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Dying is easy. Coming back to life is hard. At least that's what Miles Vorkosigan thinks, and he should know, having done both once already. Thanks to his quick-thinking staff and incredible artistry from a medical specialist, Miles's first death won't be his last. But it does take some recovery, a fact he has been reluctant to admit. When he makes the mistake of returning too soon to military duty, he finds himself summoned home to face the Barrayaran security chief, Simon Illyan. But Miles's worst nightmares about Simon Illyan are nothing compared to Illyan's own nightmares. Under suspicion himself, Miles must seek out the answers to Ilyan's nightmares or see the inevitable destruction of Imperial Security and, with it, the Empire.
Publisher: [Ashland, Ore.] : Blackstone Audio, Inc., 2007.
ISBN: 9781433280269
Additional Contributors: Gardner, Grover

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IndyPL_SteveB May 24, 2019

One of my favorite books in Bujold’s SF series about the hyperactive genius Miles Vorkosigan. Excellent on its own, its brilliance is truly felt once it is appreciated as the fulcrum in the series, as the tipping point between a series that started as character-driven space opera and which moves into mysteries, humor, and romance. It is also a wonderful character study as the wild young man full of adrenaline turns 30 and begins to understand what it takes to be finally become a “grown-up”.

At the beginning of *Memory*, Miles has recovered from being sort of killed and placed into cryonic suspension. He is on a rescue mission; but he has a seizure while holding a weapon and nearly kills the young man he was trying to rescue. Then he lies about it to his superior in Security and gets fired. The damage done to his self-image and personal future may be worse than the physical damage from his “acute case of death”. The most central plotline is that someone has apparently sabotaged the implanted memory chip in the brain of that Security officer, who is now in a state of near insanity. Miles gets appointed to find out what happened.

This is some of the best science fiction writing ever published. Bujold intricately connects all of the plot lines and doesn’t let you stop turning pages until it’s over. Even more, though, Bujold concentrates on Miles’s increasing understanding of himself and what he wants from life. Some of these passages are very emotional, as he confronts his past, both good and bad. Even though it is part of a series, the author is very good at making each novel able to be read as a stand-alone.

Solid reading by Grover Gardner.


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