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The Vor Game Hardcover – February 12, 2010
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I am planning to put on my Xmas list some of the Bujold titles. The awards your company has are truly well earned. -- DjacksonT, 7/10/98 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Ok, ok. Here's the series:
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
A Civil Campaign
Now, go start this series at the begining and read it through to the end. No Excuses!
Back at home (well, at least his hometown), Miles is recruited into Imperial Security - the infamous ImpSec - and sent off on a mission involving Admiral Naismith. Unfortunately, things go wrong, and soon he's wrapped up in an Imperial problem, flying by the seat of his pants and breaking rules and orders with practiced elan. (Well, after all, this is a familiar position for him.)
The Vor Game is one of my favorite of the Vorkosigan series; it is, really, the last book of Miles' youth. It is an award-winner, and deservingly so; the characters continue to develop, which is quite the challenge in the fourth book of a series, and the plot is fun. Bujold writes SF with a light hand, and interjects a great deal of humor. It's rare to find an SF writer who knows how to make us laugh.
Read the Warrior's Apprentice, at minimum, before you read this - but read it.
the vor game is the second major tale in the miles vorkosigan series following the warrior's apprentice and the short story mountains of mourning.
again, we have a really funny miles novel. after graduating from the academy, he is sent to kyril island (cold hell on barrayar!) as a weatheman for the military base. again he gets into trouble (this is afterall, miles *grin*) and then we slip into the more substantial part of the book where he begins his impsec career and saves the day (and the emperor) with the dendarii. yes, miles is reunited with the dendarii in this book!
great book, wicked humour, smart plot, engaging chracters. do try the vorkosigan series if you have never before. start with shards of honour (about miles' parents) or jump right in with miles in the warrior's aprpentice or young miles(a collection encompassing the vor game). get it!
The story focusses on Lord Miles of the ruling house of a small empire. As is historically the case for such family members, he seeks a commission in the military as a career. Unfortunately, as he is unused to following orders, he runs afoul of his first commanding officer. This starts a long and exciting adventure that takes Miles through three systems, suffering imprisonment, near execution, and other sundry dangers. Along the way, he uncovers a plot to.... well, that would be giving away too much. Suffice it to say that it is of galactic importance and no one but Miles (along with his trusty sidekick, who happens to be the Emporer Himself) can save the day.
The book has humour, great action, and a suitably galactic scale. If some of the villians are 2-dimensional scenery-chewers, most of the main characters are well-developed and interesting. Bujold effortlessly conveys the historical, military, and social details of her universe organically, without needing recourse to dry exposition.Read more ›
As you would expect he gets involved in a nefarious plot, barely escapes but solves the situation. From there he goes on to investigate a suspicious military build up that might mean their enemies are up to something, then the emperor disappears. All kinds of sub-plots tell many conflicting stories, but good has to triumph in the end so that Miles can go on to the next book.
This sounds worse than I intend, but explaining the plot in only a few words is difficult. I think Ms Bujold's books are among the best sci fi written in recent years, and those about Miles are among the best of recent science fiction. As soon as I see one on the shelf at the local store, I pick it up, almost as a reflex action.
This particular version has been recorded by Grover Gardner, one of the 'Best Voices of the Century.' It is unabridged and lasts for about eleven hours on nine CD's.
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Miles tries to do things correctly but being Miles it doesn't go quite as planned. But then it never does for Miles.Published 13 days ago by J. Heivilin
I have enjoyed reading the previous four books in the series, and look forward to reading the rest in the series.Published 2 months ago by Bruce
I'm going to post the same review for the entire Vorkosigan saga. MANY years ago (shudder to think - we only had books made of paper) I was stuck at an airport with nothing to... Read morePublished 2 months ago by book guy
I find the Vor books hard to put down. This is the second I've read (many recommend you start with "The Warrior's Apprentice").Published 3 months ago by JDV
And Miles Vorkosigan begins to enter into a world big enough to hold him. I'd forgotten how much I liked this book. For me, this one seemed like Miles's coming of age.Published 3 months ago by Bill Swears
I gave this book five stars because it was fun, suspenseful, and a good read. I have read the book several times,Published 4 months ago by Michael A. Starsheen