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A Civil Campaign ❰PDF❯ ❤ A Civil Campaign Author Lois McMaster Bujold – Thomashillier.co.uk Miles Vorkosigan has a problem unrequited love for the beautiful widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson, violently allergic to marriage after her first exposure If a frontal assault won t do, Miles thinks, try sub Miles Vorkosigan has a problem unrequited love for the beautiful widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson, violently allergic to marriage after her first exposure If a frontal assault won t do, Miles thinks, try subterfuge He has a cunning plan Lord Mark Vorkosigan, Miles brother, also has a problem his love has just become unrequited again But he has a cunning plan Lord Ivan A Civil PDF/EPUB or Vorpatril, Mile s cousin, has a problem unrequited love in general But he too has a cunning plan A complex story, as the various members of Miles family attempt to find their one true love, and a measure of destiny This against a background of domestic political squabbles and an earnest attempt at capitalist enterprise.

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  • Paperback
  • 534 pages
  • A Civil Campaign
  • Lois McMaster Bujold
  • English
  • 22 October 2019
  • 0671578855

About the Author: Lois McMaster Bujold

Lois McMaster Bujold was born in , 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 Her fantasy from HarperCollins includes the award winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife tetralogy her science fiction from Baen Books features the A Civil PDF/EPUB or perennially bestselling Vorkosigan Saga Her work has been translated into over twenty languagesA listing of her awards and nominations may be seen here A listing of her interviews is here older fan run site devoted to her work, The Bujold Nexus, is here.



10 thoughts on “A Civil Campaign

  1. Evgeny Evgeny says:

    A buddy read with Choko and Maria.Dear book it is not you, it is me You are great and I sincerely wish younew satisfied readers in the future I just had different expectations, sorry I expected you to be dashing, daring, take the risk and hell with the consequences type Instead I got a romance A well written, entertaining, mostly funny, but still romance A series which started as an excellent space opera became you guessed it a romance with the only relation to space being word pl A buddy read with Choko and Maria.Dear book it is not you, it is me You are great and I sincerely wish younew satisfied readers in the future I just had different expectations, sorry I expected you to be dashing, daring, take the risk and hell with the consequences type Instead I got a romance A well written, entertaining, mostly funny, but still romance A series which started as an excellent space opera became you guessed it a romance with the only relation to space being word planet used twice in the book.The last book ended with Miles falling head over heels in love with a woman completely mismatched for him I might add Because she was still damaged from her previous bad marriage a new one was the last thing on her mind Miles who used to command a mercenary fleet and overcome greatest odds against him devised a similar approach to his courtship His brother Mark finally decided to make an appearance being promptly absent in the last several books He fell head over hills in love and had a problem somewhat similar to Miles He also decided to make some money on side by engaging in some very interesting business I am not spoiling this one.Miles cousin Ivan not, he had not fallen head over hills in love He took muchpragmatic approach to wooing women and in this case he decided to go for somebody much older than him To make a long story short he got such a nasty shock that I really felt pity for him As you can figure out from the last paragraphs everybody fell in love with everybody I do mean practically all named characters with exceptions of the ones being already happily married This is just one reason why this book firmly qualifies as romance Let the mention other present tropes of the genre.1 Adults old enough to have grandchildren act like 14 year old teenagers with hormone overload 2 People in love with each other themselves create countless obstacles not to be together.3 People behaving out of character this can actually follow from 1 and 2 4 A huge crowd on men falling all over each other to propose marriage to a beautiful, but poor woman.Just to illustrate some points imagine the following Your sister is in love with a son of the second most powerful man of the Empire The said son also happened to be none other than a foster brother of the Emperor himself and is the first in line for the throne in case the Emperor dies without any children You hear some nasty rumor about your sister s suitor What would you do For the answer look at out own history you remove anything and anybody who happens to be in your sister s way and yes, an assassination is a fair game here Do I need to say this is exactly what NOT happened here My buddy readers always say they would like to be Cordelia when they grow up I could not being of the wrong sex, but I agreed I was completely disappointed in her here She turns out to be a bad mother for Miles What happened to a woman who practically suppressed a rebellion by her lonely self to save her son Her own son and Mark had almost the same problem Her actions She went out of her way to use her authority on Mark s sweetheart parents to bully them into accepting their future son in law Miles got scolding for his actions and was left to deal with his problem himself with not even you have my support son Miles could had gotten this much help and possibly evenfrom a perfect stranger on the street Let me use this occasion and say the following to my own mother, Mom, you are the greatest No matter how bad things are I always know you will always support me Ekaterin is exactly not the woman for Miles Please do not get me wrong she is realistic and I can feel all her pain she endured, but Miles needs something less timid He does not need to be domesticated he needs somebody who can shoot and hit the target his life is often in danger I can practically see the direction it goes overweight Miles laying on a sofa switching TV channels with a remote or whatever they use in place of TV in the future and Ekatherin nagging at him for not taking out the trash Sounds exciting, is not it Once again I need to emphasize the only real failing the book had is my expectations It was an easy read, never boring and often funny So it is all my fault Really 3 stars is still a good rating, honest

