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The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) #2)

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Between the seemingly impossible tasks of living up to his warrior-father's legend and surmounting his own physical limitations, Miles Vorkosigan faces some truly daunting challenges.

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
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Mass Market Paperback, 372 pages
Published 2003 by Earthlight (first published January 1st 1986)
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mark monday
so i was engaging in a favorite pastime on friday night, namely verbal one-upmanship slash sadistically using the power of my oh so mighty intellect to tease my poor innocent friends, when the very drunk birthday boy said "You know you are going to get smacked if you keep on talking like that." i couldn't help myself: i reached up and gave him a very light & friendly tap on the cheek with the palm of my hand while dropping another dazzling bon mot. sadly, in the middle of my witticism, birth ...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 FINISHING THE SERIES! list.

I loves me a good series! But I'm terrible for starting a new series before finishing my last - so this reading list is all about trying to close out those series I've got on the go.


Is this my favourite book in the Vorkisgan Saga
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Andreea Daia
I always thought that boys of Miles age (his age as in "The Warrior's Apprentice," that is) are particularly chafing in their self-centeredness, in their self-absorption which prevents them from understanding that their inoffensive acts of "proving themselves" are in actuality harmful to the people they love. Ms. Bujold creates such a believable character that two thirds of the book, I wanted to castigate and point out to him the consequences of his "quest." He is young, consumed by self-doubts ...more
Becky
*sigh* I really wanted to like this book, but...

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(That disappointed baby is effing adorable though, so I guess this review won't be ALL bad.)

Well, it wouldn't be ALL bad anyway. I wanted to like this so much. I liked the idea of this book much more than I liked the actuality of it, actually. I feel like I've been disappointed with almost everything I've read lately, and I was really hoping for this to just wow me, for it to make me want to put everything else on hold and read the series and just
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Jim
This is the perfect introduction to Miles. Ruined as his body is, his spry mind & motor mouth take him into & out of the most remarkable situations. His ambitions constantly war with his duties, his world with him, yet he finds answers that work, if not always the ones he wants. Quite possibly the most likable & heroic character, if not figure, in any book that I've had the pleasure of reading.

Of course, the world that Bujold built in the previous books is there to support it & t
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Stephen
5.0 stars. Absolutely superb introduction to one of the top 10 best SF characters ever created, Miles Vorkosigan. Highly recommended.
Kathleen
Note: Written in 1986, Bujold includes a hermaphrodite as a major secondary character. What's disturbing is how she refers to Thorne as "it" rather than "he" or "she" or some gender-neutral pronoun. In English, "he" is sometimes used to refer to male or female, but if she doesn't like that, why not invent such a pronoun? It's an invented planet, with invented technology and customs. Each time I read "it" I cringed. It's awkward. I wonder if the author would write it differently today, 27 years l ...more
Dirk Grobbelaar
Forward momentum. That’s the key here. Miles has it. So has this novel. It’s easy to see why this series is such a fan favourite. This is a story that tells itself – the reader is only along for the ride. And it’s a rollicking one too. Not many books have this kind of impeccable pacing.

The story is finely balanced between the scampering plot and the ridiculously good character development of the physically challenged Miles Vorkosigan / Naismith. The supporting cast, though not as thoroughly dev
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Jon
Aug 21, 2009 Jon added it
Recommended to Jon by: Beyond Reality August 2009 Series Selection
Michael
A total delight. A space opera full of comedy while wrapped around tragedy, a social satire, and a coming of age tale. Though third in the Vorkosigan series, it is the first in the series with Miles Vorkosigan as the star. Son of a plantetary Prime Minister, Miles at 17 gets booted out of the Imperial Academy due to limitations of a birth defect affecting his legs and soon finds a secret pathway to fulfill his ambitions for accomplishments while on an interstellar excursion. From a small act of ...more
Daniel Roy
Having just finished "Shards of Honor" and "Barrayar", I simply couldn't wait to pick up the first book in the Miles Vorkosigan series. Unfortunately for me, it seems Mrs. Bujold has shifted tones when going from Cordelia to her son Miles.

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
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John Carter McKnight
You can't step in the same river twice, and this SF coming-of-age novel reads very differently in my 40s than it did in my 20s. Frankly, it's even better now than the beloved treasure it used to be. The Warrior's Apprentice is a comedy in the Shakespearian sense: while frequently laugh-till-you hurt hilarious, it's a rich study of character and culture.

Shakespeare would've loved young Miles, who's a goodhearted Richard III, if one can imagine, an off-the-leash lunatic with a gift for persuasion,
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Penny
This was not at all what I was expecting and it was awesome! Light, fun, easy reading. I was very fond of the narrator Miles and my enjoyment of his quick wit and sharp mind only grew as the story progressed. There were some wonderfully absurd situations which were always resolved in a manner that I found completely believable which surprised me. I'll be sure to read more of this series in the future but this book works well as a stand alone.
Petertpc
Miles Vorkosigan is one of my new favorite characters. A dwarf with brittle bones from a people famed for their warriors and Miles gets by using his quick wit and incredible brains. He's awesome and extremely funny. I also really like the way Bujold writes. She keeps the story moving but provides enough details to paint a really vivid picture of her backdrop. This is a new favorite series.
David Sven
Another quick easy read – though I read it slowly over lunch breaks. This time we are introduced to Miles as he comes into adulthood. He has a lot going against him physically. Brittle bones, curved spine, short – yet still somehow manages to make it to a final test to usher him into a proper Vor military career. Unfortunately for him it’s a very physical test. Unfortunately, strength of will, brilliant tactical and strategic ability, and courage aplenty just can’t overcome physics at times.

