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The Warrior's Apprentice (1986)

by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Young Miles Vorkosigan, suffering from a crippling bone affliction and freshly rejected from military service, sets off on an adventure in which he steals a spaceship, starts an army of mercenaries, captures a fleet of ships, and joins in a war between distant planets. All without really meaning to.

Great fun. Miles is a wonderful character. I'm surprised no one has turned this into a movie.

A note about series: I don't normally read them. I don't like to commit to reading a large amount by any one author (except my favorite authors). Since I'm a completist, with many series, once I start, I feel like I have to barrel through to the end. Even though this is not the first book in the very long Vorkosigan series, I read in many reviews that it was a good place to start. I did not feel at all lost or like I was missing something, and I also didn't feel a compulsion to continue with the series. I now know that Bujold's books are good for light popcorn reads when I need one, but I don't need to complete the series to feel satisfied. ( )
  sturlington | Oct 20, 2015 |
This was my first tentative step into Bujold's Barrayar/Miles Vorkosigan series of books. It was a tad too space opera for me, but it kept my interest and I enjoyed the wide and varied cast of characters. The culture is interesting. A lot of improbable happenings sort of kept the lid on my enthusiasm, but for a tale of a young man's wild adventure off planet it was fun. Almost, but not quite, what I would consider a young adult book.
read/remarks from January 2010 3+ stars liked but didn't love. The series grew on me with subsequent books. ( )
  RBeffa | Jun 8, 2015 |
Always looking for audio books for my sizable times in the car, I decided to try some Bujold. I enjoyed this book a long time ago, and looked forward to re-visiting it. I don't like the narrator's voice or his pronunciations. However, I am getting a clearer image of Miles as callow youth. And that is enriching the story.
  2wonderY | Apr 28, 2015 |
Miles Vorkosigan in his guise as Admiral Naismith is a sci-fi analogue of the real Frank Abagnale. ( )
  librisissimo | Feb 1, 2015 |
This was what I call an "obligation" read. My best friend has been all about the epic length space operas in the last year and been attempting to pass on the love. For previous attempts, see my thoughts on (not finishing...) CJ Cherryh's "Foreigner". She also tried my on Shards of Honour which I also put down - auspicious start!

This book was different. For at least the first half I felt a bit apathetic about it all, it seemed standard in parts and very cheesy. I get that it's a product of its era but I couldn't shake the raised eyebrow while I read. The intricate political stuff also went mostly over my head, as did a lot of the ins and outs of the combat. I don't know whether it was me being new to the genre or just lacking in the imagination required to follow along but I mostly just sort of kept reading and hoped it would all become clear.

It mostly did, but what helped this one succeed where previous attempts had failed was the pacing. Even if I didn't have a clue what was going on or who was winning or why I cared it was *really* easy to keep reading. It just rolled on really smoothly.

About a third of the way from the end something clicked. I found myself snickering at in-world jokes, really warming to Miles as a character, getting a feel for the supporting cast and grinning like an idiot in the final court scene. It was a bit of cheesy melodramatic FUN at that point.

I'm giving it a three because I'm pretty stingy with stars and stick fairly strictly to Goodreads' suggestions. In this case I'm not willing to say I more than "liked" this one due to the problems I was having following the plot and events during the start and middle of the book.

I am however willing to check out the next one and see if the series builds on that over the top fun stuff that peeked out of the end of this one. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lois McMaster Bujoldprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gardner, GroverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gutierrez, AlanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jainschigg, NicholasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ruddell, GaryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The tall and dour non-com wore Imperial dress greens and carried his communications panel like a field marshall's baton.
"That's because I've got forward momentum. There's no virtue in it. It's just a balancing act. I don't dare stop."
"I guess it just doesn't look very heroic to sneak up behind somebody and shoot them in the back. I can't help thinking it would be more efficient, though."
But reason seemed to run backwards, conclusions swallowed in premises, and premises in silence, until in the end only silence and the unanswerable object remained.
More battles have been won or last by the quartermasters than by any general staff.
"A verbal agreement is the most binding of contracts! Your soul is in your breath, and therefore in your voice. Once pledged it must be redeemed."
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Seventeen-year-old Miles Vorkosigan has a lot to live up to, as the son of the Butcher of Komarr and grandson of General Count Piotr Vorkosigan, hero of the Cetagandan Invasion. Unluckily for him, his biology isn’t up to the challenge. After failing the physical for the Barrayaran Military Academy, he takes a trip to visit his grandmother and accidentally becomes the leader of a small mercenary fleet.

While neither the first published nor the first chronologically of Bujold’s award-winning Vorkosigan Saga, this book is one of the generally accepted starting points for the sixteen-volume series.
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Discharged from the Barrarayan academy after flunking the physical, a discouraged Miles Vorkosigan takes possession of a jumpship and becomes the leader of a mercenary force that expands to a fleet of treasonous proportions. Reprint. AB.

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Discharged from the Barrarayan academy after flunking the physical, a discouraged Miles Vorkosigan takes possession of a jumpship and becomes the leader of a mercenary force that expands to a fleet of treasonous proportions.

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