Memory by Lois McMaster Bujold
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Where do you start with a book this fantastic - and so often praised by previous readers? All right, first off: what they said. Further ...
Bujold has an amazing ability to blend humor seamlessly with situation, creating genuinely funny moments in the middle of the chaos and adventure. The supporting cast really shine in this novel, from brief cameos to recurring presences. Miles may be larger than life, but his world is also far larger than he is, and I'm always impressed by the subtle sense of satellite stories going on around his personal crises.
This is one of the few books that has been able to make me genuinely emotional about the disaster a character faces. I had moments of wanting to reach in through the pages and change it forcibly ... but the wild ride that follows makes it all worth it.
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