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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; Reprint edition (April 1 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671578081
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671578084
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 10.5 x 16.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #565,651 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter Venetoklis on May 11 2000
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I keep waiting for this series to get stale, and every time I get a hint that it's starting downhill, I get pleasantly surprised. The book is a page-turner, incorporating the now-typical plot devices and twists, but throws in a set-up for Miles pursuing himself a wife in future installments. The new characters are a bit one-dimensional, and the female lead isn't developed enough for me to fully understand Miles' instant crush on her (though that may be as much a physical reaction on his part as anything else), but it is still a good read, and I'm looking forward to the next volume in the series.
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I enjoyed reading this book. But, I can see the writing on the wall. It looks like from now on Bujold is going to focus more on Mile's romance and personal activities instead of on an Action and Adventure type of plot. The Romance is well written, but I'd rather it took up 10% of the book instead of the 90% it did here. It looks like "Mirror Dance" was the last "true" Vorkosigan book, with "Memory" serving as the transition, and "Komarr" as the first of the new style. A shame, really. But, still good.
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I started reading this series last month with Shards of Honor and Barrayar. What a beginning! If I have had any regrets about subsequent books, it is that Cordelia rarely appears in later books (until she is given a small but important role in A Civil Campaign, the last but one book published in this series).
Those who are new to the series should stop right here. Please, please, go back. At the very least, start with Mirror Dance. Better still, go back to Shards of Honor (the story of how Miles's parents met).
Nearly all the books in this series (beginning in terms of internal chronology with Falling Free) are about a brilliant young aristocrat turned mercenary admiral, Miles Vorkosigan/ Naismith. What is different about him, apart from his uncanny luck, is his physical disabilities. Miles Vorkosigan (the "Vor" is a nobiliary honorific on his home planet, Barrayar) was born badly crippled and stunted, thanks to a poison gas attack on his pregnant mother.
At the beginning of his career, Miles manages to pull triumph out of disaster, bluffing his way through major crises. [Read The Warrior's Apprentice and The Vor Game for details]. He later undergoes a life-changing experience after meeting his clone, who has been created by his father's enemies.
In KOMARR, Miles has shed his old career and his Naismith identity to become an Imperial Auditor (a high-ranking investigator of sorts). This book combines Miles-as-investigator with Miles-as-suitor. Except that the romantic interest Ekaterin Vorsoisson [nee Vorvayne] is already a wife, although she is married to an immensely selfish and irresponsible man Etienne (Tien) Vorsoisson. In the past, Miles has attempted to persuade at least two serious prospects to marry him and become Lady (and in the future, Countess) Vorkosigan.
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By A Customer on Aug. 5 2002
Format: Hardcover
It's impossible to choose a "favorite" Vorkosigan book, but a great many days, this qualifies. Superb plotting, believable characters who tug your heart. Wish I had a nickel for every time I've quoted one of them in conversations.
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By A. Trotter on Aug. 3 2002
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This isn't the first book. Have you read the first book? If not, you should immediately drop everything and order it. Now. Immediately. Right away. Read the whole series.
Ok, ok. Here's the series:
Shards of Honor
Barayar
(these two books are also combined into "Cordelia's Honor")
The Warrior's Apprentice
Short Story: The Mountains of Mourning
(all short stories are contained in "Borders of Infinity")
The Vor Game
Cetaganda
Ethan of Athos
Short Story: Labyrinth
Short Story: The Borders of Infinity
Brothers in Arms
The Borders of Infinity
Mirror Dance
Memory
Komarr
A Civil Campaign
Diplomatic Immunity
Now, go start at the begining and read them all the way through to the end.
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As Miles Vorkosigan novels go, this is one of my favorites... clean writing, tight plotting, amazingly taleneted and tragically flawed characters, and of course the introduction of Miles' future wife Ekaterin. If you're already a fan of the Vorkosigan saga, then you've either already read it or will get to it. If you're new to Lois McMaster Bujold's triumphant space opera series, i suggest that you wait for this one and start at the beginning - either "Warrior's Apprentice" (the first Miles novel), or "Cordelia's Honor" (the saga of Miles' parents). And then set aside enough money to buy all of the books and the time to feverishly read for every waking moment!
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Komarr is another book in the series of adventures in the life of Miles Vorkosigan. In this one, he and another Imperial Auditor come to the planet Komarr (a planet in the Barrayaran empire) to investigate the crash of a starship into the solar array above the planet. This takes place a few months after "Memory," the book where Miles got the job of Auditor. He's still feeling his way around the job, though, trying to figure out just how to use the vast powers of his position, when to use it and when not to. During his investigation, he stays with the Vorsoissons, another Barrayaran family living on Komarr. There, he meets Ekaterin, and things start to steamroll from there. Oh yeah, Miles continues the investigation as well.
Hopefully, that shows the order of importance in the events of this novel. Yes, this is a romance. I know I keep saying this in the Vorkosigan books, but it's not your normal romance. Ekaterin, for one thing, is unattainable at the moment. There is no bodice-ripping scenes, no "I must have you!" confrontations. There is a rescue, but even that's not like normal rescues. Bujold has a way of avoiding these types of clichés in her writing and it's refreshing. It is almost cute how this romance develops. Miles has a crush on her almost from the first moment he sees her. At first, she can't get past his obvious physical differences from normal men, but she learns in time. Miles tries to do things to please her without betraying how he really feels. It's adorable.
Bujold writes her characters very well. They are all believable. This includes the main villains of the book. As Miles and the other investigators start tracking them down, their motivations are well-established.
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