Mira's Last Dance

Mira s Last Dance In this sequel to the novella Penric s Mission the injured Penric a Temple sorcerer and learned divine tries to guide the betrayed General Arisaydia and his widowed sister Nikys across the last hu

  • Title: Mira's Last Dance
  • Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
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  • Page: 118
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • In this sequel to the novella Penric s Mission , the injured Penric, a Temple sorcerer and learned divine, tries to guide the betrayed General Arisaydia and his widowed sister Nikys across the last hundred miles of hostile Cedonia to safety in the Duchy of Orbas In the town of Sosie the fugitive party encounters unexpected delays, and even unexpected opportunities aIn this sequel to the novella Penric s Mission , the injured Penric, a Temple sorcerer and learned divine, tries to guide the betrayed General Arisaydia and his widowed sister Nikys across the last hundred miles of hostile Cedonia to safety in the Duchy of Orbas In the town of Sosie the fugitive party encounters unexpected delays, and even unexpected opportunities and hazards, as the courtesan Mira of Adria, one of the ten dead women whose imprints make up the personality of the chaos demon Desdemona, comes to the fore with her own special expertise.Fourth novella in the Penric and Desdemona series.

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    • Lois McMaster Bujold

      Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children Her fantasy from HarperCollins includes the award winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife tetralogy her science fiction from Baen Books features the perennially bestselling Vorkosigan Saga Her work has been translated into over twenty languages.A listing of her awards and nominations may be seen here sfadb Lois_McMaster_BuA listing of her interviews is here vorkosigana wiki AuthAn older fan run site devoted to her work, The Bujold Nexus, is here dendarii

    596 thoughts on “Mira's Last Dance

    • Light fun, maybe less impressive than the rest of the Penric novellas, but this one has more of one thing than all the others combined. Boobs.It was very funny, and even though it's basically a direct follow up from Penric's Mission, still a roadtrip novel, it was a delight just for seeing Penric have to cross-dress. :)That's what you get when one of your ten demons was a courtesan! The poor boy never stands a chance. :)


    • The story in this one was pretty much a direct continuation of the story in Penric's Mission. Penric, Nikys, and Adelis, are still trying to flee to Orbas but the journey through the last parts of Cedonia proves anything but smooth and is hindered by the fact that Penric is still recovering from the happenings at the end of the last novella. The story was decent enough but not quite as exciting as the story in Penric's Mission. It might just be a personal preference but I've always preferred int [...]


    • Mira's Last Dance is the silliest thing Lois McMaster Bujold has written since A Civil Campaign. It's clear she's enjoying her semi-retirement and just writing whatever the heck she feels like.I don't mind that one bit. I had a giant grin stretched across my face for most of the book.


    • I wish Bujold would have stopped at Penric's Mission. It had a perfectly good ending. This brings nothing new, apart from (view spoiler)[a cross-dressing adventure with questionable moments and a frustrating conclusion. (hide spoiler)] What is worse, Penric and Desdemona are more annoying than funny. Unforgivable.


    • Loved it. This novella is the conclusion to the previous one, Penric’s Mission. Remember I griped about that one: that it didn’t have an ending. Now it does, with Mira’s Last Dance.This story is much lighter in tone than Penric’s Mission, with moments of unrestrained hilarity interlaced with sadness. Penric’s mission is a success, all the characters are safe; they found what they were looking for, or at least got as close as it was possible in the confines of their world, but the story [...]


    • I loved Penric's interactions with his companions and Mira. This certainly addresses what Penric's life can be like as a man with 10 female personalities inside his head! A few scenes made me laugh aloud!This is much briefer than the previous novella (which was the first half of Penric, Nikys, and Adelis' journey), and I hoped for a more tidy ending. Maybe #5 is coming soon??


    • This is a direct sequel to the previous installment rather than a stand-alone story.For some time, as a writer, I have been contemplating whether and in what circumstances I or someone else could write a story about a man dressed as a woman that is not a farce. That has some of the power the reverse kinds of stories have over some readers (which are less likely to be farces). After all, when a woman disguises herself as a man, it's seen as her seizing agency and power, usually, that is out of he [...]



    • I love Penric's novellas and hope they'll be assembled in a book someday.This story is rather special, quite contemplative in its one way. Penric and Nikys relationship has reached a dead end (or maybe not ^-^), because of sensible and oh so logical feminism. Nikys' arguments are clever and could be used for many nowadays women who have to chose between their carrier and their relationshipPenric is somewhat tame is this story, reminding me Miles in his Auditor's days. He hands the reins for a wh [...]


    • Direct sequel to "Penric's Mission," and developed from the (stated, and oddly accurate) notion that "men dressed as women seem more risible than women dressed as men." This and the previous story go together so well that they read like parts of an intended novel that somehow, when the author got to the end, just didn't make up a whole, so she issued them separately. It's still fun and as writing sets the bar higher than most fantasy writers can reach.Bujold's Wit and Wisdom (a continuing series [...]


    • Oh, gosh! IDK what to say. I enjoyed this one much more than Penric's Mission but I am hating the woman Penric fell in love with. She does not deserve him in the least. Ugh. *spits*




    • In the foreword of one of her books Bujold comments on how she likes to think of the worst thing she can do to a character - here she excels herself and manages to make the same thing be the worst she can do to three characters at once. Don't want to go into detail because of spoilers.Really enjoyed this, it is funny, wince making and thought provoking while also being an adventure.


