Book Review: Cordelia’s Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold (Four Stars)

Book Review: Cordelia’s Honor (Vorkosigan Saga #1) by Lois McMaster Bujold (Four Stars)

“From spaceman to caveman in three days,” she meditated aloud. “How we imagine our civilization is in ourselves, when it’s really in our things.”

“Shards of Honor, the first half of this collection, is Bujold’s first novel. Excellent debut piece. Her character and plot development are better than that of many veteran authors. Only marginally science fiction, but when she does set out into space, she avoids the physics mistakes of others.

“I believe,” she said slowly at last, “that the tormented are very close to God. I’m sorry, Sergeant.”

Unique among modern fictional protagonists, Cordelia is a theist. Refreshing uniqueness of character.

“We’re both looking for the same thing. We call it by different names, and look in different places. I believe he calls it honor. I guess I’d call it the grace of God. We both come up empty, mostly.”

I totally agree with her explanation of putting all acknowledgements and explanations after the story. “It was a horrifying thought that anything at all should further delay new readers from meeting my characters.”