  2. Choko Choko says:

    4.85 A buddy read with Evgeny and Maria because we love Science Fiction and MilesReputation is what other people know about you Honor is what you know about yourself The friction tends to arise when the two are not the same.There is nohollow feeling than to stand with your honor shattered at your feet while soaring public reputation wraps you in rewards That s soul destroying The other way around is merely very, very irritating Guard your honor Let your re 4.85 A buddy read with Evgeny and Maria because we love Science Fiction and MilesReputation is what other people know about you Honor is what you know about yourself The friction tends to arise when the two are not the same.There is nohollow feeling than to stand with your honor shattered at your feet while soaring public reputation wraps you in rewards That s soul destroying The other way around is merely very, very irritating Guard your honor Let your reputation fall where it will And outlive the bastardsIf you expect a typical Sci fi adventure or onereminiscent of the early books in the series, you will be disappointed However, if you enjoy Romantic Comedies on the backdrop of political intrigues with some slapstick pie in the face distractions on the side, this is the perfect book for you For me, involving Miles Vorkosigan and his family in the middle of all the madness is a formula for optimal enjoyment Miles is in love, and this is LOVE, not just infatuation Miles does everything loud and grand, so no wonder this situation turns into a national crisis As the fans of the series know, our little in stature guy has not lacked in female companionship since he created his Admiral Naismith persona, and he has dated some remarkable women But there was always the problem that those women were in love with Admiral Naismith, not Miles Vorkosigan, the Lord of a Berryarren district and second in line for the throne of that backwards world Not one of those remarkable and gloriously independent women wanted to get stuck in the rigidly traditional Planet on which women were still looked upon as secondary citizens and wives were just procreation blood bags with utureses Once Miles was grounded and gainfully employed Planetside, he had to come to terms with needing a wife who would not mind playing the Lord s wife and have similar upbringing in order to be able to function in his country and culture Well, he met the perfect woman in the previous book but the circumstances were unfavorable for him to approach her in that manner, mainly she just lost her husband under some horrible conditions, and the young widow and her son needed time to learn to cope with their new reality The other issue Miles recognized is that he had never had to court his ex girlfriends More or less, they always found and won him over So now he is faced with his first attempt at attracting a woman who might also have other suitors and he has no idea how to go about it However, Miles knows how to go at a military campaign and takes his extensive experience as a blueprint Thus we get the Civil Campaign to attack and Conquer himself a wifeNot that I haven t leaped up into the blinding light of competence now and then It s sustaining the altitude that defeats meAll of this happens amidst the preparations of the Emperor Gregor s marriage and love is in the air, spreading like a contagious virus It feels like everyone is in love and planning on making it forever Mark, an intelligence officer and a newly minted Vor man are all looking forward to possibly becoming related by marring 3 Koudelka sisters, to the overwhelming horror of the girls parents Mark Vorkosigan has also decided to get rich by investing in the edible bi product of some very interesting insects Miles and family are wonderful, bigger than life, passionate, charismatic, funny, smart, and overall lovable misfits who shameless ly pander for our affections and we can t help but love them All this charm and hilarity steal your heart and even if you are not a fan of romantic comedies these sharp characters will win you over for the causeYou don t pay back your parents You can t The debt you owe them gets collected by your children, who hand it down in turn It s a sort of entailment Or if you don t have children of the body, it s left as a debt to your common humanity Or to your God, if you possess or are possessed by one.The family economy evades calculation in the gross planetary product It s the only deal I know where, when you givethan you get, you aren t bankrupted but rather, vastly enrichedI laughed my behind off reading this mish mash of plotlines and family affairs All I can say is, READ IT IT WOULD BRING A SMILE TO EVEN THE CLOUDIEST OF TIMES I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always find what you need in the pages of a Good book

