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Lustrzany taniec (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) #8)

4.32  ·  Rating Details ·  14,229 Ratings  ·  394 Reviews
The dwarfish, fetally-damaged yet brilliant Miles Vorkosigan has more than his share of troubles. Having recently escaped an assassination plot whose tool was a brainwashed clone of himself, Miles has set the clone, Mark, free for a new chance at life. But when he decides to let his clone brother assume his secret identity and lead the Dendarii Free Mercenary on an unautho ...more
miękka (paperback), 142 x 202 mm, 532 pages
Published 2002 by Prószyński i S-ka (first published 1994)
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mark monday
when appreciating characterization, Space Opera - much like its cousin Epic Fantasy - is often more about surface appeal rather than depth. for the most part, that's okay by me. I can enjoy the expansive world-building and intriguing concepts, the science and adventure, without realistic or meaningful characterization. as long as the characters are fun, I'm not going to overthink it. I'll look for rich, resonant characterization elsewhere.

Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga is very nearly the opposite of a

Christmas 2010: I realised that I had got stuck in a rut. I was re-reading old favourites again and again, waiting for a few trusted authors to release new works. Something had to be done.

On the spur of the moment I set myself a challenge, to read every book to have won the Locus Sci-Fi award. That’s 35 books, 6 of which I’d previously read, leaving 29 titles by 14 authors who were new to me.

While working through this reading list I got married, went on my honeymoon, switched career and became
Dec 12, 2011 SA rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
"Miles Learns About Consequences" and "Mark Learns About Self-Identity." Holy shit, this book. This book.

To say that it puts you through the wringer would be a gross understatement. Flipping between perspectives--the first time Bujold has done this, I believe, and deftly utilized here--served to underscore the differences between Miles and Mark. And there are so many, spawning an argument beyond Bujold's case for the many guises of humanity into one of the affects of genetics versus experience.
Feb 08, 2015 Apatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, favorites
If I was a billionaire who can afford to commission a novelist to write a custom made book just for me the desired end result would probably read something like a Lois McMaster Bujold book. Her prose style just clicks with me. Always very clear and accessible, yet graceful, passionate, witty and often humorous. Her writing is never clunky or clumsy, never a word out of place. Even before getting into the actual storyline of the book the narrative style in and of itself is already a pleasure to r ...more
Jul 10, 2014 Carly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, scifi
**edited 11/28/13

When Mark Vorkosigan looks in a mirror, he doesn't quite know what stares back. Mark was created a clone, trained as an assassin, intended to replace his progenitor, Miles Vorkosigan, as part of an attack against the infamous Lord Vorkosigan of Barrayar. But Mark failed spectacularly in carrying out his task, partially because of the discovery that Miles himself has constructed an artificial identity as Admiral Miles Naismith of the Dendarii Free Mercenaries. Now Mark again plan
4.0 stars. Another well-written, well-polotted and interesting story involving one of the best characters ever created, Miles Vorkosigan.

Winner: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1995)
Winner: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1995)
Oct 22, 2014 Jim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's a tough call on this book. It started out slow, got kind of crappy, then finished fantastically. Excellently read again.

The first third had a lot of back story in it. If a person hadn't read any of the series, they would appreciate it. BUT, it's a series. Skip books at your own risk & let those of us who have read it read the new story.

The middle got into Mark's head until it was just boring. He had a horrible life & a lot to figure out.
Got it.
Got it.
Got it.
Got it.
(Bored yet? I
Megan Baxter
Aug 27, 2014 Megan Baxter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
And we're back to Mark! Eeeennnteresting. What's even more interesting are the ways in which this Vorkosigan book has a large chunk there in the middle without any Miles in it! I was shocked when that happened, and I'm trying very hard to figure out how to allude to what happened without giving it away. I wasn't sure how a Miles book without Miles would work.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this de
Jan 21, 2010 Kerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, sf, reread, 10, 2010
I've been rather under the weather lately. I've done too much physically and my CFS has come along and thwacked me around the head to remind me it's still there. As a result, my brain isn't running on full steam either. So I don't have this post quite planned out in my head and I don't know how coherent I'm going to be. However, I know that the longer I put it off, the more and more likely it becomes that I won't write anything at all. So here we go. I'll start typing and we'll see what happens. ...more
Mike (the Paladin)
I'm a little tempted to include some of these on my "Spy-Fi" shelf, LOL.

