(technically The Warrior's Apprentice, The Mountains of Mourning and The Vor Game)
Eh. I'm not sure what to say about these stories. I enjoyed them, but there was always something missing.
Maybe I have leftover Cordelia-hates-Barrayar POV from Cordelia's Honour. Maybe I didn't like the way the plots sort of drifted. Maybe I'm just not all that fond of tales that laud the military. Maybe Bujold's vision for Miles, explained in her a/n, is just so very different to how he comes across on the page. Maybe I wanted more emotion. I can't tell. Regardless, I'll eventually get round to the next anthology, but I won't kill myself doing it.
(PLEASE DON'T SPOIL ME, EITHER.)
I did like this quote, though:
"Ensign Vorkosigan," Illyan sighed. "It seems you still have a little problem with insubordination."
"I know, sir. I'm sorry."
"Do you ever intend to do anything about it besides feel sorry?"
It was at this point - two pages from the end - that I realised what Miles was supposed to be, as opposed to what he was. He's a bit of Gary-Stu; I hope in further tales one of his unplanned acts of daring actually does blow up in his face.
Previously, on Book Glomp 2009:
He Knew He Was Right, Anthony Trollope |The Bostonians, Henry James | For Whom the Bell Tolls, Ernest Hemingway | For Esme - with Love and Squalor, JD Salinger | The Outsider, Albert Camus | The Princess Diaries: Ten out of Ten, Meg Cabot | The Vicar of Bullhampton, Anthony Trollope | Molesworth, Geoffrey Willans | Villette, Charlotte Bronte | The Portrait of a Lady, Henry James | The Way of All Flesh, Samuel Butler | Cecilia, Fanny Burney | The Catcher in the Rye, JD Salinger | The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark | Breakfast of Champions, Kurt Vonnegut | Valley of the Dolls, Jacqueline Susann | Siddhartha, Herman Hesse | The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga | The Duke and I, Julia Quinn | Brave New World, Aldous Huxley | North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell | Cider with Rosie, Laurie Lee | Catch-22, Joseph Heller | Bright Shiny Morning, James Frey | Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck | The Demon's Lexicon, Sarah Rees Brennan | The Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton | jPod, Douglas Coupland | 'Are these my basoomas I see before me?', Louise Rennison | Faro's Daughter, Georgette Heyer | Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman | The Accidental Sorcerer, K.E. Mills | Ethan of Athos, Lois McMaster Bujold | V., Thomas Pynchon | The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway | The Dragon Keeper, Robin Hobb | Orlando, Virginia Woolf | The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath | Snuff, Chuck Palahniuk | Crush, Richard Siken | Trust Me, I'm a Junior Doctor, Max Pemberton | The Dice Man, Luke Rhinehart | Call Me By Your Name, Andre Aciman