The Flowers of Vashnoi (Vorkosigan Saga, #14.1) by Lois McMaster Bujold

The Flowers of Vashnoi (Vorkosigan Saga, #14.1)

Still new to her duties as Lady Vorkosigan, Ekaterin is working together with expatriate scientist Enrique Borgos on a radical scheme to recover the lands of the Vashnoi exclusion zone, lingering radioactive legacy of the Cetagandan invasion of the planet Barrayar. When Enrique’s experimental bioengineered creatures go missing, the pair discover that the zone still conceals deadly old secrets. This novella falls after Captain Vorpatril’s Alli...


Details The Flowers of Vashnoi (Vorkosigan Saga, #14.1)

TitleThe Flowers of Vashnoi (Vorkosigan Saga, #14.1)
Author
Release DateMay 16th, 2018
PublisherSpectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
LanguageEnglish
GenreScience Fiction, Short Stories
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Reviews The Flowers of Vashnoi (Vorkosigan Saga, #14.1)

  • Jill Vassilakos-long
    1970-01-01
    I remember Miles once thinking of himself as the man who owns Vorkosigan's Vashnoi. (I think it was in Memory.) It was a moment when he recognizes that he's not just stubborn, but bone-deep obdurate. Where others might see a lost cause and give up, he digs in and does long-range planning. It's lovely, in this novella, to see that planning spin out as Ekaterin and Enrique take point on beginning the work of reclaiming that which the rest of Barray...
  • Becky
    1970-01-01
    Ekaterine sighed. "Is this all going to work?" Her harassed gesture around encompassed everything: the zone, the radbug project, the district, far too many decades of inherited history.Miles vented a mask-muffled noise, not quite a laugh. "It's not as though we can stop trying." I used to read stories about people who refused to leave their homes, even in the face of certain death, and wonder at how they could be so stupid. Didn't they know there...
  • Girl
    1970-01-01
    Lovely science cockroaches <3
  • Diane
    1970-01-01
    This novella is one of those stories where it's difficult to decide whether to round "Liked" up or not. Naturally, the writing is excellent, as expected from LMB: vivid, clear, and literate. The emotional and philosophical truths and insights are balanced with an interesting plot. The resolutions are a combination of hopefulness and lingering melancholy, intrinsic to a region still dealing generations later with radiation poisoning from a past de...
  • Vesna
    1970-01-01
    “Is it still a victory if you don’t get the credit?"There's nothing to really rate here. This is far, far away from the space opera called Vorkosigan Saga. And I still stand by my opinion that everything worth saying was said by the end of The Civil Campaign. But it proves I will still read anything with the name Vorkosigan attached to it (even after the DISASTER called Gentlemen Jole and the Red Queen. There is NO forgiving Bujold for that o...
  • Janet
    1970-01-01
    A pleasant novella focusing on Ekaterina and the (literal) fall-out of the Cetagandan invasion, but lacking a sense of real urgency. The humanitarian stakes are important, however, as is always the case with the Vorkosigan stories. If you are already a Vorkosigan fan, you will enjoy reading this, but it's probably not a place to start if you don't know who Count Piotr was, why some people call Miles "the mutie lord," or the significance of geneti...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    Oh I was glad to see that come up and I enjoyed reading it. I'm all for seeing more of Ekaterin, and more of the Vorkosigan District. Serious topics and issues, but also so many places I laughed out loud. Bujold is a buy-on-sight, whenever she puts something out. I miss her longer books, but am glad she's still enjoying writing enough to give us the novellas now and then.
  • Leseparatist
    1970-01-01
    It's always a delight to make a trip back to Vorkosigan saga, even when it's a short trip that doesn't bring all that much new material.Ekaterin is amazing and the image of Vashnoi as a garden - worth the trip.
  • Brzk
    1970-01-01
    If you are checking reviews on this small book, chances are you have already decided to read it.No fear - you will not be disappointed. I was in turns dismayed, surprised, delighted and relieved by the story. By all means read it, the world is a better place because of it.
  • Naomi
    1970-01-01
    The flowers of Vashnoi is a novella in the Vorkosigan Saga that came out really recently. It's set after Captain Vorpatril's Alliance. Ekaterin and Enrique are working on a project to clean up the radioactive Vorkosigan Vashnoi using a modified version of the butterbugs called radbugs because they go after radioactive material. When they count the radbugs and realize that they are missing a lot of them they set up a video camera to figure out why...
  • Karen A. Wyle
    1970-01-01
    What a thrill, to have an addition to the Vorkosigan Saga! -- though a short one, even for a novella. I'm left hungry for more, and woefully aware it may be (at best) a long time coming.This story explores, literally and figuratively, the Voshnoi exclusion zone, the still-radioactive site of a city destroyed by Cetegandan atomics. As such, it's a welcome addition to the saga's worldbuilding -- and an equally welcome way to spend more time with Ek...
  • Laura
    1970-01-01
    Ekaterin and Enrique have teamed up to tackle the remnant radiation problems in Vorkosigan Vashnoi, and while on an early test in the radiation zone, they encounter other remnants of the time of isolation. This is Ekaterin's first close-up grappling with Barrayar's alternatives to infanticide. All is tidily wrapped up at the end ...I liked this story alright, but it didn't grab me the same way many of Bujold's novellas have. We'll see how it sink...
  • Nicole Luiken
    1970-01-01
    I love the Vorkosigan series (well anything by Bujold really) so devoured this novella in one sitting. I liked how being married to Miles has influenced Ekaterine; she is very much Lady Vorkosigan in her own quiet way. Vashnoi's troubled history was introduced very early in the series so it was nice to actually see it. And old Piotr is still leaving echoes...
  • Kathy Martin
    1970-01-01
    In this new Vorkosigan novella, Ekaterin and Enrique have come up with a plan funded by Miles to genetically engineer some radiation eating butterbugs to help clean up the toxic waste dump that was a city the Cetagandans nuked 80 years earlier. Ekaterin and Enrique discover that the area isn't as free of people as they had been told and have to deal with some survivors.
  • Seantheaussie
    1970-01-01
    An extremely satisfying read for fans of the Vorkosigan series.I absolutely loved it. It engaged my emotions beautifully.Tremendously funny. I literally laughed as much reading this as I did reading The Princess Bride a month ago.I now like Ekaterina more than I used to.
  • Seantheaussie
    1970-01-01
    An extremely satisfying read for fans of the Vorkosigan series.I absolutely loved it. It engaged my emotions beautifully.Tremendously funny. I literally laughed as much reading this as I did reading The Princess Bride a month ago.I now like Ekaterina more than I used to.
  • Hteph
    1970-01-01
    A beautiful and horrifying glimpseExcellent as always and food for thought for those who want that. But too short, too short, but perhaps it can be a start of something like the Penric serial, or so one can hope.
  • Jonathan
    1970-01-01
    Short. Good.This story is very short in my opinion. It reminds me of the Mountains of Mourning story.It makes you think.I also like the idea, contained in the title and the story, that future generations will think of the radioactive wasteland as a garden.
  • Sheila
    1970-01-01
    Nice addition to the Vorkosigan Saga.
  • Loki
    1970-01-01
    I don't know for sure that if I was only allowed to pick one writer whose books I could read for the rest of my life that I would pick Lois McMaster Bujold. But she'd be in my top five, certainly.
  • Sarah Holland
    1970-01-01
    Debating over the rating - I may be rating it too low because I wanted more, but on the other hand I'm delighted to have this story!
  • Stephanie
    1970-01-01
    It's lovely to have a novella about Ekaterin that does not have much Miles in it.