Date: 2017-05-19 09:31 pm (UTC)
novin_ha: Destruction Girl Hotaru ([sailor] destruction girl)
From: [personal profile] novin_ha
This is my kind of content ♥

Soo! I sort of agree with both, and sort of disagree with both! Let's see:

1) I think Cordelia's Honor is a must, because Aral Vorkosigan is the best male character of the series and the staple of the entire universe, even though his POV doesn't get revealed. You need to meet Aral & Cordelia. Truth be told, I'd love to read 20 books about them.

2) I'd go with Mountains of Mourning next - it's amazing and one of the best parts of the series for me, even if we're stuck with Miles the whole time (and I... don't quite like Miles). And it makes up for cheating with 1) and giving you two books for the price of one.

3) Mirror Dance - better than Brothers in Arms, although a little moot without Brothers in Arms + The Vor Game...

4) Surely must be Memory, which imo is the best-plotted novel in the entire series, and does so much to change the entire stakes, should be included here! The one problem is: it's really best to read this after one has read everything else that came before. And I mean, everything else.

5) Now I'm torn: do you want something light and nice or something heartbreaking? If a) go for Captain Vorpatril's Alliance. It's delightful, shows another side to multiple characters (and I prefer it to A Civil Campaign because I don't like Miles/Ekaterin; I think he's kind of terrible for her, though YMMV). If b) go straight for Gentleman Jole and experience the utter heartbreak. I cried for days. (I know some people hate it, I... really don't.)

And otherwise The Vor Game, Brothers in Arms, Komarr/A Civil Campaign - all deserve a read.

I'd say Cetaganda, Warrior's Apprentice, Diplomatic Immunity and Cryoburn are skippable-ish, except that Cryoburn of course does two great things: 500 pages of foreshadowing and then the gut punch.

Oh, just read all of them. It only took me seven weeks...
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