Sentimental yet sardonic (booster17) wrote,
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The Lois McMaster Bujold Haiku

I recommended The Vorkosigan Saga books to empressvesica last night, but didn't get a chance to explain much about Miles and his world. So a little research came up with this, apparently by Nicholas Rosen.

FALLING FREE
Quaddies property.
The Lion Count disapproves.
Quaddies falling free.
SHARDS OF HONOR
Enemies at dawn.
Soldiers on opposing sides.
Night falls on their love.
BARRAYAR
Marriage brings stresses;
So often, by tradition,
Wives shop to relax.
THE WARRIOR'S APPRENTICE
Dwarf flunks physical.
Unfit for Academy.
Fit to lead army.
THE VOR GAME
Dubious ensign,
Again brilliant admiral,
Later lieutenant.
CETAGANDA
Miles saves the empire,
But not quite as usual:
Different empire.
ETHAN OF ATHOS
Known to be in need
Of ovaries; saved also
By women's virtues.
BROTHERS IN ARMS
The evil twin is,
In his brother's noble eyes,
Only misguided.
THE BORDERS OF INFINITY
A hero in bed,
His new plastic arms in casts,
Still defeats a plot.
MIRROR DANCE
Look in the mirror,
And you shall not see yourself.
Look into your heart.
MEMORY
To forget is pain,
To remember agony.
Remembrance gives joy.
KOMARR
When heart is hardened
In sorrow and slow anguish,
Can new love be found?
A CIVIL CAMPAIGN
Seeking, he lost her,
She who read his blooded seal,
And after caught him.
DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY
A diplomat, though
Not immune from war and plague,
Contains a war plague.

CURSE OF CHALION
Hero in horrors,
Mule driven by a goddess,
Till the wheel's next turn.

Falling Free is in the Vorkosigan universe, but set 200 years beforehand. Shards of Honor and Barrayar are about Miles's parents, which again set up the whole universe. And Curse of Chalion is a fantasy story, but equally gripping.

Go. Read. Spread the word. And beware the dinner party scene in A Civil Campaign - if you don't laugh your head off by halfway, you're already dead.
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