow Point A Harbour Falls Mystery #2 usually happens in those stories It s generally about character relationships or backstory So it is with this book and while I enjoy this type of book see Angle of Repose and Crossing to Safety and think that depictions of relationships are one major reason why LMB books are so great I am Proud Rancher Precious Bundle used to action in a Vorkosigan book Hence the feeling that it reads like fanficSo in my head it feels like this book never really happened hide spoiler

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Read Å Gentleman Jole and the Red ueen ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan returns to the planet that changed her destinyFUTURE IMPERFECT Three years after her famous husband's death Cordelia Vorkosigan widowed Vicereine of Sergyar stands ready to spin her life in a new direction Oliver Jole Admiral Sergyar Fleet finds h A buddy read with Choko and MariaDNF This is not going to be much of a review this is my mourning for one of my favorite science fiction series ever There will not be any witty comments here There will not be any images I will not touch any further books of it if they ever get written Before I proceed I have to state that I think that people s sexuality is their own business and we are not to judge it I am fine with whatever two consenting adults do in their own bedroom I am perfectly fine with whatever a hundred consenting adults do in the same bedroom I am not fine with completely destroying well established characters in order to deliver a Modern MessageTo really explain the problem with characters I will have to give big spoilers I never do this but I have to make an exception not to sound like a bigot So beware spoilers are coming It was obvious from the beginning Aral was bisexual It did not prevent him from being an excellent character Sixteen books later it turns out this major character actually has a polygamous family In my humble opinion it is a little too late for such revelations to appear with the guy who lived with him and Cordelia pulled practically out of the ass To continue Aral s theme one of his defining character traits was his honor It turns out he began cheating on his wife with his partner while she was away Not very honorable is it His partner also happened to be his subordinate and there is a strong indication he used his position to start the relationship subtract one point from the honor count Cordelia was great in the first books Smart strong and believable How comes she is a typical Mary Sue here In addition to this she Can Do No Wrong She succeeds at everything she does This by the was breaks one of the fiction cornerstones there is no conflict in the book This in turn leads to a boring plot and a boring character or absence of it Speaking about plot Miles finally showed up and nothing happened Let me put it this way the guy who shone through the whole series and drove people around him bonkers became as boring as an insurance adjuster Some books sacrifice their own plot to deliver a message This one sacrificed the whole series Sure the message is very much modern but by itself it does not make for a good reading and there is nothing else in here I hope I adeuately explained my reasons for DNF and 1 star without sounding like a complete bigot My buddy readers and everybody else I am really sorry I really tried

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  • 352
  • Gentleman Jole and the Red ueen
  • Lois McMaster Bujold
  • English
  • 21 October 2020
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