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Shards of Honour Paperback – 19 May 1988

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Product details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (19 May 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747231257
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747231257
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.9 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,812,336 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A science fiction legend, Lois McMaster Bujold has won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. HerVorkosigan saga is a massively popular science fiction mainstay.Her many "New York Times" bestsellers including previous entries, "Cryoburn, Diplomatic Immunity "and "Captain Vorpatril's Alliance." The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in Minneapolis." --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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By A Customer on 2 Dec. 2002
Format: Paperback
I write this primarily to note to others browsing for an excellent read (which this book most certainly is!) that it is NOT, however, a Star Trek novel of any sort. _Shards of Honor_ is Lois McMaster Bujold's first published novel, and the stage-setter for the rest of her extraordinary Vorkosigan series. It's a marvelous book from a master storyteller and will certainly whet the reader's appetite for more, more, more... though not to worry, there *are* (many more, that is!). The complete Vorkosigan saga is, to date, up to the fourteenth volume.
Also, the rather anemic-sounding synopsis doesn't begin to describe it, either accurately or with any real sense of the page-turning treat it truly is. Merely recommending that you "Read this book, it will delight you" isn't quite enough, in my opinion; the better phrase would be: "Meet these people, you will come to love them as among the best of fictional friends you will ever know."
Did you note that this edition is marked unavailable? Well, not to disappoint. Browse for _Cordelia's Honor_, which is an omnibus edition containing both _Shards_ and the novel which immediately follows it in the series timeline, _Barrayar_.
Do, really. Then make room in your bookshelves for all the others. In fact, clear that space as soon as you order--you're going to need it.... ;D
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Now, when I first started this book, my second foray into the Vorkosigan Saga, I had to roll my eyes at the initial setup. I'm genre/fiction savvy enough to know what happens when a female pacifistic scientist and a male stiff-necked soldier are thrown together in the wilds of an alien planet. And, indeed, I would be lying if I said the book didn't head in the general direction I was expecting.

However, the pleasures in this engrossing story are found in the details of the journey, not merely the destination. The twists and turns of the protagonist duo's relationship are enthralling, because Bujold crafts the intelligent, thoughtful Cordelia and the conflicted, trapped Aral with such skill as to make the reader root for them the whole way.

As well as a star-crossed romance, the author also manages to work in the ramifications of an interstellar war and the dangers of propaganda-led, knee-jerk reactions. With some abruptness, we are also shown how the main pair become part of a particularly nasty bit of political skullduggery.

While not ending on a cliffhanger exactly, the end of the book makes it clear that our heroes' journey is not over yet; considering how enjoyable this installment was to read, I have no qualms about continuing on to the next story.
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I was introduced to Lois McMaster Bujold's work through her fantasy novels "The Curse of Chalion" and "Paladin Of Souls", both of which deserve ten stars at least. Having devoured those books (not literally) I decided to read some other stuff by her - this time in the Science Fiction genre. My library kindly offered up "Shards of Honour" and what a brilliant read it was.
Most fortuitously, I now discover I happened upon the initial instalment of what has become a whole series of books (16 to date) in the Miles Vorkosigan series (I've bought the rest and am working my way through them. I liked this first one that much!) But don't worry that this book is incomplete on its own - it isn't. Although it's the scene-setter for a lot of other books it works on its own as a story of politics, war, human nature, personality and love.
Cordelia Naismith is the captain of a Survey ship that is checking out a new planet. She's off in the undergrowth with her botanist when her base camp is attacked and her colleagues flee in the shuttle. When going back to investigate Cordelia and her companion are attacked and she loses consciousness. When she wakes up, there is a soldier guarding her.
And from this point the story diverges from a basic "heroine rescues herself from tricky situation" type story. Cordelia and her 'captor', who says he is Captain Aral Vorkosigan, have to make a journey 200kms across this unknown and, as it turns out, rather dangerous planet in order to find a cache of stores and a way for Vorkosigan to communicate with his ship. It appears that there has been a mutiny in his command and he was knocked out and left on the surface of the planet.
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Whilst there is one novel set earlier in the same time-line, this is a 2-in-1 volume of the novels Cordelia's Honour and Barrayar, which form a sort of prologue to the series that is commonly referred to as the Vorkosiverse and most people assume that this is due to the principle protaganist of the latter novels, Miles Vorkosigan. This is the story of his parents. I make this statement because I read Shards of Honour after novels such as the Warrior's Apprentice, the Vor Game, etc, and so this was more of a filling in of the back ground. I'm not sure what I would have made of it if I had read these first. The synopsis above is correct in the essential details although the first mission is actually the survey mission with the "throw-away" ship coming later Whilst quite dark in some places the series is full of wit and humour, as well as excellent writing, and these early novels are no exception. They are, perhaps, a little less polished than the latter ones, but Bujold not at her best is still a lot better than many other writers. These are either an essential read for those already hooked on the series, or a good starting place for those who wish to learn what good SF is all about.
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