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Memory (Vorkosigan Saga Book 10) [Kindle Edition]

Lois McMaster Bujold
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Forced to abandon his undercover role as leader of the Dendarii Mercenaries, Miles Vorkosigan persuades Emperor Gregor to appoint him Imperial Auditor so he can penetrate Barrayar’s intelligence and security operations (ImpSec). Simon Illyan, head of ImpSec and Miles’ former boss, is failing physically and mentally, and Miles sets out to find out why -- and who, if anyone, is behind Illyan’s rapid decline. Library Journal calls Miles “one of the genre’s most enterprising and engaging heroes”. A Hugo and Nebula Award finalist.

"Not only does Ms. Bujold thoroughly entertain us with Miles' Machiavellian adventures, she also brings just the right touch of vulnerability to his gallant spirit."
- Rave Reviews

“Bujold continues to prove what marvels genius can create out of basic space operatics.”
- Library Journal

“Bujold is not just a master of plot, she is a master of emotion.”
- SF Site

“Bujold is one of the best writers of SF adventure to come along in years.”
- Locus Magazine

“A superb craftsman and stylist, Ms. Bujold is well on her way to becoming one of the great voices of speculative fiction.”
- Rave Reviews

“Bujold has a gift, nearly unique in science fiction, for the comedy of manners.”
- Chicago Sun Times

“Superb far-future saga.”
- Publishers Weekly on the 'Vorkosigan' series

Bujold's "work remains among the most enjoyable and rewarding in contemporary SF."
- Publishers Weekly

"Bujold is also head and shoulders above the ruck of current fantasists and well as science-fictionists."
- Booklist

