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)
This space 'romance' is different and delightful. The interplay between the two protagonists and their cultures as well as each with her or his own political environment is very well done (though we only get to know her from the inside, a bit of a shame). The story is more epic and episodic and complex than I had remembered, so was a rewarding reread. The narration was excellent. While less manic and hilarious than Warrior's Apprentice, it has a lot to think about plus many moments of rueful irony as well as a few outright laughs. A very rewarding adventure.
I was originally introduced to this universe by my sci-fi book club when I read Cetaganda. While sick with the flu, I decided to start listening to the series from the beginning.
Most of the Vorkosigan saga deals with Miles Vorkosigan. This book and its follow-up, Barrayar, revolve around around Miles' parents.
The worlds the author creates are wonderfully sketched out. The historical and cultural backgrounds, the people, the intrigue. Throw in some romance and a little mystery, and you've got a cracking good adventure!
Absolutely. It is hard to pick a favorite series but this may be my favorite.In fact, I may go into a mild depression when I finally listen to the last of this series; always a sign of a great series.
Hopefully she is still writing the series(?) Luckily, I have the Chalion series next. Hopefully it will be almost as fabulous a listen.
I'm writing about the series so I don't know that this particular book is better or worse than others. I view it more as one long book. Not that you have to listen to the whole series. Each book stands alone. But, who can listen to just one!
Miles is the main character so the favorite. And, he is marvelous. But, all of the characters are great whether likable or not. And, like any good "entertainment" author, the bad guys don't get to be the main characters.
Question is too difficult.
Even if you don't like science fiction, you will like this series. I can't imagine the personality that wouldn't. It even has some romance for those who are "strictly" romance novel readers.
I especially like Miles' attraction to "really, really tall women". And, not particularly limited to "humans". You'll have to listen to hear the genius of Bujold being able to create those liasions and hear that they are about much more than sex - which luckily for me - is not graphic. (Yes, if you listen, there are some life lessons in each of these books. But, it is not heavy-handed nor in your face. Just there if you want to hear them.)
I loved the book with the "carpet-bombing". Funny stuff if you listen for it.
I am not usually a science fiction reader but the story was very engaging and hooked me. This is the second Lois McMaster Bujold book I have listened to and I plan on continuing with more. Lovely mix of action, humour and personalities.
Aral Vorkosigan arrives to rescue Cordelia and discovers that he is 'a day late and a dollar short' as she has managed it already (with help). When he hears she was about to embark on further action to extricate herself and her ''help', he comments "It seems I am rescuing my fleet from you then".
This is the second and both have been very good dramatizations with easy to follow characters.
Top 10 percentile
Sargent Bothari about to rape Cordelia.
Cordelia tossing the head of the usurper onto the tactical table.
Cordelia's determination to have Miles.
Ms Bujold has created a very attractive character. Quirky, loads of self doubt, introspective, brutally honest in her self-assess and critical of herself without being overwhelmed by self-pity. Cordelia is able to accomplish many things by force of will supported by humor, self-awareness, a quick wit, and an analytical mind. You can see where Miles got his moral spine and courage to face the world whithout becoming an emotional cripple. Masterful creation of a modern character similar but different from Honor Harrington.
The heroine was a probe and psychic. Basically a romance novel
I don't look forward to any more Romance dressed up Science Fiction
I felt that the construction was solid and believable
I liked the narrator
This is a truly unconventional love story. One of my absolute favorites.
The performance is good but there was an earlier one done by the Reader's Chair (both a man and a woman read) that was better but never made the leap to CD.
Cordelia's problems when she returns to Beta colony is a unique kind of story telling which I have found no where else.
My husband and I have both read the entire Miles series multiple times and love it. We are so happy that there is a new one coming out Fall of 2012.
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.
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