Diplomatic Immunity (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures) [Lois McMaster Bujold] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When a Komarran merchant . Rephrase, O Diplomat. “Does it make it any easier, that it’s the second time, for you?” Her expression grew introspective. “Nikki was a body birth; of course. She has won an unprecedented four Hugo Awards for works in the Vorkosigan Saga. Bujold has published sixteen novels to date, all but one with Baen Books.
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A rich Komarran merchant fleet has been impounded at Graf Station, in distant Quaddiespace, after a bloody incident on the station docks involving a security officer from the convoy’s Barrayaran military escort. Lord Miles Vorkosigan of Barrayar and his wife, Lady Ekaterin, have other things on their minds, such as getting home in time to attend the long-awaited births of A rich Komarran merchant fleet has been impounded at Graf Station, in distant Quaddiespace, after a bloody incident on the station docks involving a security officer from the convoy’s Barrayaran military escort.
Lord Miles Vorkosigan of Barrayar and his wife, Lady Ekaterin, have other things on their minds, such as getting home in dlplomatic to attend the long-awaited births of their first children.
But when duty calls in the voice of Barrayar’s Emperor Gregor, Miles, Gregor’s youngest Imperial Auditor a special high-level troubleshooter has no choice but to answer.
Waiting on Graf Station are diplomatic snarls, tangled loyalties, old friends, new enemies, racial tensions, lies and deceptions, mysterious disappearances, and a lethal secret with wider consequences than even Miles anticipates: The downside of being a troubleshooter comes when trouble starts shooting back.
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Do I need to read Falling free in order to understand this book? Farseer No, you do not need to read Falling Free in order to enjoy this book. Falling Free is set shortly after the Quaddies were created by a corporation to …more No, you do not need to read Falling Free in order to enjoy this book.
Falling Free is set shortly after the Quaddies were created by a corporation to provide cheap free-fall labor.
It tells the story of how they got free from that slavery. Diplomatic Immunity is set two centuries later, with an unrelated plot and completely different characters. It’s a Miles Vorkosigan story. Miles, as Imperial Auditor, is set to a Quaddie space station to solve a mess that a Barrayaran military spaceship escorting a trade fleet has got into with the local authorities.
There’s no more connection between the stories. There are just a couple of minor references to the events in Falling Free, since it’s part of Quaddie history, but you will have no problem whatsoever if you haven’t read Falling Free. See 1 question about Diplomatic Immunity…. Lists with This Book.
May 12, Evgeny rated it it was amazing Shelves: A buddy read with Choko and Maria. Miles Vorkosigan was on his honeymoon showing his wife wonders of the known Universe he got to travel around a lot when the Emperor called him back on a very complicated matter – just like Miles usually like solving.
I will try to explain, but it might sound somewhat incomprehensible. Komarr is one of the planets of Barrayar Empire; rich one.
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Barrayar itself is more military-oriented planet. So when a merchant fleet from Komarr is assembled it A buddy read with Choko and Maria. So when a merchant fleet from Komarr is assembled it is escorted by Barrayan military. Quaddies are a very interesting and neutral race in the far end of the Galaxy. So a Komarran merchant fleet was impounded in Quaddie territory, one of the military escort personnel disappeared and another one deserted and asked for a refugee status.
The military overreacted and send a retrieval squad which resulted in a shootout rumored to bring some casualties and a huge intergalactic incident. Miles was supposed to sort it all out. It still looked innocent enough for the guy to take his wife with him hoping to show her Quaddie culture.
It turned out to be probably the most dangerous assignment Miles was assigned to – and he did see a fair share of really dangerous ones. It was nice to revisit Quaddies again first time seen in the series prequel taking place around years before. One cannot help feeling greatest respect for the nation which considers engineers to be the highest-respected profession. I was always curious how Miles would interact with them, but it turns out nothing unexpected happen: At least they did not had Miles as their subordinate – these do not survive him without being scarred for life.
It was also nice to imkunity some familiar faces from the previous books of the series – people I was really curious about. I will not name they to avoid spoilers, but encountering them again was a nice surprise. Speaking about people Miles’ wife Ekaterin finally became useful. As a wife of high Vor Lord she will do.
In the beginning of the diplomaatic I was mildly curious – after all how can a trade dispute be exciting? I became more and more involved thanks to great characters – main and supporting. The moment I realized what all the fuss was about and one character’s life ended up being in mortal danger the book entered that craved-after un-put-down-able territory I did not have a choice but give it the highest rating: One question arose yet again, something we already discussed with my buddy readers.
There are two races playing bad guys in the Universe. One behaves like common ruthless criminals dkplomatic another playing mad scientists. Which one is more menacing? I would go with mad scientists all the time. So yes, this is the highest-rated book for me. Curiously enough both of my buddy readers rated it lower. As to the series: If you want to read great science fiction written by a woman this would be your best bet. In short just read it already. View all 22 comments.
May 09, Choko rated it really liked it Shelves: This book starts about an year after the newly Weds tied the knot and are on their way back after a honeymoon. They are excited because right before their departure they began a family, placing a boy and a girl zigots in uterine replicators and they will be gestationaly mature enough to be born by the time they return home.
Miles and Ekatherin are blissfully happy, until the ship is intercepted by an Emperial order for Miles to sort things out on a trade space station. The station is an Outpost xiplomatic the Quaddies, a genetically engineered human race with for limbs, only all of them are hands, an advantage for work in Zero Gravity.
We have met those very endearing, somewhat naive, joyful and hard working race of people before and I carry enormous love for them! So, it was not a surprise to find them just as wonderful as we did in our first encounter.
However, you mix any genetically altered species with our rough-neck military Barrayaran soldiers and things get messy and potentially dangerous. Thus, the presence of the soldiers on top of Komaren trader ships, uterine replicators full of ” fetuses of mammals”, a fish-man, missing persons, possible murders, love-sick officer, and a random shooter, make Miles’s life substantially more interesting, but just as dangerous And as fast as he tries to solve the problems and keep the diplomatic damages to a minimum, the bigger the possibility that he might not make it home on time for his kids births increases As he tries to put the puzzle pieces together, the possibility of never seeing his children at all fast becomes a probability.
This book is much more of a murder mystery than any of the previous volumes. Miles is his usual, although very happily in love, self. His brashness and typical daring approach is somewhat tampered by his personal fears for his loved ones.
We get to see Bell, the hermaphrodite, and his quaddy Nicole. It is also really nice to see what asset Ekatherin is when it comes to encouraging him, being his helpmate with her diplomatic manner and easy communication with all around her, and just by loving and believing in him.
I was very pleased and impressed by her, despite the author being very subdued in her presentation to us. Miles is one of the best characters ever to hit the Science Fiction genre. Now I wish you all Happy Reading and many more wonderful books to come!!!
View all 16 comments. Aug 12, Tim rated it did not like it. My expectations were much too high, apparently. View all 8 comments. Aug 12, Milda Page Runner rated it it was amazing Shelves: Beautiful ending to Miles Vorkosigan saga. Interesting world inhabited by quadies — four armed no legs humans who live in diplomatix gravity. Some mind boggling architecture and culture details here.
Miles confident in his new role and finally happy and content in his new relationship. Engaging mystery that gets weirder by the minute until it turns into right nightmare. All this together makes for a great read. View all 6 comments. Jan 02, Maria Dimitrova rated it really liked it Shelves: Buddy read with Choko and Evgeny.
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