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Memory (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures) Mass Market Paperback – October 1, 1997
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Depending on how you count it, this is the eighth, ninth, tenth, or eleventh book in a series--not all are about Miles or even his extended family. A good place to start is with the first Vorkosigan story, Shards of Honor.
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_Memory_ is a fabulous book. It would be well worth reading if it had only the great story, or only the incredibly well-drawn characters, or only the deeper layers of meaning. When you combine all of these, and add in the absolutely sublime prose, you have a fabulous book. Read the precursors, then read this. You won't be sorry.
One remarkable aspect to this series is that while it is science fiction, it is very strongly about character development as well. Miles changes over time. Most other people in the series don't change but then, most other people in the books are older than Miles and more set in their ways. Another interesting thing about this series is that the "galaxy" in which this book is set is slowly coming into focus. We only see bits and pieces of the Miles galaxy but even so, it is developing very nicely as a coherent, believable background for the stories.
Now this book, Memory, is a real turning point in Miles life and in the series. It marks (what seems to be) a turn away from "space opera" and towards something new... science fiction for policy wonks? Its hard to describe but the old days of blasting your enemies are replaced by the new, more mature challenges of politics and character assassination. It also represents a chance for Bujold to engage in some "romance".
Don't take this wrong, this is not some romance novel, but it is a novel that in many ways is about relationships. Its rare to read a SF novel that is this carefull balance of comedy, mystery, and character.Read more ›
So the book becomes a mystery with Miles as the investigator and - naturally - his cousin Ivan as the sidekick. And it is a great story with all the colorful, romantic background of Barrayar.
If "Mirror Dance" was the very dark but brilliant story about his clone-brother becoming Lord Mark, then this is Miles' turn to really become Lord Vorkossigan, new suite and kitchen-staff included. There is also romance in the book, but it mostly evades Miles - well, at least the emperor is happy ...
A mystery, romance, a search for oneself - it's all there in this book. I regard it as one of the best of this brilliant series. To read it before "Komarr" (and consequently "A Civil Campaign") is recommended.
After what happened to him in Mirror Dance, Miles goes through some introspection about the way his career has gone. What he does puts him at odds with Simon Illyan, the head of Imperial Security. The results from this send Miles on a downward mental spiral. While all of this is going on, a plot against Simon presents itself, and Miles has to figure out what's going on. Seeing how Miles deals with all of this is one of the best things about the book. The last couple of Bujold books have shown a great maturity in writing style that I really like.
A couple of reviewers have mentioned how predictable the Simon plot is. I have to agree, but I would say that it's beside the point. The reason for this novel is not the plot against Simon, but how Miles deals with it, and how he incorporates it into his dealing with his other issues. It doesn't matter that the plot is predictable, because the only reason it is there is to showcase Miles and his thought processes. In handling this dilemma, Miles makes great strides in his maturity. He's gone past the daring-do of his Admiral Naismith persona and become a much more well-rounded person. He discovers that he's been denying his real self as Miles Vorkosigan, and burying it in Admiral Naismith.
It's a great treat to read this book and see how Miles progresses. He comes out of the book a much better person than he went into it as.Read more ›
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This is the first Lois Macmasters Bujold novel i read and was instantly drawn into the vorkosigan saga. Read morePublished 9 days ago by T. Fox
I gave this book five stars because it was suspenseful, well crafted, and had great characters. Bujold always delivers a delightful experience, and this book is particularly... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Michael A. Starsheen
This is my favorite book in the Vorkosigan Saga. Actually, it is my favorite book (no qualifiers). This book is a turning point in the series and begins the next phase of the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Laura Bryant
The previous Vorkosigan novel, "Mirror Dance," set up everything to change in this universe, and this novel is the fallout. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dione Basseri
Bujold simply doesn't disappoint. Another fine episode in the Vorkosigan saga with interesting developments with Miles, Illyan and Lady Alys.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
My favorite book by my favorite author, written about my favorite character. McMaster Bujold's writing style is unequalled. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kit B.
This series is just SO GOOD. I was so sorry when I turned the last page. I loved the characters and the conflicts driven by character and culture. So well done. Thank you! Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
How come the book of the series with less action can become one of the best? It is simple: This book is science-fiction, but the mental state of Miles Vorkosigan in this book is... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Another great book in the Vokosigan saga by Ms. McMaster Bujold. It starts as if you are just ready about a time in the history of Lord Miles Vokosigan, but the story is well told... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Marvin Engen