Shards of Honor is the novel in which Lois McMaster Bujold introduced the science-fiction world to Barrayar and Aral Vorkosigan, Beta Colony and Cordelia Naismith. From this beginning the author has created a multigenerational saga spanning time as well as space.
Bujold is generally recognized as the current exemplar of the character-based science-fiction adventure story.
©1986 Lois McMaster Bujold; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
"[Bujold] gives [her] characters enough emotional depth, and enough sense, to raise their story beyond cliché." (Locus)
I loved Bujold's Chalion and Sharing Knife books, but had tried a couple of the Vorkosigan books and just couldn't get into them. Thanks to Audible's new series view, I was able to start at the beginning of the series, which made all the difference. I loved this book, and the sequel, Barrayar, which set the scene for the whole Vorkosigan series, and I ended up hooked and running through the books as fast as I could. This first book is a little awkward in spots - not as well done as her later stuff, but was fun and absorbing, and I adore Cordelia Naismith through these first two books!
This is the beginning of the Vorsorkian series. If you like hard core SF you'll truly enjoy this book. I'm a 68 yr old female, who has enjoyed a lot of SF over the years, and I can't remember if I ever read a Romance novel, I don't think so. I personally found Bujold's characters fairly realistic, and she addresses the universal problems prople face.
The heroine, Cordelia, an enticing character, who stands on her own two feet, but finds out that an honorable enemy is a blessing.
My favorite part is where she rolled the pretender's head onto the conference table.
Females. More of a romance novel. Story told from point of view of Heroin.
Turned me off to books of this author.
Big sci-fi fan. Decided to give this a try due to good reviews. Gave it about 5 hours and story was hard to follow and seemed geared toward women audiences. Character development felt obtuse. Not recommended for male audiences looking for a strong lead character or good in-depth story.
Not really a Sci-fi or character-driven sci-fi is perhaps a better description. It's not about space ships, distant life forms, intergalactic war or technology, it's about people. The story could be set in a medieval fantasy and work just as well. I didn't find any of the characters believable in any setting. The plot does seem to pick up toward the last 3hrs if you can make it that far and the story gets interesting too late to save the story over all.
However if you liked "On Basilisk Station" you'll find this very similar in many ways and you'll like this as well.
Oddly, I felt like I was listening to mystery science theater 3000 or was waiting on the peanut gallery to start making fun of its flaws and wisecracking at any moment, I know I was.
I would and have recommended this audiobook to several friends. I love the whole Vorkosigan series and I can't get enough of them. Each book leaves you wanting more.
The most memorable moments are the different creatures that attack them during the trek to safety.
Grover Gardner sounds to me like Edward R. Murrow which brings the story a special feeling. I don't think anyone else could have brought the story to life the way he did.
Read the series.
This is a prelude to the stories about Miles. The stories get better and better.
Grover Gardner did an excellent job. I don't see this as a contest between reading and listening to the book.
Story is not bad, but it's not great Sci-Fi. I tend to like more meat with my fluff, but I fell for the high ratings.
I listened to this and the second novel: Barrayar (sp?). Again, 'ok'. I probably won't finish the second one...
I read this and Barrayar after having read the rest of the series. What fun! I really enjoyed finding Miles' mannerisms evident in his mom and dad. I'm not sure I would have caught the inheritance without having Miles' behavior ingrained from all the subsequent books.
Not really, but I get the impression the series improved with time. It must have.
Based on reviews of subsequent books, I would take the chance.
None really stand out.
No, it has many.
I would consider the audio version superior to the print copy because listening provides more time to savor the narrative. The reader does an excellent job.
Compelling characters, solid story.
Only those in this series. He does a fine job.
Cordellia's escape from the supposed safe haven of her homeworld.
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