Oh, Ivan, how I love you. After all the Vorishness that you've internalized, all the crap you've taken from Miles, and all of the dismissal- but still, there you are- all Ivany and adorable. I've long had a soft spot for Ivan(-you-idiot) Vorpatril, who in this book at last comes into his own. And I knew that Simon was putting us on, at least in part. More Miles, while undoubtedly distracting, would have changed this book to be something else. I loved seeing Ivan at the forefront of this comedy, and I loved finding out By's backstory. If you are a Bujold fan, this is a nonnegotiable book. If you are, unaccountably, among the unconverted- do us all a favor and start at the beginning.