Questions tagged [lois-mcmaster-bujold]

For questions about the American author of science fiction and fantasy works "Lois McMaster Bujold". A 5-time Hugo winner, she is best known for the Vorkosigan Saga, the Chalion Series, and the Sharing Knife series. For questions about the authors works use the appropriate work tag instead.

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Was Miles exaggerating the number of Dendarii to dissuade his captors from using his people?

So in the book Brothers in Arms in Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga, in one of the conversations real-Miles tried to convince alter-Miles that it's impossible to pretend to be admiral Naismith: "You still ...
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Bujold's Five Gods Books: Why Does the Father Favor the Golden General?

In Lois McMaster Bujold's five gods books, the Father favors the Golden General so much that the General has an irresistible charisma. He also wins every battle, which can be chalked up to inherent ...
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In Memory, why does Miles turn this job down?

Inevitable spoilers for Lois McMaster Bujold's book Memory ahead. At the end of Memory, why does Miles turn down Gregor's offer of the job of chief of security? Yes, he says earlier in the book that ...
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What is Earl Horseriver's actual/original given name?

In The Hallowed Hunt, Ingrey knows the current Earl Horseriver as Wencel, the slow and uninteresting cousin he knew as a boy having somehow grown up into a very much not-slow adult. Of course, it ...
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Why are Russian surnames so rare among Barrayaran vors?

Russian is one of the main Barrayaran languages resulted from the primary settlement groups populated Barrayar. Other main languages are English, French and Greek. Judging by the Vorkosigan books, ...
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Vorkosigan Saga - Ivan Vorpatril Vote Fixing

I recall that Ivan Vorpatril lives in an apartment block that was part of a scheme where the vote of area residents was threatened by the machinations of some Vor party. Something about enclosing the ...
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How could nobody know that Lord Miles Naismith Vorkosigan wasn't Admiral Miles Naismith?

Admiral Miles Naismith appears in two books (The Warrior's Apprentice and The Vor Game) and two short stories before it occurs to anyone that he is the same person as Lord Miles Naismith Vorkosigan. ...
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What is the origin of “ghem”?

In the Cetagandan Empire of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan saga, there are at least three named classes: The haut (the sequestered ruling class) The ba (their servants) The ghem (military leaders ...
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What is the relationship between Taura and Admiral Naismith?

I have read most of the suggested background materials leading up to Mirror Dance, which I am currently reading. However, I have missed "Labyrinth" (as well as Ethan of Athos). So my first ...
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Why are the Roknari Quadrene and the Chalions Quintarian?

In Lois McMaster Bujold's The Curse of Chalion, one of the primary differences between the Five Kingdoms and the Roknari is their faith. While both faiths worship the same gods, the Roknari Quadrene ...
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Is Beta Colony less democratic than it seems?

One of the running jokes in Shards of Honor is that everyone on Beta Colony seems to deny having voted for "Steady Freddy" (the president). Furthermore, at one point Cordelia says this to a reporter: ...
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How do you pronounce 'Tej'?

Ivan's book is finally here, and there's a new character named Akuti Tejaswini Jyoti ghem Estif Arqua, or Tej for short. I don't think I even want to attempt that mouthful of a full name, but I need a ...
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What “older and more serious discipline” did Cordelia fall back on?

This statement in Shards of Honor chapter 8 (page 125 of the omnibus edition Cordelia's Honor) has always puzzled me: The feeble joke did nothing to dissolve the clot of hysteria rising in her ...
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When does the Vorkosigan Saga take place?

The Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold is set in the far future. Is it ever established exactly when in the future most of the books take place?
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Is there suffering in the Bastard's hell?

In Lois McMaster Bujold's Chalion series (The Curse of Chalion, Paladin of Souls and The Hallowed Hunt), the Quintarian religion plays a pivotal role. There are five gods: the Father, the Mother, the ...
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Is there any significance to the reuse of the name “Dubauer” in Shards of Honor and Diplomatic Immunity?

Why did Lois McMaster Bujold choose to reuse the name Dubauer in Diplomatic Immunity? In the earlier Shards of Honor, Dubauer is the name of Cordelia's ensign, while in Diplomatic Immunity, Dubauer is ...
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In the Vorkosigan Saga, which books are essential to familiarize a new reader to these particular characters?

Non-spoilerish, other than "something happens in Cryoburn," but this question is probably best answered by readers of that book. Please keep your answers non-spoilerish as well. There are (more or ...
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Reading order of the Vorkosigan Saga

What is the recomended reading order for the Vorkosigan Saga? Publishing order or is there a better ordering, because I think there is more than one story line? It's next on my "sagas" list, so I'd ...