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Barrayar (1991)

von Lois McMaster Bujold

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Reihen: Vorkosigan: Chronological Order (3), Der Barrayar-Zyklus (12, 13), Vorkosigan: Publication Order (8)

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2,280675,088 (4.19)1 / 323
Political intrigue, culture clash, and romance make a stirring mix in this award-winning follow-up novel to the acclaimed Shards of Honor. In the wake of interplanetary war, former commander Cordelia Naismith has deserted her own planet to marry the leader of the defeated enemy, Aral Vorkosigan. On his home planet of Barrayar, two rival factions are eyeing the recently vacated throne, and Aral, recently appointed Regent of Barrayar by the Emperor on his deathbed, must stand between them. Lord and Lady Vorkosigan, Aral and Cordelia struggle to establish stability in a fragile government thrown into confusion by the transition of power and the threat of civil war. When a palace coup endangers the government, their lives, and her unborn son, Cordelia takes action to secure the safety of her new family and new home.… (mehr)
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    Fremdling von C. J. Cherryh (reading_fox)
    reading_fox: Both character driven social SF rather than technologically focused.
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    Nachtgeboren von Alison Sinclair (ultimatebookwyrm)
    ultimatebookwyrm: Although Barrayar is a sci-fi and Darkborn is fantasy, both have great characters, a fast-moving plot, mystery, suspense, action, and phenomenal world-building. Plus a kick-ass Mom who will stop at nothing to retrieve her child.
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Things start to really pick up here in book two of the saga.

My favorite segment of the book was their time in hiding out in the countryside, moving along on horseback, staying in little cabins.

Just like the first book, this one become very gory before the end—unnecessarily so.

The characters are enjoyable, if stereotypical. It sounds like Miles will break the mold to some degree. ( )
  willszal | Feb 8, 2021 |
Barrayar tells the story of Cordelia, a transplant from a far-future liberal society into the strongly traditionalist world of Barrayar. As the wife of the planet's regent, she at the same time wields a lot of political power while being viewed as an eccentric outsider. Given the unstable reality of regencies, the narrative winds through a couple assassination attempts against her husband, and culminates in a large-scale coup. In large part, the book is a political and military drama, which is the sort of thing I enjoy. Dropping in a likable outsider whose point of view is closer to that of the reader helps make this an enjoyable read. ( )
  Phrim | Oct 30, 2020 |
I'm reading in chronological order, by the way. For most series that's the kind that makes the most sense to me, regardless of what authors or others have to say about it. It also follows immediately upon Shards of Honor, and as (according to an afterword in the combined edition) the author initially wrote them together, then divided them into two books once they became unmarketably long, it makes sense especially for these two to be read as one.

It's pretty-near perfect. It's well-written (I'm not groaning at word choices, grammar, or sentence construction, either because the author is trying too hard or not enough), the plot packs a punch, the characters are well-differentiated (I'm always stunned at the number of published novels where the characters are differentiated by having different names, and that's about as far as their personalities go), even minor ones, and it's touching. I also just plain like the idea of a space opera that's not too violent for me (there are moments, but I'm about as squeamish as you can get and still delighted in this book) and goes on for almost ever (if only Bujold were 15 years younger than me, rather than 15 years older, I might have the pleasure of continuing to read her until I die).

--of course, I'm assuming the quality stays up there. Certainly this 7th book (it was substantially revised when she returned to it) shows no slacking in quality, if anything it's deeper and richer than the first of the two.

It looks like it took longer to read than it really did--I was saving it for pizza lunch reading--but recently I couldn't stand the wait, and I read every day 'til it was done.

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). I feel a lot of readers automatically render any book they enjoy 5, I'm a bit more ruthless.
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  ashleytylerjohn | Oct 13, 2020 |
for the jagillioth time ( )
  Tip44 | Jun 30, 2020 |
Third read, update 12/6/17:

The love story between Aral and Cordelia continues, but it's really a tale about Barrayaran politics and cultural horrors. To cull genetic mistakes or not? To break from the hold of barbaric cultural practices or not?

Hell, it even goes a long way to toward teaching us forgiveness for the mentally ill. Although, to be perfectly fair, Cordelia's bulldog of a man has a lot of nobility in him for latching on to a truly noble mistress, but maybe that's missing a point somewhere. It's not him. It's her. Cordelia. And my goodness she really kicks ass. :)

Besides all that, I'm REALLY enjoying the hell out of all the characters who get more screen time here and it spurs me on toward all the times I see them in big roles later and I'm loving how the whole series gels together. Even the development of certain themes told with different nuances are all here, set up and knocked down and will be knocked down just as gloriously later.

Am I a total fanboy? I must be if I'm chomping at the bit to re-read the whole series. Again. For the third time. :)


Original review:

I remembered this fondly as I reread it now, and more than ever, it was nice to revisit. Revolution, stolen babies, friendly monsters, it really had it all, especially if you're looking for a solid space opera that has very little in the way of spaceships. I jest, but not really. The worldbuilding is very solid, the characters are really amazing and memorable, long, long after first reading them. I found myself smiling at what I remembered to come next, and chuckling at the ignorance of later characters when it came to the past (of which this novel is the present).

It can certainly be taken on its own merit, and should be, but it is all the greater in the wider tapestry. ( )
1 abstimmen bradleyhorner | Jun 1, 2020 |
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AutorennameRolleArt des AutorsWerk?Status
Bujold, Lois McMasterHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Gardner, GroverErzählerCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Hickman, StephenUmschlagillustrationCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Warhola, JamesUmschlagillustrationCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
Youll, PaulUmschlagillustrationCo-Autoreinige Ausgabenbestätigt
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Political intrigue, culture clash, and romance make a stirring mix in this award-winning follow-up novel to the acclaimed Shards of Honor. In the wake of interplanetary war, former commander Cordelia Naismith has deserted her own planet to marry the leader of the defeated enemy, Aral Vorkosigan. On his home planet of Barrayar, two rival factions are eyeing the recently vacated throne, and Aral, recently appointed Regent of Barrayar by the Emperor on his deathbed, must stand between them. Lord and Lady Vorkosigan, Aral and Cordelia struggle to establish stability in a fragile government thrown into confusion by the transition of power and the threat of civil war. When a palace coup endangers the government, their lives, and her unborn son, Cordelia takes action to secure the safety of her new family and new home.

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