V is for Vorkosigans, eVentually

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Reader, I was terribly excited about working on today’s post. I fell head over hells in love with Lois McMaster Bujold while reading The Curse of Chalion and the exquisite Paladin of Souls. Then I picked up Cordelia’s Honor and Barrayar and was blown to absolute smithereens. I put Miles down for discussion in this series because of his disability and because I knew the Vorkosigan books have a strong feminist vibe — plus, the title of Miles’ romance hinted at Heyer’s A Civil Contract and I wanted to draw out the parallels. I was so excited to take notes and make citations and really dig in to all the work of this freewheeling lit crit thing I’ve been practicing here.

But in the midst of keeping up with the series, and fighting off not one but two colds (thanks, immune system), I realized it just wasn’t going to happen. Oh, I could skim both books, throw up some paragraphs, and move on like nothing was wrong — but it wasn’t what I wanted. I wanted this post, of all posts, to be strong and thought-out and well-edited. I wanted it to have something new to say, even for those who (unlike me) have long lived in the Vorkosigan world. For that, I need to do a lot more research and a lot more listening and a lot more reading — especially since I would be skipping many books in between Barrayar and A Civil Campaign and that would hamstring my analysis.

If I wanted to do this right, it wasn’t going to happen quickly.

So this post is now a promise. Miles will get his day — but he’ll get it when April’s done, when I have time to really sit and think again. In the immortal words of Ronald Ulysses Swanson: “Never half-ass two things. Whole ass one thing.” I plan to do just that.

GIF of Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreation. He is a white man with dark hair and a luxuriant mustache. He wears a collared brown coat with an earthtoned plaid lumberjack shift. Behind him is a forest scene with a lake and ferms. He frowns thoughtfully as he delivers his words of wisdom:


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4 thoughts on “V is for Vorkosigans, eVentually

  1. I am so waiting for this post. I adore all things Vorkosigan and Caz and Ista. I have met LMB and have two book covers (Paladin of Souls and Barrayar) framed on my wall. I have a pinned tab for AoOO Vorkosigan series fanfic (Dira Sudis and Philomena rule). Did you know there is a one day LMB academic conference in August this year? It is to be held in Cambridge at Uni of Anglia Ruskin. Abstracts close this week I think. Una McCormack is contact una.mccormack@anglia.ac.uk

    I have enjoyed and loved reading and thinking about all your posts Olivia, but this is will be my bestest pressie.

  2. Ooh. I look forward to this most frabjous eventual post! Also, never enough Ron Swanson gifs, ever. (Lastly: if you are a Cordelia fan, don’t miss Mirror Dance. It’s …it’s tremendous.)

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