A Civil Campaign

A Civil Campaign

A Comedy of Biology and Manners

Paperback - 2000
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"Lord Miles Vorkosigan, youngest Imperial Auditor to be appointed by the Emperor since the Time of Isolation, has a problem all his new power can't solve: unrequited love for the beautiful Vor widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson. Ekaterin is violently allergic to marriage as a result of her first exposure. But as Miles learned from his late career in galactic covert ops, if a frontal assault won't do, go to subterfuge. He has a cunning plan." "Lord Mark Vorkosigan has a problem: his love for the sunny Kareen, daughter of Commodore Koudelka, has just become unrequited again. But if all his new money can't solve their dilemma, perhaps a judicious blending of science and entrepreneurial scheming might. He has a cunning plan." "Lord Ivan Vorpatril has a problem: unrequited love in general. True, with the men on Barrayar outnumbering the women five to four, his odds aren't good. But Ivan had never thought the odds applied to him. He too has a cunning plan."--Back cover.
Published: Riverdale, NY : Baen, 2000, c1999.
ISBN: 9780671578855
0671578855
Branch Call Number: F BUJ
Characteristics: 534 p. ;,18 cm.

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hadlock
Jul 18, 2018

I looked this up on Amazon and read a number reviews. It is not hilarious but has some humorous moments. Miles is used to getting his own way and what he wants is Ekaterin. But she is a recent widow—survivor—of a soul-destroying marriage and is not interested in repeating the experience. He figures out a scheme to see her often while she creates a garden for him. But then, he manages to tell enough people of his interest that everything backfires spectacularly. (He apparently was in covert ops in previous books...?) Meanwhile, his clone brother is having romance and business problems of his own. Throw in interesting political moves, some of her overbearing male relatives, wedding planning for the emperor, and a council meeting that will impact some of Miles’ friends if it all goes wrong, and it is a busy story. The bugs were a bit much. I could follow the story even though I have not read any of the series. The choice of the cover art continues to be a mystery.

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mammothhawk229e
Jan 14, 2017

Light on sci-fi I respectfully disagree.
Butter bugs. Bland butter used in MRE market.
Bugs eating native plants into fertilizer for Earth based plants.
Genetic engineering on bug to look like house crest funny.
Start up on high tech company.
Sex change by female into male with working sex organs via brother's cell to have kids definition of science fiction.

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Bpearl2
Jul 31, 2012

Miles' civil campaign involves a proposal. As ever, Bujold gives us a delightful comedy of errors all based on matrimonial variations. Her customs and worlds are fully satisfying.

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monikak1
Jun 12, 2012

fun to read

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Lemonlyman
Sep 14, 2009

A Civil Campaign is one of my favourite novels. It is near the end of the Vorkosigan books, but you do not need to read the series in order. This book is light on the sci fi, but heavy on the screwball comedy.

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