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The Warrior's Apprentice (1986)

by Lois McMaster Bujold

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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. ( )
  heaven_star | Oct 20, 2014 |
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. ( )
  heaven_star | Oct 20, 2014 |
Manic Young Miles flunks out of his Academy tests, loses his grandfather to old age and possibly a broken heart similar to Miles's, and then goes off for a bit of off-planet time. Whereupon he promptly fast-talks his way into an adventure that will help a few people -- and eventually rings in thousands, culminating in possible treason to an Emperor who's just beginning to get his own bearings.

Guaranteed to be glued to the book and to rave when I'm done, that's what these books do to me. Excellent characterization and plots, walking the genre lines between action and adventure and politics and romance, topped with humor, insights into humanity, and quotable lines -- typical Vorkosigan fare.

I'm not sure whether it's that thought processes are more explicit in this book, that I've read more in the series, or my study of humans is paying off, but this book is the first time I've fully seen what a manipulative person Miles is. Being able to go deeper from "our faintly problematic hero" to "sheesh, no wonder people in-world would dislike this man!" is a new bit of insight to the series for me in this book. It adds a whole new layer, which is interesting for me to toy with. ( )
  pammab | Sep 11, 2014 |
This is the perfect introduction to Miles. Ruined as his body is, his spry mind & motor mouth take him into & out of the most remarkable situations. His ambitions constantly war with his duties, his world with him, yet he finds answers that work, if not always the ones he wants. Quite possibly the most likable & heroic character, if not figure, in any book that I've had the pleasure of reading.

Of course, the world that Bujold built in the previous books is there to support it & those characters, while now secondary, are still wonderful, too. I really like the contrast between the various versions of this history, too. We know what happened, Miles finds some out, guesses more, & the public version is cleansed of reality.

As usual, the reader did a great job. Perfect. On to the first story in [b:Borders of Infinity: The Mountains of Mourning / Labyrinth / The Borders of Infinity|76811|Borders of Infinity The Mountains of Mourning / Labyrinth / The Borders of Infinity|Lois McMaster Bujold|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1327916933s/76811.jpg|1129260]. 'Mountains' is next, before [b:The Vor Game|68483|The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga, #6)|Lois McMaster Bujold|http://d.gr-assets.com/books/1322571824s/68483.jpg|1129239]. The other 2 stories come later in the series. Luckily, the audio book breaks them up into separate tracks so I did also. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
Well, Miles is certainly as interesting as his parents! And unlike a lot of the TALENTED BOY SAVES UNIVERSE type of sci-fi, this one delves quite a bit into the consequences, characters, viewpoints, and doesn't get all military porn.

God, if only I had discovered this series when I was younger, I think it would have changed a lot of my views on science fiction and stories in general.

Thank you, Bujold, for not taking the easy way out in storytelling. ( )
  cendri | May 30, 2014 |
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Gardner, GroverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gutierrez, AlanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jainschigg, NicholasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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