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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 ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book together with Barrayar are my favorite books of the series.
Intimately epic. Even if life throws at you the worst, strong will and adaptation can help you survive... Read more
I'm going to post the same review for the entire Vorkosigan saga. MANY years ago (shudder to think - we only had books made of paper) I was stuck at an airport with nothing to... Read morePublished 3 months ago by book guy
I love this book. it is complicated and engrossing, and is another of the books that I reread every few years. What an emotional ride.Published 3 months ago by Jane F.
I :) ave read this story kind of piecemeal but as in order as I could lay hands on them. I finally :) ave up and started buying them in order. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Avid camper
This is when Bujold really hit her stride. The previous Mirror Dance and this are easily my favorites of the entire Vorkosigan saga. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jason Merrell
Memory is the linchpin of Lois Master Bujold's series based on her crippled hero, Miles Vorkosigan. Events in previous novels have left Miles with complicated forms of damage that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Donna L. W. Hinman
Our hero, Miles, makes a big mistake and tries to hide it. The cover-up leads to disgrace, to the loss of the job he loves most and to discovery of who Miles really is. Read morePublished 6 months ago by cleo
This is the first Lois Macmasters Bujold novel i read and was instantly drawn into the vorkosigan saga. Read morePublished 6 months 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 7 months ago by Michael A. Starsheen