    • First of all, my firm advice would be to first read Penric’s Mission before plunging into this one. While Bujold’s deft writing won’t leave you floundering, you are coming in halfway through this particular story arc and as it is a novella, it necessarily is more compressed and faster-moving than a novel so there simply isn’t the time to compensate for the inevitable gaps in the backstory.This is another gem. I have loved the character progression Penric has undergone since becoming an a [...]


    • Penric is leading General Arisaydia and his widowed sister through now-hostile Cedonia to what they hope will be sanctuary in the Duchy of Orbas. It's a difficult and tricky journey, with dangerous delays. Temporarily stranded in the city of Sosie, they take refuge in a high-end brothel. The brothel has a little problem with pests at the moment, which Penric, with his need to shed chaos, is able to help with. What he doesn't initially anticipate is that Mira, one of the ten women whose personali [...]


    • I really love Penric, Nikys and Adelis. The characters are all so well done (something Bujold really shines at in all her books). This was my favorite novella of the series so far. It was just a fun adventure that had me laughing out loud in places. It was very reminiscent of some of Mile's funny antics and troubles in the Vorkosigan books. My only complaint was the story didn't have an ending really and just left me hanging a bit.


    • The fourth Penric story was shorter and less eventful than the previous novellas in this series, but still entertaining and featured some good character moments for Penric and Nikys, as well as an amusing bit of farce that gives the story its name.





    • I am becoming disenchanted with the Penric story, not because I dislike the characters, but because there isn't the lovely fugues that I am used to from Ms Bujold. By that I mean the ironies the characters recognize in themselves, the ironies in plot over time and the lovely mysteries that flower over time. We normally get a theme that comes back to haunt us in her stories; but it doesn't seem to be here. In this collection of short stories, we lose many of these elements. I went back and read t [...]


    • This is now #5 in the Penric and Desdemona sequence, immediately following Penric's Mission. Penric, Nikys, and Adelis are still trying to get to Orbas, and Penric is still very ill. After a fight with a sorcerer who tried to burst Penric's heart (described in book #4, Penric's Mission), he still has a lot of healing to do and his demon is working hard to help him. This is "uphill" magic, however, and they must shed chaos (the demon's normal "downhill" magic) to remain balanced. Usually this is [...]


    • Mira, what are you about? asked Penric in panic. Are you out of my mind?Come, come, Penric We have sat through any number of your bedroom ventures over the years. Turnabout is fair play. She added after a moment, Also, you will learn some new things. That should appeal to the scholar in you. [loc. 778]This novella follows directly from Penric's Mission, and will make little sense if read without knowledge of the events therein. It opens a few days later(view spoiler)[, with Penric recovering -- [...]


    • I thoroughly enjoy Penric's series. (It's difficult to write this review without including spoilers.) Mira's Last Dance continues where the previous left off, as Penric and his companions try to reach safety. This part in the story gives more examples of what Penric and Des are capable of together. Mira is one of the previous lives, included with Des as a whole. There is a bit of a hint of what it might be like if Des were to ascend, though they don't appear to be looking to control Penric in th [...]


    • This book frustrated me quite a lot.t, Mira's night with the general - oh, to be a fly on that wall! But the author skipped the details *pouts* Second, the whole Nikys line. She reminds me so much of Ekaterin - a widow, full of quiet dignity, lots of struggles in her past and her greatest wish just to live a peaceful, safe life. And with a charismatic, smart and powerful man courting her ( adding to that, Penric is quite handsome, unlike Miles.ough he isn't rich). I SO hope that the author won't [...]


    • This is a slightly iffy five stars, because it's actually the second half of a plot begun in Penric's Mission . but five stars none the less, if you're a Bujold fan. The best of this, for me, was the continuing exploration of Learned Penric's relationship to his very complicated "demon" Desdemona. She is actually several separate personalities, and one of them (Mira, a noted courtesan dead for over a century) turns out to have exactly the skills needed to resolve the situation Penric & Co. [...]


    • Mira's Last Dance continues the story of Penric's self-imposed mission to get Adelis and Nikys Arisaydia safely away from Cedonia and the firmer general’s enemies. Adelis, suspicious of both Penric and his mission, has refused to take refuge with Penric’s patron, the Duke of Adria, preferring instead to offer his services to the Duke of Orbas. Nonetheless, Penric continues to lend his considerable abilities to their flight - disguising himself as Sora Mira, a courtesan entering retirement, o [...]


    • We pick up with Penric and Desdemona working with brother and sister Adelis and Nikys. The entire novella is them on the run with some hilarious outcomes."Cedonia was a beautiful country, Pen thought, but it kept trying to kill him."Nikys is on point throughout:“You don’t, actually, have a right to tell your thirty-year-old widowed sister who and who not to cuddle.”---"Most men kept to their assigned parts in life. If you knew the part, you could reliably guess how they would behave. She h [...]


    • Lois McMaster Bujold has a series about Penric, am infected with the two-century demon Desdemona who also has collected the personalities of her previous hosts. Penric's Mission (hard fromSpectrum Literary Agency, Inc) is to help a General Arisaydia in Cedonia who has fallen under suspicion of treason. Thrown into jail and then set to drown because his mission was known, Penric has to excape, and help the blinded general and his widowed sister Nikys leave the dukedom safely. His using his abilit [...]


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