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The Borders of Infinity (Vorkosigan Saga) [Kindle Edition]

Lois McMaster Bujold
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On a rescue mission gone wrong, Miles Vorkosigan is captured by the enemy Cetagandans and thrown into a dome-shaped prisoner of war camp that seems a literal Circle of Hell. Against impossible odds, Miles organizes thousands of angry and dispirited prisoners into military formation that may offer the only chance for escape.

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Essential for all sf collections. --Library Journal

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  • File Size: 215 KB
  • Print Length: 311 pages
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W9C440
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent collection despite... June 20, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This collection of novellas was my introduction to Miles Vorkosigan, and while I suspect that the first book (The Warrior's Apprentice) Might have been a better opening, it did convince me to read every one that our libraries contained, and finally to begin collecting the series.
This collections contains three complete novellas and a, well, best described as sort-of-a-story to connect the three very different events in Miles' career. This wrap-around story is the main reason I gave the collection a mere four stars; it contains a suggestion of a rather scanty plot against Lord Aral Vorkosigan via Miles' more unusual adventures (Or rather, his monetary expenses), which serves no purpose except to perhaps introduce the idea of the imperial Auditors used in the later book Memory (And much better introduced within that book itself). As another reviewer said, the novellas could probably stand alone safely.
As for the three stories themselves, they vary immensely in theme. "The Mountains of Mourning" is a tale of Miles Vorkosigan's early years, and in theory it is a murder mystery, but the emotional impact on both Miles and myself as reader was quite incredible. This is probably the best of the three stories.
Following this, "Labyrinth" is a bit of a surprise; an almost rollicking adventure of Miles as the little "Admiral Naismith". It was grerat fun, but there was very little real emotional impact. It contained another excellent character, but felt to me like it was lacking depth - it was a plot-driven story, and shamelessly so. Having reread it sicne, it is better than my first impression, but the difference between the two stories was a bit of a shock.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read Me! August 3, 2002
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This is the complicated book of the lot. It's short stories, which take place in various times throughout the series. I recommend reading them in the time-order of the series, not when the book shows up in the series. I mean, read "The mountains of Mourning" after "The Warrior's Apprentice" but before "The Vor Game", etc. These stories fit together so tightly and seamlessly that you might as well just consider the whole series one long book, and read it that way; just think of the individual books as bite-sized packages for the larger story.
Shards of Honor
(these two books are also combined into "Cordelia's Honor")
The Warrior's Apprentice
Short Story: The Mountains of Mourning
(all short stories are contained in "Borders of Infinity")
The Vor Game
Ethan of Athos
Short Story: Labyrinth
Short Story: The Borders of Infinity
Brothers in Arms
The Borders of Infinity
Mirror Dance
A Civil Campaign
Diplomatic Immunity
Now go forth and read...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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This is a collection of stories featuring Miles Vorkosigan. If you haven't encountered Miles before, this is probably the best place to start. Deformed but brilliant, Miles is an aristocrat born into a culture where "aristocracy" still means "duty" rather than "privilege". Unfortunately, it's also a culture that views the handicapped as mutants, objects of hatred and contempt. Miles is forced to challenge, again and again, the preconceptions of those around him. These are brilliant stories, written with wit, insight, and a strong sense of the tragicomic. "Mountains of Mourning" won a Hugo, I think, and one of the others was nominated. Even if you don't like science fiction, you can still enjoy this book thoroughly. If you *do* like sf, you absolutely need to have this book. Bujold's unadorned prose style has been compared to "Heinlein without the preaching", but this may be unfair... to Bujold. See for yourself why this woman keeps winning SF writing awards. Buy this book
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars get this book to attain understanding! July 19, 2000
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well, borders of infinity features as one of the most confusing book in the back of each vorkosigan saga book, where the times of miles vorkosigan/admiral naismith is shown.
what you actually have here is a collection of 3 stories, written in a style in which miles is telling them to simon. so in between each short story, you have the interaction between miles and simon. so in the end you have four stories!
no! don't skip this book! each story is important and will be mentioned again later in the series! the first of the three stories appears in the collection, young miles, but the other two stories don't appear anywhere else.
if you are new to the vorksigan series, start with shards of honour (about miles' parents) or skip the parents and start at the warrior's apprentice or the collection young miles. this is a fantastic sci-fi series ; funny and interesting. you won't regret reading the series!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Borders of Infinity is a collection of 3 short stories in the "Miles-verse," each taking place at different points of his career. All three stories are different in tone, thus showing multiple aspects of Miles' character. All of them are well done and worth reading. They aren't really essential to get the "whole story" of Miles, but they do get referred to again, so it's nice to actually know what's being talked about.
The first one, Mountains of Mourning, is probably the best of the bunch. Miles has just graduated from the academy, and is on vacation at the family mansion in the country. He helps a woman from a local village get an audience with his father, and in return for that, his father tasks him with solving the murder of her infant daughter.
This is a real growing experience for Miles, and comes at a perfect time for him. He has to deal with the remaining prejudices that still lurk in the less urbanized areas of Barrayar, and especially how they apply to him. Bujold effectively shows his indecision as he starts out wishing he had never gotten involved, and ends up being enormously glad he did. This is an effective character-building story for Miles, and he definitely learns a lot about himself.
The second story, Labyrinth, isn't quite as effective. There really isn't a lot of emotional involvement, though it does have some touching scenes. Again, in some ways, Miles has to learn about prejudices and first impressions as he gets involved in the retrieval of a genetic experiment gone wrong. It's very interesting watching Miles' attitude change toward Taura as he learns more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review of Lois McMaster Bujold's 'Borders of Infinity'
Bujold is, as always, a fabulous writer with an incredible command of language and character development. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Janice
4.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
Had all the usual intensity of the Miles Vorkosigan series with an added dollop of mystery. Well crafted and engaging.
Published 4 months ago by Barbara McIntyre
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles Vorkosigan is the best
In a society that spent hundreds of years killing off "Muties", the genetically damaged children of parents who's great-great-grandfathers were exposed to radiation during... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jerry Schell
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles Vorkosigan is nuts
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 6 months ago by Pine Street Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars I Almost Lost My Job :-)
How the heck did I miss reading any of these in SciFi reading career? I cut my teeth on Tom Swift, first editions I bought with lawn mowing income. Read more
Published 7 months ago by David Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Mourning the borders of the infinitely mountainous labyrinth
Short stories are notorious for allowing authors to try different approaches, ones that might not have worked or don't warrant the all-out expansiveness that comes with a... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Michael Battaglia
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation
I jumped at the chance to purchase this hardback collection of stories, some of which I read years ago in a SF magazine.
Published 9 months ago by geminifem
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, humane space opera
I love Bujold, and I love Miles Vorkosigan. This book- in MMPD-- is 3 novellas that are loosely tied together by a fairly minimal framing story. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Cissa
3.0 out of 5 stars A good linkpin to the continuing adventures of Miles
Being a Novella: it was short but it was very good linking to
the problems that the war with the cetgandans is causing
As usual Miles stands up to the challenges in his... Read more
Published 17 months ago by megan korobka
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend series
I have enjoyed the whole series and have recommended to several family members and friends. If you enjoy family sagas this is a very enjoyable series.
Published 17 months ago by KARLEEN G LAKE
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