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30 December 2009 @ 04:24 pm
Miles, Mystery and Mayhem, Lois McMaster Bujold
(Cetaganda, Ethan of Athos, Labyrinth)

Cetaganda is probably my favourite book so far in the series - well, bar Ethan of Athos - because it does something I love to read: getting behind the villain to show the person.

The Cetagandans are officially my favourite race in this universe. Could be I'm just easy for singing technicolour frogs, but - SINGING TECHNICOLOUR FROGS! That glow in the dark! You had me at the garden. Barrayar is so brutal and Beta Colony so ... clean, or something, while Jackson's Whole is too dirty - nope, Cetaganda is MY choice. I approve of the pursuit of aesthetics as the ultimate aim of humanity, lol.

"I'm not really qualified to judge aesthetics," Miles mentioned, hoping to head off any conversation in that direction.
"So very few are," smiled Yenaro, "but that doesn't stop them."

I wonder if my book 'reviews' count?

If Miles had owned a tail, it would have twitched. As it was, he stilled a tapping boot.

I LOVE this description of Miles. It fits him so perfectly.

Reading Cetaganda and Labyrinth together is a bit annoying, because they both hinge on Miles' amazing (almost Gary Stu-ish) capability to luck his way out of unlucky situations. I'm still not sure I actually like this series - aside from the SINGING TECHNICOLOUR FROGS - because it doesn't have enough wit to balance out the Great Escape shenanigans, but I still end up reading avidly when I get one, so.

Guerillas, it seemed, did not speak to mercenaries, nor smugglers to revolutionaries; the Gnostic Saints, of course, spoke only to the One True God, and perhaps to Baron Fell.


My laboratories can duplicate anything, sir." Ryoval smiled at the implied challenge.
"Except originality. By definition."

Maybe THAT'S the problem. I can see shadows of Star Wars and Stargate in her writing - I'm sure scifi is all one big circle-jerk of half-authorised 'borrowing', but sometimes I start wondering where Miles/John's Rodney has got to...

Previously, on Book Glomp 2009:
He Knew He Was Right, Anthony Trollope |The Bostonians, Henry James | For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway | For Esme - with Love and Squalor, JD Salinger | The Outsider, Albert Camus | The Princess Diaries: Ten out of Ten, Meg Cabot | The Vicar of Bullhampton, Anthony Trollope | Molesworth, Geoffrey Willans | Villette, Charlotte Bronte | The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James | The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler | Cecilia, Fanny Burney | The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark | Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut | Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann | Siddhartha, Herman Hesse | The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga | The Duke and I, Julia Quinn | Brave New World, Aldous Huxley | North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell | Cider with Rosie, Laurie Lee | Catch-22, Joseph Heller | Bright Shiny Morning, James Frey | Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck | The Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan | The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton | jPod, Douglas Coupland | 'Are these my basoomas I see before me?', Louise Rennison | Faro's Daughter, Georgette Heyer | Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman | The Accidental Sorcerer, K.E. Mills | Ethan of Athos, Lois McMaster Bujold | V., Thomas Pynchon | The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway | The Dragon Keeper, Robin Hobb | Orlando, Virginia Woolf | The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath | Snuff, Chuck Palahniuk | Crush, Richard Siken | Trust Me, I'm a Junior Doctor, Max Pemberton | The Dice Man, Luke Rhinehart | Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman | Young Miles, Lois McMaster Bujold | He's Just Not That Into You, Greg Behrendt and Liz Tuccillo | The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand | A Classical Education, Caroline Taggart | The Way We Live Now, Anthony Trollope | Two Cures for Love, Wendy Cope | Unseen Academicals, Terry Pratchett | Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand | Diary, Chuck Palahniuk | Vanity Fair, William Makepeace Thackeray | ♥ A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth | A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway | Gulliver's Travels, Jonathan Swift | Castle in the Air, Diana Wynne Jones | Anything for Love, Sarah Webb | A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens | The Charioteer, Mary Renault