Feran Due to campaitn reasons, Miles is unable to defend himself. Then when I was almost a third of the way through the novel, I found myself laughing out loud. Read reviews that mention civil campaign science fiction dinner party campagin vorkosigan lois mcmaster mcmaster bujold vorkosigan saga space opera mirror dance vorkosigan series shards of honor clone brother comedy of manners council of counts georgette heyer jane austen butter bugs warriors apprentice imperial auditor political intrigue. At least the spectacle of a man of thirty-plus, going courting seriously for the first time in his life — the first time in the Barrayaran style, anyway — promised to provide hours of entertainment for his interested staff. A muscle jumped in his jaw; he jerked up his chin.
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Dear book it is not you, it is me. You are great and I sincerely wish you more new satisfied readers in the future. I just had different expectations, sorry. I expected you to be dashing, daring, take the risk and hell with the consequences type. Instead I got a romance. A well-written, entertaining, mostly funny, but still romance.
A series which started as an excellent space opera became you guessed it a romance with the only relation to space being word A buddy read with Choko and Maria. A series which started as an excellent space opera became you guessed it a romance with the only relation to space being word "planet" used twice in the book.
The last book ended with Miles falling head over heels in love - with a woman completely mismatched for him I might add. Because she was still damaged from her previous bad marriage a new one was the last thing on her mind.
Miles who used to command a mercenary fleet and overcome greatest odds against him devised a similar approach to his courtship. His brother Mark finally decided to make an appearance being promptly absent in the last several books.
He also decided to make some money on side by engaging in some very I am not spoiling this one. Miles cousin Ivan He took much more pragmatic approach to wooing women and in this case he decided to go for somebody much older than him. To make a long story short he got such a nasty shock that I really felt pity for him.
As you can figure out from the last paragraphs everybody fell in love with everybody - I do mean practically all named characters with exceptions of the ones being already happily married. This is just one reason why this book firmly qualifies as romance. Let the mention other present tropes of the genre. Adults old enough to have grandchildren act like year-old teenagers with hormone overload. People in love with each other themselves create countless obstacles not to be together.
People behaving out of character - this can actually follow from 1 and 2. A huge crowd on men falling all over each other to propose marriage to a beautiful, but poor woman. Just to illustrate some points: imagine the following.
Your sister is in love with a son of the second most powerful man of the Empire. The said son also happened to be none other than a foster brother of the Emperor himself and is the first in line for the throne in case the Emperor dies without any children. What would you do? Do I need to say this is exactly what NOT happened here?
My buddy readers always say they would like to be Cordelia when they grow up. I could not - being of the wrong sex, but I agreed. I was completely disappointed in her here. She turns out to be a bad mother for Miles. What happened to a woman who practically suppressed a rebellion by her lonely self to save her son? Her own son and Mark had almost the same problem.
Her actions? Miles got scolding for his actions and was left to deal with his problem himself with not even "you have my support son". Miles could had gotten this much help and possibly even more from a perfect stranger on the street. Let me use this occasion and say the following to my own mother, "Mom, you are the greatest. No matter how bad things are I always know you will always support me".
Ekaterin is exactly not the woman for Miles. Please do not get me wrong she is realistic and I can feel all her pain she endured, but Miles needs something less timid. He does not need to be domesticated; he needs somebody who can shoot and hit the target: his life is often in danger.
I can practically see the direction it goes: overweight Miles laying on a sofa switching TV channels with a remote or whatever they use in place of TV in the future and Ekatherin nagging at him for not taking out the trash. Sounds exciting, is not it? Once again I need to emphasize the only real failing the book had is my expectations. It was an easy read, never boring and often funny. So it is all my fault.
A Civil Campaign
Dear book it is not you, it is me. You are great and I sincerely wish you more new satisfied readers in the future. I just had different expectations, sorry. I expected you to be dashing, daring, take the risk and hell with the consequences type. Instead I got a romance. A well-written, entertaining, mostly funny, but still romance. A series which started as an excellent space opera became you guessed it a romance with the only relation to space being word A buddy read with Choko and Maria.
A Civil Campaign Quotes
Reviewed by Steven H Silver There are certain authors whose following is so strong that there is really very little need to write reviews of their works. In many ways, Lois McMaster Bujold is one of these authors. Bujold has demonstrated her skill at a variety of styles, from out-and-out space opera to comedy to political thriller to romance, all within the confines of the characters and situations of the universe which includes the planet Barrayar. In Komarr, Miles Vorkosigan became infatuated with Ekaterin Vorsoisson, and the novel ended with the indication that their relationship would continue to grow. In A Civil Campaign, Bujold does follow this story line, along with several others.