  3. Sara Sara says:

    This has to be my favorite of the Miles Vorkosigan books, and considering how much I love all of them, that s saying something Bujold dedicates this book to Jane, Charlotte, Georgette, and Dorothy Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Georgette Heyer, and Dorothy Sayers The Grandes Dames of women writers Here you will not find the covert ops rescue missions or epic space battles of Mile s past Instead, he s facing something much, MUCH harder dealing with real, domestic life Like trying to co This has to be my favorite of the Miles Vorkosigan books, and considering how much I love all of them, that s saying something Bujold dedicates this book to Jane, Charlotte, Georgette, and Dorothy Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Georgette Heyer, and Dorothy Sayers The Grandes Dames of women writers Here you will not find the covert ops rescue missions or epic space battles of Mile s past Instead, he s facing something much, MUCH harder dealing with real, domestic life Like trying to court the woman of your dreams, when your experience with courtship has been limited largely to, well, military campaigns Or attempting, for the first time, to entertain friends and guests in your own, actual identity instead of a cover identity Or trying to get one of your closest friends who also happens to be the Emperor through the grueling prenuptial events, and all the while juggling politics you hadn t anticipated dealing with until, well, you were old Miles being Miles, he meets all of it with his usual flair and aplomb, succeeding brilliantly at some things and failing spectacularly as he does all things spectacularly in others This is a laugh out loud book, withthan enough genuinely touching emotion in it to make you sorry these people aren t real, and your neighbors Life would surely befun if they were

  4. André André says:

    Alternate titles for this book Let s Get All the Koudelka Girls Married Everyone is Very Excited about Bug Vomit Ivan and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Seriously How Has a Patriarchal Society with Men Like THIS in Charge Survived So Long Oh Right it s Because the Women Actually Control Everything Miles You DweebI think I m going to reread this book whenever I get sad and my life will improve 5000%

  5. Maria Dimitrova Maria Dimitrova says:

    Buddy read with Choko and Evgeny.Romantic Comedy the Vorkosigans style This is probably the most hilarious book in the entire series but if you were looking for the space opera style of the earlier books you ll be disappointed In the two previous books Miles moved to a new stage in his life and this is a natural result of it But don t be afraid this isof an interlude, a breather between the heavier stuff That being said there were still some pretty interesting social and economical Buddy read with Choko and Evgeny.Romantic Comedy the Vorkosigans style This is probably the most hilarious book in the entire series but if you were looking for the space opera style of the earlier books you ll be disappointed In the two previous books Miles moved to a new stage in his life and this is a natural result of it But don t be afraid this isof an interlude, a breather between the heavier stuff That being said there were still some pretty interesting social and economical problems smuggled into the pure madness that is Vorbarr Sultana on the eve of the Emperor s wedding One is a pretty hot topic in today s society gender identity, though here it s represented in a much funnier and lighter way Another is women s emancipation and the pressure patriarchal society puts on women to fit in This has a flip side as Mark s plight shows In this case he, a male, is also a victim of tradition and on top of that has to deal with the stigma of suffering from a mental illness It s all very thought provoking and yet dished out in a way that doesn t make you tense up and close up in a defensive ball And this is something that today s activist should take a note on

