Memory

Memory

Book - 1996
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Dying is easy. Coming back to life is hard. At least that's what Miles Vorkosigan thinks and he should know, having done both once already. That was when he last visited the planet of Jackson's Whole, while rescuing his brother.
Publisher: New York : Baen, 1996.
ISBN: 9780671877439
0671877437
Characteristics: 462 p. ;,24 cm.

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IndyPL_SteveB May 24, 2019

One of my favorite books in Bujold’s SF series about the hyperactive genius Miles Vorkosigan. Excellent on its own, its brilliance is truly felt once it is appreciated as the fulcrum in the series, as the tipping point between a series that started as character-driven space opera and which moves into mysteries, humor, and romance. It is also a wonderful character study as the wild young man full of adrenaline turns 30 and begins to understand what it takes to be finally become a “grown-up”.

At the beginning of *Memory*, Miles has recovered from being sort of killed and placed into cryonic suspension. He is on a rescue mission; but he has a seizure while holding a weapon and nearly kills the young man he was trying to rescue. Then he lies about it to his superior in Security and gets fired. The damage done to his self-image and personal future may be worse than the physical damage from his “acute case of death”. The most central plotline is that someone has apparently sabotaged the implanted memory chip in the brain of that Security officer, who is now in a state of near insanity. Miles gets appointed to find out what happened.

This is some of the best science fiction writing ever published. Bujold intricately connects all of the plot lines and doesn’t let you stop turning pages until it’s over. Even more, though, Bujold concentrates on Miles’s increasing understanding of himself and what he wants from life. Some of these passages are very emotional, as he confronts his past, both good and bad. Even though it is part of a series, the author is very good at making each novel able to be read as a stand-alone.

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rixonkarla
Jul 28, 2012

Bujold always has thoughtful things to say about illness, injury, age and what it means to be human, but don't read this book for that, read it for the excitement, romance and space battles.

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ginger_bug
Jul 20, 2012

This book exemplifies many of the things I love about Bujold's work. Brilliant space opera, with a great mystery to solve... but the real question is what happens when young Miles, living the perfect boy's fantasy double life - future count, secret spy, and admiral of a mercenary fleet.. makes a big mistake, and might have to grow up?

HanakoGal May 06, 2012

This is the 5th time I’ve read this book and I’ve loved it every time. This may be my favorite of her Vorkosigan novels. We get to see the transition of Miles as young and impulsive to Miles as older and... a little less impulsive. As always it’s a joy to watch him flounder around and then pull himself out of the mess while somehow simultaneously solving the problem. This time around I also liked learning more about the side characters like Simon, Ivan, Gregor, and Duv. We get to see more of them in future novels and it was nice to see them now while knowing what lies in their future.

Deunan Sep 22, 2011

One of Bujold's greatest works.

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jacquelb
May 08, 2011

Complex plot and characterization. One of the best from my favourite author.

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closedwhisper
Nov 16, 2010

Fantastic space opera. One of the best in the Vorkosigan series.

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Dornana68
Jul 22, 2010

A typical Miles Vorkosigan adventure. Clever, witty and a wholelot of fun.

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