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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Speaking of Audiobooks Listening Challenge 2011- (Recommended Book)
2011 TBR Challenge
2011 Sci-Fi Romance Reading Challenge
Sci-Fi Romance Group- April Book of the Month

That's a lot of "reading challenge" birds to kill with this one book, and what a marvelous book it is. Bujold is a gifted writer and her skill at writing dialog is top-notch. If only more authors could write dialog that is natural-sounding, as well as witty and informative. In Bujold's books, the dialog often carries the story and the reader learns to pay attention because so much is revealed as characters talk. It's a marvelous skill to write such depth into the conversations.

Shards of Honor has so many things to offer along with the wonderful dialog, action, suspense, violence, political intrigue, bravery, compromise, and a wonderful developing relationship.

This book is chronologically (for the characters) the first in Bujold's widely popular Miles Vorkosigan science fiction series. It details how Aral Vorgosigan and Cordelia Naismith meet. This pair, from opposite sides of an inter-galactic conflict, are destined to be the parents of Miles. I believe his birth is covered in the next installment, Barrayar.

I listened to this book on audio narrated by Grover Gardner. His reading was spot-on. His inflection, timing, and emphasis was perfect. I highly recommend this book and this narrator.

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