Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Falling Free (Vorkosigan Series) by Lois McMaster Bujold

Falling Free (Vorkosigan Series) by Lois McMaster Bujold

Completion Date: January 6, 2012
Reason for Reading: Science-Fiction Experience.
Leo Graf was an effective engineer...Safety Regs weren't just the rule book he swore by; he'd helped write them. All that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat. Leo was profoundly uneasy with the corporate exploitation of his bright new students till that exploitation turned to something much worse. He hadn't anticipated a situation where the right thing to do was neither save, nor in the rules...
Leo Graf adopted 1000 quaddies now all he had to do was teach them to be free.
I have been hearing about this series from people like Meghan and Fyrefly, and probably other people that I am not thinking about right now, so I knew I was going to have to get around to reading it. In 2011 there was a chance to download the entire series for your e-reader, so I of course jumped on that. (I am not sure if it is still available because I no longer have the link where I found them.) Anyway, I was excited about a new science-fiction series because I used to read lots of science-fiction and have largely moved away from it. I still really enjoy science-fiction, though, and always want to read more each year. I am hoping that this year will be the year.

Falling Free was a good introduction to Bujold's writing. I have never read her before despite her being on my list for ages. If her other books are anything like this one than I am in for some great reading in my, hopefully, not-so-distant future. I all ready am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. It seems like it will be enjoyable based on what other people have been saying. This book is based around Leo Graf who is an engineer for a society that has developed other worlds and is quite comfortable in space. He had been working for a while and was a bit set in his ways, but what he found on this particular job changed his life for the better. In this book we are introduced to the quaddies and witness just what it is like when genetic engineering has gone a bit far.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and think it is a great reading experience.

Vorkosigan Saga:
Dreamweaver’s Dilemma (short story)
Falling Free
Shards of Honor
The Warrior's Apprentice
Mountains of Mourning (novella)
The Vor Game
Ethan of Athos
Labyrinth (novella)
Borders of Infinity (novella)
Brothers in Arms
Borders of Infinity
Mirror Dance
A Civil Campaign
Winterfair Gifts (novella)
Diplomatic Immunity


  1. You really needed another series to get hooked on, didn't you? :P LOL--you read more series than anyone I know. And the even more amazing thing is that you really do read them...and not just start them and then stall out. Anyway, glad you're enjoying! Hope the rest of the series is just as good!

    1. uh, no, not really. lol I was planning to not start any series this year, but that never works out. And, no, I am actually really bad about finishing series. It's why I should not read more...

  2. I like your new-look blog!

    I'm in the same boat... meaning to try this series, I even own one, just not got to it yet. I will...

    1. Thanks!

      I really didn't need to start this series, but if it stays this good I will be quite happy that I did. :)

  3. If you liked this one, I think you'll like the rest even better - for me, I started to really love the series once I got attached to the characters that show up over and over again.

    1. I look forward to reading more. :)

  4. I didn't realise that you could have downloaded the whole series. I only downloaded a couple.

    I am looking forward to get to the Miles part of the series, even though I did like this one when I read it a few weeks ago.

    1. Oh, well, I downloaded all of them and nothing happened, so I assume it was okay...

      I am looking forward to getting further into the series, too.

  5. I downloaded this entire series when it was available last year too. I am part-way through one of the books, but they're quite long! I think it'll be a cool series to get into though.

    1. That's awesome! I am looking forward to reading more at some point hopefully soon. I just need to finish a few things first.

  6. Falling Free was my first Bujold, and I really really liked it. So why haven't I gotten back to her?

    Yet another reason why I just need to bite the bullet and get an e-reader. A lot of the earlier books are out of print and hard to find. . yet they are easy to get electronically!

    1. I am hoping I don't fail to get back around to her... I am bad about doing that though.

  7. LOL! Just what I need, more science fiction series to look for!! I will though, I've added this to my list. Good review, too. I have some of the other Miles books. I loved her Paladin of Souls, have you read it yet?

    I LOVE the look of your blog too! Nicely done, and it seems to load better than the old one did (that used to take a while, but it might have been our computer also. We now have new ones).


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