I was advised for a long time to read the Miles Vorkosigan series, but as it's another rather long series I had put it off. Now that I've started I think I owe a thank you to all those who kept recommending them. I've read several books by Lois McMaster Bujold. Some I've liked greatly others, frankly I almost disliked by the time I got through them. These are in my estimation the best so far.

I haven't read all these in order
Jane Stewart
I did not enjoy it. It was tedious. It dragged. I wanted it to be over.

From previous books: Miles is a government agent (sort of) and an admiral. Because his father is a powerful government figure, enemies obtained Miles’ DNA and created a clone now called Mark. They tortured and trained the clone to be an assassin with plans to kill the father. Mark was set free (or escaped) from the bad guys and met Miles.

In this story Mark pretends to be Miles in order to steal his ship and crew.
Sep 08, 2016 Kathleen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Don't begrudge me my little ship, Quinn. After all, my parents gave my big brother a whole fleet of ships."
Mark Vorkosigan is a 22-year-old clone, six years younger than his "twin brother" Miles. His intentions are good when he sets out to free 50 adolescent clones, but he puts Miles in gravest jeopardy. However, in his subsequent efforts to save Miles, this tormented soul -- reared by a violent psychopath, trained to kill, and denied an identity -- discovers his true gifts, his Vorkosigan al
Maggie K
Feb 07, 2014 Maggie K rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Miles Vorkosigan has been the starring character in this great series by Bujold...but when Mark, the clone of Miles that was sent to assassinate him now tries to take over his life...well, he just might get Miles killed anyway!

I have been reading these in chronological order, so be ware of spoilers to those of you reading in publication order.

Here, Mark is itching to save some of his fellow clones back on Jackson's Whole, and when Miles is away he takes advantage and orders the Dendarrion to the
I loved the psychological layers and thrilling action in this 5th in a delightful series of military space opera novels featuring Miles Vorkosigan. As usual, he must juggle his identities as the aristocratic son of a planetary prime minister, a lieutenant with Barrayar Imperial Security, and an admiral of a mercenary fleet which takes on undercover operations.

The theme of identity becomes even more prominent when Miles' clone brother Mark, introduced in the preceding "Brothers in Arms", assumes
Feb 27, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
"If this was a movie, I wouldn't watch it." -Devin
I'm pretty conflicted about a review for this book. It deserves five stars in my opinion, but it was wholly disturbing. A few parts I felt safe enjoying, and the ending was hopeful (entirely more so than I was expecting), but the book taking place primarily on Jackson's Whole means BAD THINGS HAPPENED. Jackson's Whole is one of those places where practicing morality on just about every level goes from challenging to insanely difficult. A HIVE OF
Mar 09, 2015 André rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh God the feels. This is my favourite Vorkosigan book, at least since Warrior's Apprentice, and definitely one of my favourites ever. Also the most traumatic and one of the wisest. There are parts of this book scarred into my brain that I will never forget, but those parts include not only the trauma but the way that trauma is survived and dealt with. Ugh this was so good and so painful.

Edit: and then Jasmine saw this review and

jasmine's response
Dec 18, 2015 Adi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
/Препрочитане по повод подготовка на тематичен материал за Бюджолд/

Един от любимите ми моменти в Огледален танц си остава този:

Импулсивно се обърна и отиде до стаята на Майлс. Отново се спря. Вече седмици как беше в Бараяр, а не се беше осмелил да влезе в нея. Не го бяха поканили. Хвана античната дръжка. Вратата не беше заключена.
Влезе колебливо и запали лампите с гласова команда. Доста обширна спалня за ограниченията на старата архитектура на къщата. Съседното преддверие, някога предназначено
Oct 18, 2015 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know what star-rating to give this thing. I've changed it multiple times.

This might sound SUPER irreverent and terrible of me, but reading this felt a little bit (just a little!) like walking through the Holocaust Museum in Israel: it's full of incredibly important things that everyone needs to see and understand, stories that need to be told and remembered, but all the while going through I wanted to rip my eyeballs out and stuff them into my ears so I didn't have to take in anythi
Jul 28, 2014 Brad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, space-opera
Despite the whole evil-twin setup, this novel pulls off something much deeper and exciting than I would have expected. Twists and turns, complicated plots, and severe complications are studded in this novel. It's more than satisfying to read, and it sucks you in quite nicely.

