The Warrior’s Apprentice – Lois McMaster Bujold

Small but mighty.

Stars: Three and a half of five.

Review format: Note plus links.
The Warrior’s Apprentice – Lois McMaster Bujold. Cover summary: Discharged from the Barrarayan academy after flunking the physical, a discouraged Miles Vorkosigan takes possession of a jumpship and becomes the leader of a mercenary force that expands to a fleet of treasonous proportions. (from the publisher’s website)
Provenance: Baen Free Library… then I bought the containing omnibus, Young Miles, so that I could read the rest of them.
Date Read: Sometime in June or early July.  Review written 3 months late. 😦

This is a very fun book.  It introduces you to seventeen-year-old Miles Vorkosigan, the four-foot-nine heir to a Count within a space empire.  Best of all, if you like this one, you can look forward to 15+ other novels and novellas in the same universe, most starring Miles.

There’s Admiral Naismith, and a great cast of family, comrades, and enemies.  I found that the writing still seemed to lack a little technical competence here and there… but as a package it’s a blast.  A roller-coaster of a space opera.

Ware Spoilers below

Disappointments

  • The very first sentence is “The tall and dour non-com wore Imperial dress greens and carried his communications panel like a field marshall’s baton”. Aiie. Dour? Really?

Successes

  • This is solidly fun literary junk food.  It was the first book I read by Bujold, and it definitely inspired me to track down the rest of the series.
  • Miles in fast-talker mode reminds me of Slippery Jim DiGriz, the Stainless Steel Rat.

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