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Genre fiction lover:  Romance, Sci Fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Urban Fantasy

BookaDay - Sept 8

A Civil Campaign - Lois McMaster Bujold

Best Fictional Dinner Party



Hmmm let's see...


- The host is using the party as a quasi-military campaign to woo a woman he is infatuated with  (only she doesn't know it)


- His clone brother (who is in therapy for his multiple personalities, one of which is a killer) lets slip that he and his girlfriend are going to take a trip to a pleasure planet to help with his sexual issues (her parents are there and are not amused)


- Unbeknownst to the host and most of the guests the food is made from an edible bug vomit ... no one knows until on of the bugs makes an appearance


- A panicked, ill-timed  marriage proposal occurs


- I think I remember a fight breaking out (or at least someone lunging across the table to choke someone else)



The Miles Vorkosisgan series is mostly space opera.  But in the hands of such a talented writer like Lois McMaster Bujold, it is also a character study, military SF, thrilling adventure, mystery, and in this one a sparkling romance sprinkled with a touch of comedy.  The dinner party is hugely funny and is a stand out scene in the book.