The Vor Game by Lois McMaster Bujold

March 29, 2004 at 12:00 am | Posted in 4 stars, Book Reviews, Science Fiction | Leave a comment

More light SF on the militarist model. As with Warrior’s Apprentice it is as enjoyable as it is unbelievable. The difference between the Miles books and other military science fiction is Bujold has very little interest in military tactics. Hand to hand fighting gets a brief description and space battles are almost entirely offstage. Quite different from the Honor Harrington series or Drake’s books. The Miles books revolve around relationships…Miles wins because he can convince the right people to be on his side, and is smart enough to figure out in very broad terms what he should be doing. This makes for more compelling characters and an easier to understand narrative. It’s worth noting that the book is very disjointed and episodic, but it doesn’t really matter given the subgenre.

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