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This collection of short stories includes tales that take place before The Vor Game and others extending past Brothers in Arms. The variation in tone across the tales is handled exceptionally well, as we see Miles mourn and get a better look at his relationship with Illyan. The stories include Miles's first outing as a detective, in which he's faced with a case of infanticide in the mutant-phobic hill country; his largest rescue mission ever; and the most distressed damsel for whom he ever played the knight. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Reader's Chair continues its inexorable and much appreciated march through the Bujold canon with this latest rendition of the 1989 collection of three Vorkosigan adventures. The first and most successful story, "The Mountains of Mourning," is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning tale that finds Miles dispatched by his emperor father to investigate an infanticide in a rural and provincially minded region. In "Labyrinth," Miles covertly travels to wild Jackson's Whole as Dendarii Mercenary Admiral Naismith on an undercover mission to extract an important research geneticist who mandates the destruction of his last surviving experimental creature as a condition of his departure. In the title story, Miles infiltrates a Cetagandan prison and performs a memorable poetic dance before women. A thread that works better in print than on audio is the dialog between Miles and Simon Illyan, chief of Barrayar's Imperial Security, which introduces each story. Here, it is confusing, abrupt, and unnecessary. Michael Hanson and Carol Cowan, as they have so often in the past with Bujold's work, once again assert their sure and confident narrative control over the material. Essential for all sf collections.DBarry X. Miller, Austin P.L., TX
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Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan series is only the best! The characters, the plots, the descriptions of other world's cultures and mores - what more could anyone want, except... Read morePublished 4 months ago by C. J. M. F.
It is almost silly to ask me to rate each Vorkosigan novel separately. I am a TOTAL fan of the entire series.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
3 short stories make up this book. The 1st story in the book "Mountains of Mourning" was included in one of the earlier omnibus books so I had already read it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by BellaGrace
Bujold is, as always, a fabulous writer with an incredible command of language and character development. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Janice
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Had all the usual intensity of the Miles Vorkosigan series with an added dollop of mystery. Well crafted and engaging.Published 18 months ago by Barbara McIntyre
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I love this series!! It is the best scifi series that I have ever read. Humor mixed with some very interesting ethical situations. Great writing style.Published 19 months ago by Pine Street Reader