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Weatherman (Vorkosigan Saga) [Kindle Edition]

Lois McMaster Bujold
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Book Description

On Miles' first military posting, he is sent to an outpost with Arctic temperatures and a psychotic, unstable commander. When the commander orders his men to enter a facility that is leaking poisonous radiation, the men revolt, and it's up to Miles to use his wits to avoid a massacre. A story later incorporated into the Hugo Award-winning novel THE VOR GAME.

Written by Hugo and Nebula Award winning New York Times bestselling author Lois McMaster Bujold

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Author's Note:
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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  • Language: English
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Just buy the whole book instead August 22, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bujold is honest - publishers are not September 23, 2012
By Matt
Format:Kindle Edition
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Young Miles . . . 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
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars June 30, 2014
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Lois McMaster Bujold is a fantastic author. This is another great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What I love about the smaller books September 25, 2014
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What I love about the smaller books, or portions of books as this one is.. is that the writer gives us such a wonderfully full character and the world he lives in. While the characters aren't sugar coated, we always come away with the a bit of wisdom from reading her books and following the adventures, or should I say misadventure of Miles Vorkosigan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read May 10, 2014
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Bujold writes well. I have loaded lots of these books on my KINDLE as a convenient way to have reading material with me when I travel.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars grabs you immediately
So tightly written, the reader is immediately drawn into the story and swept away to the end. I was sorry when it ended even though I have already read it at lest 3 tmes.
Published 13 days ago by bsholtz
1.0 out of 5 stars Dishonest ripoff. Full content is in another book
This book is a ripoff. It is included in the next book in the series so if you are working your way through the series like me you get blindsided into paying twice for the same... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Morisei
4.0 out of 5 stars No space sips but it makes good SF reading
This is nother book I hve read over and over. No space sips but it makes good SF reading.
Published 9 months ago by Jon deNeui, JdN
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 17 months ago by David Morgan
4.0 out of 5 stars I basically love all of Miles Vorkosigan novels!
This book was really no exception.

I love Miles, his mother and Father. They are all equally compelling characters... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Booklover
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Bujold winner
Can't say enough about the skillful, interesting writing of Bujold. Always enjoy her books. Miles Vorkosigan is one of the most interesting characters in any kind of fiction... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Miles at his first duty station
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... Read more
Published on January 3, 2013 by Cynthia Bagley
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