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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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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 |
Wonderful!

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 ( )
  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 |
The Warrior’s Apprentice is a true space opera featuring interplanetary wars, spaceships hurling through wormholes and much blasting of exotic weapons with names like plasma arcs, stunners and needlers. What made this book stand out for me was how Lois McMaster Bujold created such a great balance between the rollicking adventure story and her superb character development.

In this book we meet the grown, almost mature, Miles Naismith Vorkosigan. He is extremely clever, witty, and in possession of a silver-tongue. He has the ability to talk anyone into just about anything, and yet he is humble and will go out of his way to keep from inflicting pain. Miles is as engaging a character as one would wish, for, heroic, trustworthy and caring. A brilliant strategist, the fact that he stands under 5 feet tall, and his bones are extremely brittle are all that stand between him and entry into the Barrayar Military Service. When he fails the entry level tests, he leaves his home planet of Barrayar and goes to visit his grandmother on the planet of Beltan. Through a series of misadventures he finds himself in possession of a spaceship and then accidentally creates a mercenary army. With the help of his friends and his cousin Ivan, he manages to come full circle back to his home planet.

There are other fully fleshed characters that help move the story along as well. Bothari, the bodyguard that has been at Miles’ side since infancy, his daughter Elena, and the aforementioned cousin Ivan along with the various mercenaries that join up along the way. Sergeant Bothari, an old favorite from the previous books, is a man with a twisted, dark past, of which the character repents of, but carries inside himself with a grave and solemn dignity.

A truly fun story, with moments of laugh-out-loud humor, but also a few moments that can bring one to tears. I was sorry at the end of Barrayar to say goodbye to Cordelia as the main character, but now, having met Miles, I am eager to continue on with him in the drivers’ seat. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Mar 18, 2014 |
I really enjoyed learning more of Miles Vorkosigan's backstory, and how his mercenary corps came to be. Since I'm reading the books out of order, it was shocking to me, to find out more about Sgt. Bothari. The way his character was handled, in the books I've read, was very tender and yet uncompromising. He was a complex man, and one of Bujold's finer creations.

That said, this was not enough of a novel to successfully contain the word "sardonic", by my count, at least seven times. ( )
  duende | Feb 6, 2014 |
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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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