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Honor or Miles (A rant requested by firstfrost)

Cruises and sitting on a jury both involve a lot of waiting, so I've been plowing through the Vorkosigan books firstfrost is making me read. She presented them initially as, "like Honor Harrington but good," which of course miffed me as a Weber fan, but I'm reading them.

After four books, I do have to say that Bujold appears to have a greater command of the language than Weber does, and I might like her general style more. The characters are deep enough to be interesting, but the plotting! My god. Each book lurches from one implausible coincidence to the next. I just finished The Vor Game, where someone had the coincidence generator turned up to 11. "Oh no, now I'm in prison in the middle of nowhere. Look, it's my emperor in the next cell! What is he doing here?" What is anyone doing here?

Plots were resolved by direct application of the Hand of Fate at every opportunity. Honor may be turned up to Mary Sue levels of competence on occasion, but at least she always has a plan. One that you could defend to your superiors if you had to. I totally understand the Imperial Security commander Illyan's pain. How this Miles guy survives any of this is beyond me. The fact that he seems to save the world while doing so is just inexplicable.

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