Recommend Me is a new meme that Kate at The Neverending Shelf will be hosting. Each Friday, participants will pick one of their all time favorite reads to share. This could be a book that your read yesterday or years ago.
To play along, grab a favorite read and tell us about it. You can include your thoughts about the novel, its summary, your favorite memory related to the novel... the possibilities are limitless. If you are up for a challenge, you can also include:
•Your review of the novel
•Links to others' reviews of the novel
•Recommending to a general group of readers or if you want to be extra daring, to specific reader friends
My first recommendation is for:
Cordelia's Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold
Publication: Baen (September 1, 1999)
Summary from GoodReads: In her first trial by fire, Cordelia Naismith captained a throwaway ship of the Betan Expeditionary Force on a mission to destroy an enemy armada. Discovering deception within deception, treachery within treachery, she was forced into a separate peace with her chief opponent, Lord Aral Vorkosigan—he who was called "The Butcher of Komarr"—and would consequently become an outcast on her own planet and the Lady Vorkosigan on his.
Sick of combat and betrayal, she was ready to settle down to a quiet life, interrupted only by the occasional ceremonial appearances required of the Lady Vorkosigan. But when the Emperor died, Aral became guardian of the infant heir to the imperial throne of Barrayar—and the target of high-tech assassins in a dynastic civil war that was reminscent of Earth's Middle Ages, but fought with up-to-the-minute biowar technology. Neither Aral nor Cordelia guessed the part that their cell-damaged unborn would play in Barrayari's bloody legacy.
My Reasons for Recommending: I love the strong characters especially Cordelia Naismith. I like the worldbuilding. I'd like to live on Barrayar (but only if I could be a Vor). The omnibus edition contains Shards of Honor and Barrayar. Shards of Honor tells the story of how Cordelia and Aral met and how they came to know and respect each other. Barrayar follows and talks about the early days of their marriage when Aral is trying to get on top of the job of Regent to boy emperor Gregor and Cordelia is adjusting to a new planet and a difficult pregnancy. This is a wonderful combination of romance and space opera.
Recommended to anyone who likes a little romance with their science fiction or lots of science fiction with their romance.