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  • Series: Miles Vorkosigan Adventures
  • Mass Market Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743436180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743436182
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #163,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Award-winning, prolific SF novelist Lois McMaster Bujold serves up three previously published Miles Vorkosigan stories in a gender/reproduction/bioethics "thematic unit," which also happens to progress in chronological order. In Miles, Mystery & Mayhem, the 20-something Barrayan lieutenant gets entangled in Cetagandan politics, investigates (by proxy) a strange obstetrician, smuggles a scientist out of the corrupt planet of Jackson Whole and kisses a woman with fangs.

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"[Bujold is] one of science fiction's outstanding talents."

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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Samanda b Jeude on November 27, 2001
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This is the 3rd installment of reprints that combine Vorkosigan stories: this one containing -Cetaganda-, -Ethan of Athos- & the novella "Labyrinth". In these stories, Miles has fun taking several people down ... including scotching several nasty people when he isn't actually there!
Although -Cetaganda- is a 'Miles and Ivan fall into a cesspool and come up with diamonds' adventure [& really, what more need i say?] that features Miles as Lt. Miles Vorkosigan, -Ethan- and "Labyrinth" involved Miles' *other* persona: Admiral Miles Vorkosigan of the Dendarii Mercenaries.
-Ethan- is the story of Dr. Ethan Urquhart who comes from Ethos, a "Men Only!" planet, in his quest for viable eggs [the Uterine Replicator makes things *so* tidy!]. Finding himself in a frightening world where *shudder* WOMEN are not only present but exuberantly so, Ethan inadventantly teams up with Elli Quinn, Adm. Vorkosigan's second-in-command. With the cry of "Thank you, magnificent sneaky dwarf!" Elli foils several plots, dragging the bemused Ethan along to a marvelously pleasing conclusion.
"Labyrinth", another Adm. Vorkosigan adventurer, finds Miles and the Dendarii Mercenaries camped in orbit of Jackson's Whole, a sleazy place where the Dendarii are reluctant mercenaries indeed. When Miles finds himself in a jam, he ends up rescuing a fairy-tale Beauty disguised as a very definite Beast ... and helps several others, including Dendarii, in the mix.
Taken together, -Miles, Mystery, & Mayhem- ties together three early tales of the oddest Vorkosigan [and no, i'm *not* forgetting Mark; he's not *there*, yet!].
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Empyreal on June 10, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Here's the third compilation in the Vorkosigan saga. That's right folks, it's a compilation. NOT a new book. Love it anyway! It's two novels (_Cetaganda_ and _Ethan of Athos_) and one novella (_Labyrinth_) for the price of one hardback book! For those who are just discovering the greatness of Bujold, this is the perfect addition.
_Cetaganda_ is the story of Miles and his cousin Ivan (who is the opposite of Miles - tall, yet dull-minded and despises adventures) on their trip to Cetaganda for a funeral. Of course, Miles being Miles finds himself in the center of a huge plot, which he feels he must unravel (alone, of course).
_Ethan of Athos_ is the story of Ethan of the planet Athos, an all-male planet that is akin to a monastery. Reproduction is through uterine replicators. When ovarian cultures run out, Ethan, a doctor, is sent into the wide sinful galaxy to find more. Although all he wants to do is avoid women (who spew sin), get the cultures, and get home, he winds up in espionage with a woman (what else?) as his partner.
"Labyrinth" is the tale of Miles', as Admiral Naismith, trip to Jackson's Whole to help give refuge to a dr. In the meantime, he gets mixed up in a plot of battling Houses, must save a tissue sample for the refugee, and finds himself trapped with a lascivious werewolf girl!
Overall, it's Bujold at her best, yet again! The centering theme of the three tales is the different consequences of one technology and how humanity can define itself as a result. Bujold adds humor, philosophy, and theology to make the book full of adventure and introspection. The characters are all believable, even when they get in over their heads. The writing is enjoyable, although some of the scenes required me to re-read them to fully follow what was going on.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Greg on July 1, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Yet another of Baen's reprint editions, this one including Cetaganda, Ethan of Athos, and the story "Labyrinth" from Borders of Infinity. These stories are less thematically connected than is usually the case with these omnibus volumes. For one thing, Ethan of Athos is one of Bujold's earliest works (and certainly the most controversial), while Cetaganda, which is earlier in terms of internal chronology, and in fact contains the event which leads directly to the action in Ethan of Athos, is a much later and more mature work. "Labyrinth" is not directly connected to either of the other works, and in fact would make more sense being bound together with Mirror Dance, but these reprint volumes stick to internal chronology, rather than following themes. (For that reason, they make an excellent way to collect Bujold's complete works, if some time behind the dates of initial publication. I keep hoping that Baen will eventually offer a complete set in a slip case.)
Cetaganda occurs not long after the events in Young Miles. Miles is sent, somewhat to his discomfort, to a state funeral on Cetaganda, a rival empire against which he had waged war in his alter ego role of Admiral Naismith. He has no orders beyond a general instruction to "stay out of trouble!" But, of course, being Miles, he can't. Part of the trouble he gets into leads directly to the trouble in Ethan of Athos, in which Miles' protegé Elli Quinn tracks down a biological puzzle Miles comes across in Cetaganda. What makes it controversial is that the title character comes from a planet inhabited only by men.
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