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    etruscan
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    The Miles Vorkosigan books by Lois McMaster Bujold (The Warrior’s Apprentice and subsequent titles) are good if you like space opera.

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    GardenNinja
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    One of my all time favorite science fiction books is Falling Free by McMaster Bujold. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. It is set in the same universe, but a very long time before the Vorkosigan books.

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    #1535191
    etruscan
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    Yes, someday I’ll read that one.  I recently got copies of “Shards of Honor” and “Barrayar”, so I seem to be working backwards from the Miles books.

    As you probably know, “Diplomatic Immunity” is set on the quaddie worlds and Nichol, a quaddie musician, appears in “Labyrinth” as well as in “Diplomatic Immunity”.

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    GardenNinja
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    Yeah, I started to mention that, then realized I had no idea what the titles were. I don’t actually own many of them, just Falling Free and Cordelia’s Honor (Shards of Honor and Barrayar omnibus). My brother introduced me to them in the 1990’s. He had all the ones then publised, and loaned them all to me at the same time. So once he pointed out the chronology in the back, I was able to read them in the universe’s chronological order. I actually read Ethan of Athos first because I had looked at the copyright dates. I think it was the strong female main character in Shards and Barrayar that really drew me in to the whole series. Ethan of Athos was a little strange. It is contemporary to Miles, but neither he nor Cordelia are in it.
    I continue to get all the new ones after my brother has read them.

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    #1535200
    etruscan
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    Ethan of Athos definitely is different, or imaginative if you prefer that.  I was interested to see Ellie Quinn on her own in that one, and the way that Bujold included bits of the plot line as a background element when she wrote Cetaganda.

    I have an omnibus volume (Miles, Mystery & Mayhem) with Ethan of Athos and Cetaganda, plus “Labyrinth”.  Many of the Miles stories have been combined into omnibus books, and I would like to see an omnibus with Falling Free and Diplomatic Immunity since they both deal with quaddies, but I don’t know whether one will be produced.

    P.S.  I have not read either Captain Vorpatril’s Alliance or Admiral Joule and the Red Queen.

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