The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan) Paperback – 1 Dec 2003
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About the Author
Lois McMaster Bujold burst onto the SF scene in 1986 with SHARDS OF HONOUR, closely followed by BARRAYAR, and THE WARRIOR'S APPRENTICE, which introduced the physically handicapped military genius, Miles Vorkosigan. Since then she has won four Hugo Awards and two Nebulas. The mother of two, Bujold lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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Miles is engaging and quirky. He is matter of fact about his physical condition in a way which means the reader can see life from his view point, and sit back and enjoy his cleverness and energy.
Miles is cursed with a hyperactive, intelligent mind in a body that forever lets him down. Brittle bones break all too easily, and in a culture that values physical strength and perfection, that's a big problem.
His resentment at being unable to do the things he really wants to do leads him to help another desperate man, and suddenly he's in a situation where one thing piles on top of another and he's juggling eggs in an evermore complex pattern as he accidentally 'acquires' a band of mercenaries.
Here's where his upbringing comes in handy. Miles has always wanted the military life, he's inherited his father's gift for tactics, but this military life is a trap of a kind that he fails to spot until it is almost too late.
Can Miles stop everything from crashing down around him?
Bujold's characters are wonderful - each of her books usually works as a stand-alone (this one included), but it's great to have extra glimpses of characters whom we've met in the past or will see more of in the future. Her female characters are intelligent and capable of challenging the cultures that surround them.
The book is also funny. Mile's thoughts about his idiot cousin Ivan, his efforts at playing matchmaker, and many other scenes besides.
In a nutshell, the book is wonderful space opera, with great characters. Read it!
For a start, our protagonist is the young Miles Vorkosigan, a teenage hero who relies on his wits rather than his fists. Born malformed on a world that fears and despises physical irregularity, he sees service in the Barrayaran military as a way to prove himself.
When this goes awry, he finds himself posing as a mercenary leader through a series of misunderstandings. The way in which he has to tell an ever-escalating series of lies in order to juggle an increasingly complex situation is highly entertaining.
Most importantly, Miles is highly likable, and I found myself willing him to succeed. This being Bujold, there is as much emotional as physical action. Miles' interactions with those around him are gripping, none more so than when he tries to reunite his bodyguard Bothari's daughter (the woman he loves) with her supposedly dead mother. Those readers who have read the adventures of Miles' parents will know why that situation can never end well...
Another great adventure from Bujold; the best thing about her books is that they each offer somthing different, both from the story before and from anything else in the genre.
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