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on January 16, 1998
An easy read that will make you feel good, but not very challenged. There is usually little doubt as to what will happen next, but the characters are interesting at times (even if they are somewhat cariacatured). The warlike Barryarans and peacenik Betans don't display much variety, but the character of Miles Vorkosigan is interesting to read in action. Lois Bujold gets better with her later novels about this strange universe set in a future where humans migrated to the stars as tribes and lost touch with each other for a time and then found each other again. The Barrayarans appear to be made to resemble the Soviets (warlike and totalitarian), while the Betans are Anglo-American democratic pacifists. All in all Bujold is a good writer (as she proves with some later adventures starring Miles), but here she appears to be experimenting and growing still. Not bad and not the best, but it's a better read than most other science fiction out there.
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on October 11, 2000
Books after books, Lois McMaster Bujold is creating a unique world involving different planets coping with the same problems than we have today on planet Earth : wars, dictatures and struggles for the power. The inhabitants of Barrayar or Beta are extra-terrestrials but their preoccupations are very earthly so we can identify very easily with the heroes of Mrs Bujold. Even with Miles Vorkosigan and his strange complexion.
THE WARRIOR'S APPRENTICE , as in the other books of Mrs Bujold, is more a psychological study than a pure sci-fi book. That's not a critique, in fact I really appreciate this manner to translate in a far future our today problems. The author is obviously talented.
Once in a while, it's really a pleasure to read such books as THE WARRIOR'S APPRENTICE. They are not of the serious kind but you never have the feeling to lose your time by reading them. That's a compliment.
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This science fiction novel deals with the start of the military and mercenary career of Miles Vorkosigan, son of Cordelia and Aral Vorkosigan of the planet Barrayar. The assassination attempt made at the end of the novel "Barrayar" (1991) has given Miles a stunted growth and very brittle bones. He is now seventeen years old and tries to qualify for Barrayar's military school but fails. Then, during a vacation on another planet, he finds himself involved in an interplanetary war in which he improvises a mercenary force. Later, upon returning to Barrayar, he finds himself the focus of a plot to destroy the political power of his father. The book, as are most of the books in the Vorkosigan series, are very quickly read and most fans of space operas or of science/military fiction really enjoy them.
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on March 26, 1997
This was the first of Lois M. Bujold's "Miles Vorkosigan" books. This series has won two Hugos for Bujold, and with good reason. They are very solid, well-written adventure stories with excellent characters and fascinating plots. This book is a bit pulpier than the others -- Bujold was still finding her voice -- but still quite good, and the proper place to start if you want to read Miles' adventures in chronological order
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on December 1, 1999
Although not as deep as her later works, The Warrior's Apprentice break neck pace and wit results in a pleasant read. In many ways Bujolds novels feel like the science fiction equivalent of Brust's Vlad Taltos novels. Although this book was published after Shards of Honor, it still makes a great place to begin the Vorkosigan series.
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on July 5, 2001
Hihger praise I cannot give. This book is worth spending the money to own it. Lois McMaster Bujould developed a character that I care about in Miles. So much so that I have read all of her other books as well. The bad part about it is that I can't seem to put them down. So go ahead, spend the money and enjoy the ride.
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on November 16, 1999
This is a real break from the typical sci-fi story of supermen; Miles Vorkosigan isn't handsome or strong, but he is smart and charismatic. The challenge of writing such a character is great, and Bujold carries it off with style. It's worth a read.
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on September 24, 2014
Too much deux ex machina stuff but it was a fun read anyway.
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