But
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Mei-Lu
Goodreads tags this as Vorkosigan Saga #3, which number refers to where the book fits chronologically, rather than when it was published. Since it is the first book to feature Miles Vorkosigan as its protaganist, a lot of people suggest it as the first book you should read in the series. Lois McMaster Bujold is the best person to address this, which she does here: http://www.myspace.com/loismcmasterbu... I've been more or less reading the Vorkosigan books in Bujold's suggested order because I re ...more
Evgeny
Miles Vorkosigan failed his physical test in a military academy - he has a lot of birth defects. He also happens to be a son and grandson of great military leaders, he is expected to excel in military field, and his expulsion from the academy is a huge disappointment for everybody, first of all: his grandfather. Miles decided to take a break and visit his mother's home-planet. Before he knows it, he is an owner of an obsolete spaceship and an imaginary mercenary company.

One of the best space ope
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Gordana
najdrazi lik za sada u knjizi i tako me brzo napusti!!! R.I.P. Bothari
Amy Raby
One of my all-time favorite books. While this is an adult SF novel rather than a YA, it is essentially a coming-of-age story, and one of the many things I like about it is how different it is from most coming-of-age stories I read. In so many such stories, the parents are absent, incompetent, neglectful, or abusive.

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
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Leons1701
Despite the horrible generic mid 80's budget SF cover, this is anything but generic. I'm hugely tempted to give it 5 stars, but Bujold has done so much better later in the series that it seems unfair to the latter books. This is the official introduction of my favorite deformed dwarf (yes, I like Miles better than Tyrion)
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
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Sarah Yoffa
One of the slickest Comedies of Errors ever written--plus, hey, exploding spaceships! :) Lois is a master weaver of plots, characters, settings and extrapolation of science facts. There's a reason she's won enough Hugos and Nebulas to make a necklace out of them!! This book is not the "first" in the series but it is a really good starting point for new readers because it introduces the entire premise upon which the balance of the series is built. Much of the reference back to the earlier two boo ...more
Allison
I would have rated this 4 stars except for a hiccup about 3/4 of the way through that had me wondering why I was reading something that turned more sad than I expected, and devolved into disgusting descriptions of an illness that I really didn't want to be imagining.

Otherwise, it was a fun adventure. I wondered how in the world Miles was going to fulfill all of his promises built on lies that got out of hand, and I enjoyed seeing his intelligence and insight finding ways to pull it all together
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Mike (the Paladin)
Okay...this is a good book, really. I've read, I think five books by this author now. 3 of the 5 I've really liked...

Miles is a great character. That seems to me in my limited experience to be Lois McCMaster Bujold's "long suit". The characters in this book are very complete and have a depth that will make them "people" to you.

As for Miles...what can you say. Student, son, grandson, scion of a royal house, admiral, commander of mercenaries, master of finance (LOL), politician....conman.

I plan
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Kim
I was pleasantly surprised with this book. I wasn't sure what to expect but I got a light (for the most part), fun action-adventure novel. I thought Miles was a good character and the rest of the cast as well. There will hopefully be more to the background of his father and of Bothari in the other books.

What this book reminded me of more than anything was the Artemis Fowl books. I believe Eoin Colfer may have gotten a few ideas from this book. The characters are very similar although morally op
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Ben Babcock
Miles Vorkosigan has a mixed bag. On one hand, he’s the Barrayaran heir to a title. He has parents who care about him and have given him a first-class education. When he travels off-world to Beta Colony, he gets sweet diplomatic immunity and a tough bodyguard. Then again, the bodyguard is there in case someone tries to kill him. That’s the other hand. Exposure to a toxin in the womb has left Miles with weakened, underdeveloped bones that are prone to breaking. His diminutive stature doesn’t work ...more
Nathan
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“Your forward momentum is going to lead all your followers over a cliff someday.” “One the way down, you’ll convince ‘em all they can fly.” “Lead on, my lord. I’m flapping as hard as I can.”

So this is the famed Miles Vorkosigan everyone has been going on about, staring in his first solo effort The Warrior’s Apprentice, henceforth to be known as A Series of Improbable Events. Talk about a snowball effect, escalation after escalation, climaxing into yet another escalation. Af
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Kelly
Miles Vorkosigan was born into a culture that has only just barely come to accept his birth defects and consider him a viable human being. Twenty years earlier he probably would have been aborted or not survived his birth. But due to his mixed parentage (his mother's culture is more forgiving) and changing political climate he gains a grudging acceptance, if only within his family and a close circle of friends.

Therefore the structure of his life is that he feels he must prove himself. Again, cu
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Kent
Baudrillard's Simulacra and Simulation begins with a quote that he pretends is from Ecclesiastes: "The simulacrum is never what hides the truth-- it is truth that hides the fact that there is none. The simulacrum is true."

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
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MandyM
What a rich and funny story. Miles is AMAZING!
R.J.
This is probably the third if not the fourth time I've read this, but it's been a while and THIS BOOK IS SO GREAT. I'd almost forgotten how great it was, but now I'm even more excited to re-read the rest of the Miles books (and maybe even catch up on the newer ones -- the last one I read was DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY).

I'd had friends with excellent taste in books bugging me to read this series forever, but I could never get past the awful Baen covers and ill-edited excerpts that made it sound like the
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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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  • Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga, #3)
  • Falling Free (Vorkosigan Saga, #4)
  • Brothers in Arms (Vorkosigan Saga, #5)
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  • Barrayar (Vorkosigan Saga, #7)
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The Curse of Chalion (Chalion, #1) Barrayar (Vorkosigan Saga, #7) Paladin of Souls (Chalion, #2) Shards of Honour  (Vorkosigan Saga, #1) The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga, #6)

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“Oh, was that liquor of yours a stimulant?" asked Elena. "I wondered why he didn't fall asleep."
"Couldn't you tell?" chuckled Mayhew.
"Not really."
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?”
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