Bujold, Lois McMaster: (112) Komarr

Since I wanted to read something that I knew I’d like, and since the new Vorkosigan novel is coming out at the start of May, I thought this would be a good time to re-read Komarr by Lois McMaster Bujold. I only have three things to add to my earlier review of it. First, it has possibly my favorite reference to a past event of the series: “He thought about the last time he’d been fishing.” Second, Miles remains “Vorkosigan” in Ekaterin’s mind up through the end; it will be interesting to see when in A Civil Campaign he gets first-name treatment in her thoughts. Third, though Komarr and A Civil Campaign together do have an obvious spiritual kinship with Strong Poison and Gaudy Night [1], Miles is much less an ass here than Peter was there, and Ekaterin comes out in better shape than Harriet does—which makes sense, else Bujold couldn’t have skipped the intervening Wimsey/Vane books.

[1] Alas, the forthcoming book is called Diplomatic Immunity, not Auditor’s Honeymoon.

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