about the author:
Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children. She began writing with the aim of professional publication in 1982. She wrote three novels in three years; in October of 1985, all three sold to Baen Books, launching her career. Bujold went on to write many other books for Baen, mostly featuring her popular character Miles Naismith Vorkosigan, his family, friends, and enemies. Her books have been translated into twenty-one languages. Her fantasy from Eos includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005LI3W9W
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles grows up 29 Jan. 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Following his death in 'Mirror Dance', Miles finds that there are complications to his recovery - complications that lead to near-disaster on a Dendarii mission. Rather than revealing all to Simon Illyan, Miles attempts a cover up. Found out, he is released from military service. The 'little admiral' must now cease to exist.
It is time for Lord Vorkosigan to come into his own, as a crisis develops over the life of Simon Illyan, as Simon's memory chip appears to go into meltdown. Miles is forced to take drastic action, with the aid of the Emperor, action which ultimately leads to his redemption. And finally Lord Vorkosigan gets a little of the respect that is due to him for his service.
Much less action in this book than previously in the series, the main point of interest aside from trying to work out who if anyone is the baddie here, is the internalisation of Mile's struggle to integrate Admiral Naismmith and Lord Vorkosigan into 'Miles'. The battle is internal and at one hilarious point also external. It is something very different from the previous books in the series, and clearly key to the next phase in Miles' life. He really comes into his own here, and the conflict is ultimately resolved peacefully, if not without losses.
A fantastic addition to the series, if a little slower paced and with less external action than usual. It's about time Miles matured - it will be interesting to see where he goes next.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly her best! 22 Feb. 2006
In terms of plot and character development Memory is the book which for me best sums up Miles Vorkosigan. Written in the wry and often very amusing style which has become Bujold’s hallmark, ‘Memory’ unfolds at a tremendous pace, starting in one direction and taking an abrupt turn which, if possible, seems even more satisfying than the first. For the almost the first time we see Miles make a mistake, one from which not even his hyperactive imagination can save him. ‘Memory’ brings Miles back to his planet of birth, almost a homecoming, and Bujold brings out new aspects of her characters that we’ve not seen before.
In many ways I felt that Memory marks the point at which Miles Naismith Vorkosigan begins to grow up, we finally find out what the adult Miles’ is like, and satisfying though the younger Miles’ was the adult is even better, this has been well worth the wait. This is possibly the best story she has written, it is difficult to stop reading, even on th 10th re-read!
While technically this is a stand alone volume in the Barrayar series there is so much development done in earlier works that readers won’t get the full benefit without reading those books. That’s just not a problem! Bujold writes real stories, with real characters and plots which are enjoyable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Flat, but rich 14 Oct. 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I don't regret buying this book.
As the latest book that I've read of Miles's adventures, perhaps it is a wee bit flat. Not very exciting overall. BUT I totally love this book as it expands and (conversely) encapsulates the Vorkosigan world approx. 230 odd years since 'Falling Free'. Similar to Asimov's style - for the series portraying the possible future of a (rather) roboticised world - of not making a continuous character the continual central character, Miles Vorkosigan is subsumed in the events surrounding his life, i.e. the intrigue against Illyan, rather than causing chaos (as in the Little Admiral's adventures). Bujold treats Miles as she did Ethan of Athos, as eyes to tell a greater story and yet a character in his own right.
I enjoyed reading the little digressions from the central theme, relating the details of other people in Miles' life, such as his Emperor, and Miles' friends from previous adventures. I also enjoyed the method by which new and interesting characters are introduced into "our" Vorkosigan world. (Analogous to past Pratchett 'Discworld' books, where the most laugh-on-a-bus of the story is a mere footnote.) Wait 'til you meet Zap the cat.
Dare I say that Miles grows up? I believe that 'Memory' is more than a mere sci-fi mystery wi' a bit of psychology thrown in. It is a good story set in an interesting world, populated with believable characters. Miles' personality becomes more complex (as we all should when we grow), and Miles learns to know himself better (as I wish I could), and a sub-theme throughout seems to be "life goes on".
I wouldn't catergorise 'Memory' as puff pastry, but maybe puff savoury (as only Miles' new cook can make it - with perhaps a side dip, or a filling of dairy products after it passes through the cook's domain ). That's the way I see it, that's the way I call it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Mad Miles continues continues his breathtaking dance along the edge of insanity. His is the most delicate and convincing brush with psychosis since that by the Prince of Denmark. But Miles Vorkosigan is a deeper and more subtly crafted character than Hamlet.
This book sees Miles explore his Barrayarran personality - indeed the author implies that Miles Naismith is dead. That would be a shame, but she certainly proves that she can develop superb plots around Miles Vorkosigan, a character she deepens considerably in this book.
Bujold continues to demonstrate that the supernova brilliance of "Mirror Dance" was not a fluke. Her style has matured since her earliest works, and is more consistent now. She is not as prolific as Asimov, as grounded in Science as Clarke, or as imaginative as Heinlein, but she is a better writer than any other, in this genre or outside it. It is her characterisation that defines her genius. Its like has not been seen for centuries.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A little slow, but well-written
A horrendous error of judgement sees Miles Vorkosigan summoned back to Barrayar to face disciplinary measures from his superior, head of Imperial Security Simon Illyan. Read more
Published 17 days ago by A. Whitehead
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Excellent Story as always - good prose style and entertaining to the end
Published 4 months ago by Avid Fantasy Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Yet another gem in the Miles saga
Published 6 months ago by MR D F HILL
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Bujold Masterpiece
This is most definitely a sequel and needs to be read with background knowledge of both of Mile's personae. A true tale of triumph out of tragedy. Read more
Published 12 months ago by brumeux
5.0 out of 5 stars A glorious adventure
This has always been one of my favourites of the vorkosigan saga. It is a detective story with the development of miles as a more mature person going in a different direction. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful, as always
I always know I'm going to enjoy/admire/relish one of Bujold's books, but this time, about half way through, I realised that she had brought me to a point when I really cared - for... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Crinkly
5.0 out of 5 stars Memory
The Vorkosigan books - and particularly those about Miles Vorkosigan - are excellent and this is no exception. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Steve R
5.0 out of 5 stars A personal favourite in a great series
Memory is one of my favourite books in the Vorkosigan Saga. It's both very sad in places, and extremely funny. Read more
Published on 28 Jan. 2013 by Cal
5.0 out of 5 stars Back to Barrayar - space opera with soul and smart
Don't read this first, if you don't know the saga - begin at the beginning, with Shards of Honor, or Barrayar! Read more
Published on 28 April 2012 by Henk Beentje
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable...
I love the whole Vorkosigan saga, but this is one of my favourites.

Miles Vorkosigan has had an interesting undercover career but wrecks it by trying to be too clever. Read more
Published on 25 Feb. 2012 by notpc
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