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5.0 out of 5 stars Bujold's Characters Have Never Been as Complex, 16 July 2012
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David Ford "Genre junkie" (Cheltenham) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mirror Dance (Vorkosigan Saga Book 9) (Kindle Edition)
Even by Bujold's high standards, this is a work of remarkable power and clarity. Having previously introduced Mark, the clone/brother of our regular protagonist Miles Vorkosigan, the author now uses him to launch a story that managed to weld incredibly powerful emotional development to a heart-pounding SF thriller.

It all begins when Mark impersonates Miles in order to gain control of his brother's Dendarii mercenaries for his own ends. Of course, it all goes horribly wrong, and Miles is forced to step in to save the day. And THAT'S when the trouble starts...

When reviewing Bujold's work, I frequently find myself unable to spoil too much of the plot, as the intricasies of her narratives are much the better for being discovered by the reader. This book is no exception, although I CAN say that we see a return to Barrayar, and pay a welcome visit to Miles' parents, before returning to the action-packed finale.

The meditations on identity, family and self-worth that we are treated to in this novel are thought-provoking, wise and heart-rending by turns. The emotional side of science fiction is often neglected amidst the flashy ships and running laser battles, but this is one author who has never skimped on real in-depth characterisation. A fantastic piece of fiction; bravo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 6th instalment of Vorkosigan Space opera saga, 30 Mar 2012
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Henk Beentje "Henk Beentje" (Kew, England) - See all my reviews
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The book (without giving too much away): Miles Vorkosigan and his double/clone get into trouble once again, this time in a raid on the planet Jackson's Whole. Trying to extract their target group one of them is captured (kind of) and the other one is blamed for it - and has to mount another raid, against everyone's advice and strong opposition. Expect confusion, manic solutions, labyrinthine plots and a wonderful yarn - at both funny and emotional levels. Space opera with soul!

My opinion: brilliant. Maybe not the book to start with, if you want to sample the world of manic mad Miles Vorkosigan/Naismith for the first time: I would suggest Shards of honor, or The warrior's apprentice. But if you like Miles, you'll love this one. It has everything: big intersecting storylines, evil geneticists, strong female characters; character development, too, and romance, and adventure as well as emotional depth. Bujold is very very good in engaging one's emotional sympathies, to grab you by the throat and not let go until the very end; she spins a wonderful, engaging yarn, with long tense periods, with humour, and she can make me choke up a couple of times, too. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 21 Jan 2014
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Having read all the other books I was really glad to be able to fill in the gaps. Despite knowing the basic story from the later books I found this a fast moving, very funny book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mirror Dance - Lois McMaster Bujold has done it again, 10 Feb 2013
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This is another well crafted page turner from LMB. Exciting, imaginative, gripping - you never know how things are going to turn out until the very last pages. As well as all this you have the tensions of living with disability and looking into the future - the possible journey of ethical debates around issues that are beginning to feature in current times.
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