Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

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A NEW NOVEL IN THE AWARD WINNING SERIES FROM MULTIPLE NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD! Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan returns to the planet that changed her destiny. FUTURE TENSE 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 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 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. At the publisher's request, this title is sold without DRM (Digital Rights Management).
Publisher: [S.I.] : Baen Books, 2016.
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IndyPL_SteveB Jul 17, 2019

Every time I think that Lois McMaster Bujold has run out of new ideas in her “Vorkosigan Saga,” she finds another twist to explore. Bujold is one of the great writers of characters in science fiction and fantasy, a writer of memorable scenes and dialogue, and a clever plotter.
This novel includes Miles but is centered on his widowed mother, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan.

Cordelia has been governing the Barrayaran colony on the planet Sergyar, where she had been part of the first exploration team (back in Bujold’s first book, *Shards of Honor*). But she has decided it is time to find another focus for her life. In a surprise to her friends and family, she wants to have more children, using her eggs and late husband Aral’s sperm, in frozen storage for decades. She also begins to be attracted again, to a long-time friend (and Aral’s longtime military aide), Oliver Jole.

This is perhaps the quietest book in the Vorkosigan series. There is no villain, no great crisis to provide conflict, only the conflict in the hearts of these two older adults, as they try to determine where their future lies; how much to stick with their duty as leaders and (for Jole) military officer; how much to open themselves to a possible future with a new generation of children.

If you have read Bujold’s other books, you won’t want to miss this one.

May 27, 2019

Lois McMaster Bujold has been one of my favorite science fiction authors for a long time, combining a wonderful imagination with rich character development and complicated plot twists. I particularly enjoyed the Vorkosigan series, of which Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen is the most recent offering. Unfortunately, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen was way below the quality of Ms. Bujold's earlier books, sort of two dimensional, and mostly uninteresting. References to plotlines and characters of the earlier books in the series were plentiful, but this book had little plot of its own, and what it had didn't seem to make much sense to me. I read it all the way through, out of loyalty to the author, but it was a struggle.

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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