Lois McMaster Bujold: Young Miles

Miles Vorkosigan is the son of the planet Barrayar's second most important nobleman. He's also a cripple, determined to shape his life by the considerable strength of his intellect. Suddenly, he finds himself more or less accidentally acquiring a space fleet and becoming an admiral by name only...

Science Fiction is not something I usually read very often, but this came highly recommended and was quite enjoyable. There are some things I wasn't too happy about though. First of all, the action is difficult to follow for someone new to the world created by this author and to the genre in general. More often than not, during space battles, I wasn't at all sure what was happening just now. This is of course something that might not bother other readers at all, but my second point of criticism is not genre-related: Miles is 17 at the beginning of the book, but he never acts like a 17 year old guy. He's much too clear-sighted and level-headed, easily getting everyone to look up to him as their leader. Of course, nobody (probably) would like to read a space opera with a pimply teenager worrying about whether he's ever going to get a date as its hero, but Miles' prudence is a bit overdone here. This is a "satisfactory" book (Grade C).