Memory (Vorkosigan Saga, #10)
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Depuis sa cryo-réanimation, Miles Vorkosigan souffre de convulsions. Or, au cours de sa dernière mission, il a eu une crise et provoqué un grave accident. Il décide de falsifier son rapport et de passer sa responsabilité sous silence. Mais Simon Illyan, le chef de la Sécimp, découvre la vérité et, la mort dans l'âme, le renvoie de l'armée. Exit l'amiral Naismith. Devenu si...more
Mass Market Paperback, 509 pages
Published 2005 by J'ai lu (first published January 1st 1996)
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mark monday
a colleague asked me a series of questions while we were out drinking the other night, questions like So what's next for you? and Is this all you are planning on doing with your career? and Is your current job how you want to be defined and does that actually give you satisfaction? I found myself annoyed then defensive then offended. what gave her the right to question me, I've accomplished a lot in my job and in my life, yes I am content with my career and why the hell shouldn't I be, blah blah...more
thefourthvine
This is my favorite of all the Vorkosigan books (although, oh my god, don't start here; you have to read all the ones that came before it to appreciate it), because in it, Bujold does something very difficult very well: she massively changes the main character of an ongoing, established series.

Series tend to stagnate because authors don't let their characters develop in any but inconsequential ways. Bujold has never had that problem; Miles has grown up over the course of the books he's in, devel...more
Clouds

Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my GIFTS AND GUILTY list.

Regardless of how many books are already queued patiently on my reading list, unexpected gifts and guilt-trips will always see unplanned additions muscling their way in at the front.


A few weeks ago I came down quite suddenly with the N...more
Jim
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...more
Mike (the Paladin)
Well, Miles has put his foot in it good this time...whatever shall he do????? Why come up smelling like, well if not like roses at least not like that solid waste stuff that's always hitting the rotary impeller whenever he gets involved.

If you've followed Miles from early on in his "life" and like me have enjoyed his adventures then you won't be let down here. While early on I found these books occasionally hitting "speed bumps" where the story slowed down over time and installments of the saga...more
J.
The Vorkosigan saga has been praised by far more able (and thorough, and patient) keyboards than mine, for its quality of characterization, depth of thought, and consistent readability. It effectively utilizes the themes, techniques, and tropes of the science fiction, adventure, mystery, and romance genres. It's generally gotten better with each book I've read; the books layer themselves on top of each other like animation cels, gradually revealing a picture of more and more color and complexity...more
Maggie K
Best. Miles. Yet.
I screwed up my sleep patterns for this book, and it was worth it. Just saying.
I thought the last entry did some great character changes, with Miles injury and Mark's metamorphis. But here, Miles is in full-on identity crisis, and we also get to see Gregor making some life changes as well. I loved that, because Gregor is such a big part of their lives, but is not seen as much. So it was great to see him in such a happy place. Of course, their actions in moving on with their lliv...more
Laurel
I have dearly loved all of the Miles books, for a number of reasons. This one ranks as my favorite. Why? I laughed, snickered and guffawed out loud more times than I can remember, and was genuinely moved by Miles' decision to lay his Peter Pan existence aside, in order to grow up. I have gone through a similar experience these past months, perhaps that is why the book resonates so deeply with me. For both Miles and myself, the change was unexpected, and our lives are moving in a direction that c...more
Jon
Feb 07, 2010 Jon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: Beyond Reality Book Club Series Miles Vorkosigan
Miles turns thirty and thirty hits back ... hard. This will be a short sweet review lacking in many details because nearly everything and anything I say will be a spoiler. Miles walks through some of his deepest, desperate valleys and climbs to new heights of integrity, honor and satisfaction. I stayed up late and woke up early just so I could keep reading.

One of the best installments in the Vorkosigan Saga. I highly recommend it to space opera fans.
Stephen
4.5 stars. I am a big fan of this series and this is one of the better installments. Excellent character development (which is tough to continue to do for a character that has already appeared in so m any novels). Highly recommended.

