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Cordelia Vorkosigan (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) #1&7)

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La guerre... Stupide, inévitable.
Mauvais endroit, mauvais moment, mauvaise cause. Même l'uniforme n'est pas le bon : Cordelia Naismith, des forces expéditionnaires de Beta, se retrouve en pleine bataille interplanétaire, alors qu'elle a toujours sur le dos sa vieille combinaison d'astronaute.
Et voici qu'elle est tombée entre les mains des Barrayarans. Qui plus est, entre
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Mass Market Paperback, 316 pages
Published September 2001 by J'ai Lu (first published 1986)
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Conor
Dec 27, 2015 Conor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shards of Honour - 3.5 Stars

This was a fun start to an interesting series. The main characters were likeable and interesting (especially the gradual reveal of Vorkosigan's past) and the plot was fast-paced, filled with a series of exciting adventures. The world-building was solid but nowhere near as ambitious, intriguing and memorable as the first book in the other sci-fi series I have experience with (Hyperion). The secondary characters were for the most part also not particularly remarkable w
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Althea Ann
Dec 03, 2015 Althea Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an omnibus edition of 'Shards of Honor' and 'Barrayar.'

'Shards of Honor' is the first novel in what has since become an extensive series (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vorkosi...) of which I've read a great many. It's always odd to go back and read an early book featuring characters who were later fleshed out a great deal more. To be frank, this book does not fully live up to many of the later entries into the saga - but then, how could it, really? The world, and the people in it, have g
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Wanda

Actual rating: 4.5 stars

This is a combined volume, consisting of numbers 1 & 7 of the Vorkosigan saga, Shards of Honor and Barrayar. It is hard for me to believe, but although they are two halves of the same story, there was about 10 years between their original publication dates. I am really glad to have read them together.

I really enjoyed Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan as a main character. She was practical, capable, smart, and sensible. And despite all of that, she fell in love with a guy o
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Gail Carriger
Nov 19, 2009 Gail Carriger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
The precursor to her Vorkosigan saga, this is an omnibus of two books featuring Miles's mother, Cordelia. It is amazingly well written and not only a wonderful sweeping Space Opera but quite romantic and sweet. The first installment is essentially a survival story on an alien world with enemies forced to survive, and uncover treachery, together. The second half is more political as Cordelia, now an outcast from her own culture, enters Vor politics in her own fierce and indomitable way.

Cordelia
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Jonathan
Sep 10, 2012 Jonathan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jonathan by: Marjorie Friday Baldwin

4.5 Stars

Cordelia's Honor is a fascinating novel, or rather a fascinating omnibus, having been split down the middle. Well not the precise middle but that middle we mortals all mean when we say middle. The middle that's a little to the left. However either way this novel was split into two novels, a sort of conjunctive novel, and as such I will discuss my reaction to the two different stories.

Shards of Honor
4 Stars

This novel flings its readers directly into the action, causing the two roman
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Nathan
As I finish up listening to this series I couldn't help but go back and start a reread of the first two omnibus editions; both first read several years ago.

Shards of Honor is still a book that does not do the series that follows justice. It is disjointed, jumps in time without transition (though at least it avoids tedious filler of unimportant events) and lacks the mix of humor and serious later books have. Bujolds ability to give characters real personality shines early though.

Barrayer though
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Tokio Myers
Jul 22, 2016 Tokio Myers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not going to lie guys, I didn't like Shades of Honor which is the first book in this bind up. I thought the story moved a little too fast to the point characters were lacking development. The romance was bland and the plot is one I read in hundred of books in multiple genres. I didn't understand why people like Lois Bujold so much. Why do people say she's the Queen of Scifi if this is her best work? The only thing keeping me from dnfing the series was a short story at the end called Aftermat ...more
Chris
It is a good thing that these two books are joined in one volume. The first book, Shards of Honor is by far the weaker book; however, when taken with Barrayar, it works.

