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Future imperfectThree 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 life. 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.
There is no villain, no great crisis to provide conflict, only the conflict in the hearts of these two older adults, as they try to determine where their future lies; how much to stick with their duty as leaders and for Jole military officer; how much to open themselves to a possible future with a new generation of children. Lois McMaster Bujold has been one of my favorite science fiction authors for a long time, combining a wonderful imagination with rich character development and complicated plot twists.
I particularly enjoyed the Vorkosigan series, of which Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen is the most recent offering. Bujold's earlier books, sort of two dimensional, and mostly uninteresting.
Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen is a science fiction novel by American writer Lois McMaster Bujold. It is an installment in Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen (Vorkosigan Saga) Paperback – November 1, A science fiction legend, Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most highly regarded speculative fiction writers of all time. Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan saga is a massively popular science fiction mainstay.
References to plotlines and characters of the earlier books in the series were plentiful, but this book had little plot of its own, and what it had didn't seem to make much sense to me. I read it all the way through, out of loyalty to the author, but it was a struggle. The reason for the comment is that over the 30 years of books and stories and nearly 40 in-universe the author has created a densely-layered universe.
Since this is the last book in that series, it's impossible to do justice to that which came before. I disagree that the series has declined, merely changed with both the author and the life experiences of her characters if such can be said about fictional creations.
I find that the later books in the series are more and more character-driven, rather than plot-driven. This is not, in my opinion, a flaw, just a difference.
A peacetime novel without a lot of action, but with a LOT of wonderful characters and a good plot. The decline of the series continues. I had to force myself to finish the novel.
In the two previous books, Cryoburn and Captain Vorpatril's Alliance, the villains were barely in evidence. Here, there aren't any at all unless you count a dishonest supplier of defective building material! There's barely enough plot for a short story, much less a novel.
Diehard fans will have to read it, but all others are strongly warned that it isn't worth their time.
Senior citizens having a relationship after Great man death very different plot. I could see the problems of Jole's problem of his bisexually in his Time of isolation birth world.
Quite a departure from the tone of the earlier stories of the Saga which stressed the personal and galactic battles of the Vorkosigan clan. It is likely to be appreciated by existing fans who already have bought into the Saga, but leave new readers scratching their heads over all the fuss. This is a throwback to the start of the Vorkosigan series, focusing on Cordelia, as the first two books did. There are no space battles, no political intrigue, no spies