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Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Lois McMaster Bujold
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Book Description

When Cordelia Naismith and her survey crew are attacked by a renegade group from Barrayar, she is taken prisoner by Aral Vorkosigan, commander of the Barrayan ship that has been taken over by an ambitious and ruthless crew member. Aral and Cordelia survive countless mishaps while their mutual admiration and even stronger feelings emerge. A science fiction romance by a Hugo and Nebula Award winning master. Bujold's SHARDS OF HONOR is the first book in her SF universe to feature the Vorkosigan clan, followed by the Hugo award-winning BARRAYAR. The Nebula award-winning FALLING FREE precedes it by internal chronology in the same future history.

"This superb first novel integrates a believable romance into a science fiction tale of adventure and war."
- Booklist

"Possibly the best first novel of the year"
- The Chicago Sun Times

“Bujold continues to prove what marvels genius can create out of basic space operatics.”
- Library Journal

“Bujold is not just a master of plot, she is a master of emotion.”
- SF Site

“Bujold is one of the best writers of SF adventure to come along in years.”
- Locus Magazine

“A superb craftsman and stylist, Ms. Bujold is well on her way to becoming one of the great voices of speculative fiction.”
- Rave Reviews

“Bujold has a gift, nearly unique in science fiction, for the comedy of manners.”
- Chicago Sun Times

“Superb far-future saga.”
- Publishers Weekly on the 'Vorkosigan' series

Bujold's "work remains among the most enjoyable and rewarding in contemporary SF."
- Publishers Weekly

"Bujold is also head and shoulders above the ruck of current fantasists and well as science-fictionists."
- Booklist

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. She began writing with the aim of professional publication in 1982. She wrote three novels in three years; in October of 1985, all three sold to Baen Books, launching her career. Bujold went on to write many other books for Baen, mostly featuring her popular character Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, his family, friends, and enemies. Her books have been translated into twenty-one languages. Her fantasy from Eos includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife series.

Editorial Reviews Review

Cordelia Naismith, Betan Survey Captain, was expecting the unexpected: hexapods, floating creatures, odd parasites... She was not, however, expecting to find hostile humans on an uninhabited planet. And she wasn't really expecting to fall in love with a 40-plus barbarian known to cosmopolitan galactics as the Butcher of Komarr. Will Mother ever understand? And can such an odd beast as love survive an interplanetary war?


''[Bujold] gives [her] characters enough emotional depth, and enough sense, to raise their story beyond cliché.'' --Locus

''Bujold has a nice hand with the complications . . . All in all, Shards is a worthy effort, and worth reading for any fan of SF romance.'' --Analog

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  • File Size: 439 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005BH9T86
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Start Your Miles Vorkosigan Reading Here December 15, 2005
Series fiction has requirements very different from the single novel, or even multiple books forming one long story such as Tolkien's Ring Trilogy. The multi-book single storyline can be - probably is - so self-referential you have to read every book in the series, in order, to understand what's happening in later books. But the author of a true open-ended series like Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan novels knows readers may start with any book in the series, and read them in utterly random order. Thus, while each book must build on, and ideally add to and enrich what's come before, it must also be self-contained and not require having read any other book in the series to enjoy. Bujold has always been aware of this, thus for new readers interested in her tales of Miles Vorkosigan, it's not really necessary to begin with Shards of Honor. On the other hand, if you are a brand-new reader to this series, why NOT start at the beginning? (Bujold's novel Falling Free takes place within the same fictional universe but, being set approximately 200 years before Miles' birth, features none of the series' familiar characters. Eventually you'll want to read Falling Free, but it doesn't matter when; you can insert it into your Bujold reading experience anytime.)

