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Un ejemplo de superación personal, además de una avalancha de eventos y situaciones que te enganchan inevitablemente. Risas , reflexión, entretenimiento asegurado. No deja indiferente al lector desde la primera página a la última.
I found this in a used bookstore in 1990ish in Indiana and I put it off for a long time as the then paperback cover didn’t look promising. Boy was I wrong this was my entire into both Lois McMaster Bujold and Miles Vorkosigian as the Hugo awards have stacked up everyone now should know the excitement of these books. Well written, thought provoking, hysterically funny, and deeply moving. I bought this version as a birthday present for my 22 year old son.
Bujold builds character of such depth it's easy to celebrate their joyous victories and feel the depths of sorrowful defeats.
The Warriors Apprentice was my initial entry point for the Vorkosigan Saga. Which was perfect for me at 14 when it came out. I've since returned to enjoy this book like an old friend at least 6 or 7 times. Thank you Lois.
É realmente uma pena que esta série literária nunca tenha sido publicada no Brasil. Eu estava no meio da leitura e já havia se tornado um dos meus livros favoritos. É tudo muito bem construído e interessante. A começar pela escrita da Lois McMaster Bujold que é perfeita do meu ponto de vista, é uma escrita rápida e clara, ao mesmo tempo que é fácil entender e visualizar os acontecimentos, também não há excesso de descrições. É uma escrita tão eficiente que nada parece desperdiçado, ela até consegue usar de viradas de frase poéticas e interessantes, então nem sequer excessivamente utilitária a escrita dela é! Realmente impressionante. Mas não é só isso, a Bujold também consegue criar personagens cativantes e bem delineados e uma trama interessante (embora nesse primeiro livro um pouco simplista) sem nunca desacelerar o ritmo da narrativa. Ela também nos apresenta ao mundo do livro muito bem, sendo um mundo interessante, talvez um pouco genérico em termos de mundos de ficção científica, mas nem por isso sente menos real. Outra coisa que não é atrapalhada pela velocidade da narrativa é o impacto dos acontecimentos. A habilidade da autora com os personagens ajuda que os acontecimentos da trama tenham peso. Mas o personagem principal, Miles Vorkosigan, é um personagem muito inteligente que consegue pensar rapidamente em maneiras de sair das situações mais difíceis. Acho incrível que autora tenham conseguido balancear perfeitamente um personagem assim para que os acontecimentos tenham peso e não pareçam fúteis e irrelevantes perante a esperteza do Miles, mas também sem deixar os acontecimentos terem peso demais e nos fazerem duvidar do intelecto do personagem. Foi meu primeiro livro da série e agora estou bastante interessado em ler o resto!
Book number four of a sixteen book space opera series. However, some people call this a military science fiction series. There are several other books and short stories in the Vorkosigan Universe. This series won the Hugo and Nebula awards for best series in 2017. Also, several of the individual books in the series have either won awards or been nominated for awards. I have read this book several times as it is one of my favorite books. I reread the well printed and well bound trade paperback published by Baen in 2016 that I just rebought on Amazon. I paid $15 but it now appears to be out of print as the new price has jumped to $24 and the seller is no longer Amazon. There is also a hardback from NESFA Press for $25. The original MMPB was published by Baen in 1986. I have rebought the rest of the books in the series in various formats, mostly MMPB.
There is a very nice introduction written about the first three books in the Vorkosiganverse by the author. Lois McMaster Bujold had been shopping the first two books to several publishers to no avail. She then shopped them to Jim Baen who purchased both of the first two books and the third book that she had just finished. The rest is history with many awards, translated into 20 languages, and a continuous availability in the 35 years since then.
Miles Vorkosigan, son of Aral Vorkosigan and Cordelia Naismith, is going through the entrance examinations for the Barrarayan Imperial Academy. The written exams are a synch but the physical exams for his dwarfish body with very fragile bones are daunting.
Wonderful read, no matter how many times read. This series is an old friend that I am proud to keep in paper and electronic form. Miles, Cordelia, Aral and the Sergeant will always remain honored friends. A great sci-fi story, written well, with complex and smoothly flowing plots. It will remain a cherished favorite.
I'm coming late to the series because when I tried to catch up before the Kindle was invented, I couldn't FIND her books. Anywhere. Secondhand stores never had them, because her readers don't like to give them up. That should say everything.
Such a pleasure to find a love interest who has her own best interests in mind; Elena Bothari has her own story to follow, and while I might disagree with how she played it out, she nevertheless made the choices she made to take care of herself. She has one great line in there I won't spoil here, but I wish I'd had the courage to say it myself at one point in my life.
Miles is almost too wonderful. Sometimes I hear his dialogue spoken in my head by Peter Dinklage, sometimes James McAvoy. (I think the latter would have been perfect in a film version about fifteen years ago; he's too old for 17 year old Miles now. Isn't it nice, though, to have him in one's imagination while reading?) He's so brilliant that he has to be fragile in other ways, otherwise, we'd hate him. Or maybe not. His poignant relationship with his father, an apparently recurring theme in Bujold's books, really helps to humanize his MacGyverish brilliance. Plus his inability to take himself too seriously.
I like this even better than the first time. I finally caught many of the foreshadowing events that I missed in previous times, and I realized that while the story seems to be part of a coming of age story of sorts it is really about more than that. I have read some of what the author has said about her process and I realized that some of the best parts are when she writes “what felt right” rather than according to some hidden plan. Miles Naismith VorKosigan is one of the more fantastical figures in SF, but his problems are all amazingly real, and my favorite part is how his solutions frequently involve doing right by his enemies. Everyone should read this book.
I have now devoured all the books in this series (not in 'chronological' order) and I have to say that this one, the last that I read, is my favorite. It contains the humour and witty repartee that make all the books so enjoyable, but also has a dark side giving the work more substance. Miles has failed - through his own fault, basically (he is usually more careful to circumvent his physical difficlties) - to pass the physical admission tests to the Military Academy and so is thwarted in achieving his only, and devoutly wished-for, ambition. He feels that the disappointment causes his grandfather's death and, depressed as all heck, flees to visit his grandmother Naismith in Beta Colony. Once there, however, he picks up a couple of'strays' and, taking responsibility for them, sets off on a crazy adventure ...picking up more 'strays' on the way. These 'strays' are molded, by sheer force of personality, into the Free Dendarii Mercenaries. It IS 'rip roaring adventure' but it is also about picking yourself up and getting on with your life and about taking responsibility for your actions whether or not you intended the consequences. It shows one of Miles' greatest (and, perhaps most endearing) talents; getting other people to overcome their handicaps and achieve their own full potential. I found it exciting and upbeat despite the dark side of the story and heartily recommend it. While I may have enjoyed it more as the result of reading the other books, it is certainly 'stand alone' and it may well be that it will the book I recommend to Vorkosigan beginners to start on!