Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

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Baker & Taylor
While Admiral Oliver is caught up in renewal plans by the widowed Cordelia, investigator Miles Vorkosigan examines the mystery surrounding his own mother.

Simon and Schuster
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER IN HARDCOVER.  Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan returns to the planet that changed her destiny.


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 of the Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways he’d never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his career.

Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor’s key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry, into a mystery he never anticipated—his own mother.

Plans, wills, and expectations collide in this sparkling science fiction novel, 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.

About Lois McMaster Bujold’s Vorkosigan Saga:
“Fans have been clamoring for Hugo-winner Bujold to pen a new Vorkosigan Saga novel . . . her deft and absorbing writing easily corrals the complex plot.”—Publishers Weekly on Cryoburn

“Bujold mixes quirky humor with action [and] superb character development . . . [E]normously satisfying.”—Publishers Weekly.

“One of sf’s outstanding talents . . . an outstanding series.”—Booklist

“. . . an intelligent, well-crafted and thoroughly satisfying blend of adventure, sociopolitical commentary, scientific experiments, and occasional perils . . . with that extra spicing of romance. . . .”—Locus

About Vorkosigan series entry Captain Vorpatril's Alliance:
“. . . this may be one of the most anticipated and long-awaited entries to Bujold’s acclaimed Vorkosigan saga. For years fans have clamored for Ivan Vorpatril’s story, and at last Bujold delivers something that will both thrill the devoted audience and entrance new readers . . . Longtime readers will love seeing a new side of Ivan as well as hearing his views on many of the series' characters. New readers can enjoy Ivan’s story on its own . . . Essential for all sf collections and a must-read for Bujold and Vorkosigan fans.”—Booklist

About Vorkosigan series entry Diplomatic Immunity:
“Bujold is adept at world-building and provides a witty, character-centered plot, full of exquisite grace notes . . . fans will be thoroughly gripped and likely to finish the book in a single sitting.”—Publishers Weekly

The Vorkosigan Series in Story-based Chronological Order
Falling Free
Shards of Honor
The Warrior's Apprentice
The Vor Game
Ethan of Athos
Borders of Infinity
Brothers in Arms
Mirror Dance
A Civil Campaign
Diplomatic Immunity
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen, 2016, c2015
ISBN: 9781481482899
Branch Call Number: SCIFI BUJ
Characteristics: 344 p. :,col. ill. ;,25 cm.


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Jul 28, 2016

First the caveat: this is not the book to start reading this series.

The reason for the comment is that over the 30 years of books and stories (and nearly 40 in-universe) the author has created a densely-layered universe. Since this is the last book in that series, it's impossible to do justice to that which came before.

I disagree that the series has declined, merely changed with both the author and the life experiences of her characters (if such can be said about fictional creations). I find that the later books in the series are more and more character-driven, rather than plot-driven. This is not, in my opinion, a flaw, just a difference.

And I will say that I am amused that Countess Vorinnes must be a descendant of the Countess of Forli.

May 18, 2016

A peacetime novel without a lot of action, but with a LOT of wonderful characters and a good plot.

May 11, 2016

The decline of the series continues. I had to force myself to finish the novel. In the two previous books, Cryoburn and Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, the villains were barely in evidence. Here, there aren't any at all (unless you count a dishonest supplier of defective building material)! There's barely enough plot for a short story, much less a novel. Diehard fans will have to read it, but all others are strongly warned that it isn't worth their time.

Mar 31, 2016

Senior citizens having a relationship after Great man death very different plot. Chuckled on blurb that Bel Thorne had a week long affair with Oliver Jole than Miles. I could see the problems of Jole's problem of his bisexually in his Time of isolation birth world. Pity there won't be book on Ilyan & Alys's galactic grand tour.

Feb 25, 2016

Quite a departure from the tone of the earlier stories of the Saga which stressed the personal and galactic battles of the Vorkosigan clan. This "mature" novel leaves out the physical battles and reads along the lines of an episode of Downton Abbey as you follow the trials & tribulations of the family. It is likely to be appreciated by existing fans who already have bought into the Saga, but leave new readers scratching their heads over all the fuss.

Feb 09, 2016

This is a throwback to the start of the Vorkosigan series, focusing on Cordelia, as the first two books did. There are no space battles, no political intrigue, no spies...

Instead, it is a lovely story about relationships and what happens when the love of your life dies and leaves you behind. Cordelia faces this in a very Betan way, and Bujold provides a very satisfying look at her life after Aral.

Note that the reference to Miles in the publisher synopsis is a little misleading. Miles is in this book, but only tangentially. The plot does not in any way revolve around Miles! But, we do get to see Miles, Ekaterine, Mark and Kareen.


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