Miles and Miles

Jaq has just revealed that he’s only read the first two of Lois McMaster Bujold’s “Miles Vorkosigan” series. Now, I realize that one can’t have read everything. As they say in Silverlock, if he hasn’t read Bujold, it’s because he’s read other stuff.

But Jaq–yes, I’m talking to you!–you need to understand that when a new Bujold book comes out, it’s a major event at our house. Everything stops for three days or a week while I read the book aloud to Jane. That includes the Vorkosigan books, which are simply outstanding. Now, you’ve evidently read Shards of Honor and Barrayar, which these days are usually published in a single volume, Cordelia’s Honor; next, you must find a copy of Young Miles, which similarly combines two (or maybe three? I don’t have a copy) of the chronologically earliest books involving Cordelia and Aral’s son Miles. Trust me on this, Jaq, The Warrior’s Apprentice (the first selection in Young Miles) is everything you’ve been looking for.

In fact, it’s beginning to sound like a darn fine way to spend the afternoon.

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