Still new to her duties as Lady Vorkosigan, Ekaterin is working together with expatriate scientist Enrique Borgos on a radical scheme to recover the lands of the Vashnoi exclusion zone, lingering radioactive legacy of the Cetagandan invasion of the planet Barrayar. When Enriques experimental bioengineered creatures go missing, the pair discover that the zone still conceals deadly old secrets. This novella falls after Captain Vorpatrils Alliance in the Vorkosigan series timeline, but may be read entirely independently. The Vorkosigan saga was the recipient of the first Hugo Award for best science fiction series in 2017. Bujold couldn't characterize badly if threatened with a firing squad. - Booklist Bujold is not just a master of plot, she is a master of emotion. - SF Site Bujold continues to prove what marvels genius can create out of basic space operatics. - Library Journal Bujold is one of the best writers of SF adventure to come along in years. - Locus Magazine A superb craftsman and stylist, Ms. Bujold is well on her way to becoming one of the great voices of speculative fiction. - Rave Reviews Bujold has a gift, nearly unique in science fiction, for the comedy of manners. - Chicago Sun Times Bujold's "work remains among the most enjoyable and rewarding in contemporary SF." - Publishers Weekly Superb far-future saga. - Publishers Weekly, on the 'Vorkosigan' series Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children. She began writing with the aim of professional publication in 1982. She wrote three novels in three years; in October of 1985, all three sold to Baen Books, launching her career. Bujold went on to write many other books for Baen, mostly featuring her popular character Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, his family, friends, and enemies. Her books have been translated into over twenty languages. Her fantasy from Eos includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife series....
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The Flowers of Vashnoi (Vorkosigan Saga (Chronological) #14.1) Reviews
Those bioengineered creatures alluded to in the blurb are our old friends, the butterbugs, which made a very dramatic entrance in A Civil Campaign during a particularly important banquet. Those of us who read this excellent series won’t ever forget that particular scene… During this incarnation, they are being used to help clean up an irradiated area, when they start to go missing.
Bujold has nailed the pacing of the novella form – not something every author used to writing full-length novels man ...more
I enjoy how new Bujold stories just materialize unexpectedly now, available immediately, in easily digestible page counts. Nobody had any reason to think there would be another Vorkosigan story, and poof, here one is!
I had always wondered what happened with Enrique & Martya, and now we find out, and with Ekaterin as the main character! Though like A Civil Campaign, Enrique and his bugs are the B-storyline.
I'd thought the author was done with this series and I'm delighted to be wrong.
This short novella picks up after the events of Captain Vorpatril's Alliance and features Lady Ekaterin and Enrique Borgos (mainly from A Civil Campaign) as they use Enriques bio-engineered bugs to try and cleanup the Vashnoi, a Vorkosigan holding that was radioactively contaminated during the war with the Cetagandans. Only there are some tragic complications.
Miles is present here, but it's Ekaterin who shines. As we ...more
If you are checking reviews on this small book, chances are you have already decided to read it.
No fear - you will not be disappointed. I was in turns dismayed, surprised, delighted and relieved by the story. By all means read it, the world is a better place because of it.
It's a Barrayar novella. I would have loved it just for that, but as usual the author exceeded my expectations. This is a delightful return to Barrayar and a pleasure to read.
Pushing the envelope. Compassion. A snapshot of a character who isn't usually the focus of stories. All of these apply to *The Flowers of Vashnoi.*
It's a wonderful little story, makes me think about the story **Aftermaths**, which is often attached to *Shards of Honor*, but has also been published as part of a collection or two. The ending of *The Flowers of Vashnoi* doesn't give you the same whiplash that **Aftermaths** does; instead, it's a main plot point that causes the whiplash.
This story ...more
The Flowers of Vashnoi by Lois McMaster Bujold is a brand new novella in the Vorkosigan universe that dropped just last week. Very conveniently, the timing perfectly matched my and Katharine's chronological read-through of the series. The Flowers of Vashnoi takes place shortly after Captain Vorpatril's Alliance (the summer after that book, according to the author's blog) and before the events of Cryoburn. It closely follows Ekaterin Vorkosigan, Miles's wife.
It was very exciting to have a new Vor ...more
A pleasant novella focusing on Ekaterina and the (literal) fall-out of the Cetagandan invasion, but lacking a sense of real urgency. The humanitarian stakes are important, however, as is always the case with the Vorkosigan stories. If you are already a Vorkosigan fan, you will enjoy reading this, but it's probably not a place to start if you don't know who Count Piotr was, why some people call Miles "the mutie lord," or the significance of genetically altered butterbugs.