- By Lois McMaster Bujold


  • Title: Cetaganda
  • Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • ISBN: 9781885585042
  • Page: 142
  • Format: Audio
  • Cetaganda Cetaganda is the latest installment of the Hugo award winning adventures of Miles Vorkosigan in which Miles and Cousin Ivan go to Cetaganda to play the part of sprigs of the nobility doing their dipl

    Cetaganda is the latest installment of the Hugo award winning adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, in which Miles and Cousin Ivan go to Cetaganda to play the part of sprigs of the nobility doing their diplomatic duty by good old Barrayar The idea is that they will gain diplomatic polish on this simple mission, but when the Cetagandan empress dies naturally and her lifelong attCetaganda is the latest installment of the Hugo award winning adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, in which Miles and Cousin Ivan go to Cetaganda to play the part of sprigs of the nobility doing their diplomatic duty by good old Barrayar The idea is that they will gain diplomatic polish on this simple mission, but when the Cetagandan empress dies naturally and her lifelong attendant dies unnaturally apparently a suicide, but there are rumors Miles and Ivan find themselves in the thick of it Miles tries to play detective in a strange, complicated, and deceptively alien culture Meanwhile, handsome and lascivious Ivan manages to get himself involved with several women at the same time all of whom are TROUBLE from the word go Miles had always wanted to save the Empire it was just that the Cetagandan wasn t exactly the empire he d had in mind

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    1. A buddy read with Choko and Maria.It all began innocently enough. An Empress of a mighty Empire which had fairly bad attitude towards Barrayar (the former tried to conquer the latter and got their butts kicked bad - this kind of situation does not usually bring strong alliances) died of natural causes. Miles was sent to the funeral ceremony as a diplomatic representative of his planet accompanied by his cousin Ivan who was supposed to keep his relative out of troubles. To keep a long story short [...]

    2. this one hit a sweet spot that I didn't know I even had: incredibly beautiful, highly intelligent, aristocratic geneticists who prize elegance and subtlety, float around in their floating chairs while encased in pearly force fields, and never cut their hair! much like the protagonist Miles, I was immediately enchanted.unlike Miles, the reader is able to quickly discern that these remote and regal ladies actually control their empire. power lies not with the Emperor nor the warlike generals, and [...]

    3. *** 4.44 ***A buddy read with Evgeny and Maria, because we love Miles!!! What a great ride!!! I am here to report with complete delight that Miles can never stay out of trouble and he never disappoints!!! What did I do without this lovable character in my life up to now, I have no idea. I would not want to be his mom, since he has one of those and she is great, but I have those protective feelings for him, mixed up with worry, pride and pure exhilaration where he is concerned, so I feel like the [...]

    4. UPDATED 2017.04.02 with Worst Cover Gallery - check down below and feel free to comment!_________________________I had so much fun with this book. It was fast paced, it was funny, it had intrigue and very interesting characters. Miles was his usual self, saving the world (and the lady) in what was a complete improv, but extremely effective one nonetheless. Ivan was, well, he was real Ivanushka! I like how Bujold's stories are so well balanced and are the perfect mix of adventure, world building, [...]

    5. Re-Read 2/2/18:Buddy Read!Mystery. Intrigue. Politics. A mouth that consistently gets Miles in trouble. Not much to say here except the world-building is quite fascinating. Cetaganda's culture is a real treat, but I think I'm always going to focus on the trees. You know, the cats. :)Funny, fast, and it's so WEIRD how Miles is so honorable. Some might say stupid with women. Any women. All women. Boys. lolOriginal Review:I really enjoyed the inner workings of Cetaganda and the intrigue. Miles is a [...]

    6. I hate people who are cheerful in the morning.This has to be the only thing I agree with Miles about.*sighs*This apparently is a very well-known and beloved SF series. Which is one of the reasons why I started reading it with my group here. I really enjoyed the first, loved the second and third and thus had great hopes for all novels. However, as soon as Miles entered the stage, things took a dive for me. This book was supposed to be better because it is a relatively typical whodunnit, a murder [...]

    7. Cetaganda doesn't have the manic energy of The Warrior's Apprentice, which retains top spot as my favourite Vorkosigan book so far. It lacks that pell-mell, out-of-control sense of urgency that I absolutely fell in love with. But it is still a solid entry into the series, and Miles remains an incredibly appealing character to read about.Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.In the meantime, yo [...]

