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The Long-Awaited New Installment in the Popular and Award-Winning Vorkosigan Series. Starring the Explosively Charismatic Miles Vorkosigan.

Miles Vorkosigan is back!

Kibou-daini is a planet obsessed with cheating death. Barrayaran Imperial Auditor Miles Vorkosigan can hardly disapprove--he's been cheating death his whole life, on the theory that turnabout is fair play. But when a Kibou-daini cryocorp--an immortal company whose job it is to shepherd its all-too-mortal frozen patrons into an unknown future--attempts to expand its franchise into the Barrayaran Empire, Emperor Gregor dispatches his top troubleshooter Miles to check it out.

On Kibou-daini, Miles discovers generational conflict over money and resources is heating up, even as refugees displaced in time skew the meaning of generation past repair. Here he finds a young boy with a passion for pets and a dangerous secret, a Snow White trapped in an icy coffin who burns to re-write her own tale, and a mysterious crone who is the very embodiment of the warning Don't mess with the secretary . Bribery, corruption, conspiracy, kidnapping--something is rotten on Kibou-daini, and it isn't due to power outages in the Cryocombs. And Miles is in the middle--of trouble!

"Fresh, intriguing, and, as always with Lois McMaster Bujold, superb." -- Robert Jordan

"It is such a delight to read something by such a good writer, who now seems to be writing at the height of her powers. . . . I really have seldom enjoyed a book so much . . . I couldn't turn the pages fast enough." -- Diana Wynne Jones

"Living breathing characters who inhabit unusual yet believable worlds." -- Jean Auel

"Bujold successfully mixes quirky humor with just enough action, a dab of feminist social commentary and her usual superb character development . . . enormously satisfying." -- Publishers Weekly

"One of sf's outstanding talents . . . an outstanding series." -- Booklist

"Excellently done . . . Bujold has always excelled at creating forceful characters and she does it here again." -- Denver Post

". . . an intelligent, well-crafted and thoroughly satisfying blend of adventure, sociopolitical commentary, scientific experiments, and occasional perils . . . with that extra spicing of romance. . . ." -- Locus
Publisher: Riverdale, NY : Baen Books ; New York : Simon & Schuster, c2010.
ISBN: 9781439133941
Branch Call Number: SF
Characteristics: 345 p. ; 25 cm. + 1 CD-ROM (4 3/4 in.).


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Oct 11, 2018

This is the first Miles Vorkosigan story I had no interest in rereading (other than the little tidbits at the end that are wholly unrelated to the main plot, such as it is). The fatal flaw is that there's no compelling villain. In fact, the evil corporation barely shows up at all.

Oct 18, 2017

Twisty and intriguing fun with the manic Miles V.
Always a good read, though not as intense as some previous novels in the series.

Sep 05, 2017

Futuristic mystery with heartbreaking twist ending.
Liked Mark's disruptive deal on cyro-revival & paying drug test on wider pool on cyrosleep economy subplot.

Aug 01, 2015

doesn't really make sense unless one is already familiar with the previous books in this great series but a fine addition to the series

Sep 20, 2011

Cryoburn was published in 2010, and as far as I know it is the furthest along in Miles’ adventures. I strongly recommend this book, particularly to people who are fans of the Vorkosigan universe.

It is well-written and enjoyable. As a quibble, I must say that Miles seems not to have the zest and momentum he had at a younger age, but then again he is a family man now, and settled in his unusual career as Imperial Auditor. The eleven-year-old boy Jin Sato is a good foil for Miles, not just in youth and enthusiasm, but also to provide an external point of view onto Miles and Armsman Roic.

I did have the feeling that interesting things must have been missed in the six or so years that passed since the previous book.

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Aug 06, 2011

Great book, it was very engaging and fun to read and the end leaves the right amount of unanswered question to want more.

Mar 04, 2011

Borrowed Feb 10, 2011

Dec 06, 2010

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of my all time favorite SF & fantasy authors. Cryoburn is good reading. While not her best Miles Vorkosigan novel, Cyroburn takes Miles and Roic to a new planet, introduces new people and new puzzles to be solved.


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Aug 06, 2011

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Aug 06, 2011

Miles sets out to investigate a suspicious-seeming Cryogenics firm. He gets more than he excitement and kidnapping than one could have expected, to the great disappointment of his faithful bodyguard Roic. Together with an unexpected new friend, Miles schemes his way through another fun gripping adventure.


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