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    but Bujold did a very clever thing: she didn't base the story on Athos, but on a space station where he was faced with the larger civilization's intolerance.  That said, I think "Ethan of Athos" was both her boldest and her weakest book (though Cryoburn was pretty weak too IMO)

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    by louisev on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 07:52:58 PM PDT

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      Neither of those were up to her highest standard. Still 'bad' Bujold is pretty good.

      I wish she'd put Ekaterin front-and-center in a story with Miles instead of keeping her in the background.

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      by wonderful world on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 07:57:32 PM PDT

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        that I agree with.  When someone asks me for recommendations on sci fi I ask them if they've ever read anything by Catherine Asaro or Lois McMaster Bujold.  Both of them are absolutely excellent, even at their worst :)

        I always get a kick out of seeing Asaro's bio on her books "Theoretical physicist and ballerina!"  you go, Doc!

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        by louisev on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 08:01:19 PM PDT

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      •  I think she did, in A Civil Campaign, and Komarr (2+ / 0-)
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        wonderful world, Ahianne

        Ekaterin gets quite a bit of time in both books - and she certainly holds her own with Miles, too.

        She's one of the few people who can do that.

        Possibly now that Miles is Count Vorkosigan, he's going to spend more time tied to Barrayar, and Ekaterin will get more time. I rather think Bujold is ready to move on from the Vorkosigan saga at this point though - now that she's finally gotten Ivan Vorpatril married off, she's left everyone at a good stopping point.

        As for Ethan of Athos, I wonder if she had intended at one time for Miles to end up with that telepathic tissue in his brain as a means of dealing with his neurotransmitter discharges. A telepathic Miles is a rather terrifying prospect!

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        by xaxnar on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 08:11:09 PM PDT

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        •  I know about Civil and Komarr (2+ / 0-)
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          RiveroftheWest, Ahianne

          but lately, it's been Miles in Diplomatic Immunity and Cryoburn with Ekaterin left sitting somewhere waiting for him.  And I like her...she trips Miles up and sits on him until he tell her what's going on.

          But I'm afraid you're right and Miles is about to get left dirt-side for good.

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          by wonderful world on Sat Jun 29, 2013 at 08:27:58 PM PDT

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