Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga, 3) by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Set in Bujold’s Vorkosigan universe, this independent novel follows a doctor as he braces himself for his first encounter with that most alien of aliens—a female of his own species.

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, having won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Her second novel, T he Warrior’s Apprentice , introduced young Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most popular characters in science fiction. In 2011 she was awarded the Skylark Award for her significant contribution to science fiction. And in 2017 the Vorkosigan Saga received the Hugo Award for Best Series.

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Set in Bujold’s Vorkosigan universe, this independent novel follows a doctor as he braces himself for his first encounter with that most alien of aliens—a female of his own species.

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, having won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Her second novel, T he Warrior’s Apprentice , introduced young Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most popular characters in science fiction. In 2011 she was awarded the Skylark Award for her significant contribution to science fiction. And in 2017 the Vorkosigan Saga received the Hugo Award for Best Series.

Expand your enjoyment of literature with ETHAN OF ATHOS by Lois McMaster Bujold (unabridged), presented by Blackstone Audio. This audiobook app was created with the Folium enhancedAudio™ framework, and contains a multitude of features and content to help take you beyond the words, including 5-star professional narration, background extras, and more.

This app contains about 7.0 hours of narration, and was professionally recorded at the Blackstone Audio studios by Audie® Award-winning narrator Grover Gardner. Additional app features include:

• GRAB AND GO. You are airline-ready! Once you’ve downloaded the app, there’s no streaming. Downloads usually take just 5-10 minutes, depending on your connection.

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Set in Bujold’s Vorkosigan universe, this independent novel follows a doctor as he braces himself for his first encounter with that most alien of aliens—a female of his own species.

Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most honored writers in the fields of science fiction and fantasy, having won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Her second novel, T he Warrior’s Apprentice , introduced young Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most popular characters in science fiction. In 2011 she was awarded the Skylark Award for her significant contribution to science fiction. And in 2017 the Vorkosigan Saga received the Hugo Award for Best Series.

Expand your enjoyment of literature with ETHAN OF ATHOS by Lois McMaster Bujold (unabridged), presented by Blackstone Audio. This audiobook app was created with the Folium enhancedAudio™ framework, and contains a multitude of features and content to help take you beyond the words, including 5-star professional narration, background extras, and more.

This app contains about 7.0 hours of narration, and was professionally recorded at the Blackstone Audio studios by Audie® Award-winning narrator Grover Gardner. Additional app features include:

• GRAB AND GO. You are airline-ready! Once you’ve downloaded the app, there’s no streaming. Downloads usually take just 5-10 minutes, depending on your connection.

While this novel is set in the same universe as Bujold's Vorkosigan series (and chronologically takes place between Cetaganda and Brothers in Arms ), it's something of a side story and (I believe) not really necessary for understanding what happens later. This is convenient, since even if you enjoy the rest of the series, you may want to skip this one.

The setup is reminiscent of other, far better novels such as Ursula K. Le Guin's The Dispossessed . They're far better because they actually do something with a similar setup, as opposed to alternately ignoring it and using it for confusion and laughs the way that Bujold does. If you're expecting any memorable statement on sexual politics, utopias, culture clashes, or even genetic engineering, you'll be sadly disappointed. Bujold is back to skidding superficially off the character conflicts the story should naturally raise, settling for quips and self-deprecation.

Ignoring all of that, the plot isn't bad. It's another of Bujold's well-paced, twisting political intrigue stories, with a little bit of action, a lot of fast thinking, and several amusing characters. The plot suffers a lot from several unbelievable coincidences, particularly Ethan's accidental encounter with exactly the unlikeable technician who proves to be vital to the plot, but as with the main Vorkosigan books the story does keep pulling the reader along. The problem was that, in this book, I didn't like the main protagonist, didn't enjoy the background, was distracted by the lost opportunities, and found the ending somewhat unsatisfying.


Ethan of Athos: Lois McMaster Bujold: 9780671656041.

Posted by 2018  •  article

 
 

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