    8. Another fun misadventure with Miles. Interesting and unusual Cetagandan world, priceless banter with Ivan, series of ridiculous and dangerous events and a tough case for Miles to solve. Probably the most fun book with Miles so far.

    9. Buddy read with Choko and Evgeny.It's time to explore a new planet in the Nexus. From the start of the series we've been told about the big bad Cetagandans and their unquenchable thirst for new conquest and it's time to finally meet them face to face. And let me tell you, they sure are something different.Ever since the first time I read this book I've been fascinated by the complex culture of the Cetagandans. The haut are the ruling class and are the closest thing to aliens in the Vorkosigan Un [...]

    10. Cetaganda: A murder mystery amid exotic political intrigueThis is the third book about Miles Vorkosigan in internal chronology, and unlike its manic predecessors The Warrior's Apprentice and The Vor Game, there are no space battles, Denarii Mercenaries, Sargent Bothari, Cordelia, Aral, or Emperor Gregor. In fact, Miles's only companion this time is his slightly dim playboy cousin Ivan Vorpatril. Still, as a comic foil Ivan does yeoman work, and this time the story is a murder mystery set in the [...]

    11. Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my FINISHING THE SERIES! list.I loves me a good series! But I'm terrible for starting a new series before finishing my last - so this reading list is all about trying to close out those series I've got on the go.The general consensus amongst fans of the Vorko [...]

    12. I remember reading this book when it was first published and thinking it was very light by comparison to the rest of the series--well, it followed Mirror Dance, so that made sense. It's still one of my favorites, and I'm impressed by the Cetagandan culture and how Miles and Ivan tromp all over it in their Vor size twelves (or whatever size shoe Miles wears). It's a clever little mystery, very enjoyable, and I cannot get the image of the kitten tree out of my head.

    13. "What did you think you were doing, Vorkosigan?""I stopped the Cetagandan Empire from breaking up into eight aggressively expanding units. I derailed plans for a war by some of them with Barrayar. I survived an assassination attempt, and helped catch three high-ranking traitors. Admittedly, they weren't our traitors, but still. Oh. And I solved a murder. That's enough for one trip, I hope."

    14. While this was another fun addition to the series, it struck me as a bit too convoluted & convenient to really work at times. Much hinged on security & technology gaffs that didn't fully make sense, still it was a fun trip featuring Miles & Ivan. They're great characters & if you just go along for the ride, it's quite entertaining.It was also nice to get a better look at Ceteganda. They're mentioned quite often in other books, but this is the first time we get to see the beasts i [...]

    15. 3.5 stars. A solid entry in this excellent space opera series. Not my favorite of the bunch, but still a good read.

    16. Although the fifth of the Vorkosigan books in the series's internal chronology, this is one of the later books that Bujold wrote. In filling in some missing details in her fictional timeline, she brings to bear the collective weight of the story and characters as they exist elsewhere in the universe of the Vorkosigan Saga to present a fascinating answer to the question of the Cetagandans.In other books in the series, the Cetagandan Empire is a rather faceless collection of baddies that exist as [...]

    17. 3.8 starsMiles and Ivan travel as diplomatic representatives of Emperor Gregor to the home world of the Cetagandan Empire for the funeral of the Empress. A ten-day trip to observe and enjoy social customs (and parties) quickly turns sour when Miles become embroiled in a mystery and suicide/murder that threatens to frame him, and by implication Barrayar, for a treasonous usurpation plot. Miles, being Miles, convinces himself, and Ivan, that only he can save Barrayar's honor and salvage the Cetaga [...]

    18. After hearing so much about Cetaganda it was nice to get to know about Barrayar's primary enemies, how their society works and the reason for their constant need of expansion. It's interesting to see Miles grow as a character, but at the same time see him struggle with his appearance and just wanting the recognition he thinks he deserves. I think this is building up to something, so we will see.Still, great story. If you're a Sci-Fi fan, you need to read this series.

    19. Dentro de la iniciativa #LeoAutorasOct. Hacen buena pareja Miles y el primo Ivan, y es que son un excelente contrapunto. Siempre es un placer leer a Bujold, independientemente de que sea una aventura de Miles o no.

