Shards of Honour - Lois McMaster Bujold Being a big fan of Lois McMaster Bujold's fantasy works, I recently decided to give her science fiction a try, starting with, of course, the first book of her Vorkosigan series Shards of Honor. It's most definitely a space opera if I've ever seen one, but I don't use that term pejoratively. I still think I prefer her fantasy, but this was great nonetheless.

As usual, Bujold shines at writing strong female protagonists, but I also very much enjoy the characterizations of her male leads. Aral Vorkosigan is definitely worthy of a fictional-character crush. I like a little romance in my books, and even though the one in this book isn't really that convincing, it's the overarching story here that counts. Looking forward to the next book, which promises to be even better than the first.