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One of my favorite books ever. The mystery, Miles' character, the dialogue - it's all perfect, funny, and highly emotional in places. Just...perfect. ( )
  4hounds | Jan 25, 2015 |
This is well matched with the previous book chronologically. The last one explored Mark's psychology & life, this one deals with Miles. I liked it a lot better. Mark's had a lot of repetition, concentrated mostly on the few items we already knew of his past & his reactions to them over & over. While there wasn't any new information on Miles, he's a much better documented & a much more complex character. He very believably gets himself into & out of the trick bag on a regular basis, the main fun of this series. In this story, it's even better done than normal, though.

Bujold has done a great job of setting up the situation & does even better with the solution. The Imperial Auditor position is new to the series, well introduced by the description of the old one while our attention is mostly on Miles meeting his victim. Even on my first read, I remember thinking this would be a perfect position for him, so when it is offered, it seemed a natural growth rather than pasted on.

She also allows the characters to grow, change, & generally move through life. It's been obvious for some time that Admiral Naismith & Lord Vorkosigan can't coexist forever. Cordelia's worries about what would happen to Miles when he had to choose (She says 'give up the little Admiral', but that could be wishful thinking.) & his affair with Quinn have made this point for 2 or 3 books now. Their decisions are often hard ones & some are just a shame, but that just lends them more reality.

All in all, I'm very pleased with both the book & the series. No matter how you count it, there have been about 10 books so far. Most series go stale for me long before now. This one is like a soap opera, dragging me along to see what happens, then adds some new wrinkle that I want to see to the end. As usual, it was very well read. I'm on to the next one, [b:Komarr|61884|Komarr (Vorkosigan Saga, #11)|Lois McMaster Bujold|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1322572043s/61884.jpg|1129294]. ( )
  jimmaclachlan | Aug 18, 2014 |
Miles Vorkosigan is used to having difficulties with his physical body ?? he makes up for this by being smarter than almost everyone around him. But in Memory, for the first time Miles is dealing with mental handicaps, too. So is his boss, Simon Illyan. This story is painful as we watch these two brilliant men have to give up the parts of themselves that they think define them. In fact, this happens for other characters, too. It takes a little while to get going, but in the end thereƒ??s a lot of change for everyone in Memory.

http://www.fantasyliterature.com/fantasy-author/bujoldloismcmaster/ ( )
  Kat_Hooper | Apr 6, 2014 |
Best yet of the series. ( )
  sageness | Feb 7, 2014 |
Having built an adoring fan base with her previous books in the series, Bujold is in the unique position in modern day genre fiction of being able to write a lengthy novel in which the inward struggles of the characters and their place in their world is of prime importance. The adventure part of this book doesn't even begin until well after page 300, but this reader never thought, when is it starting?! Engrossing, human, and very well developed. Bujold is a master of her craft. ( )
  thesmellofbooks | Jan 10, 2014 |
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Miles returned to consciousness with his eyes still closed.
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Some prices are just too high, no matter how much you may want the prize. The one thing you can't trade for your heart's desire is your heart.
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One life to live...well, two, actually.

Dying is easy. Coming back to life is hard. At least that's what Miles Vorkosigan thinks and he should know, having done both once already.

Thanks to his quick-thinking staff and the specialist who revived him, his first death won't be his last. But his next one might be, a realization he finds profoundly unsettling. Even after he returns to military duty, his late death seems to be having a greater effect than he's willing to admit. Unfortunately, his weakness reveals itself to the world at large at just the wrong time and in just the wrong way, and Miles is summoned home to face Barrayaran security chief Illyan. But when things begin to go subtly wrong in Imperial Security itself, "Who shall guard the guardians?" becomes a more-than-rhetorical question, with a potentially lethal answer.
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Miles turns 30, and--though he isn't slowing down just yet--he is starting to lose interest in the game of Wall: the one where he tries to climb the wall, fails, gets up, and tries again. Having finally reached a point in his life where he can look back and realize that he has managed to prove his courage and competence, he can move on to bigger and better things.

Depending on how you count it, this is the eighth, ninth, tenth, or eleventh book in a series--not all are about Miles or even his extended family. A good place to start is with the first Vorkosigan story, Shards of Honor.

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A disgraced space hero gets a second chance. Miles Vorkosigan lied about the state of his health and is dismissed from service by his superior. But when his superior falls mentally ill and starts making mistakes it is to Miles he turns for help. By the author of Mirror Dance.… (more)

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