    20. This is the third book in the Miles Vorkosigan saga (the first 2 aren't about Miles) and it's the weakest I've read so far. The book is another adventure in the convoluted history of Miles' somewhatunusual "military" career. "Technically" assigned to Barrayarian Security Miles has been sent to Cetaganda for the funeral of the Cetagandain Empress.The book sets out to tell an intricate, Byzantine type story of palace intrigue. It does a pretty good job and the story holds the interest fairly well. [...]

    21. In a change from the more space-opera tone of the immediately chronologically preceding Vorkosigan novels, Cetaganda is pretty much a mystery novel in spaaaaace. Also diplomacy. Yep, Miles learns about diplomacy. In terms of worldbuilding, we the readers get to learn more about the heretofore mysterious Cetagandans, who previously were known for (a) starting wars and (b) wearing facepaint.The Cetagandan dowager empress is dead and Miles and Ivan are off to the funeral. Because Miles apparently c [...]

    22. So much that is fun in this book. The Cetagandan society, Miles trying to figure out what is going on, Ivan providing a lot of amusement. As always the character development is top notch. The book is by turns witty and serious. Miles falls in love (for a time) with a Cetagandan haut woman and tries to save her, not realizing that she is the one with all of the power. The structure of Cetagandan society is at once weird and lovely and stultifying. Are the haut even human. If they are now, will th [...]

    23. Not my very favorite in this series so far, but still an excellent mystery/adventure. Miles Vorkosigan and his cousin are sent as diplomatic envoys to a state funeral on Cetaganda. Basically, all they're expected to do is to show up and look suitably grave.However, the minute their spaceship docks, a mysterious assault occurs. In a combination of diplomatic tact and egotistical curiosity, Miles stays silent about the event, and embarks on solving the mystery himself. Murder, politics, an enigmat [...]

    24. After the incredible job that Bujold did in "Mirror Dance", I think that it was impossible for her to surpass herself. So, Cetanganda has more the feel of a transitional book, before ramping up into even more unbelievably entertaining adventures. Even so, Cetaganda was fun and had a solid plot. And I must say that poor Ivan needs to be in the spotlight now and then.

    25. 3.5 stars. We've heard about the Cetagandans since book 1 of the series and in this one, we finally get up-close-and-personal with them. The Empress has died and Miles and Ivan are sent to represent Barrayar as diplomats. Ha! With Miles along, we know it will never be that simple.They dock in an old, shabby station and are boarded by a strange person. Miles sees it reaching for its vest and assumes it's drawing a weapon. Ivan attacks; he and Miles recover a nerve disruptor and an odd device; the [...]

    26. It wasn't really that much worse than the previous volumes, but the fact that there is no accounting with Illyan and / or Miles's parents at the end made it feel oddly incomplete to me.That, or I missed having more of my favourite characters.That said, it was very imaginative and complex (worldbuilding-wise), but the plotting wasn't as tight as in some earlier volumes, and Miles has become somewhat obnoxious. But I'm still very much looking forward to some later plot developments I've been spoil [...]

    27. Originally reviewed on The Book SmugglersMiles Naismith Vorkosigan has come a long way since his miserable attempt to qualify for the Barrayaran Military Service Academy - since then he's created a commanding (if solely based on smoke and mirrors) mercenary fleet, saved the Barrayaran Emperor, and thwarted a full-out war. Officially serving out a position as Imperial Security Courier, the brilliant (if physically less-appealing) Miles and his cousin the handsome (if decidedly less-brilliant) Iva [...]

    28. Returning to the Vorkosigan universe is always a delight. Miles in particular is such a lovely protagonist. Part mystery, part spy-thriller, all fun, Cetaganda just reminds me how much I adore Lois McMaster Bujold’s writing. Her space opera game is strong; her political intrigue is delicious.Cetaganda takes place relatively early in Miles’ personal chronology, when he is still a bratty young officer instead of a bratty more experienced right-hand man for Gregor. He and his cousin Ivan wind u [...]

    29. Probably my least favorite Bujold yet, but of course still excellent. Miles as detective, matching wits with an unknown and unseen mastermind, up until a surprisingly anticlimactic end. I would not go so far as to say an unsatisfying end, though. Miles heroism and accomplishments will be classified and secret, but they are known to some, to those who matter. Miles' "first crush" didn't make a lot of sense, though it was cool she turned out to be like a shadow empress. What about Elena!?Another t [...]

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