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Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold
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Dec 16, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: science-fiction
Read in December, 2009 — I own a copy

** spoiler alert ** Miles Vorkosigan and his alter ego, Admiral Naismith, are closely intertwined in this story--sometimes it's as confusing for the reader as it is for Miles, but Bujold certainly handles it deftly. Then she adds to the confusion! It never occurred to me that Miles's comment to the reporter about there being a clone of him would turn out to be true, and a clone planned & paid for by Komarrans--never saw that coming!

Interesting tidbits that stood out for me: Miles's realization that giving Elli such a beautiful face was not necessarily the gift he initially thought it was, but Elli is a stronger and more capable officer because of it. Miles's longing for Elena, so thoroughly buried but so heart-breakingly real, was very touching and deeply moving.

As always, the center of each Miles tale seems to be about second chances, about overcoming one's circumstances, about making difficult choices and accepting the consequences, about learning who one really is and what is truly important, which may be different for each character.

So, why 4 stars and not 5? A bit too many identity switches, and some over-stretching of the limits of believability, even for Bujold.
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