  6. Clouds Clouds says:

    Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma which reading list to follow it up with Variety is the spice of life, so I ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously This book falls into my FINISHING THE SERIES list.I loves me a good series But I m terrible for starting a new series before finishing my last so this reading list is all about trying to close out those series I ve got on the go.Oh, Countess Bujold, you spoil us.There are t Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma which reading list to follow it up with Variety is the spice of life, so I ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously This book falls into my FINISHING THE SERIES list.I loves me a good series But I m terrible for starting a new series before finishing my last so this reading list is all about trying to close out those series I ve got on the go.Oh, Countess Bujold, you spoil us.There are three BIG series 10 books which I adore Discworld, the Dresden Files and, the most recent addition to that illustrious club, the Vorkosigan Saga.I discovered the Vorkosigan Saga as part of my quest to read every significant sci fi award winner, and thinking about it, that s kind of surprising Sci fi awards often go to radical, edgy, unusual books but that s not the kind of sci fi Bujold writes Sure, the series features spaceships and other high tech accoutrements, but they re never the focal point This is accessible, comfortable, pleasure reading not high concept award fodder.Bujold s is really, really good with characters The comparison that s jumping to mind isn t quite right but she writes a bit like Joss Wheedon the TV writer who created Buffy Angel, Dollhouse Firefly Her cast are instantly and lastingly likeable Some people may love Cordelia , my wife is little bit in love with Miles my own personal favourite is Marc but all the characters make an impression on your heart They re rounded, flawed, motivated, conflicted and strong And damn, the woman can weave a plot It s never too complex to confuse, but there s always enough elements in play to keep it fresh and unpredictable TheI read of her work theI admire her methods Yes, she s a sci fi writer, but she s a natural storyteller who could work in any genre she pleased.My favourite sci fi writers are guys like Simmons and Stephenson they re looking to blow your mind and rebuild it with a new outlook Aunty Bujold just wants you to snuggle up with a blanket by the fire and get lost in a good book Nothing fancy, just solid as a rock storytelling and a rollicking good read A Civil Campaign is a romance A romance, I say And I say it again because I never read romance novels It s not an overly soppy romance, but to coin Friends phraseology The One Where Miles Gets The Girl It s funny If you ve never read any of the series, Miles is this hyperactive little ex super spy, who is son of a military legend and best mates with the Emperor As his mercenary under cover alter ego, he had a string of wild lovers, none of whom were suitable or interested in coming back to his backwards home planet to become the next Lady Vorksigan But, in the previous book Komarr Miles met the recently widowed and rather fantastic Ekatarin She s just come out of a rather horrible marriage and isn t at all interested in romance, so Miles is playing it slowly but competition rather forces his hand.Plus, Marc s back from Beta Marc is Miles brother with a black gang of semi autonomous personalities As I said, he s my fave so having him back made me happy, and his new business venture genetically engineered butter spewing bugs provides a constant thorn in the side for any kind of smooth sailing that anyone attempts.The story occurs in the run up to the Emperor s wedding, so it s very much love is in the air But it s made interesting and convoluted, because Miles has been ensnared in a couple of complex inheritance cases.And the dinner party scene is just perfect Really you have to read it to understand So why not five stars for this one Obviously, there s no room in Miles civilian life for all his old mercenary buddies so Bujold needs to put some time into developing his new Barrayar based social life There s a new crowd being introduced or at least fleshed out from prev introductions and none of these new characters quite wowed me, so their contribution to A Civil Campaign let the side down in pursuit of that final star from me Harsh, but honest After this I read Hairy Maclary from Donaldson s Dairy

  7. Caro the Helmet Lady Caro the Helmet Lady says:

    Drum roll.Aaaaand.Jaaaaaane Austeeeeeeen in spaaaaaaaaace No, seriously, I wasn t expecting rockets and blasters from this one, it would be quite silly when one sees a cover like this, when there s basically prince William and Kate on it how prophetic , but I still hoped for an itsy bitsy spacish operish somethingInstead I got Sense and Sensibility a lot of gossiping, a lot of insight into Barayar succession law, a lot of intrigue, most of it to make our Perfect Poor Honest Wido Drum roll.Aaaaand.Jaaaaaane Austeeeeeeen in spaaaaaaaaace No, seriously, I wasn t expecting rockets and blasters from this one, it would be quite silly when one sees a cover like this, when there s basically prince William and Kate on it how prophetic , but I still hoped for an itsy bitsy spacish operish somethingInstead I got Sense and Sensibility a lot of gossiping, a lot of insight into Barayar succession law, a lot of intrigue, most of it to make our Perfect Poor Honest Widow unhappy, a lot of bug vomit, a lot of Koudelkas in all sizes and colours, some Lady Cordelia Vorkosigan Is Always Right moments and a lot of admiration from everyone for mr Darcy Ekaterin.I m pretty sure I missed some stuff, but you can find it for yourself, especially if you re a hardcore fan of the series you will just do it Personally I had a very and I mean VERY mixed feelings about it all This was not what I liked in Miles Vorkosigan series Not what I expected even though the cover yelled at me But maybe it s corona magic, maybe it s just me being a slave to my soap I ended up enjoying it Not loving, but had some genuine fun and switched my thoughts off the doomsday Because in the end it was still a story about our hyperactive and slightly obnoxious Lizzie Bennet I mean Miles Vorkosigan.The Ugly Cover Gallery How could I forget just no she s not getting married to Igor, come on Una campa a civil Hansel and Gretel I kid you not

