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5.0 out of 5 stars Vorkosigan Saga: Omnibus No 1, 12 April 2010
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The Bujold 'Vorkosigan' books rival Weber's 'Honor' books, Moons 'Vatta' or 'Serrano' books, Mike Shepard's 'Longknife' books, or even Mcaffrey's storytelling. These are all excellent but Bujold surpases them (in my opinion): By intelligent sympathetic characters, their depth and values. She is more intereted in people than the world but doesn't stint on background, society, politics, geography and economy, in which her characters are formed and through which they move. She is not alone in choosing flawed or self-doubting characters, but Robin Hobb's various sagas are the only ones I feel do that better.

This is The First in the series; next comes Omnibus 2: 'Young Miles' without missing or duplicating anything: Oh for a proper collected works though, the later series is dreadfully mixed up (sometimes duplicated) in strange combinations not all of which are available in the same bindings. Makes library shelves awkward Mr Publisher! At least there is a chronology in the back of most editions. Only the single books are shown their places in the Saga there, omnibuses are not included; you have to read the omnibus front (or back) covers to work out which you need next.

Composed from:
- Shards of Honour: The meeting and warring of 2 principal and many subsidiary characters. The complex scene setting that will set a rich socio-political context for later books: It is gripping and has real ironic power for Miles (in later books) who only begins to guess at these events. Lots of hints make you wonder at Piotr's own youth! The action scenes just get better and better, and you just cannot put the book down! 'Courage and honour in adversity' could be any of the central players' motto.
- Barrayar: Allied at last, the pace and conflict do not let up. You will like the epic 'shopping' quip! The characters are all drawn in more depth and the world feels more real and clear. I love the choice of relevant details, working them into a gripping tapestry, and setting the scene for each action packed crisis: Wow!

I will not spoil the discovery that such a good read deserves by giving away the plot more. An epic all time classic
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4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting & enjoyable read, 22 Jan 2009
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This book is actually 2 in 1, so you get great value for money. Not a thick novel however the font is quite small and close together and page margins are minimal, so lots to read!

The first (no spoilers) deals with a Space exploration survey team captain, Coredlia of the title, on a newly discovered wild world dealing with enemy soldiers and intrigue upon intrigue. The second book is about Cordelia on a foreign planet, married to a powerful Lord...the couple get involved in high powered politics and civil war, intrigue and espionage.

You will tell from the above that this novel does not contain huge space battles, or even big futuristic battles dirtside. The novel is more about Cordelia and her experience of the events. It is never a boring read and it is from a feminine viewpoint which does fascinate me as a man.

Personally I think this book should be recommended reading for all adolescent boys, to make them more aware of how the other half of the population think about certain things.

However, I am only marking this book as 4 stars out of 5.

Partly because it contains some very cliche characters (the quiet self tortured but loyal aide, the estranged couple that the main characters chuckle about because their shattered love is so easy to fix if only they knew how they felt about each other, etc etc

Partly because although never boring the novel never really gets exciting either. Cordelia is in the midst of hugely important events but the author manages to reduce the situation down to her really wanting a bath, which I would have to call male chauvinism if the author was not a woman!
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5.0 out of 5 stars You can't tear the two apart, 6 April 1999
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This review is from: Cordelia's Honor (Paperback)
Once in the Betan Expeditionary Force
Cordelia Naismith, ship commander, laid a brand new course
They landed on a planet they thought uninhabited
Until an ambush left some crewmen dead
The planet had been found before by men from Barrayar
Their leader was Vorkosigan, the "Butcher of Komarr"
But his ship had betrayed him, and hers had left the ground
They helped each other out and then they found
If you cross a Betan with a Barrayaran Vor
One of them knows science and the other one knows war
Enemies they are but you can't tear the two apart
The Barrayaran steals the Betan's heart
Next time they meet is in an interstellar war
The Barrayarans make a grab to capture Escobar
Cordelia's ship is captured by Vorkosigan's, and then
They help each other out once again
If you cross a Betan with a Barrayaran Vor
One of them knows science and the other one knows war
Enemies they are but you can't tear the two apart
The Betan steals the Barrayaran's heart
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Who "reviews" the books?, 18 Dec 1998
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This review is from: Cordelia's Honor (Paperback)
Who the hell wrote the review synopsis? They obviously didn't read the first ten chapters. Keep it accurate folks! I love this series!! As an eight year member of the U.S. Air Force, I heartily recommend Ms. Bujold to all military people. She should be on the manditory reading list for officers and senior enlisted along with Heinlein, Pournelle, Niven and Tom Clancy. When is her next book (post-"Komarr") coming out?!?!?!
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