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Memory (Vorkosigan Saga Book 10) Kindle Edition
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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.
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.
Memory is, chronologically, the tenth out of fourteen books in The Vorkosigan Saga and marks an important turning point in the series. For the previous eight volumes Miles Vorkosigan as been masquerading as Admiral Naismith of the Dendarii Free Mercenaries, carrying out missions for the Barrayan military with total deniability. In Memory that abruptly comes to an end after Miles - suffering the after-effects of his death, cryo-freeze and revival in Mirror Dance - inadvertently slices the legs off a fellow agent he is supposed to be rescuing and then covers it up. The result is the most game-changing novel in the series. Such long-running series tend to do well out of stasis, maintaining the status quo and bringing readers back each time to enjoy the same cast of characters and the same format. Whisking that away can be creatively liberating for the author, but dangerous if the change does not go down well with fans.
In this case the change is well-judged, although it takes a while to execute. At a bit less than 500 pages Memory joins Mirror Dance as one of the longest novels in the series, but it's also a lot less active a book than its forebear. Mirror Dance had multiple POV characters, clandestine infiltrations, full-scale combat missions and a huge amount of character development packed into its pages. Memory, fitting its title, is more relaxed and reflective a novel.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love it. I'm working my way through this series and will definitely go on to Bujold's other books/series.Published 4 months ago by Internet shopper
Miles makes a great transition, and becomes a lot less 2 dimensional.
One of the great "miles" books, full of emotion.. Read more
Excellent Story as always - good prose style and entertaining to the endPublished 21 months ago by Avid Fantasy Reader
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 morePublished on 29 Jun. 2013 by Crinkly
The Vorkosigan books - and particularly those about Miles Vorkosigan - are excellent and this is no exception. Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2013 by Steve R
Memory is one of my favourite books in the Vorkosigan Saga. It's both very sad in places, and extremely funny. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2013 by Cal
Don't read this first, if you don't know the saga - begin at the beginning, with Shards of Honor, or Barrayar! Read morePublished on 28 April 2012 by Henk Beentje
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