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Memory (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) #10)

4.43  ·  Rating Details ·  11,873 Ratings  ·  507 Reviews
Forced to abandon his undercover role as leader of the Dendarii Mercenaries, Miles Vorkosigan persuades Emperor Gregor to appoint him Imperial Auditor so he can penetrate Barrayar’s intelligence and security operations (ImpSec). Simon Illyan, head of ImpSec and Miles’ former boss, is failing physically and mentally, and Miles sets out to find out why -- and who, if anyone, ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 509 pages
Published 2005 by J'ai lu (first published August 1st 1996)
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Apr 08, 2017 Evgeny rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
A buddy read with Choko and Maria.

I gave none of the books of the series 5 stars despite the fact that I like it a lot. The reason for this is that you can predict what would happen in the next book by the time you finish the previous one. So in the last book it turned out Miles began having unpredictable seizures. Anybody wants to bet where it goes in this novel? Right, his complete inability to lead his mercenary fleet. And thus Miles ended up grounded - a result of not one, but two big miscal
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
Apr 05, 2017 Choko rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi-fantasy
*** 5 ***

A buddy read with Evgeny and Maria because we love Science Fiction!!!

Wow! I always knew that this series is special, but books like this one, emotional and poignant, are what make this series AMAZING!

Miles Vorkosigan, at the beginning of the book as his alternate persona Miles Naismith, Admiral of the Dendarii Mercenaries, is in trouble. After being criogenically preserved and subsequently restored back to life, is suffering with seizures as a complication of his rushed defreezing. Kno
Jun 04, 2007 thefourthvine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
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
This next novel is probably one of the most cogent and subtle of the stories, or at least it was probably one of the more profound. Loss took on a brand new spin this time. Loss of identity, purpose, and even his alternate life. Simon's tale was as interesting and heartwarming as it was also full of loss. How both of them got back on their feet was the main impetus of the story, although it was hardly a straight line. In Miles's case, it was part happy accident, a realization that he needed to m ...more

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
Maggie K
Dec 13, 2013 Maggie K rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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 live
Apr 12, 2017 Jacqueline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, audio
Listening to this series all out of order according to what I can find at the library. I continue to love this author's writing style and to love Miles of course.
Jul 30, 2013 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Maria Dimitrova
Buddy read with Choko and Evgeny.


It's time to turn a new page in the Vorkosigan Saga and Memory is the transition point. When you read the books in the chronological order the reader can predict the initial events in the book with ease. It's a painful way to give Miles a much needed kick in the behind. Miles had reached the top as Admiral Neismith and sometimes I think that deep down inside he was no longer satisfied with that life. Why else would he sabotage himself so b
Apr 24, 2009 J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-new-york
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
Mar 31, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it
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
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
Jan 28, 2011 Laurel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
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
Mar 17, 2015 André rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
How did I ever live without Lois Bujold in my life.
Lilia Ford
Mar 16, 2017 Lilia Ford rated it really liked it
This is a transitional book in the series, basically detailing how Miles goes from being the outrageous and colorful Admiral Naismyth back to the less spectacular and far more Barrayaran Miles Vorkosigan. This entails some fairly close psychological work from Bujold, which isn't exactly lacking, but definitely does not play to her biggest strengths--majestic set-pieces that blow you away with the brilliance of the plotting. The opening half can feel slow and a bit depressing, but the story picks ...more
Megan Baxter
Aug 11, 2014 Megan Baxter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Here we are at the bridging point between Miles' two careers. One, as admiral of the Dendarii Fleet, Naismith. The other? Well, if you're reading through them and haven't jumped ahead and seen, I'll leave the other to your discovery.

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 decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire review at Smorgasbook
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)
May 14, 2009 Jon rated it really liked it  ·  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.
Feb 02, 2016 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good! It was nice to take a break from the action/adventure for a more character focused book. It was both heart wrenching and uplifting - and disturbingly familiar watching careers crumble and people having to find their true self and proceed on with their lives.
Apr 20, 2016 rivka rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Would have been worth 5 stars for the followup to Mountains of Morning alone -- but that was fairly early in this marvelous book. And possibly not even the best part.
Apr 09, 2017 Leseparatist rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
It was a treat, with everything in just the right amount, no boring action sequences, a clever mystery, search for identity, cameos from all the old favourites save one, great pacing and astonishing warmth on all the margins and edges.

Simon <3 Aral <3 Cordelia <3 Duv <3 Alys <3

A lot of shipping and kittens.

It's a pity it doesn't really make sense to read it without reading everything else, first, because otherwise it would be a great way to get people to read Vorkosigans.
Apr 06, 2017 MTK rated it really liked it
Πόσο από τον εαυτό σου θα θυσιάζες για να αποκτήσεις αυτό που θέλεις; Η απάντηση που δίνει η Bujold σε όλη της σειρά των περιπετειών του Μαϊλς Βορκόσιγκαν είναι "Το μόνο που δεν μπορείς να θυσιάσεις για την μεγαλύτερη επιθυμία της καρδιάς σου είναι η ίδια η καρδιά σου".
Rosario (
This is many readers' favourite in the Vorkosigan saga, and by the time I finish reading the series, it may well be mine. I'm going to try to not include spoilers in the review below, but I will need to be, well, spoilerish to properly discuss anything!

In Memory Miles faces the fall-out of some of what happened to him in Mirror Dance. Or rather, he tries not to face it, and his efforts lead to things going horribly wrong for him, and in front of Simon Illyan, too. Miles is left to face the conse
Jun 18, 2014 Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Melissa McShane
This is my favorite of the Vorkosigan books, and one of the best. I know, A Civil Campaign is funny and heartwarming and popular, but Memory is powerful, and it isn't until you read it the second time (and of course you will read it a second time if you liked it at all the first) that you realize how brilliantly Bujold changes Miles's trajectory without making his former life pointless OR drawing attention to the fact that she'd reached the end of what she could reasonably do with the Dendarii F ...more
Dec 11, 2011 SA rated it it was amazing
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
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
Mar 27, 2011 Andreas rated it it was amazing
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
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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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