By Lois McMaster Bujold
Whilst the Cetagandan empress dies, Miles Vorkosigan and his cousin Ivan are despatched to Cetaganda for her funeral as diplomatic representatives of Barrayar. Upon arrival, the 2 males are inexplicably attacked by means of a servant of the past due empress. while a similar servant turns up lifeless the following day, Miles and Ivan locate themselves in the course of a secret. Miles attempts to play detective in an odd, advanced, and deceptively alien tradition, whereas lascivious Ivan manages to get himself concerned with a number of noble women whilst, a diplomatic no-no of the 1st order. because the plot thickens, it turns into transparent that it's as much as Miles to save lots of the empire. along with her ordinary ability, Bujold addresses undying problems with human id during the own dramas of her characters.
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They built houses that differed from indigenous Thai and Malay styles and, over time, these evolved into Sino-Portuguese shophouses and mansions (see pp226–7). The best examples of this type of architecture can be found in Phuket town. Village on stilts, Chonburi province TRADITIONAL THAI HOUSES In the humid coastal regions, a large, centrally situated veranda, which also acts as an outdoor living area, is the dominant feature of many traditional houses. Some houses have covered verandas running alongside the main structure.
Shuttered windows, a suspended veranda in front, and an enclosed one at the back, enable ventilation and keep the house cool. The kitchen is usually built separately at the back of the house. Pitched roof with gables Serambi gantung, (hanging veranda) The interior is carefully designed keeping the privacy of its inhabitants in mind, and there are many carved openings, slatted panels, and windows to keep it cool. Stilts to protect the house from floods Spirit house in the garden of Jim Thompson’s House, Bangkok Stairs leading to the house SPIRIT HOUSES Traditionally constructed within the grounds of many Thai homes, these houses shelter the guardian spirit of the property, and are usually elevated on a pole.
Paneled walls Central veranda Gate Wood-paneled gable Ngao Gabled roofs of southern Thai houses are often decorated with curved ornaments called ngaos (hooks). SINO-PORTUGUESE SHOPHOUSES Known as tiem chu (row houses) in Cantonese, shophouses have a unique architectural style. The ground floor facing the street is a commercial space with living quarters and a courtyard further inside. A partially covered veranda or five-foot way connects the shophouses and protects pedestrians from the rain and sun.
Cetaganda (Vorkosigan Saga, Book 9) by Lois McMaster Bujold