Honor sets the stage by introducing the reader to Aral and Cordelia. These two would be lovers are from different, quasi warring, planets - Barrayar (a.k.a. Sparta) and Beta (a.k.a. Athens). I found Honor to be the weaker novel. The major problem I had was I just didn't by the fact that Aral and Cordelia were in love, deeply in l
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Justin
Jun 23, 2011 Justin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let’s all agree on this right up front: the covers of the Vorkosigan Saga books are horrible. Just plain awful. The cover art for anything published by Baen is pretty bad, enough to make even the proud nerds of today cringe and place the book face-down whenever possible to avoid being snickered at. But these covers in particular, with their dramatic poses and odd retro fonts, seem to house a strange breed of quasi-historical space pulp that embodies everything that “serious readers” should avoid ...more
Jon
Feb 12, 2009 Jon added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: Beyond Reality Book Club Series Miles Vorkosigan
Stephanie
Feb 07, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science Fiction Fans, Women
Recommended to Stephanie by: Lisa, Idahospud
I like science fiction. I read a lot of it. Cordelia’s Honor, on the surface, seems a standard science fiction novel with just a dash of romance. It has the customary interstellar war, political intrigue, and, of course, high-tech gadgets that we’ve come to expect from our sci-fi. What makes this book special is its title character, Cordelia Naismith.

Cordelia is not the clichéd woman you see in most science fiction. She doesn’t just cling to the arm of her leading man (which would be easy to do,
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Marjorie Friday Baldwin
May 20, 2012 Marjorie Friday Baldwin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Romantic SF readers who also like Space Opera - or SF readers who like mysteries in their SF
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (wish I could rate it higher)
Genre: Science Fiction, Space Opera, Romantic SF
My usual type of read? (yes/no) Yes, very much so!
Plot type: epic romance, galactic space war, incredible world-building
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I just read this again for something like the 7th time since I first "discovered" the series in December of 2005, so I guess I've read it, on average, once a year for 6 years running. I remain astounded each time I read this book at just how much story Lois has managed to j
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Amber Millter
Jan 09, 2011 Amber Millter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Perhaps it's just the books I've been grabbing lately, but I've had a hard time finding lead female characters I like. They're either whiny, weak, and wishy washy or they're buttkicking Alpha females that make Demi Moore's GI Jane look like a pushover (I don't know many people like that in real life, and the ones I do... I can't stand. I'm not sure why there are so many proliferating the pages of fiction).

Cordelia is a strong competent character without being able to beat the snot out of platoon
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Apatt
Jul 07, 2011 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lois McMaster Bujold is an author I have been meaning to read for the longest time, she has won so many major sf awards it is clear that she must be some kind of major talent in the field. However it took me years and years to get around to picking up one off her books simply because the synopsis of her Vorkosigan series never seem all that interesting to me. Fortunately for me Lois has graciously decided to make most of her Vorkosigan books available for FREE in digital formats on her publisher ...more
Libby
Mar 10, 2011 Libby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: year-of-women, sci-fi
I very much enjoyed these early books in the Vorkosigan saga, despite the fact that there are plenty of new-author moments that occasionally jarred me from the narrative. These human civilizations feel very much designed to showcase the characters rather than showcase the author's world-building. Fortunately, this works very well for these books because the main characters, the titular surveyor-turned-soldier from Beta Colony, Cordelia, and Barrayan soldier-lord Aral Vorkosigan, are utterly enga ...more
Brad
I read these separately, but together, they really make sense. From courtship to marriage to having a wonderful baby boy, it's definitely not about Miles, just as the title explains. Cordelia was always a very strong character in all of the books, but it was never as clear as here.
Anne
Jul 21, 2008 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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D. Jason
This is a collection of two novels which tell a single story, Shards Of Honor and Barrayar.

Shards Of Honor is Bujold's first book and, judged in that light, it's very, very good. Judged against the rest of the Vorkosigan series, however, it comes off less well. The ingredients are there, physical adventure and well-thought out characters bouncing off each other, but they don't jell the way they do even in Bujold's second book, The Warrior's Apprentice (in the Young Miles omnibus).

Cordelia Naism
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Misha
Cordelia is on a planetary expedition when she is taken captive by Lord Vorkosigan. Their unexpected romance brings her to planet Barrayar where politics prove seriously life-threatening to them and their unborn son.

