Saturday, January 26
Reading Shards of Honor and Barrayar after having read the rest of the Vorkosigan cycle is a very different experience to reading them for the first time. I couldn't help but keep a tally as characters were introduced: She survives, he gets his central nervous system fried, he dies peacefully in his sleep (something of a rarity), he gets his peripheral nervous system fried, he gets his central nervous system, if not fried, then at least scrambled, he gets his throat cut in about five more pages, all of these guys die in battle, she gets shot by her captors, he gets shot by his captors, he gets his head chopped off, he gets his bones melted, his internal organs mulched, and his tissue taken over by a genetically engineered super-plague.
Posted by: GreyDuck at Sunday, January 27 2013 03:42 AM (xbP2x)
Posted by: Wonderduck at Sunday, January 27 2013 03:25 PM (rITYa)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Sunday, January 27 2013 06:42 PM (PiXy!)
Arde - survives, despite a hazardous boss
Posted by: ReallyBored at Tuesday, January 29 2013 05:34 AM (HRMe/)
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Wednesday, January 30 2013 10:32 AM (PiXy!)
His later career isn't detailed, I have to think that he got put into the future-plot-stubs box of odds-and-ends and she never found any way to weave Arde into a complete theme in some later book. She doesn't really write Dendarii Mercenary books anymore. Her most successful books since the "Borders of Infinity" novella have stuck pretty close to the Imperium, look at how weak Cryoburn was, for instance. It turned into a homily to socialized medicine. Well, sort of. A rant against evil space HMOs, more like.
Posted by: Mitch H. at Thursday, January 31 2013 06:11 AM (jwKxK)
Also, I rather like Cryoburn. The plot makes perfect sense given what's already been established about the technology and political systems involved, and we see Miles defusing a crisis so smoothly that hardly anyone gets their head blown off. Which has got to be harder to write than the chaotic military action of some of the earlier books.
Posted by: Pixy Misa at Thursday, January 31 2013 06:12 PM (PiXy!)
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