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The Warrior's Apprentice (original 1986; edition 2005)

by Lois McMaster Bujold, Grover Gardner (Narrator)

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Title:The Warrior's Apprentice
Authors:Lois McMaster Bujold
Other authors:Grover Gardner (Narrator)
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The Warrior's Apprentice by Lois McMaster Bujold (1986)

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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 |

This was a reread for me; I don't know how many times I've read it before, but certainly more than once, yet it still made me laugh out loud (possibly more so than before) and shed a tear or two. I even found it unputdownable, not so much because I was wondering "I can't wait to find out what happens next!" as because I was anticipating "Oh; this is where that happens".

Miles, sole child, son and heir of Aral and Cordelia, Lord and Lady Vorkosigan of Barrayar, has suffered from before birth from a bone wasting toxin, the effects of which have stunted his growth to over a foot below his intended height of over 6 feet and left him with brittle bones. This in a society which still considers mutants with superstition and practices infanticide, in the back country, on babies perceived to be genetically defective.

All his short :0) life, Miles has tried to prove himself to his grandfather, a Barrayaran war hero of the old guard, and to measure up to his father, also a war hero and - until recently - regent for the emperor. His lifelong dream, which he is on the brink of achieving at 17 as the story opens, is to join the Imperial Military Service - if he can pass the physical, a mere formality for his peers.

When his dream crashes about his ears, he is initially at a loss as to what to do with himself. But Miles has a frenetic energy, to go with his driving ambition, which he uses to dance and charm his way from situation to crisis, not to mention a fertile imagination with which he manufactures seemingly impossible triumphs from impending disasters. Or, as he puts it, 'forward momentum'.

His other cherished dream involves his childhood friend, Elena Bothari, daughter of his formidable bodyguard. When he is sent off-planet, he sees this as an opportunity to whirl Elena away from her circumscribed life in the hopes that it will win him her heart and hand. If only a little problem like an intergalactic mercenary war didn't keep getting in the way ...

I like Miles. He is as honour bound as his parents, and his word costs something to give - which plays its part in creating awkward situations. But I think he has more fun.

I love Sergeant Bothari, who really comes into his own in this book as Miles's personal bodyguard, driven sometimes to the edge of his endurance in an effort to protect Miles from himself as his ambitious plans endanger his fragile bone structure.

As ever, I love Aral and Cordelia. I like the way Bujold conveys the depth of Aral's feelings for his son, or even his adversary, just in his posture. And Cordelia; well

She went off toward the library, muttering her favourite swear-word under her breath, "Barrayarans!"

Funny, touching, fun, great pacing and characterisation.

Absolutely recommended!

5 stars ( )
1 vote humouress | May 9, 2014 |
In The Warrior’s Apprentice, we finally get to meet Miles Vorkosigan, one of the most famous characters in all of science fiction. He’s not the kind of hero you’d expect, but he’s tons of fun. Always trying to compensate for his deficiencies makes him little manic and that creates chaos….
http://www.fantasyliterature.com/fantasy-author/bujoldloismcmaster/ ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
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Gardner, GroverNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gutierrez, AlanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jainschigg, NicholasCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ruddell, GaryCover 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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