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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 the Audio CD edition.
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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
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
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His home world is military minded so the stories have some violence, but not an over abundance and any sex is talked of but no graphic descriptions. Miles gets into the middle of a mess and the mystery is how he can get out of it with the least amount of damage.
The first story is set after the Warrior's Apprentice, and is him out thinking a murderer. No sex, the murder is before the story, and minimal violence. The second and third stories are set before Brothers in Arms. Miles is "picking up" a scientist who has lost track of his life's work and won't leave without it - always expect complications with Miles involved. The same with the next story - he is to get one prisoner of war out of a jail, but decides he is breaking out all the prisoners instead.
This collection of short stories gives you a peek at how he developed over the years, and what some of the challenges he faced were. It gives you the flavor of the Vorkosigan universe, and most of all it gives you some wonderful stories about someone who refused to turn aside just because the going got tough, and solved every one of the problems he ran into with his wits. Lois McMaster Bujold is an amazing author, and for me, this is flat out her best series.
I started reading this series back in the late 1980's while still working offshore. A 12 hour shift was disappeared immediately! Just this winter I rediscovered them and found several stories I had not read. 20-25 years experiences and well over a decade in Balkans and Eastern Europe make me appreciate the depth of research and cultural sharing that support a Superb Storyteller!
I recommend Heartily, especially to youngsters who are following a Science-Math-Tech career, for the depth of humanity, the rich pattern of describing a primitive physical culture assimilating high tech lifestyle and values, and "Just Plain Fun"!