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Mirror Dance (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures) Mass Market Paperback – March 1, 1995
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The exciting follow-up to Brothers in Arms. Miles Vorkosigan is in trouble. His brother, a cloned stranger formed from tissue stolen from Miles when he was a child, wants to murder and replace him. Unfortunately, Mark has learned that without Miles, he is . . . nothing.
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There are a few big problems Bujold must overcome - problems she gives herself. First, there is Mark's lack of character. He is a poor-man's Miles who "grew up" with many of his problems (and more) and none of his role models or training. Then there is the betrayal of one of Miles' most loyal followers. No matter his/her motivations, it becomes a co-conspirator in a clearly underplanned, overconfident mission that leads to tragedy. Third, there's the 'then what' waiting that turns all of Simon Illyan's precision and cleverness into bumbling ineptitude.
And then there's the frankly disgusting torture. Not cool. I don't need to know these things. It doesn't make me pity/understand Mark more, it just makes me want him and all his issues to go away.
The 4 stars are largely for Cordelia and Aral. Oh, how I've missed them. They are written beautifully here, dealing with their more advanced ages, the family horrors, and the perfectly believable consequences of Mark's actions. Aral reacts to Mark as a man of his background would. Cordelia is the voice of the mother we all wanted and now try to be. Even Gregor and Ivan's outlines are filled in in ways that make me want to visit Barrayar just to meet them.
The book ends. And the reader likely has found a way to deal with Mark and his mountain of baggage. I will admit it makes me want to read Memory immediately, just to get the taste of him out of my mouth.