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Mirror Dance Mass Market Paperback – Mar 1 1995


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reissue edition (March 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671876465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671876463
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 10.4 x 16.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #461,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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I won't repeat what has been said already by so many readers, except to say that I agree with them : Lois McMaster Bujold has been giving us consistently outstanding novels one after the other, an amazing fact, considering that most writers cannot sustain intensity or readers interest for what has become a simple usual trilogy. Of these wonderful books, Mirror Dance is the best of all, well written, well paced, solid, intelligent, profound, fascinating, funny, moving, and so much more.
I cannot say enough good about this one to do it justice. Lucky is the reader who will read it for the first time. What a treat!
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. . . and I've read 'em all. :)
"Mirror Dance" is a great book. It's intensely psychological, a fast moving space opera drama that gets everything right -- everything.
The story is as follows. Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, galactic mercenery and reluctant Vor lord, had tried in "Brothers in Arms" to give his clone brother Mark a start in life. But Mark couldn't get free of Miles, no matter how he tried; this was because of psychological damage and because of intense psychosocial programming by renegade terrorists (who had ordered Mark cloned to make him substitute for Miles). Before Miles showed up, Mark had no identity -- his whole purpose was to take over Miles' life. But Miles changed that. Somewhat.
The start of "Mirror Dance" has Mark back; he has found out about some clones about to be killed in clone brain transplants. He's extremely sensitive to this, and wants to stop it. However, because of his damage, he doesn't believe that anyone will help him -- not Miles, not his family (who he doesn't realize would care), not anyone.
So, he steals one of Miles' mercenary ships, and goes hunting. He frees most of the clones, but ends up killing Miles (who goes down to rescue Mark -- again).
The first time I read this (all in the first hundred pages, so this isn't a spoiler), I threw the book across the room. I didn't care for Mark, and I wanted Miles to live.
However, in the next three hundred pages, I came to care desperately for Mark. He meets Cordelia, his mother -- a formidable ex-ship's captain. And he meets Aral, his father -- a formidable Prime Minister, ex-ship's captain, and Admiral of Barrayar.
His father has a health crisis, while everyone tries to find Miles.
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This is probably the best book in the whole Miles Vorkosigan series. Interestingly, most of the book is written not from Miles' perspective, but from Mark's. Whereas Bujold merely introduced Mark in the previous book, "Brothers in Arms," in this book she fleshes him out (both literally and figuratively). This book also sets the stage for what's coming up in the next book, "Memory." So, whatever you do, don't miss this book. Not only is it essential, but it's also great.
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Never having been a fan of Sci-Fi novels, I was persuaded to read the first novels in the Vorkosigan Series, by someone who claimed they are not hard-core Sci-Fi, but Space Opera novels.
How true.
Bujold writes about her characters first and foremost and plotline a close second. Mirror Dance had me reading non-stop from the very beginning. Usually, I am not one for sitting down to read all day, but I just had to with this novel, for the character development and plot arcs were just amazing and so unbelievably intriguing.
This was the first book I've read, which caught me re-reading the end of a chapter, over and over and over again, for fear of going on to the next page. Why was I afraid? I didn't want those soul-shattering, heart-breaking words to be true...the plot turns in this novel are so crucial to the series and so amazingly unexpected, I am left feeling dazed and have nowhere else to go, but to read on.
Fantastic work on Bujold's part here. No other author compares, especially given the intricate plot and all the wonderfully crafted characters' development throughout this novel and the whole series. If you want to read a story filled with action, space combat missions, honor, human error, the fiercest type of love there is, AND be taken on a self-discovery journey with the characters, it doesn't get any better than this.
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By "khryindle" on April 18 2003
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This is Lois McMaster Bujold's best book to date. I recommend reading The Warrior's Apprentice (omni Young Miles) and/or Brothers in Arms (omni Miles Errant) before preceding to this book, but it's not impossible to start here, and this does surpass both.
There is a lot I could say about this book, but I'd just be wasting your precious time. Give it a shot, and try to read at least a hundred pages before giving up.
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I'm not the type of person to go out and make absolute statements. This book deserves one. Not often am I completely taken in by a book for more than a few chapters, this one had me hooked from about page four and didn't let go. Very, very rarely do books get much of an overt reaction from, this one did. The appalling range of emotional reactions Lois is able to elicit from the reader are well represented in any of her books, in this one she makes you run the gauntlet, at least twice. If you have yet to read this book plan not to be doing anything for at least a few hours longer than it takes to read the book, it will leave you feeling spent.
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