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I don't think anyone will ever argue that this is Bujold's best book. And even before I read it I had seen comments that question....

...its take on sexuality and polyamory. Be that as it may, I have no personal experience here, and have to take those aspects on trust.

But for this orphaned parent struggling every day with how we adapt our personal and intellectual and family lives to living as practical immortals, it sure as hell resonates in every conversation and every fleeting thought.


And for this science fiction reader, it is salted with the grains of true delight in the continuing wealth of possbility available to the genre.

And if as a reader you have followed the Vorkosigan saga from its beginnings by either publication or internal chronology, then I defy you not to cheer for this family finally salvaging some peaceful, productive dividend from years of tragedy and adventure.

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ffutures
20th Mar, 2016 14:23 (UTC)
The reviews I don't understand are the ones that say that Bujold sprang this one on readers with no warning - Cordelia comments on Aral's sexuality in earlier books, and at a late enough date that she knows what she's talking about. It isn't exactly a major work, and there's some obvious fan service in it, but I enjoyed it.
ms_cataclysm
20th Mar, 2016 19:15 (UTC)
I liked it too. Nice to have Cordelia centre stage again.
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