LMB (was Re: [DWJ] Burbling and an introduction)

Ian W. Riddell iwriddell at gmail.com
Wed Jul 11 14:20:44 EDT 2007

I'll put my 2 cents in for _not_ starting with "Memory". It's actually my
favorite of the series, but I think it would lose it's profound emotional
impact without the stories leading up to it.

I'd argue for chronological order. That can mean starting with the first
Miles book and "Warrior's Apprentice" or starting with the two Cordelia
books before that, kindly collected into one volume now as "Cordelia's
Honor". One of the best lines in the whole series is in there (which I won't
spoil unless someone asks me to) and some important background for some
things that happen in the early Miles books.

I started with "Cordelia's Honor" and have been hooked ever since.

Actually, that's not quite true. I read "Ethan of Athos" years ago and
enjoyed it - but didn't hunt down the rest - even then it felt peripheral.

I've read the whole series 3 times now and am trying to restrict myself to
doing that no more than once a year. I truly lose myself when I'm in that


On 7/11/07, Dorian E. Gray <israfel at eircom.net> wrote:
> Juliette said...
> >I hardly ever see Terry Pratchett books secondhand either. I have
> >definitely
> > seen two, and maybe three, but that's all.
> Odd.  Quite a lot of his turn up in my local second-hand bookshop.
> > I'd like to try LMB books. Which is the best to start with?
> Hm.  What kind of story do you like?
> If you're gung-ho for space opera, "The Warrior's Apprentice", which is
> the
> first Miles book, is probably a good place to start.
> If you like mystery stories, you might do better skipping ahead to
> "Memory".
> If you're a fan of Georgette Heyer's romances, you could try "A Civil
> Campaign".
> (All of the above are Miles books, and SF.)
> If you're more of the fantasy type, go for "The Curse of Chalion" first.
> My own first LMB was "Shards of Honor", which, with its sequel "Barrayar",
> tells the story of how Miles' parents met and got together, and their
> early
> married life.  SF with war, politics and romance.  I loved it, and
> Cordelia
> is one of my favourite ever characters, but I was a bit disappointed to
> find
> that the rest of the "Vorkosiverse" books concentrate on Miles - I like
> him,
> especially in the later books, but I like Cordelia more.
> Until the sky falls on our heads...
> Dorian.
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