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For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of reading the Miles Vorkosigan books, this is the first in the series, which introduces Miles' parents, Cordelia Naismith of the planet Beta and Aral Vorkosigan of the planet Barrayar. I originally read "Shards of Honor" and the second book in the series, "Barrayar," in a compilation book called, "Cordelia's Honor." Reading these two books as one made more sense, as "Shards of Honor" is a reasonably good story that builds to a whale of a good story in "Barrayar." Have patience with the slower pace of "Shards of Honor" (and Bujold's early writing skills). They are critical to your enjoyment of the full impact of "Barrayar," which the publisher's website states will be released in audiobook on 11/1/09. "Shards of Honor" is the only book in the Vorkosigan series which isn't the best of the best. However, you will enjoy the series all the more if you understand how Miles came to be. Look at the number of high-starred reviews Audible listeners have given to the Miles Vorkosigan series, which has also won a number of Hugo and Nebula awards.
40 of 41 people found this review helpful
This book sat on my Wish List for a while based on the recommendation of an Audible listener whose reviews I follow; I'd never encountered Bujold's books and was in no hurry, it was in the "maybe I'll try it" category. Then Audible put it on sale, which pushed me to take the plunge. Listened to the whole thing in two gulps. Loved it. Now have to get the sequel ("Barrayar") and then apparently have an entire series featuring Cordelia and Aral's son Miles Vorkosigan to look forward to. From the sound of the reviews the series only gets better.
This is definitely character-based rather than technologically-based science fiction.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
2nd in the Vorkosigan saga. Entertaining & shows promise but smacks at times of wish fulfillment & romance cliches which occasionally overwhelm a pretty good story. Starts off with you thinking its going to be another 'Enemy Mine' type with enemies banding together against common odds but then cycles through a whole range of other tropes. The characters are great & no wonder it they (or in many cases their descendants) were picked up for later instalments. The next one is 'Barrayar' (which won all kinds of awards) & the two after that so there's something there :-)
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Whenever I'm feeling in need of cheering up, this (and the even better sequel) are my go to books. I love the developing relationship between Cordelia and Aral. The art of falling in love with the "bad" guy, making concessions for a relationship and knowing when to draw the line.
While all the Vorkosigan books are good, for my money they reach great when the characters from these two books turn up to make Mile's life difficult.