Nominee: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1997)
Nominee: Nebula Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1997)
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1997)
Kelly
Summoned home to Barrayar to follow up on an incident where he might have accidentally cut the legs of the Imperial Courier he had just rescued, Lord Miles Vorkosigan finds that his own integrity is not the only thing awry. Simon Illyan, Chief of Imperial Security (Imp Sec) is having trouble remembering things, which should be impossible, as he was implanted with a special memory chip thirty years ago.

Illyan becomes incapacitated and is hospitalised. Paranoid to a fault, the Barrayaran Imperial...more
Andreas
Somewhat oddly, this is the only Vorkosigan novel not collected in an omnibus. It forms a pivotal point in Miles’s character development. In it, Miles continues feeling the effects of the injuries from Mirror Dance. This, and his own fear of losing the pursuits he loves, leads to his dismissal from Imperial Security. In an odd turn of events, he finds himself a depressed bachelor with not much to do. Luckily, trouble is afoot at the ImpSec he had to leave. Emperor Gregor appoints him an Imperial...more
Michelle
in which Miles turns 30, has to put away childish things, and has a moment of inner clarity:

"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."


oh, LM Bujold, how exactly do you work this alchemy? Miles is easily one of my favorite characters ever written, and his stories are consistently delightful, even when making me squirm with utter discomfort. horrible, awful, brutal things have happened to his poor...more
SA
Dec 19, 2011 SA rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
"Miles Learns About Second Careers. And Honor."

I actually like the tagline from the GR page: "Miles hits 30, and 30 hits back." That's pretty true! I really, really liked the costs of the type of career he's lead to this point, and the agonizing decision he makes between accepting, finally, the reality of his Barrayaran service or jumping ship to be Naismith full-time. That felt very real to me.

I also adored the transition Miles makes as he starts to reclaim his identity, and by extension his p...more
Banner
Ok I know there is this whole debate thing going on about the proper reading order of this series. I don't have much to say about that other than, do not read this book until you have several others under your belt. The depth of character and plot is built upon the previous heartaches and successes of these wonderful characters and the richness of this story will be lost if you don't get to know these folks before you read this amazing story

The plot follows a familiar path and yet still surprise...more
Laura
I think Bujold is showing off. The previous book is awesome space opera with great fight scenes. Also, violent sexual perversity, human trafficking, torture, and some truly disturbing things involving . . . . Yeah. Don’t want my name associated with it on a google search, come to think of it. I don’t think there’s a single fight scene in this whole book, except maybe when Miles has to extricate his dress boots from closet where a cat has had kittens. He spends much of the book in a depressed fun...more
Carly
**edited 12/15/13

Sometimes, resurrection isn't all it's cracked up to be. Even if you come back from the dead, you may not be able to regain your past life. After his previous adventures in mortality (Mirror Dance), Miles Vorkosigan is trying to get back into his routine. This is, naturally, complicated by the fact that he spends most of his time in his alternate persona, the aggressive, intelligent, and daring Admiral Naismith of the Dendarii Free Mercenaries. Unfortunately, his adventures did...more
Michael
This highly satisfying read represents a fine apex point in a space opera series. It can be read alone as it represents a synthesis and resolution of the risky strategy taken in prior volumes by its protagonist Miles Vorkosigan in forging an alternative life to surmount his physical handicaps and restricted choices in the ruling class of a hereditary aristocracy. Miles in his youth finds a way to thrive as the leader of a mercenary fleet tasked with undercover operations for the Imperial space n...more
Crystal Carroll
Miles Vorkosigan discovers that there are some obstacles he can’t flim or flam his way around. That choices always have consequences. ie Miles hits 30. 30 hits back.

So, I love the Vorkosigan series. The adventure. The excitement. And lets face it, I have an enormous crush on Miles. Hyperactive little git.

So, this is not an easy book to read. Miles makes some utterly boneheaded decisions. You, the reader, sit there and yell at him, “No, don’t do it.” And yet the choices come out of all the previo...more
Kathleen
4.5 stars. Solid gold, but for the slow start. I read the book twice and then listened to the audio. (Not crazy about narrator. See footnote.)

Making my way through the Vorkosigan Saga, a feel-good, philosophical, interesting, and entertaining space opera told in 3rd person. Like the fabulous fishing scene in this book, I'm hooked. Or should I say...stunned?

