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Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga

This is everything I've got tagged Vorkosigan. I included a couple that have been posted here before.

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The World That You Need - Dira Sudis (dsudis) - Vorkosigan Saga - Bujold, Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold [Archive of Our Own]
Everyone recced this by saying, oh, it's such a wonderful poly fic. The thing is, I have issues with some poly fic. There's this trope where the woman is the puppet master (author) who pulls the strings of a couple of adorably clueless boys (author's slash OTP) and without that woman those dumb boys would never have figured it out. I thought that's what this story is.

And the weird thing is, it almost is that, except it is that in an intelligent way. This group of stories is magnificent and layered and complex. Cordelia does notice that Aral and his secretary Jole are both crushing on each other. But none of this is squishily adorable. This is the reality of the closet, the risks, the power the state has, that a single individual can have over other people. This is how DADT is not the important issue.

This is also a fab romance across generations, a beautiful poly relationship that is adult and complicated. This story is fantastic.

Can be read without knowing canon.
Fandom:Vorkosigan Aral_Vorkosigan/Arkady_Jole Aral_Vorkosigan/Cordelia_Vorkosigan

Tides of Stars - Chapter 1 - Tel - Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold [Archive of Our Own]
This story has a very, very interesting time travel premise where Miles leaves a ruined Barrayar and ends up back in time circa Mirror Dance.

I think I wanted this to be Miles the scholar, and when the bits with him running around the university being Miles just stop and we are in a space war, I was disappointed.

I really felt like the loneliness Miles would have felt was told not shown. His viewing of his younger self as a guy he can't parse and can't really stand to be around is really insightful and well told.

I found the space battle confusing, but I'd lost investment in the story a bit by then.

This has lots of good bits in it, very good bits, but it doesn't quite add up to a whole for me. Not sorry I read it, and I'm waffling on the sequel.
Fandom:Vorkosigan gen

Aral Vorkosigan's Dog - Chapter 1 - Philomytha - Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold [Archive of Our Own]
Shards of Honor from Illyan's POV. Starts from before they leave for the invasion as Illyan follows and watches Aral Vorkosigan and comes under the spell of the man who is giving his blood and his honour to change his world.

Fabulously woven out of the original story, and as one commenter said they loved it and had not read the original, it truly does stand on its own as a novel.

Fantastic read.

Mentions and depicts sexual assault, war violence and misogyny. The canon borders on kink shaming in the portrayal of two characters who feature in this story. This author does a much better job of separating the non-con from the kink as two separate threads of behaviour.
Fandom:Vorkosigan gen

Petya 'verse - Lanna Michaels (lannamichaels) - Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold [Archive of Our Own]
An AU in which Aral and his first wife have a son. The story is told in a series of conversations primarily. There is almost no action, and at times the stories are dialogue only pieces with no real sense of the physical world at all. Still, as a rumination on Barrayaran history and politics it is fascinating and engrossing. Requires a high level of canon knowledge and a willingness to spend some time with someone who is nearly a Vor bore.

The OMC is gay and I feel the way the Barrayaran society is depicted as accepting in a bland and tolerant way of gay people is the weak point of the story. I don't buy that there would not be an extreme amount of conflation of homosexuality with gender performance in that culture.

Petya's worries about his genetic legacy and the ideas about honour and reputation and how you live with a family history like his is fantastic.

A mixed bag, but an engrossing read. I skipped the AU of this verse as I have no interest in Serg.
Fandom:Vorkosigan gen

Guerrilla - Glishara - Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold [Archive of Our Own]
Really engrossing action-adventure story set during Diplomatic Immunity where Miles' mission fails and the Cetagandans invade. Ivan is the highest ranking person in the Imperial line left and he takes over the resistance.

I really enjoyed this and I liked the OCs as well. The women characters are like Bujold's--the exceptional exceptions--most of the action is in the hands of men of a certain class, but this author gives the women a little more attention. The focus on Ivan as a man changing to face the crisis makes this story, and the take on his character here is excellent. I'm not 100% sold on Ivan's attitude to Byerly. I can see drawing that conclusion out of canon, but it doesn't fit with how I read Civil Campaign--YMMV.

The author takes a firm hand with the hard choices a war brings and doesn't flinch. Very good story.

(glitch at the AO3 makes it look like there's a missing chapter 19--there isn't.)
Fandom:Vorkosigan gen

light from a lonely window - Anonymous - Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold [Archive of Our Own]
Really well written, dialogue is spot on. I don't quite buy in on Gregor's ultimate reaction to what Miles has done. I do buy in to his reaction to what Miles has said. Minor quibble, really. This is a very good read.
Fandom:Vorkosigan Gregor/Miles yuletide

Secrets and Lies - Anonymous - Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold [Archive of Our Own]
How Byerly Vorrutyer got in with ImpSec. Fun story, very plausible and full of wonderful foreshadowing of things to come. Set during Vor Game.
Fandom:Vorkosigan Gen yuletide