June 05, 2002
Book Review Diplomatic Immunity, by

Book Review

Diplomatic Immunity, by Lois McMaster Bujold

Diplomatic Immunity is the latest in the Miles Vorkosigan saga by Bujold. I picked up the book, interrupting my reading of Perdido Street Station, and started to just inhale it. True to her usual form, the book was a wonderfully engaging and easy read, about characters I've really come to care about.

I don't want to say too much about it, lest I give the plot away. But I will say that it was a joy to see Bel, the Betan hermaphrodite, returning in this book. I hope to see more of it again in later books because I think there's still a lot of stuff left not totally settled. Ekaterin continues to be the perfect woman for Miles. And Miles? Well, if you've read any of the other books, you already know Miles. *laughs* He may be 32, but he is still the same Miles we know and love.

Although eerily enough, as memories of Cetaganda were invoked, I realized that he has, indeed, matured since that book which took place ten years in his past. Its just a question of how MUCH he has matured.

I don't think Diplomatic Immunity is my favorite of the Vorkosigan books. I'm not sure which one is, exactly -- they are all so very different at times! Although I think one of the tops is definitely A Civil Campaign.

If you haven't read the Vorkosigan books, I highly recommend them. They are fun, light, and extremely well written. There is a good reason why Lois has won a Hugo twice for her novels. And even though there are a lot of them, they won't stretch out interminably in front of you in your to-read pile. In fact, if it is anything like my own experience, you will find that you have no sooner begun them than you are turning the last page of the most recent novel and wondering when the next will be out and hoping for soon!

Posted by Deb Atwood at June 05, 2002 11:09 PM
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