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Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen
by Lois McMaster Bujold
Publisher: Baen Books

A NEW NOVEL IN THE AWARD WINNING SERIES FROM MULTIPLE NEW YORK TIMES BEST-SELLING AUTHOR LOIS MCMASTER BUJOLD!  Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan returns to the planet that changed her destiny.

FUTURE TENSE

Three years after her famous husband’s death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ready to spin her life in a new direction. Oliver Jole, Admiral, Sergyar Fleet, finds himself caught up in her web of plans in ways he’d never imagined, bringing him to an unexpected crossroads in his career.

Meanwhile, Miles Vorkosigan, one of Emperor Gregor’s key investigators, this time dispatches himself on a mission of inquiry, into a mystery he never anticipated – his own mother.

Plans, wills, and expectations collide in this sparkling science-fiction social comedy, as the impact of galactic technology on the range of the possible changes all the old rules, and Miles learns that not only is the future not what he expects, neither is the past.

Download the Reader’s Group Discussion Guide here.

Published: 2/2/2016
SKU: 9781476781228
Ebook Price: $6.99


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1. Bill on 6/4/2016, said:

Definitely a change of pace from the usual Vorkosigan tale and crossroads for Cordelia Vorkosigan and Oliver Jole. GJRQ felt like I was visiting with old friends and makes me want to go back and read the books from the beginning.
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2. James on 5/1/2016, said:

Lots of negative comments on a lot of sites. I found this book to be enjoyable. This is not the place to start the series for a new reader. But it is a good continuation for any who have actually READ the series rather than just the action scenes as it seems many commentators have. I have followed Bujold for 30 years. Along the way I have laughed, loved, and cried with her characters thru multiples reads and re-reads. Through her characters she writes a story of "LIFE" and how people live and change with it through its tribulations and joys. This and not the action is the true joy of this series. Along with a dose of believable technology and one viewpoint of the moral ethics of alternative sexuality. Many have commented that this feels like an ending to the series. I disagree. This seems more like clearing the decks to allow the younger characters to step up to the plate.
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3. Federica on 3/9/2016, said:

For a book that deals so intensely with the aftermath of death, it's surprisingly full of good old Vorkosigan humour. I didn't mind in the least the absence of 'action' or 'bad guys' - facing ordinary life and redefining one's family ties are not trivial challenges for a character to face. All in all it flew by, and I for one can't wait to see what comes next. The third generation, possibly?
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4. thomas on 2/16/2016, said:

I consider this author one of the best in sci-fi because her in depth believable characters. I have read all of her works I can find. This is not her best work and yet its based on her best character Cordelia Naismith Vorsikian. I think she wrote more to tie up loose ends than to make a full blown book.
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5. Annette on 2/12/2016, said:

I am a fan of this series and was looking forward to discovering the rest of Cordellia's story. Bujold was consistent with her characters and Cordella's relationship/story after her husband's death was entirely in keeping with Cordella's personality. Indeed, one of Bujold's strengths is her ability to fully develop her characters and deliver an engrossing plot. This novel, however, was all about relationship and very thin on plot. There was no adventure that Bujold usually writes so well. I found the book disappointing. But I did like the way Bujold brought Cordella's life back to her Betean Survey roots.
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6. Jen on 2/7/2016, said:

Since the whole series started out with Cordelia finding her way and finding love, it was a pleasure to have a story where she is once again front and center, and really coming full circle. No, this isn't a "Miles" book - but neither were the first few books. I enjoyed it very much.
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7. Larry on 2/6/2016, said:

Fans of Miles will be very disappointed with this book. Next to no action, suspense, or mysteries to solve. Very disappointed with the book.
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8. BrianG on 2/5/2016, said:

The author is a damn fine writer, but the story just doesn't "grab" the reader like the earlier ones in the series. There is little in the way of suspense - the one lot of Bad Guys are more sleazy than evil, and the foiling of them is done far too easily and in an off-hand manner. Lazy.
The world-building and social-system building are done expertly.
Fans of the series will probably like it well enough. Others, probably not so much.
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9. David on 2/2/2016, said:

Another exploration of the social aspects of advanced technology, in this case outliving her Love (drastically!) Return to the scene of first meeting Aral, after his death, for a new romance. It's a turn at inverse gothic romance (and aren't the Vor just great at gothic?). Quite clearly Cordelia gets a second lifetime. Also a setup of Miles's medical problems for a subsequent book, so I don't see this as the end of the series.
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10. Pat on 1/27/2016, said:

I can't say enough about this book. It was amazing to read. I could hardly put it down!
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