As others have noted, this seems to be the best of the Miles series. The genius of this book is its focus on Mark, Miles's clone, and the significant time it spends with the characters who are sometimes put in the background. I really thought I was going to miss Miles more... I was almost sorry to see him pop back up.
There are times when this book is hard to read... Mark is far from perfect, and he endures some serious suffering before he can be redeemed, but working through all of this story, including some very graphic and upsetting scenes, pays off in the end. Mark and some of his new friends introduced in the last part of this book deserve their own series. In fact, nearly all the characters in this book do... and I hope Bujold has many many more like this one in the pipeline.
I love this series.. and this is probably one of the best..
In this book we delve deeper into the mind of Mark, Miles' clone brother. On one had you loathe him for the reason why he was created, but these very skills save everyone.
You are on one hand always wanting to see if Mark is as special as Miles.. but in this case he exceeds all expectations.
After reading this you want to read more of Mark and his dark army! Lois, please write another (spin off?) book for Mark!
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Reminiscent of Heinlein this is superior sci-fi. The characters are interesting and the stories are not stupid. The books are a bit longer than they need to be and almost get boring from time to time, yet at the end of the novel I was more than satisfied. The narration is superb, catching the perfect tone for the sarcasm and frustration.
NV, not NY
While most authors make their main character tall, handsome, brave, smart, and someone to be admired, not so with Mirror Dance. My hat off to this author for giving himself the handicap of a main character who is short, ugly, cowardly, and a loser, and making it work. I read in another review that this book is part of a 10 or 12 book series. Holy ****. If the other books are as good as this one, I won't have to worry about looking for something good to read for a long, long time.
She creates the most fascinating characters with such keen psychological insight. After several books of the wonderful Miles, we see another, completely fascinating but very different scion of Aral and Cordilia in Mark. The story gets dark in places, but is well worth the journey.
the kung-fu hippy from ganster city, a rapping surfer, you the fool i pitty
This series is great. The characters ND their motivations are fleshed out to the point of total immersion for me. It was hard to put down.
Of course I recommend this book--it has the usual excellent narration by Grover Gardner, and the characters we have come to love. But this is by far the darkest story line in the series, and I'm not sure I'll ever re-listen to it.
This book explores the motivations behind Miles' character, and the twists that resulted when Marc was given the same genetics but different environments. A real Nature versus Nurture exploration.
Lois McMaster Bujold creates such vivid, real characters that I often find myself wondering who she is basing them on.
I love the book, but it's super goofy to hear the narrator goof up and then re-read again. I'm sure this is not the narrator's fault, he does an excellent job.
Some one really dropped the ball delivering this un-edited version.
Checking out Brandon Sanderson's work
This was a fun story. Well written, great performance. The characters are developed nicely. Gets a little long-winded in the middle, but gets back to action at the end. Very entertaining.