  8. Mark Mark says:

    The Miles Vorkosigan series is one of the best in science fiction This is not hard science fiction, thoughso don t expect scientifically accurate explanations of faster than light travel.There are also no aliens in this universe, only genetically altered strains of human beings Miles is a unique hero in that he is a little person , a dwarf His physical body was damaged in utero by a poison gas attack on his mother, a countess, during a revolutionary war on his home planet of Barrayar.Mi The Miles Vorkosigan series is one of the best in science fiction This is not hard science fiction, thoughso don t expect scientifically accurate explanations of faster than light travel.There are also no aliens in this universe, only genetically altered strains of human beings Miles is a unique hero in that he is a little person , a dwarf His physical body was damaged in utero by a poison gas attack on his mother, a countess, during a revolutionary war on his home planet of Barrayar.Miles wears many hats throughout this excellent series of books Mercenary commander, spy, diplomat, and detective In this one, he wears a new hat that of a love struck romeo In the previous book, called Komarr , Miles met and fell in love with Ekaterin Vorsoisson, a recent widow In this book, Miles sets out to win the heart of Ekaterin by any means necessary He treats it like a military mission, which ends up exploding in his face Subplots abound with Mile s brother Mark also trying to win the love of his life, a woman surgically changing her gender in order to become a member of the ruling council of counts, and a very amusing subplot involving creatures called butter bugs.This book is full of good humor about falling in love and how screwed up the whole process of getting together is Often, it is our own insecurities and hang ups that get in our way, as well as society s concept of what is proper and what isn t Love isn t easy or simple, but it s worth fighting for That s pretty much the theme of the book.The good thing about the Miles Vorkosigan series is that it s pretty much standalone, so you can read a book, leave the series for a couple of other good reads, and then return to read the next book in the series.The books of the series, in their chronological order, can be found here.I suggest you start with Shards of Honor.If you re looking for some hard scientific sci fi, then I don t think this will be your cup of tea If you re looking for literate science fiction with intriguing characters, you can t go wrong with Bujold s Vorkosigan Saga

  9. Sineala Sineala says:

    This is an unpopular opinion, I know, I m sorry, but this is my least favorite Vorkosigan book.If the dedication to Austen, Bront , Heyer and Sayers hadn t clued you in, this is,or less, a romance A comedy of manners, if you will It s not a common genre for mainstream SF, and Bujold pulls it off perfectly and clearly with a lot of love It is, however, not a genre I am fond of.Basically, Miles is in love with Ekaterin, and everyone in Vorbarr Sultana knows this except Ekaterin So h This is an unpopular opinion, I know, I m sorry, but this is my least favorite Vorkosigan book.If the dedication to Austen, Bront , Heyer and Sayers hadn t clued you in, this is,or less, a romance A comedy of manners, if you will It s not a common genre for mainstream SF, and Bujold pulls it off perfectly and clearly with a lot of love It is, however, not a genre I am fond of.Basically, Miles is in love with Ekaterin, and everyone in Vorbarr Sultana knows this except Ekaterin So he has to figure out how to court her, secretly, while dealing with thorny political problems, the emperor s impending wedding, and his brother Mark s zany business schemes involving edible insect vomit.Sounds good, right All of these things come to a head at pretty much the same time in a very memorable dinner scene I gather that many many readers love this book and that scene and so on and so forth My problem is that I have a squick for sympathetic embarrassment, as we say So I spend the entire scene thinking OH GOD NO THIS ISN T HAPPENING WHEN IS THIS BOOK OVER and flipping pages frantically.And then it happens again And again And clearly the comic scenes involving the butterbugs are supposed to be hilarious and I m not supposed to be over here hiding my face in distress.So I m sorry, really, that I can t appreciate the book on the level it wants to be appreciated at It s not you, it s me There are a bunch of things I do actually enjoy, like Gregor and Nikki, and now I think I adore Byerly Vorrutyer And Ekaterin continues to be an awesome character It s just that a lot of the intended high points of the book are scenes that make me cringe I am positive other people will love it, though

  10. Justine Justine says:

    This was so good better than I had expected From the description it sounded like this was going to be sort of a romance with comedic undertones, which isn t necessarily my thing Turns out there is all the usual serious complexity these books normally have and with the same apt doses of humour I ve come to expect.Once again, the various characters both old and new absolutely shine Bujold has such an exceptional talent for bringing them to life and engaging the reader in the most thorough way This was so good better than I had expected From the description it sounded like this was going to be sort of a romance with comedic undertones, which isn t necessarily my thing Turns out there is all the usual serious complexity these books normally have and with the same apt doses of humour I ve come to expect.Once again, the various characters both old and new absolutely shine Bujold has such an exceptional talent for bringing them to life and engaging the reader in the most thorough way possible.Notes on the audiobooks Narrator Grover Garder delivers the story in just the right wry and ironic tone, and continues to make this series one of my favourites on audio ever

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