- Mass Market Paperback: 480 pages
- Publisher: Baen Books; Reissue edition (Oct. 15 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067187845X
- ISBN-13: 978-0671878450
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 227 g
- Average Customer Review: 64 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #265,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Miles turns 30, and--though he isn't slowing down just yet--he is starting to lose interest in the game of Wall: the one where he tries to climb the wall, fails, gets up, and tries again. Having finally reached a point in his life where he can look back and realize that he has managed to prove his courage and competence, he can move on to bigger and better things.
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.
From Publishers Weekly
Miles Vorkosigan, secret agent extraordinaire and hero of six previous Bujold novels, has made a serious error. Not entirely recovered from the near-fatal injuries sustained in Mirror Dance (1994), he has a seizure while in combat, nearly wrecking the mission. Worse yet, fearing that he will be removed from active duty, he has falsified his report to Simon Illyan, the chief of Barrayaran Imperial Security. Illyan, who has perfect memory due to a computer implant, catches Miles in a lie and so must dismiss him from the Service. Devastated, Miles contemplates suicide. His career as a secret agent has propped up a damaged psyche; can he now live on his own? The Vorkosigan series started out as fairly lightweight space opera, but Bujold has matured as a writer over the years, and in such novels as Barrayar (1991) and Mirror Dance has both moved away from straight action and shown increasing skill as a delineator of character. Now, both Miles's strengths and his weaknesses come into play as he must struggle first with his own failure and then with a mystery that may have a potentially devastating effect on Barrayar itself. Not long after dismissing Miles, Illyan, who holds the safety of the Empire in his hands, begins to forget things and make serious mistakes himself?and only Miles, now a civilian with a serious medical disability hanging over his own head, has the knowledge needed to deal with impending disaster. Three novels in this series, including Mirror Dance, have won a Hugo for Best Novel; expect a nomination, at least, for this compelling new one. Major ad/promo; author tour.
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And then nothing much happens for the next 200 pages, until the precise and unflappable Simon Illyan, head of Imperial Security, begins acting peculiar.
Miles' self-appointed task is to get to the bottom of what has happened to Simon and who is responsible.
Bujold invests her characters with plenty of wit and charm, and Miles' investigation uses standard mystery techniques against a space-opera background, but the solution to the mystery will be obvious to most at least a hundred pages before Miles gets it.
Nevertheless, this is an enjoyable read and Miles reaches a major new turning point in his career before it's over.
I hate short characters. I like to envision myself as the hero of the book, and I can't do that with a dwarfish disfigured hunchback, therefore I dont' like reading about them.
I change my mind.
If you have not read any of the previous Vorkosigan adventures then start with Cordelias Honor, and then pick up Warrior's Apprentice to start the Miles adventures.
For the veterans of the hyperactive dwarfs' previous adventures here is the skinny on this one.
After awaking from cryo-revival, Miles is suffering from some continuous medical problems. After a Dendarii mission, that ends with one little wrinkle ( a damn funny one too!), Miles is recalled home to Barrayar to face the music.
Much of the book deals with Miles' coming to grips with his life without "Admiral Naismith". He struggles to find himself, while at the same time uncover the mystery behind Simon Illyan's damaged memory chip.
While Miles is growing as a character and not an extension of "The Little Admiral", several supporting characters, really come in to there own light. Namely Simon Illyan.
This is a great book, light on action but oh so good a read.
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.
Bujold has done it again! This series of books about the Vorkosigans keeps getting better and better . How this latest addition to the ongoing saga would strike someone who has not read its predecessors is hard to say. (Start with Shards of Honor, if possible.) But for those who have read at least most of them, this has to be one of the three or four best of the bunch. It does not have as much action as many of the others, but makes up for that lack in plot, and especially in characterization. This is not just space opera. This book is "literature!" (And I liked it anyway!) Halfway through this book, her central character, Lieutenant Miles Vorkosigan of Barrayaran Imperial Security, alias Admiral Miles Naismith of the Dendarii Mercenaries, ceases to be an adolescent out on a lark, and becomes a responsible citizen of the Empire. And yet his story remains highly entertaining to follow. Bujold showed from the start an ability to create characters of unusual depth and reality, and yet she has greatly outdone herself here. If you have read all of the prequels, by all means, do not fail to read this book. If you have not read the prequels, what are you waiting for? SF doesn't get any better than this
finally resolve the dual personalities of Lord Miles Vorkosigan
and Admiral Miles Naismith and choose between the two. Its a novel
about relationships, and probably only one a woman could write.
I like the Vorkosigan Saga. Its not the best science fiction, and
its not as "edgy" as I'd like, but Bujold has good characters.
I liked "Memories". The quite moments of the novel are probably
the best as the now familiar Miles explores himself and his
relationships. Miles relationships have always been the best part
of the novels and stories.
What did'nt I like about "Memories"? The cover. What that cover has
to do with the story I can't tell you. The other thing is the minor
awkwardness the author has in weaving together 30 years of Miles stories
and Vor lore. The stories have not always been written in chronological order.
There was almost too much reference to prior history. Then
there might have been too much that was too new.
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