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Memory: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel | [Lois McMaster Bujold]

Memory: A Miles Vorkosigan Novel

Dying is easy. Coming back to life is hard. Miles Vorkosigan should know - having done both once already. Thanks to his quick-thinking staff and the artistry of a medical specialist, Miles' first death wasn't his last. But it does take some recovery, a fact he has been reluctant to admit. When he makes the mistake of returning too soon to duty, he finds himself summoned to face the security chief, Simon Illyan. But Miles' worst nightmares about Illyan are nothing compared to Illyan's own nightmares.
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Publisher's Summary

Dying is easy. Coming back to life is hard. At least that's what Miles Vorkosigan thinks, and he should know - having done both once already.

Thanks to his quick-thinking staff and incredible artistry from a medical specialist, Miles' first death wasn't his last. But it does take some recovery, a fact he has been reluctant to admit. When he makes the mistake of returning too soon to military duty, he finds himself summoned home to face the Barrayaran security chief, Simon Illyan.

But Miles' worst nightmares about Simon Illyan are nothing compared to Illyan's own nightmares. Under suspicion himself, Miles must seek out the answers to Ilyan's nightmares or see the inevitable destruction of Imperial Security and, with it, the Empire.

Hi-fi sci-fi: listen to more in the Vorkosigan saga.

©1996 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2007 Blackstone Audio Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Science fiction at its very best!" (Rave Reviews)
"As ever with Bujold, Memory is a delight!" (Locus)
"Bujold fans of long standing will justly hail [this] as a masterpiece that contains some of her finest prose and characterization. Bujold continues to prove what marvelous genius can create out of basic space operatics." (Booklist)

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    Tom Hillsboro, OR, USA 09-24-12
    Tom Hillsboro, OR, USA 09-24-12 Member Since 2001
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    "Gutsy Move by LMB to add some complexity to Miles"
    Any additional comments?

    While a little more cerebral and less action packed than other installments in the series, this episode adds important dimension and complexity to Mile's character. I enjoyed it and recommend it to Miles Vorkosigan fans.

    It is a major turning point and must-read for series fans!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 02-16-11
    Georgina Atizapan de Zaragoza, Mexico 02-16-11 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Kind of boring"

    For me the book has like 15 boring chapters, and at the very end it got better. I have been reading other reviews, and one of them says that it is a very good book, but in order to grasp the story you need to have read at least five or six Miles stories before in order to understand the characters. I am assuming that was the reason I did not like this book that much. However I am going to give a try to at least one of the other stories.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Howrah, Australia 07-09-10
    Christopher Howrah, Australia 07-09-10 Member Since 2008

    Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks.

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    "Arguably one of the finest."

    Lois McMaster Bujold has created an extraordinarily clever, credible scion of one of the great houses of Barayar, part of the empire ruled by the young Emperor Gregor. For those who haven't read any of the series, it's well worth starting at the beginning because in a world where men are expected to be physically perfect and very strong, the hero is a pint-sized young man with brittle bones and other disabilities which are more than offset by lightning intelligence, quick wittedness and the boldness to create a second character for himself as the leader of a mercenary fleet. But Miles has suffered badly during a raid and returning home, he is nonplussed to find that his cousin the Emperor is somewhat distrait, while his intelligence chief (Miles' superior) is having problems with what appears to be approaching senescence. Miles finds himself out of one job, at a loose end and then suddenly thrust into action in a quite unexpected fashion. This is a highly recommended work but unless the reader is familiar with the history of the character, this is a purchase to defer until you are: it's well worth the time!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 08-21-07
    Andrew 08-21-07 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book"

    I've enjoyed all of the Vor series

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-11-13
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-11-13 Member Since 2014

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "Hey, Remember when you***, that was so funny"

    Years ago I read Warriors Apprentice and at that time it was said it was the first in the series. I liked it, I would give it four stars. The series was very popular so I read more. Later it was said that Falling Free was the first, but I don't remember Miles even being in that one. It was unique and I would give it 3 and a half stars. Then I listened to Brothers in Arms and Cetaganda. These books bored me to tears. I would give them one star. I wasn't going to bother with anymore, but I have the hard cover (SFBC 50th Anniversary edition) of this book, so I thought I would try once more. With the exception of describing a 8 ft tall genetically enhanced warrior women as sexy, I found this to be terribly boring.

    You know how most sitcoms, will eventually have that episode, where everyone reminisces about the past and they show out takes of older episodes. That is what this is. If you have not read all the books up to this book or if you had trouble staying awake, then this is like sitting at a table with a bunch of people who have know each other a long time but you just meet and they spend all night telling private jokes.

    I will not be reading anymore books about Miles.

    All of these books have high ratings, so maybe it is worth a try for you.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Gi'me my stuff!!!! Vancouver, WA 12-17-12
    Gi'me my stuff!!!! Vancouver, WA 12-17-12 Member Since 2014
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    "ZZZZZZ"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Memory to be better than the print version?

    n/a


    If you’ve listened to books by Lois McMaster Bujold before, how does this one compare?

    much slower


    Any additional comments?

    All the personality, non of the action. It was Very slow the first time and I fast forwarded much the second. There will be no third. Probably a good chick book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chris St Petersburg, FL, United States 09-03-09
    Chris St Petersburg, FL, United States 09-03-09
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    "Entertaining/pleasant"

    Character driven to the point that atmospheric and descriptive details are almost non-existent ...but there's enough to drive the story along. A bit better than expected.

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    Laura DURHAM, NC, USA 06-18-08
    Laura DURHAM, NC, USA 06-18-08
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    "Booooriinnng"

    Not sure why the good reviews on this one...maybe because it is my first read in the series. Nothing seems to happen in this book..just the day to day boring events. Character developement is good they are dull characters however. After 8 incredibly dull chapters I started skipping after just listening to first 5 minutes and was still able to keep up with the story! Hope someone out there felt the same as me...

    5 of 18 people found this review helpful
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