Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Not quite mayhem

Looking back on my reading past, I can't really pinpoint the time when I said "okay, sci-fi might not be so bad." It have been the Lord of the Rings series. I'm not hardcore by any means; books purely about aliens, spaceships and conquering new worlds don't really excite me. I like sci-fi books (or TV shows--yeah Firefly!) that are about people and just happen to be set in a different time, world and place.

So that's a long introduction to say that I like Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan saga. My latest read in that series is Miles, Mystery & Mayhem. It's actually three stories in one, but they do connect.

Yeah, cheeeesy cover. Why do most sci-fi books have super-cartoony covers?

Anyway, the three books follow a basic theme: genetics and humanity--and what role humans play in controlling those two. Still, the books are fast-paced, interesting, have great dialogue and keep me entertained. There's basically no romance (at least so far)--and I still like it!

If you're in the mood for just a good adventure read, I'd recommend this series.

Rating: 8.5/10


Jennie said...

I've been reading more and more SciFi lately too, despite thinking for years that it just wouldn't be my thing. And I have loved everything I've read by Bujold--one of these days I'll get through the whole Vorkosigan series. You're right about them being good adventures--Miles has some great ones. :)

rachel said...

Sometimes I'm surprised by the books I like. :) I hear "A Civil Campaign" by Bujold is really good--I'm debating whether to just skip to it or to keep on reading in chronological order. We'll see how patient I am!

Anonymous said...

Oh, you have to read Komarr before A Civil Campaign. Actually, I think they just released a new omnibus - Miles In Love - with Komarr, ACC, and another novella, so that may be a good buy for you!