[LMB] now not a few more new-e-cover issues

Gwynne Powell gwynnepowell at hotmail.com
Fri Sep 4 16:24:54 BST 2015

> From: "Tony Zbaraschuk" tonyz at eskimo.com

> >> LMB:  Curiously, when I had a Vorkosiverse novice test-read the
> >> manuscript of _Cryoburn_, he did not process the ending as unhappy, but
> >> rather, as "Oh, cool -- Miles gets a promotion!"  Which rather took me
> >> aback, but there you go.  It was more some of the highly invested _old_
> >>  readers who sounded ready to swear off Bujold at the end of
> >> _Cryoburn_.

> Seems reasonable.  It does mean that Aral's death might not be experienced
> as nearly as much of a loss if you didn't already know Aral.
> (And I wouldn't call it an "early" passing, except perhaps from Cordelia's
> Betan viewpoint -- it was, so far as we know these things, a good death in
> due season, at the end of a long and (finally) successful life.)

I know this is probably illogical, but if I'd read Cryoburn first I don't think I'd
have engaged with Aral so much, since he would be 'already dead' in my mind. 


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