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The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga) (Miles Vorsokigan Book 6) by [Lois McMaster Bujold]
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Author's Note:
 
The Vorkosigan Saga Reading Order Debate: The ChefRecommends
 
 
Many pixels have been expended debating the 'best' order inwhich to read what have come to be known as the Vorkosigan Books, theVorkosiverse, the Miles books, and other names, since I neglected to supply theseries with a label myself.  The debatenow wrestles with some fourteen or so volumes and counting, and mainly revolvesaround publication order versus internal-chronological order.  I favor internal chronological, with a fewcaveats.
 
I have always resisted numbering my volumes; partly because,in the early days, I thought the books were distinct enough; latterly becauseif I ever decided to drop in a prequel somewhere (which in fact I did most latelywith Captain Vorpatril's Alliance) it would upwhack the numberingsystem.  Nevertheless, the books andstories do have a chronological order, if not a strict one.
 
It was always my intention to write each book as astand-alone so that the reader could theoretically jump in anywhere, yes, withthat book that's in your hand right now, don't put it back on theshelf!  While still somewhat true, as theseries developed it acquired a number of sub-arcs, closely related tales thatwere richer for each other.  I will list thesub-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 AralVorkosigan of Barrayar.  Shardswas my very first novel ever; Barrayar was actually my eighth, butcontinues the tale the next day after the end of Shards.  For readers who want to be sure of beginningat 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 inbetween.)  The Warrior's Apprenticeintroduces the character who became the series' linchpin, Miles Vorkosigan; thefirst book tells how he created a space mercenary fleet by accident; the secondhow he fixed his mistakes from the first round.Space opera and military-esque adventure (and a number of other thingsone can best discover for oneself), The Warrior's Apprentice makesanother good place to jump into the series for readers who prefer a young maleprotagonist.
 
After that: Brothers in Arms should be read before MirrorDance, and both, ideally, before Memory.
 
Komarr makes another good alternate entry point forthe 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 thefive currently extant novellas, makes a good Miles Vorkosigan early-adventuresampler platter, I always thought, for readers who don't want to committhemselves to length.  (But it may makemore sense if read after The Warrior's Apprentice.)  Take care not to confuse thecollection-as-a-whole with its title story, "The Borders of Infinity".
 
Falling Free takes place 200years earlier in the timeline and does not share settings or characters withthe main body of the series.  Mostreaders 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, inMiles's time.
 
The novels in the internal-chronological list below appearin italics; the novellas (officially defined as a story between 17,500 wordsand 40,000 words, though mine usually run 20k - 30k words) in quote marks.
 
 
Falling Free
Shards of Honor
Barrayar
The Warrior's Apprentice
"The Mountains of Mourning"
"Weatherman"
The Vor Game
Cetaganda
Ethan of Athos
Borders of Infinity
"Labyrinth"
"The Borders of Infinity"
Brothers in Arms
Mirror Dance
Memory
Komarr
A Civil Campaign
"Winterfair Gifts"
Diplomatic Immunity
Captain Vorpatril's Alliance  (upcoming in late 2012)
CryoBurn
                  
 
Caveats:
 
The novella "Weatherman" is anout-take from the beginning of the novel The Vor Game.  If you already have The Vor Game, youlikely don't need this.
 
The original 'novel' Borders ofInfinity was a fix-up collection containing the three novellas "TheMountains of Mourning", "Labyrinth", and "The Borders of Infinity", togetherwith a frame story to tie the pieces together.Again, beware duplication.  Theframe story does not stand alone, and generally is of interest only tocompletists.
 
 
The Fantasy Novels
 
My fantasy novels are a bit easierto order.  Easiest of all is TheSpirit Ring, which is a stand-alone, or aquel, as some wag once dubbedbooks that for some obscure reason failed to spawn a subsequent series.  Next easiest are the four volumes of TheSharing Knife--in order, Beguilement, Legacy, Passage,and Horizon--which I broke down and actually numbered, as this was onecontinuous tale divided into non-wrist-breaking chunks.
 
What have come to be called theChalion 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, andcan in theory be read in any order.  (Thethird book actually takes place a few hundred years prior to the more closelyconnected first two.)  Some readers thinkthe world-building is easier to assimilate when the books are read inpublication order, and the second volume certainly contains spoilers for thefirst (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 ProtoZoa was an e-book experiment; it contains five very early tales--three(1980s) contemporary fantasy, two science fiction--all previously published butnot in this handy format. The novelette "Dreamweaver's Dilemma" may be ofinterest to Vorkosigan completists, as it is the first story in which that proto-universebegan, mentioning Beta Colony but before Barrayar was even thought of.
 
My latest original e-edition is Sidelines: Talks and Essays, which isjust what it says on the tin--a collection of three decades of my nonfictionwritings, including convention speeches, essays, travelogues, introductions,and some less formal pieces. I hope it will prove an interesting companionpiece to my fiction.
 
Happy reading!
 
-- Lois McMaster Bujold.

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Miles manages to graduate from the Academy. His reward? A first post on Kyril Island, predicting and combating the local weather and his commanding officer's homicidal moods. His reputation and stunted form further battered by both, Illyan finds a way to combine (sort of) Miles's two lives as Lord Vorkosigan and Admiral Naismith--great for Miles, but a little hard on his commanding officers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • File size : 754 KB
  • Publication date : December 3, 2013
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 290 pages
  • Publisher : Spectrum Literary Agency, Inc. (December 3, 2013)
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B005O2WQ60
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  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
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