Diplomatic Immunity by Lois McMaster Bujold September 12, 2012Posted by stuffilikenet in Books.
Diplomatic Immunity is a reasonably fast-paced tale of Miles Verkosigan’s second foray into service as the Emperor’s Voice in the Barrarayan Empire, officially off on his honeymoon when diverted to a converted asteroid in order to solve the mystery of a murdered security officer, soothe an interstellar fracas caused by idiot military types (redundant?) and stop a war initiated by agents provocateur with a more subtle agenda. Miles is hindered by amazing and complex technology of his mostly unknown enemy and his/her/its inscrutable motives, aided by a long-time friend, accomplice and now employee/paid informant and most ably supported by his new wife.
The plot hums right along without rest, as does Miles, since everything keeps happening even when the hero should be on his honeymoon or at least have time for a catnap in the several days this adventure takes. It is kept from overwhelming by a nice sense of timing and a few of what look like breaks in the action but which are just bridges between actions, and by Miles’ running dialogues with himself, which are pretty entertaining in their own right (I often have these kinds of carefully stifled thoughts myself. At least, I think I stifled them because I’m still married, still have my job, and still have all my teeth).
Another very creditable, entertaining book by Lois McMaster Bujold, who has written maybe a dozen and a half of these books.