Proper space opera…

Shards of Honor (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I listened to the audio version again. Really not a fan of Grover Gardner. His voice makes it sound so dated. Well, it is, but it would be nice, if the narration was a bit more… I don’t know. Lively? It sounds as if he’s reading it sitting on a park bench, whilst feeding some squirrels or knitting socks… Maybe I need to switch to the ebook for the next book in this chronological buddy read.

The two main characters are likeable enough. I couldn’t relate to either of them very well at first, but Cordelia grew on me in the second half of the book. Vorkosigan and the supporting characters stayed a little one-dimensional.

There is a very strange rape-attempt scene in the middle. My issue is perhaps more with Bujold’s writing than with how the character reacts. I am told what the character thinks, but I don’t actually experience the situation with her. It might also have to do with the audiobook narration, i.e. the narrator giving her a voice that I do not like much. I am not really sure, though. Which enforces my idea to actually read the next book, not listen to it.

World building is good, I really liked the animal life on the planet they were stranded on in the beginning. I wish the adventure part of the early chapters, trecking together through a potentially hostile landscape to safety, would have been a stronger and more exciting narrative. Instead my favourite part of the book was the fallout of Cordelia’s adventures, when she returned back to Beta Colony.

Bottom line, a little better than ok, not great.

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