LMB books induce on reflections - and in the most different
occasions. Here you can get acquainted with the reflections,
caused by it.
"Vorkiosigan family from a
psychological point of view". An
attempt to make a psychological portrait of Aral, Cordelia, Miles
and Mark using all the tricks of the trade.
- Mithrilian, "Bujold: a new name in SF. For us.".
Not too respectful but witty and well argued sight on LMB books.
- N.Sakva, "Shadows and mirrors". Original comparison of
LMB books and the one's by Sergey Lukianenko
- E. Smolyanina, "Art of people manipulating according to Bujold".
It's possible to receive rather practical advice from LMB books
how to supervise the staff successfully.
A Barrayarian, Betan, or Jacksonian style.
"The Cause of Miles Vorkosigan
lives and wins!" An effort to understand why LMB, an American writer, is so
popular in our country.
- E. Grosheva,
"Shakespear and Bujold: the search
for an anti-hero"
The perfect literary analysis of the these novels
gives us to understand, that both the author herself and her
barrayarian characters esteem the Bard of Avon. And there are
many evident parallels between Miles and Richard III.
- "Imperial Headquarters" presents:
analytic articles by S. Pereslegin
"Some comments on immaculate plans.
Bujold Universe from the point of view of a military historian" and
"Strategy and tactics of the galactic
wars", and R.Ismailov's science
essay "A Strategy of Wormholes"
- the game theory: particular solution of several tasks, which
Miles and Ivan most likely ran into at their second year in
Imperial Military Academy.
"Lois McMaster Bujold and her Universe"
A very interesting attempt to analyze the universe created by LMB around the
"The Planet of the rising Sun"
About Japan sources of the Barrayaran culture
The collection of small but interesting messages and clauses: several
opponents advance their difference opinions about the same subject.
Some texts are serious speculations, the others are practice jokes or
If you want to make your contribution in this discussion,
- About Beta Colony
V.Artischev, "Cordelia and her homeland";
"Beta Colony as a model of
"Are Barrayar and Beta twins?".
"Aboun Betans and their
Mental Health Board".
Is a democratic Beta Colony really so good in comparison
to a severe Barrayar? And on the contrary, is the society
where everybody possesses garantied facilities really so bad?
Or they differ in something else?
Oppose FOUR points of view.
- Barrayar: is it?...
"... a sword in Beta Colony's hands";
"... a social
experiment of Cetaganda"
"Torwards the galactic history".
The underlying reason of all Barrayaran galactic wars by the standpoint
of geopolitics, and some interesting logical consequences. As one says,
"many a true word is spoken in jest".
- The Cetagandan - who are they?
"Hauts and quaddies is the same thing?";
Here are some utmost eccentric points of view how arose the most
mysterious civilisation of the all LMB Nexus. Consider yourselves
if that arguments are serious or a subl\tle practical jokes.
"Is Miles a mere looser?"
The author of this text is convinced seriously that Barrayar have not
permited Miles to be realized as he wanted; only the Cetagandans
have estimated at his true worth.
"Demographic setting in Bujold's Universe"
The Earth is an only galactic super-commonwealth by its population:
the other planets and Imperiums are barely smaller nations.
"... Lions, and Tigers, and Bears"
The mere inference about process of initial Barrayaran terraforming, which
takes into account the following mutation-fear.
Critical clauses and state-of-the-art reviews
We have collected here the set of the reviews on Vorkosigan Saga.
Check up if your impression from these books coincides with
with the critic's one.
- V. Goncharov,
Reviews of many novels -
"Shards of Honor"
"The Warrior Apprentice",
"Ethan of Athos"
I think there is the most numerous collection of reviews
on Bujold's books issued from one person's pen (in Russian,
These references are not enthusiastic, but quite benevolent.
But be careful - it seems that its author try to
retell us the book's plot beforehand!
- V. Vladymirsky,
"The Way of Barrayar".
This is a review of this novel in particular and of the
entire Saga at the same time.
"Miles Vorkosigan and The Yellow Brick Road" - the
review of "A Civil Campaign"; by the critic's point of
view, Bujold merely delays a reader's parting with his
"A Collection of mistakes"
As you compare AST translations with the English source,
you immediately find out serious lacks in Russian
texts. This is the cause to starting our project
"Let's translate Bujold anew!"
(the details see here)
"War or Peace?"
This review of "A Civil Campaign" is an attempt
to prove that the last LMB novel is not merely a "love story".
- M. Korkin ,
Reviews of "Baen"'s
books - "The Vor Game" and "Borders of Infinity".
The earliest mention of LMB in Russian that I managed to find.
(1992! - three years before the first translated book by
AST Publishing). The names sound unusually, there are actual
mistakes in retelling the plot... And nevertheless thanks to
- The collection of brief notices
from "Esli" ("If") magazine.
- Some another reviews of "A
Civil Campaign" - two small ones
(by M.Galina and
M. Koshkin) and the detailed,
full-length one by R.Arbitman.
They are unified here because all three of critics with one
mind name this book "a love story". But the novel rather
repeats the "Shards of Honor"'s romantic plot, and this last
book quite cannot be reproached for its sentimentality!
- G.Sokolov -
review of "Memory",
published in the "Semechki" fanzin.
One of readers reply to it by as follows: "... Maybe it's
the sign of critic's professional skill - to discourse upon
a book and even to be ignorant of its hero's name?"
- D.Shumakov is sure that
LMB books have won all awards only due to political correcsy.