A Civil Campaign by Lois McMaster Bujold

July 28, 2005 at 12:00 am | Posted in 4 stars, Book Reviews, Science Fiction | Leave a comment

This is, like Komarr and Cetaganda, a somewhat “light” Miles book. In fact, the genre is really romantic comedy. If the idea makes you squeamish, well, if you like the Miles books, there’s more than enough here to make this a great book for you. In a rather unusual move for the series, Bujold uses a narrative with many viewpoints. From a plot and character perspective, nothing really happens (that wasn’t obvious from the end of the last book, at least), but it’s thoroughly well written and enjoyable. Like Memory there is a bit of intrigue half-heartedly tacked on at the end, and it doesn’t entirely work, but it doesn’t really matter. As with all the Miles books, the standard disclaimers apply: if you didn’t like the Miles books, you won’t like this one. If you haven’t read any Miles books, start elsewhere. I recommend Warrior’s Apprentice.

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