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The Vorkosigan Saga Reading Order Debate: The Chef Recommends
Many pixels have been expended debating the 'best' order in which to read what have come to be known as the Vorkosigan Books, the Vorkosiverse, the Miles books, and other names, since I neglected to supply the series with a label myself.  The debate now wrestles with some fourteen or so volumes and counting, and mainly revolves around publication order versus internal-chronological order.  I favor internal chronological, with a few caveats.
I have always resisted numbering my volumes; partly because, in the early days, I thought the books were distinct enough; latterly because if I ever decided to drop in a prequel somewhere (which in fact I did most lately with Captain Vorpatril's Alliance) it would upwhack the numbering system.  Nevertheless, the books and stories do have a chronological order, if not a strict one.
It was always my intention to write each book as a stand-alone so that the reader could theoretically jump in anywhere, yes, with that book that's in your hand right now, don't put it back on the shelf!  While still somewhat true, as the series developed it acquired a number of sub-arcs, closely related tales that were richer for each other.  I will list the sub-arcs, and then the books, and then the caveats.
Shards of Honor and Barrayar.  The first two books in the series proper, they detail the adventures of Cordelia Naismith of Beta Colony and Aral Vorkosigan of Barrayar.  Shards was my very first novel ever; Barrayar was actually my eighth, but continues the tale the next day after the end of Shards.  For readers who want to be sure of beginning at the beginning, or who are very spoiler-sensitive, start with these two.
The Warrior's Apprentice and The Vor Game (with, perhaps, the novella "The Mountains of Mourning" tucked in between.)  The Warrior's Apprentice introduces the character who became the series' linchpin, Miles Vorkosigan; the first book tells how he created a space mercenary fleet by accident; the second how he fixed his mistakes from the first round. Space opera and military-esque adventure (and a number of other things one can best discover for oneself), The Warrior's Apprentice makes another good place to jump into the series for readers who prefer a young male protagonist.
After that: Brothers in Arms should be read before Mirror Dance, and both, ideally, before Memory.
Komarr makes another good alternate entry point for the series, picking up Miles's second career at its start.  It should be read before A Civil Campaign.
Borders of Infinity, a collection of three of the five currently extant novellas, makes a good Miles Vorkosigan early-adventure sampler platter, I always thought, for readers who don't want to commit themselves to length.  (But it may make more sense if read after The Warrior's Apprentice.)  Take care not to confuse the collection-as-a-whole with its title story, "The Borders of Infinity".
Falling Free takes place 200 years earlier in the timeline and does not share settings or characters with the main body of the series.  Most readers recommend picking up this story later. It should likely be read before Diplomatic Immunity, however, which revisits the "quaddies", a bioengineered race of free fall dwellers, in Miles's time.
The novels in the internal-chronological list below appear in italics; the novellas (officially defined as a story between 17,500 words and 40,000 words, though mine usually run 20k - 30k words) in quote marks.
Falling Free
Shards of Honor
The Warrior's Apprentice
"The Mountains of Mourning"
The Vor Game
Ethan of Athos
Borders of Infinity
"The Borders of Infinity"
Brothers in Arms
Mirror Dance
A Civil Campaign
"Winterfair Gifts"
Diplomatic Immunity
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance  (upcoming in late 2012)
The novella "Weatherman" is an out-take from the beginning of the novel The Vor Game.  If you already have The Vor Game, you likely don't need this.
The original 'novel' Borders of Infinity was a fix-up collection containing the three novellas "The Mountains of Mourning", "Labyrinth", and "The Borders of Infinity", together with a frame story to tie the pieces together. Again, beware duplication.  The frame story does not stand alone, and generally is of interest only to completists.
The Fantasy Novels
My fantasy novels are a bit easier to order.  Easiest of all is The Spirit Ring, which is a stand-alone, or aquel, as some wag once dubbed books that for some obscure reason failed to spawn a subsequent series.  Next easiest are the four volumes of The Sharing Knife--in order, Beguilement, Legacy, Passage, and Horizon--which I broke down and actually numbered, as this was one continuous tale divided into non-wrist-breaking chunks.
What have come to be called the Chalion books, after the setting of its first two volumes, were also written, like the Vorkosigan books, to be stand-alones as part of a larger whole, and can in theory be read in any order.  (The third book actually takes place a few hundred years prior to the more closely connected first two.)  Some readers think the world-building is easier to assimilate when the books are read in publication order, and the second volume certainly contains spoilers for the first (but not the third.)  In any case, the publication order is:
The Curse of Chalion
Paladin of Souls
The Hallowed Hunt

The short story collection Proto Zoa was an e-book experiment; it contains five very early tales--three (1980s) contemporary fantasy, two science fiction--all previously published but not in this handy format. The novelette "Dreamweaver's Dilemma" may be of interest to Vorkosigan completists, as it is the first story in which that proto-universe began, mentioning Beta Colony but before Barrayar was even thought of.
My latest original e-edition is Sidelines: Talks and Essays, which is just what it says on the tin--a collection of three decades of my nonfiction writings, including convention speeches, essays, travelogues, introductions, and some less formal pieces. I hope it will prove an interesting companion piece to my fiction.

Happy reading!
-- Lois McMaster Bujold.

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  • File Size: 329 KB
  • Print Length: 90 pages
  • Publisher: Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc. (March 27, 2011)
  • Publication Date: March 27, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004U7LWQK
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By FC Bookstore on August 22, 2012
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The story is great but the price is a rip-off. As it says in the description, this is an EXCERPT from the book "The Vor Game." The kindle version of The Vor Game is ALSO $3.99 but is 280+ pages long. The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga) A lot more story for the same price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Matt on September 23, 2012
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I have nothing but respect for Lois McMaster Bujold.
Writing is excellent and integrity is there 100% - just see her author comment that this is not needed for devoted fans of her writing.
And lady, I am certainly that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aranrhod verch Sulien on September 24, 2012
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As stories go, Bujold (and Miles Vorkosigan) never disappoints. Publishers, on the other hand, frequently go a bit too far in the quest for the bottom line. It is somewhat frustrating to find what one has already read (OK, I borrowed the original from the library, and now I own this part of it) repackaged. But, as for the story, I like it. Miles is the original look-on-the-bright-side, forward momentum guy, and very appealing with it. How does one look on the bright side of assignment to Barrayar's version of the Antarctic? Ask Miles - it's worth reading, even a second or third time around.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten'sBOOKNOTES on July 4, 2012
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Miles lands in a frigid post where everything is not as it seems. As usual Vorkosigan manages with a little help from Naismith. I think I like the space settings more, or even settings like Mountains of Mourning. This left me a little cold ....
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By David Morgan on December 14, 2013
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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. This is hands down the best SciFi series of books I've ever read. I bought the first one and simply couldn't stop. The Flying Spaghetti monster only knows how many hours of sleep I missed and how much work time I procrastinated to read these books. I read them in the order the author recommended and they were right on target. Don't put it off, just buy them all now, tell your wife and kids goodbye and read your heart out.
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This Miles Vorkosigan story is novella length. Miles has just finished his officer training and is at his first duty station to a remote station that reminds me of stories I have heard of Adak Alaska (or the Aleutian chains). The descriptions of the area and of Miles action (including his actions and reactions to the enlisted men) were realistic and pulled me into a story.

I first found Bujold's stories when I was in the Navy in the early 1990s. I go back and reread the stories when I want a good sci-fi military fiction story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 30, 2014
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Lois McMaster Bujold is a fantastic author. This is another great read.
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