The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication order) #2)
Shortly after his arrival on Beta Colony, Miles unexpectedly finds himself the owner of an obsolete freighter and in more debt than he ever thought possible. Propelled by his manic "forward m...more
I expected a lot from The Warrior's Apprentice, but I did not expect a thoughtful meditation on the mutable nature of truth. This is a world in which illusion and reality flicker, sway, and meld.
Miles Vorkosigan is a crippled, manic, manipulative, often-cheery genius. His is a...more
In fact, I enjoyed his parents's story so much I was actually very annoyed they were relegated to secondary characters immediately after the first omnibus. I still hold out hope that maybe we'll get story filler someday, but probably...more
That said, by the end of the novel I was a convert to the legions of Miles Vorkosigan fans. He is a singular character who defines the word "protagonist": he makes things happen. Young and physically stunted, in more ways than one he makes you root for the little...more
It's every bit as delightful as I'd remembered. Miles' hyperactivity is infectious--the plot ricochets off the walls, bouncing along with frantic and endlessly entertaining energy. I have to admire Bujold's structuring--the number of hoops she ma...more
I am having trouble summing up my reaction to this book. It was a tremendous amount of fun and Miles Vorkosigan is one of the best characters I've ever encountered. He is so intelligent, so fearless, so bold, that I think most writers would have him be a bit sociopathic....more
It's been a long overdue read of mine this series. I've been wanting to read it for a long, long time.
I was quite prejudiced when it came to start reading it because I thought I wouldn't like it at all.
Actually, it reads quite well, in a Golden Age of Scifi spaceopera way. It has all the elements I got to love in a spaceopera when I was a teen: Long saga, intelligent characters, a cohesive universe... Oh! I would have loved it very much back then.
Nowadays? I haven't loved it t...more
I really love Miles, but I do wish I'd seen more of his mother, Cordelia.
This book just throws you into it. Intrigue, machinations, actions scenes. What fun! Miles is a great character. But an incredibly unique one. 4 foot 9, a twisted spine, hunchback in a society that hates...more
A balance somewhere between the Seafort Saga and Honor Harrington.
The same sort of driven but flawed military character. The same sort of society stacked against them. The same sort of drive at all costs and the same sort of extreme escalation.
Different motivations than either of those characters though. A much lighter style of writing make this a very different read than either of those.
Miles Vorkosigan looking to somehow make a name for himself when he cannot live...more
I'm seriously impressed with Bujold's story-telling ability, and her character construction. Miles is a wonderful, flawed and altogether totally human character. His disabilities/deformities are written about in an unflinching and pragmatic way, you don't feel sorry for him, y...more
He accidently gets involved in a minor issue that leads to his forming the Dendarri Mercenaries under the guise of Admiral Miles Naismith...more
Not so here! Miles's mother was exposed to a toxin while Miles was in utero. As a result, Miles is deformed and disabled. It would be easy to set up a story where the parents react ne...more
Pretty generic and uninspired space opera. For the way the only main female character (Elena) was written, I would have guessed this was a male author. Her complete passivity and lack of an actual personality or motivations was bad enough, without the main character constantly comparing her to a greyhound or thoroughbred horse. Ugh. (view spoiler)[And then of course her big "I'm going to...more
Miles Vorkosigan is simply a BRILLIANT fictional character. Absolutely amazing in his inner conflicts, his awesome talents, the issues he carries of his legendary father and his stunte...more
Miles has "Issues". Lots of them. First of all, he's the son and grandson of two of Barrayar's greatest military heroes. In fact, his father is THE "Great Man" of his generatio...more
Yes, I've read this before but it remains one of my favourite Miles Vorkosigan books and a perfect introduction to the maddening, h...more
Where Cordelia's novels were sometimes funny, sometimes inclined to the romantic, but as a whole well-crafted and dramatic, "The Warrior's Apprentice" feels more like a running joke. It seems Mrs. Bujold has decided she would show Miles is human by making him w...more
As with the other books, the entire story is told through a single character's perspective. I still feel this hinders Bujold's writing because she tries to build u...more
I think the thing that sets this series apart is that Miles is very much a flawed and real person. He makes mistakes, does well-intentioned but ultimately not well thought-out things and learns to live with the conseq...more
In this book, Miles wants to become a military officer but fails his physical due to his fragile bone structure (a birth defect caused by in-utero poisoning). Having some time off and not knowing what to do with himself,...more
Once on B...more
Miles, a deformed scion of the impressive Vorkosigan line, must not only deal with his physical disability, but the attitudes...more
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"Couldn't you tell?" chuckled Mayhew.
Miles twisted his head to take in Elena's upside-down worried face, and smile in weak reassurance. Sparkly black and purple whirlpools clouded his vision. Mayhew's laughter faded. "My God," he said hollowly, "you mean he's like that all the time?”