Shards of Honor is Bujold's first novel (not merely the first novel she ever sold, but the first she ever wrote, thus disproving the axiom, "All first novels are unsaleable trash"). She begins writing it in December 1982. In mid-'83, having worked through the Shards material and about a third into what would eventually become Barrayar, Bujold realizes her manuscript is becoming too long to submit as one book (the "wisdom" at the time being a thin manuscript is more likely to be picked off the slush pile than a thick one).
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The almost-first book of a great series February 6, 2001
Shards of Honour is one of those incredible books that is almost completely unknown outside of the sci-fi genre. This is a loss to the people who think that sci-fi consists of nothing more than strange aliens, ray guns, and sex in outer space.
Lois McMaster Bujold has the amazing talent of mixing characters and science and fiction in exactly the proper amounts. Cordelia Naismith is an astrocartographer from Beta Colony, heading a company of scientific prima donnas on an expedition to map out and catalog flora and fauna on a newly discovered planet. Sounds simple enough, right? Unfortunately Cordelia wasn't expecting to be ambushed by a bunch of blood-thirsty, out of control Barrayarans, or to get stuck in a trek for survival with their leader, Aral Vorkosigan, better known as the Butcher of Komarr. And that's only where the trouble begins.
How do two people from distinctly different cultures survive in their situation, which I'm not going to expound on as it will spoil some of the best moments in the book? How will love survive an intergalactic war? How can someone survive after sacraficing honour, only to find that the necessary, vital result will never replace it? And, of course, the most pressing question to be asked: how much sexual energy do two people have to spare while hiking forty kilometres a day, concussed, stunned, diseased, on poor food and little sleep, alternating caring for a wounded man with avoiding becoming dinner for every carnivore within range, and with a coup to plan for at the end? Lois McMaster Bujold handles the characterisation so well that you almost forget that you don't actually know Cordelia and Aral. Highly, highly recommended.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING: Adventure, honor and true love. October 15, 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was reading a book yesterday which made me feel like I was in an exciting new world. I absolutely fell in love with the main characters, and there were moments of excitement, true love and romance, terror, mirth and of delight. The experience was lovely.
After finishing the book, I found that I was so in love with the characters and the experience of sharing their lives, that I felt sadness, even grief over not being able to continue in the world created by this author. After all, one can only read a book once in awhile to experience it fully, because the feelings evoked, the sense of interest and excitement fades with familiarity.
After this experience, I found myself pondering what was so important to me about this book, what made this experience so positive, so important. Why did I wish with all my heart that these people lived in my world? Why did I yearn to be a part of their lives in a real way? Why did I want to be them, or know them?
As I pondered my feelings, I realized that these characters, which so fascinated me, lived with a very deep code of honor, sometimes at great personal expense. This code was an intrinsic part of the make up of their being. The ongoing struggle to live according to these deep values was exciting, and created tension and drama. Over and over again, it was evident that these characters struggled with the importance of personal honor, of keeping one's word, of living consistently by their code. Sometimes they succeeded, and sometimes they had to set aside the code, for the greater good.
Does living by a code of honor make things humorous; I don't know. Or perhaps honor gives one a way of looking at the world that facilitates laughter sometimes, and then tears as well, sometimes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the book and the audiobook
Great world-building and character development. This book is really three stories, each interdependent with beginnings, middles, and endings of their own. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Katherine Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars The first in what turns out to be an excellent series. This is...
The first in what turns out to be an excellent series. This is Bujold's first novel, and while her writing gets a bit smoother in her following books, the essentials are flawless... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Anna
2.0 out of 5 stars Great if you're starting in the fantasy/sci-fi genre
Microscopic glimmers of potential shrouded in the mind-numbing fog of predictability. Great if you're starting in the fantasy/sci-fi genre. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Zombie4Tea
5.0 out of 5 stars The Start
This is her first book and while not her best, it shows the seeds of future greatness in it. I really loved it, actually.
Published 21 days ago by I love my cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story, great characters
My husband read this book to me, and I loved every moment of it. The story is well written and captures the reader (i.e., me) quite strongly. Highly recommended.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good background story of Miles Vorkosigan's family
I enjoyed learning how Miles' parents met and married. The characters weren't as developed as Miles Vorkosigan was but it did answer several questions about Bothari. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Chemistry
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Lois McMaster Bujold's writing style and storytelling and can't...
One of my favourites, and a book I keep going back to. I love Lois McMaster Bujold's writing style and storytelling and can't recommend it enough!
Published 2 months ago by Carterhaugh
5.0 out of 5 stars I reread it every so often and it doesn't disappoint even tho I know...
One of my top 10 of all time. I reread it every so often and it doesn't disappoint even tho I know the story. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story.
This is a good story. The writing starts out a little choppy, but gets better. It is clearly the first of a series and I liked it enough to buy the next book as soon as I had... Read more
Published 2 months ago by webman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fast service , book as indicated
Published 2 months ago by Michael McIntosh
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