Book Reviews of Cordelia's Honor (Cordelia Naismith, Bks 1 and 2)

Cordelia's Honor (Cordelia Naismith, Bks 1 and 2)
Cordelia's Honor - Cordelia Naismith, Bks 1 and 2
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
ISBN-13: 9780671578282
ISBN-10: 0671578286
Publication Date: 9/1/1999
Pages: 608
Rating:
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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4.3 stars, based on 112 ratings
Publisher: Baen
Book Type: Paperback
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reviewed Cordelia's Honor (Cordelia Naismith, Bks 1 and 2) on + 26 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
Excellent space opera/science fiction. While not written first, the events chronologically are the first of the Miles Vorkosigan saga, describing some of his parents' exploits. Bujold is a great writer; the books are fast-paced, but have some thoughtful examinations of culture and relationships throughout. Very enjoyable.
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Helpful Score: 3
This novel contains the first two books in the Miles Vorkosigan series ("Shards of Honor" and "Barrayar"), about how Miles' parents Cordelia Naismith and Aral Vorkosigan met, and describes the events leading up to the birth of Miles.

If you like your sci-fi with a dollop of humor, romance and swashbucking adventure, look no further.
reviewed Cordelia's Honor (Cordelia Naismith, Bks 1 and 2) on + 74 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is the beginning of the Vorkorsigan cycle. Originally published as two separate books Shards of Honor and Barrayar, but definitely much better as a single book than two. Brilliant work by Bujold, as usual. Highly recommended!
reviewed Cordelia's Honor (Cordelia Naismith, Bks 1 and 2) on + 204 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
This is the beginning of the Barrayar series of books about Miles Vorkosigan. We devoured each one and couldn't wait to get the next. Very likeable and compelling characters and a fully developed society and universe. Romping space opera, drama, and enough science to keep it interesting. One of our favorite series of all time.
reviewed Cordelia's Honor (Cordelia Naismith, Bks 1 and 2) on + 11 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 1
Lois McMaster Bujold creates wonderful, dimensional characters and stories full of political intrigue and complex plots. This book is science fiction, part of a series of books on the Vorkosigan family. It is comprised of two parts: "Shards of Honor" and "Barrayar". It is the story of Miles Vorkosigan's parents and Miles' infancy. See if you don't end up reading more than a few of the titles in the series!
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Helpful Score: 1
I highly recommend reading all of the books in the Miles Vorkosigan series. Miles is a memorable character and you probably can't get enough of him. His parents are no slouches either. This is their story.
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fantastic book...don't miss it!
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Very good sci-fi read.
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I really loved this book, which is actually a prequel to LMB massive Miles
series. This is about Miles parents.
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This was a wonderful introduction into Miles' world. I loved the characters of Aral and Cordelia. Their stories were weaved together carefully and cleverly.
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5 stars. Just so, so excellent on every level. It should appeal to anyone who likes alien planets, futuristic world-building, romance, and swashbuckling adventure, or just plain great writing.
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Great book, great series. Loved it.
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This book was a disappointment. Billed as a sci-fi, the reader is immediately fooled into expecting some swashbuckling futuristic action in the first few pages. This quickly falls apart, however, as the book finds its own in talking about character relationships on a planet that resembles present-day Earth in every way. Prepare for endless pages on horseback riding, formal events, romance, balls, feminism, and a wedding. Dozens of pages are devoted to each topic.

And the book does well with its stride. Characters have some depth to them, the world presented feels real enough. The storyline is consistent and well-presented. Were this billed as a present-day (or even knights or fantasy) story, it would have been a hit with its target audience. As it stands here, "Cordelia's Honor" just doesn't cut it as science fiction.