I have long heard that Bujold’s Vorkosigan series was a good series. I knew she wrote “military sf,” which never sounded good to me. But I thought that I should give Bujold a try; so many patrons and friends have mentioned her in glowing terms over the years. In creating a recent Fan
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Jared Millet
Shards of Honor

The first of the Vorkosigan books surprised me by being more of a romance novel than I was expecting, but I don't begrudge it. It was actually refreshing to read a romance plot that didn't fall into the overused "Pride and Prejudice" formula. Bujold doesn't waste any time trying to make us think her heroine despises the hero, and he doesn't waste the whole novel bending heaven and earth to impress her. They both have their own lives and their own problems - namely that they're m
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Elijah Spector
Aug 04, 2009 Elijah Spector rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
Every now and then a certain thing that I haven't yet read, watched, or otherwise experienced at all, will suddenly get itself lodged in my brain by way of a hook that I cannot even identify, and stay there, forcing me to get around to it very soon.

I can't say what it was, beyond the normal "I haven't read any Bujold" thing, that suddenly drew me to the Vorkosigan series, nor what it was that makes me especially interested in the two books combined here, when a lot of people say they're inferior
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Hazel
Just arrived. Thank you, Amazon! I've read each of the novels years ago, probably more than once, and was reminded of them by a recent review. Cordelia and Aral are a good example of an adult couple. Theirs is a grown up romance, as one of my friends said. Here's my favourite quote from Shards of Honour.

They crossed another watercourse. Coming up over the lip of its valley, Cordelia nearly stumbled over a red-coated hexaped, lying quite still in a depression and blending perfectly with its backg
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Darbus
Feb 17, 2009 Darbus rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Christy
Jun 29, 2012 Christy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1-own-it-book
5 stars for the omnibus edition, because these books really belong together, and because of her insightful afterword. I can tell this will be a volume I re-read multiple times.

4 stars for Shards of Honor
Cordelia is a wonderful character, and watching her relationship with Aral develop is a real pleasure. The contrast between Barryan and Betan world-views is a major element, with the awful price of honor the major theme. My only complaints are that in telling this story, Bujold is a little too e
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Sarah Yoffa
Jan 05, 2011 Sarah Yoffa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-milsf-milfic
Lois has written one of the best love stories in the little-known subgenre of Romance SF with this duology. Two halves of one book, IMO, this story anchors the entire series for the next 20 years of Lois's writing, Miles's life, and the universe's existence. Except at the center of this universe is Aral Vorkosigan and it is ONLY in this book (pair of books) that we really and truly get to know Aral's heart. Which is, of course, named Cordelia ;-) The Admiral's Captain, Cordelia Naismith and Admi ...more
Estara
Nov 02, 2010 Estara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: character-driven sf who enjoy strong females
Recommended to Estara by: auto-buy author
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Nyssa
Cordelia's Honor is, I believe, what the introduction to the Vorkosigan Saga was meant to be - Shards of Honour and Barrayar as one complete story. I can not imagine reading the two, completely separated by numerous other books and short stories, as they are when read in publication order. I am curious as to how either made sense "alone", especially with Shards of Honour being so sparse in its detail and storytelling.


Ron
Jul 13, 2009 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hardly great literature, but a fun read.

Almost not science fiction. Bujold sets most of his tale(s) on the planet whose "backward" culture and technology reads a lot like contemporary earth, maybe even overlaid with nineteenth century attitudes.
Becky
Feb 05, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I reviewed these two books under their individual titles.
Alexandra
Jan 09, 2011 Alexandra rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alexandra by: Tehani
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Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children.

Her fantasy from HarperCollins includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife tetralogy; her science fiction from Baen Books features the perennially bestse
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Other Books in the Series

Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • Shards of Honour  (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)
  • The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga, #2)
  • Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga, #3)
  • Falling Free (Vorkosigan Saga, #4)
  • Brothers in Arms (Vorkosigan Saga, #5)
  • The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga, #6)
  • Barrayar (Vorkosigan Saga, #7)
  • Mirror Dance (Vorkosigan Saga, #8)
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