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09 June 2002 @ 06:46 pm
"Diplomatic Immunity" by Lois McMaster Bujold  
This is the most recent of Bujold's books about Miles Vorkosigan, and I was pleasantly surprised. Although I enjoyed the earlier books, the one before this ("A Civil Campaign") was primarily a comedy of manners and didn't really leave me wanting to read any of the other stories. This book was much better, though.

Miles is called upon to mediate in a tense situation between the Barrayaran Navy and a Quaddie space station. There are Navy personnel in jail, the freighters they were guarding have been refused permission to leave, and a Quaddie ballerina with a broken arm - and both sides claim to be the injured parties. As Miles starts to bring his diplomatic skills to bear on the problem, things start (as always) to get much much more complicated. Why are some of the passengers on the freighter quite so desperate to get back on board? Where did the missing security officer go? And was that his blood in the airlock?

This was definitely back to the old style - lots of derring do and only Miles can save the day. Of course, in some ways it was clear how it was going to end - but the interest is in how we get there, and there are some unexpected plot twists along the way.