To begin, last year my scifi reading group/book club read "The Curse of Chalion", a fantasy novel by Lois McMaster Bujold. There wasn't a person in the group that didn't like it which is unusual for our club recommendations. So a few months back we decided to try some of her scifi work for which she's most known for. We read "The Warrior's Apprentice" which is collected with "The Vor Game" in "Young Miles".
The main character of her "Vorkosigan" series is Miles Vorkosigan, a young noble who has had the misfortune of being born with a powerful mind in a sickly body in a society that values military prowess. Unable to enter the military service he bluffs and hoaxes himself into a position of power and respect. But how long can he stay on top? Is he deserving of this position he just fell into? What will people think of him when they find out the truth?Bujold has some of the most enjoyable characters I've seen in a long time in both her scifi and fantasy. While Miles barely staying one step ahead of being found out reminds me a lot of Harry Harrison's "Slippery Jim" DiGriz/Stainless Steel Rat, the series has serious underlying messages of honor, loyalty and respect that give the stories a fabulous depth. I wish I had picked up this series sooner but I'm looking forward to reading more books in this saga, especially the ones dealing with Miles' parents and how they meet.