Monthly Mini Review
Brothers in Arms by Lois McMaster Bujold, narrated by Grover Gardner – B Another strong entry into the Vorkosigan saga, (I’m getting close to the Miles romance books! Whee!!) which I am slowly making my way through. I listened to Borders of Infinity before Brothers in Arms and the former has a framing story around three novella length tales – I’m pretty sure at least one of those short stories takes place after Brothers in Arms so I did have a bit of cognitive dissonance when Miles was doing the business with Elli Quinn. I’m sure I’ve heard a story where Ellie falls in love with someone else. (Did I get that wrong? Am I confusing this series with something else?)
I enjoyed Miles’ ponderings on what makes family and I liked Ivan’s appearance in this one – he makes me laugh actually. Ivan strikes me as a fairly simple sort of guy, not at all stupid but a little lazy and almost Miles’ polar opposite. He makes a good foil for our hero. I also liked the way Elli and Miles hooked up here and how it was implicit that they were having, essentially, a FWB relationship. Appearances are another theme in this story – Miles’ appearance, Elli’s appearance and how it has changed since Miles has known her, the various consequences of their respective visages and bodies, not to mention the appearance of “Mark”.
Grover Gardner is a favourite narrator and I just adore the way he delivers this series. They’re comfort listens because I know they will be reliably good but also something of an adventure because I am still making my way through the series. I am tempted to go back to Shards of Honor and Barrayar soonish though because I do love the romance between Aral and Cordelia. That said, I can hardly wait to get to Miles and Ekaterin!
Here’s what you may have missed:
Once Upon a Dream by Mary Balogh
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff
Nights With Him by Lauren Blakely, narrated by Sebastian York
Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas, narrated by Mary Jane Wells
The Summer Before The War by Helen Simonson, narrated by Fiona Hardingham
at Dear Author
Under the Surface by Anne Calhoun
Shut Out by Kelly Jamieson
The Devil’s Doorbell anthology