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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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When he spoke again, the manic humor had drained from his voice, leaving it cooler and bleaker. If you just read it on its own, be prepared for a lengthly series of comic romantic mishaps among Miles and his civik. Thank you bijold registering which Whichbook. Or rather becauseas this gives them a machine to rage against. The other issue Miles recognized is that he had never had to court his ex girlfriends.

Miles is a unique hero in that he is a “little person”, a dwarf.

So old fashioned of the man, he sent a Baba all the way from Vorbar Sultana to your Da in South Continent – it quite bowled the old man over. Do you know how hard they are to find these days? When did I do that? View all 26 comments. Nor a juvenile reputation as a local stud to maintain.


I gather that many many readers love this book and that scene and so on and so forth. Or give yourself a real treat and read them all. He engages in some self-serving behavior which frustrated me at first. I could fly, I think.

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Ivan always says women like food. My library Help Advanced Book Search. I loved that Miles does, in the end, get it.

Komarr, Sergyar, some dismal embassy, anywhere but Vorbarr Sultana. Do I need to say this is exactly what NOT happened here? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Or if you don’t have children of the body, it’s left as a debt to your common humanity.

Weren’t you telling bujod you have that sweetheart deal with Madame Vor-what’s-her-name? They set up a lab in the basement of Vorkosigan House.

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Saunter off slowly, that was the ticket. Cosmic justice, to serve the dwarf a dish with his own sauce.

You’ll thank me later. Several generations in one house works best if it’s a very large house.

A Civil Campaign – Lois McMaster Bujold – Google Books

Ivan sucked on his tongue for a moment, quelled. There are a few other threads here, including Mark and Kareen’s romance and their latest business venture, the preparations for Gregor’s upcoming wedding, as well as plenty of political intrigue, including a couple I took a little break from the Vorkosigan series after reading this one it’s intense!


Like its predecessor, this novel tells its story from the viewpoints of both Miles and Ekaterin, on occasion switching from one to the other during a given scene.

And in many ways, it’s the women in this story that carry the plot–Kareen and her self-identity, Ekaterin and her warring desires. There are campaigb niggling little problems with A Civil Campaign, at least for me. I would be the first one to say that it was wrong to do so if he found her her work mediocre or if he didn’t care about it at all.

His physical body was damaged in-utero by a poison gas attack on his mother, a countess, during a revolutionary war on his home planet of Barrayar. She had not received the impression when she’d seen him on Komarr that Vorkosigan maintained the old Vor formalities to quite this extent.