IMO Memory is one of Bujold's best, even though it has no high-octane intergalactic battle action. Main characters are Miles Vorkosigan (aka...more
Dorian
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways...

I think this is my favourite book in the Vorkosigan series. Sometimes, anyway. A lot of the time.

The first part is painful. Watching Miles fuck up, so very badly, is horrible. But then...oh, then. Then he climbs back up from the depths and transcends anything he's done before. The story becomes a stonking whodunnit, with an absolutely logical and utterly unexpected perpetrator (I can't call him a villain, because he's really not. Just someone who had a...more
Elijah Kinch Spector
Memory is a dedication to Bujold's determination to not let every book of her signature series all be in the same genre... even when they are all science-fiction, and largely follow the life of one single character. There's almost no actual action or adventure in Memory, and while the plot could definitely be characterized as a mystery, it's one in which the mysterious event does not take place until nearly 200 pages in, and the conclusion to the mystery comes with 60 pages left to go. It's a re...more
Kathi
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Althea Ann
I've read several of the Vorkosigan series... but long enough ago that I can't recall which ones. Which means that I should probably just read all of them.

I believe that this particular one has more mystery and less action than many of the others in this series, but that was perfectly OK - it's still tense, complex, consistently interesting and compellingly readable.

A combination of a medical problem and some remarkably bad decisions causes Miles Vorkosigan to lose his status as a Imperial Secur...more
Sarah
This might actually be my favorite long form Miles story. Up until now I've always preferred the novellas. I guess that means I prefer Miles away from the Dendarii fleet, solving practical problems and dealing with his own demons while he tries to help others. This book felt like it didn't really pick up its pace til the 200th page, though in fact the early chapters were setting the groundwork. For a while I thought this played a little like a TV clip show, using the memory conceit to remind us...more
Bookwormgirl
Memory is about redefining your life and priorities after hardships. It is also a book of about how memory defines us and how we interact with the world. Lack of memory also effects how others view and interact with the person afflicted with memory loss.

In this chapter of Miles life we see him gain a new level of maturity and self knowledge. By the end, Miles has come to peace with himself and the new direction his life is now headed.

Miles in his 30's is just as interesting as Miles in his 20's....more
Yoon
Perhaps the high point of the Vorkosigan series (although you should start at the beginning): Miles has a secret, and his attempt to keep it that way leads to a disastrous error of judgement just when he may be needed the most. Painful but believable characterizations throughout, and a gripping mystery.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Nov 15, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Space Opera Fans
This is one of the best books out of a favorite series--nominated for Hugo and Nebula Awards for Best Novel. I don't think it's as winning as The Warrior's Apprentice, as intense as Mirror Dance or as amusing as A Civil Campaign, so I didn't give it a full five stars, but it's still a great read. Memory is listed as the eleventh book chronologically in the Vorkosigan Saga, a series that could be described as space opera. The series features one of my favorite fictional characters, Miles Vokosiga...more
Kate Quinn
Bujold is ruthless with her characters. Having put Mark through the wringer last time out and set him on a tentative path to healing, she turns her attention to Miles and proceeds to destroy his life. Miles is recovered from the wound that nearly killed him in Mirror Dance, but cryo-freeze has left him with disturbing seizures that, if made known to his bosses, would sideline him from combat duty. He falsifies his reports, is caught - and fired from the career he loves above all else. But person...more
Sineala
This is my favorite Vorkosigan book, and one of my favorite books ever.

(I cannot, however, recommend it to series newcomers, because, while it is doubtless a good book on its own merits, it gets a whole lot of emotional impact based on the weight of what has come before. But if you wanted to read the series for this book... well, I think it's worth it.)

So there's this trope I really, really like in fiction, in which a main character who is competent, intelligent, and otherwise generally the sort...more
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One of the most respected writers in the field of speculative fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold burst on to the scene in 1986 with Shards of Honor, the first of her tremendously popular Vorkosigan Saga novels. She has received numerous accolades and prizes, including two Nebula Awards for Best Novel (Falling Free and Paladin of Souls), four Hugo Awards for Best Novel (Paladin of Souls, The Vor Game, B...more
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