Thursday, November 10, 2011
Winterfair Gifts, by Lois McMaster Bujold
Winterfair Gifts tells the story of Miles Vorkosigan's wedding, but it's really centered around a couple of the minor characters in the series. Taura has been around for awhile as one of Miles' string of lovers, and Bujold has a lot of fun portraying her. I'd have fun writing about an 8-foot tall beautiful-scary soldier woman, anyway. She's got possibilities as a superhero, but the series isn't going that direction. In fact, more time is spent on Roic, Miles' newest Armsman and nOOb. He gets to find out that he isn't such a rube after all, and of course he and Taura hook up. No suspense there. In fact, there isn't a ton of tension here even with an assassination subplot, so it's just a way station. 3 stars, for filler.