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  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Nesfa Pr (August 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886778744
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886778740
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)

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After the audacious prison camp escapade described in Borders of Infinity, Miles is on the run from the Cetagandans, who aren't about to take that kind of thing lying down. The worst of it is, Miles and his friends are starting to see double, and it takes a while to find out who is responsible. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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The Reader's Chair furthers its excellent and comprehensive coverage of Hugo Award-winning Bujold's signature series with this latest installment in the operatic Miles Vorkosigan adventure saga. With the short story "The Borders of Infinity" as a point of departure, Barrayaran lord Miles, his alter ego Admiral Naismith, and his army of Dendarii mercenaries arrive on Earth for much needed repairs following an intrepid covert rescue of an entire Cetagandan POW camp. While on Earth, Miles is confronted with some of the most intriguing and complex plot and psychological developments involving a clone of himself, assassination attempts, and the outing of Miles's dual identities. Stalwart regulars Elli Quinn and Ivan Vorpatril are back for another hitch in addition to some fascinating new characters. Veteran readers Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan once again narrate, with Hanson seamlessly combining the demanding expository chores with his deft and considerable vocal range with multiple characters. The story is blissfully unbroken by introductory comments, chapter breaks, or cassette beginning/ending notations. Brothers in Arms, while not best suited as a standalone, will be enjoyed independent of the series structure, but with the entire Vorkosigan constellation increasingly taking full audio shape, it would be a shame for standard sf collections not to have the entire canon available. Barry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX

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What a terrific book this is. I just finished rereading it, after a gap of several years. I've developed a taste for the more slow-paced novels Bujold writes these days, and they are enjoyable, but these early Miles adventures are something really special.
In this story, Miles and the Free Dendarii mercenaries reach Earth on the run from Cetagandans bent on getting revenge for the mass prison break Miles engineered in Borders of Infinity. Miles is assigned to a junior position in the Barrayaran Embassy on Earth, where he finds himself making frequent quick changes between his two personnae of Lord Vorkosigan and Admiral Naismith. His intended vacation on Earth quickly turns into chaos, racing against enemies who are plotting against both Naismith and Vorkosigan.
The action has a wild pace, fueled by numerous plot twists. The complaint of one reviewer that the story relies on some implausible coincidences is justified, but I don't think most readers will be very troubled. What puts Bujold above almost all other writers of SF adventure is that her stories are grounded in strongly realized characters. The plots are planned out very carefully - in rereading this novel, I spotted numerous points where Bujold is foreshadowing not only events a few chapters later, but also events in the sequels. The result is a completely enjoyable read that is also substantive.
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In a hurry to escape the price the Cetadangan's have set on Admiral Naismith's head, and an ever increasing bill for repairs to ship damages and payment to personnel, Miles decides to head to Earth for a little down time. After all, what harm could there possibly be in hiding out on this old, forgotten planet?
Well, for one, Earth has a Barrayaran embassy. And, lo and behold, Miles' handsome cousin Ivan just happens to be there. Miles reports into the chief of staff, Captain Galeni, who just happens to be from Komarr and whose family was butchered during the Komarr revolution. Walking on eggshells is something Miles was born to do, and he has ample opportunity to do just that.
Soon, there are complications. The promised payment from the Imperial headquarters does not arrive. Is it Galeni's fault or is something else going on.
On top of it all, Miles has fallen head over heals for Elli Quinn. She's one of the few who know the truth behind Naismith and Miles Vorkosigan. But Miles feels his grasp of his dual character is slipping, and even starts to see and feel like a double.
A bit of an unexpected twist in this story makes it feel like McMaster Bujold is reaching somewhat. Of course we'd all have liked a bit more of her view of what Earth has become, but there's precious little of that. Still, her writing is as skillful as ever, and the characterisation and dialogue, as always, are superb. A move forward in Miles' private life is long awaited and a welcome read.
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Trouble just seems to follow Miles, no matter what he does. If the situations weren't so funny at times, it would be truly tragic.
After the daring rescue from the prison camp in Borders of Infinity, Miles (in his Admiral Naismith guise) and his mercenary fleet run to Earth after being chased by Cetagandan assasination squads. Naismith now has a price on his head, and he's trying to lie low. What better place than a backwater like Earth? And what better way to do it than to become his "real" persona again, Miles Vorkosigan, thus making Admiral Naismith disappear for awhile? Unfortunately for him, that's easier said than done, as one event keeps building on another, until he's knee deep in it all again.
This is another great entry in the series, as Miles once again gets to show his quick thinking, and how that quick thinking sometimes leads to even worse problems. Most of the time, Miles is like one of those guys who balances the spinning plates, frantically running from pole to pole to keep the plates spinning before they fall off and break. Watching him do this is half the fun of the series.
The characters really make this book, though. Some of the situations are extremely contrived (I'm not sure I buy Miles' reasoning for why he came up with a story that just happens to have been true), but you care about the characters involved and you want to see how they get out of the situation. There is some character progression for Miles and Elli Quinn that was long needed. The book also introduces a couple of new characters who are interesting as well.
The great thing about this book, as in Warrior's Apprentice, is that there's an underlying sense of tragedy in the novel, but it's offset by a very humorous tone.
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I normally don't write book reviews, but I had to after reading one of the negative views above. I emphatically disagree with the comment about "paper-thin characters" especially. While Brothers in Arms may not be as good as Barrayar, Mirror Dance, or Memory,it is still well worth reading. Lois McMaster Bujold is, in my admittedly humble opinion, one of the finest science fiction writers since Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov. Her main character in the Miles Vorkosigan books is a young man who has been physically crippled all his life by an assassination attempt made on his parents while he was in utero. Bujold does not give in to making this the entirety of his character. Rather it is only the beginning... Brothers in Arms is, as is usual for Bujold, funny, serious, heartbreaking, and filled with personal growth for many of the characters. Old friends (Ivan Vorpatril and Elli Quinn) develop new and unexpected character twists. New friends (Duv Galeni and Mark Pierre Vorkosigan) are complete shocks. If you've read Warrior's Apprentice, here's a hint. Imagine Miles going through (finally) the fatal moment when somebody recognizes that Lieutenant Vorkosigan and Admiral Naismith are one and the same. Imagine that Miles panicks and comes up with a typically Milesian solution about illegal clones and plots against his father. Now imagine that he's actually right! And he then has to explain to his friends that the story turned out to be true, and, incidentally, foil the plot against his father without getting his newfound clone-brother killed by Barrayaran security! Those scenes are hilarious. The pages just fly by. As with any Bujold book, be prepared to not put this one down once you pick it up. And in case you didn't already know, Mark isn't gone for good yet!
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