Mile's corpulent brother has become more than fascinating in his own right. His growth is not only in his waistline. :) His black gang friends are very humorous. I'm glad to know that Mile's genes can express his insanity in
May 17, 2016 Jennie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: scifi-fantasy
Woah. This book. I finished it a few days ago, but I haven't been able to formulate my thoughts for a review. It's an incredible book. Quite painful to read at times. It changes perspectives between Miles and Mark, and Mark's sections are...hard. So much bad has happened to Mark in his short life. He's a mess, psychologically. He's struggling with his identity and for a good portion of the book really doesn't like himself. It wore on me after a while, but just when I didn't think I could take an ...more
Dec 18, 2013 Banner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
It is only natural, it seems, when rating a particular book in a series that you compare it to the other books. In doing so, for me this is the best written book so far (I'm reading them in chronological order). This started off as a seemingly typical plot and I was enjoying the addition of The Lady and The Count. Then pow! We take off in a direction that is unlike anything I've seen in the series so far. It's hard to describe, but it is a place where one truly sees oneself and what they really ...more
Renee M
Jul 05, 2016 Renee M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Just, wow! As much as I have been entirely entranced/obsessed/awed by the series, this book just blew me away. Layered and textured. Exciting and devastating. The emotional ride is as good as it gets. Bujold is a freakin' master of her craft who doesn't get the accolades she deserves. (Awards, not withstanding. Why is she not mentioned in the same breath with the other Sci Fi giants??) The way in which she makes us bond with each brother; grieve for, cheer for, and love them with such feroc ...more
Aug 04, 2016 Nathan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easily my favorite of the series thus far. some parts were hard to get through but so damn compelling.
Rosario (
This was the book that proved beyond all reasonable doubt that I'm putty in Lois McMaster Bujold's hands. At regular intervals she had me exclaiming out loud "no, no, NO!", and telling myself she'd gone too far, and that I wasn't going to follow where she was leading, but every single time, I did. I totally did. And I loved it, more than any of her books up to now.

I'll back up a little bit. Right, plot. You might have noticed that the description above is particularly cryptic and uninformative.
Jan 20, 2010 Stephanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stephanie by: Lisa Butterworth
At last, a chance to curl up with another Lois McMaster Bujold book featuring everybody’s favorite four-foot-nine hyperactive super-genius, Miles Vorkosigan, as he roams the galaxy getting into scrape after scrape.

I’m only a few pages into Mirror Dance and already, Miles is off to a rocky start. I don’t like it. Miles is such a vivid and likeable character that it’s hard to see him suffer. I remind myself that Miles is nothing without challenges, and Bujold is only too happy to provide them. Mil
Jan 23, 2010 Jon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: Beyond Reality Series January 2010 Selection
3.5 stars

I read this novel as part of the omnibus edition Miles Errant.

Miles' six years younger twin brother, Mark, garners most of the screen time in Mirror Dance. Less lighthearted fun and more unhinged passion and desperation pervades while we focus on Mark. Miles' fate remains unknown for much of the story.

I enjoyed Mark meeting Aral and Cordelia. Miles' mother treated me to some wonderful scenes with Mark or that Mark overheard. Sadly, Aral suffers nearly the same fate as Miles. But no on
Oct 16, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, grown-up-books
Much more mature content than some previous titles. Very good tale about Miles and Mark, with much of the book narrating from Mark's point of view. The psychological issues of identity and finding your own way in the world when under the shadow of a mercurial sibling or parent is very well done. But Mark undergoes a lot of abuse in this story, both at his own hands (mentally) and when tortured by another (grotesque.) Lots of interesting psychological perspectives, though. I enjoyed this, but the ...more
After five books into the series, I think I'm finally indoctrinated enough to enjoy the Vorkosigans. The outsider Mark is a refreshing POV in this world of privilege and militarism. Again, though, the series' forays into torture and psychology are treated for plot value alone-- shock then shrug. Don't go looking for depth here, much as it tries.
Dec 27, 2010 Laurel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
First, I fell in love with Miles as a character in Warrior's Apprentice. I thought that he was the epiphany of Bujold's writing. Then I met his mother Cordelia, and I became even more impressed. Surely, this was her greatest creation. Well, with Mark, she has surpassed herself yet again!
May 06, 2015 R.J. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brilliant and devastating. Not for the faint of heart, especially with all that happens to a Certain Character in the first quarter and what a Certain Other Character goes through in the last, but wow.
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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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Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • 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)
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