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The Theory of the Leisure Class (Modern Library Classics)
Thorstein Veblen, Alan Wolfe
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance - Lois McMaster Bujold Ivan Vorpatril, the Bertie Wooster of the Vorkosigan saga, gets his very own book. It is, alas, really light-weight. There are bounty hunters, hidden treasure, double-crosses, and several romances, but there wasn't a single moment of fear or tension. I never worried that Ivan would be hurt or die, or that Tej (the Jacksonian on the run after her family's House gets taken over will break his heart. This is set before [b:Cryoburn|7841670|CryoBurn (Vorkosigan Saga, #14)|Lois McMaster Bujold|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1269879970s/7841670.jpg|10621859], so this contains no fall out from the events of that book. The Barrayarans' dialog is almost exclusively going over their family histories. I was amazed anyone could stand to have a dinner conversation with a single Vor, given that in this book all they do is reminisce.

It was an enjoyable enough read, with likable characters, but it felt artificial and flimsy after the psychological insights and true dangers in most of the other Vorkosigan novels.