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)
Release DateMay 16th, 2018
PublisherSpectrum Literary Agency, Inc.
GenreScience Fiction, Novella, Fiction

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

  • Lindsay
    I'd thought the author was done with this series and I'm delighted to be wrong.This short novella picks up after the events of Captain Vorpatril's Alliance and features Lady Ekaterin and Enrique Borgos (mainly from A Civil Campaign) as they use Enriques bio-engineered bugs to try and cleanup the Vashnoi, a Vorkosigan holding that was radioactively contaminated during the war with the Cetagandans. Only there are some tragic complications.Miles is ...
  • Vesna
    “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...
  • Becky
    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...
  • Diane
    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...
  • T. K. Elliott (Tiffany)
    This is a nice little short story/novella, set just after Captain Vorpatril's Alliance in the series chronology. Ekaterin Vorkosigan is working with Enrique Borgos (of A Civil Campaign fame) to develop a way to clean up the still-radioactive site of Vorkosigan Vashnoi. Naturally, they find a... problem. In some ways, this is a strange little story. I wouldn't recommend it for people who aren't already Vorkosigan fans, as - although technically it...
  • Christopher
    A Miles (or rather Ekaterin) Vorkosigan short-story. I feel like this is a book-end story to Mountains of Mourning and somewhat wish I had re-read that story before reading this one.The theme here is clearly one of legacy. Toxic legacies of conflicts in the past (both military, community, and familial), and legacy systems that can be forgotten and abandoned - and yet never truly are because someone still sees value in what others see as garbage a...
  • Girl
    Lovely science cockroaches <3
  • Olga Godim
    Miles Vorkosigan’s wife Ekaterine is one of my favorite characters in the Vorkosigan saga, second only to Cordelia. This novella is Ekaterine’s story, and I expected to love it much more than I actually did.It is a sad story, a story of forgotten people. Ekaterine is her true self: capable and compassionate, but the people she encountered in the radiation-contaminated zone of Vorkosigan Vashnoi are a sorry bunch, sick and pathetic. I don’t ...
  • Leseparatist
    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
    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.
  • Cecily
    It's there anything better than an unexpected Vorkosigan novella? No. There is NOT. This one is a delight though in the more serious vein of Mountains of Mourning, taking place deep inside the Vorkosigan district. Ekaterin is always a lovely character to ride along with, partly because she loves Miles as much as I do. I love the view we get of the not long married Vorkosigans managing their complicated, rather tragic district on Barrayar. I just ...
  • Lianne Pheno
    1970-01-01 Haaa, quel plaisir anticipé quand l'annonce d'un nouveau texte dans la Saga Vorkosigan arrive. Celui ci est une novella assez courte et n'a malheureusement pas la profondeur ni l'humour des autres romans de la série mais ça reste un texte agréable à lire et distrayant. Ekaterin se rend dans l'ancienne capitale Vorkosigane. La district de Vashnoi a été victime d'une bombe lors de la guerre contre l'o...
  • CatBookMom
    Pushing the envelope. Compassion. A snapshot of a character who isn't usually the focus of stories. All of these apply to *The Flowers of Vashnoi.* It's a wonderful little story, makes me think about the story **Aftermaths**, which is often attached to *Shards of Honor*, but has also been published as part of a collection or two. The ending of *The Flowers of Vashnoi* doesn't give you the same whiplash that **Aftermaths** does; instead, it's a ma...
  • Melody
    Bujold's Vorkosigan novellas have always been strong. This, for all its fancifulness, fits right in. I loved Ekaterin as the POV character, I've been wanting inside her head for a long time. I understand that I haven't a shred of objectivity about this series, it's one that I know so well and love so hard. I don't have much that's coherent to say yet, let me read it another 5 times.“Miles opened a gloved hand, full of acknowledgement, empty of ...
  • Jill Vassilakos-long
    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...
  • Gabrielle
    Very similar to the story Mountains of Mourning, except this time it was Ekaterin instead of Miles investigating. Enjoyable tale, but very short. I was kind of more interested in what was happening at Miles' meeting and with the kids back home, than the actual plot of this story.
  • Rachel (Kalanadi)
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  • Donna
    Ekaterin! Re-engineered butterbugs!
  • David Holmes
    I enjoy how new Bujold stories just materialize unexpectedly now, available immediately, in easily digestible page counts. Nobody had any reason to think there would be another Vorkosigan story, and poof, here one is!I had always wondered what happened with Enrique & Martya, and now we find out, and with Ekaterin as the main character! Though like A Civil Campaign, Enrique and his bugs are the B-storyline.
  • Lis Carey
    Miles and Ekaterin Vorkosigan have been married for four years now, and in addition to Ekaterin's son Nikki, they have two children of their own, toddlers Sasha and Helen. Aral and Cordelia have gone off to Sergyar as Viceroy and Vicereine, and Miles and Ekaterin have taken on responsibility for the Vorkosigan District.That district includes the Vashnoi exclusion zone, nuked by the Cetagandans during the invasion eighty years ago, and the source ...
  • Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
    The first (and hopefully not last) Vorkosigan that I'm here to read on release! Woo!We're back with Ekaterin and Miles. And our favourite scientist Enrique Borgos who has now been successfully married to Martya Koudelka, and we're able to see the continuing work with the horrible bugs. Yes, I'm firmly on Miles' side for this one. Though I do like to see the application we see in this book - you remember the little bit of land left to Miles, that ...
  • Kosh
    It's a Barrayar novella. I would have loved it just for that, but as usual the author exceeded my expectations. This is a delightful return to Barrayar and a pleasure to read.
  • Alex
    You know what this series is? It’s Anne of Green Gables. What is Vokosigan Surleau but Avonlea at the edge of space?
  • Debbie
    I will read anything Lois writes that takes place in this universe. This isn't the most emotionally packed story, nor is it the deepest or wittiest, or even the best plotted of the series. But I still enjoyed it as it was a chance to see old friends. This is a quieter novella than the rest of the series - which make sense as it's Ekaterin's story, not Miles's, and she is quiet competence and intelligence rather than her husband's over-the-top gra...
  • Cat M
    A new Vorkosiverse story this year was so unexpected and I’m so glad that it’s such a great story too.Like the series as a whole, this is a story about family and legacy and reckoning with the past. The legacy is Miles’s, but the story is Ekaterin’s and that works surprisingly well. I love Ekaterin’s pov, she’s just so marvellously competent, but in this calm, unshowy way that’s so unlike Miles. All the characters were great, new an...
  • Lauredhel
    Loved it. Wanted more.
  • Azz Lunatic
    Fun!A solid Ekaterin story about Barrayaran bioethics. She has a Mountains of Mourning-esque rite of passage, with Dr. Borgos as a capable backup.
  • Janet
    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...
  • Nicole Luiken
    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...
  • Laura
    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.