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Young Miles (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) #2, 5.1 & 6)

4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  4,543 ratings  ·  225 reviews
The Warrior's Apprentice 1
The Mountains of Mourning 373
The Vor Game 465
Author's Afterword 829

Miles is son of Barrayar Prime Minister Aral Vorkosigan. Rebels poison affected his pregnant mother Cordelia née Naismith, left Miles with fragile bones. His height will stay around five feet for life, despite painful operations. Childhood playmate Elena is his secret crush, and da
Published by Baen Books (first published 1997)
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Oct 21, 2009 Jon rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: Beyond Reality Book Club Series Miles Vorkosigan
Full Review at my blog.

If I’m not mistaken Bujold ties Heinlein for the number of Hugo’s she has won. She is a diverse writer dabbling in both fantasy and science-fiction and managing to invest each genre with its own unique style. She is probably most well known Vorkosigan series featuring the energetic, and frequently trouble making Miles Vorkosigan.

While the series properly begins in Cordelia’s Honor, Young Miles is the first book (or couple of books since it is rightly a collection) to featu
Tasha Turner
I'm doing a reread of this series. Partly as a treat in-between Hugo reads this year and as a treat due to personal yuck going on. People following my reading will notice I'm also rereading Georgette Heyer. Their writing styles and topics as well as sense of humor comfort me. I believe my husband may have introduced me to both back in the early days before we were married. So now you should have a good idea of all the biases I'm bringing to this review.

I love having a disabled protagonist who is
Review from: Badelynge
For someone who likes Science Fiction it might seem strange that I'm only recently acquainted with the irrepressible Miles Vorkosigan. Better late than never though. I've just burned my way through the first three books featuring the little guy. Maybe it is for the best though, because if I'd read them as they were being published then I wouldn't have been able to read them in chronological order, as some of the books filled in the gaps between previously published books. I
Megan Baxter
Do you know that moment when you realize you're in the hands of a master storyteller? It's relaxing, in a way, because all the tension about whether-this-will-be-a-good-book-or-not just drains out of you, and you can marinate in what's happening, confident that whatever comes will be worth the trip.

Note: The rest of this review has been withdrawn due to the recent changes in Goodreads policy and enforcement. You can read why I came to this decision here.

In the meantime, you can read the entire
3.5 stars

Mountains of Mourning is awesome: 4.5 stars.

The novels which precede and follow it are also fun, but lack Mountain's thematic and emotional resonance.
3.5. Good stories, fun to read. No great insights or science.

The weird part is that I'm sure I've read part of the third story, perhaps in an anthology.
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May 05, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Space Opera Fans
This is an omnibus edition consisting of three tales. The first novel, "The Warrior's Apprentice," is where I officially fell in love with Miles, who sure isn't the usual square-jawed, bicep bulging sci-fi hero, and he's what made me go and seek out more of the series. It's rare I can say I fall in love with a character in a book, but I fell hard for Miles Vorkosigan, which is why this book gets five stars. Not because it's mind-expanding or has amazing prose--but because I loved the character s ...more
This is an omnibus edition that contains full novels The Warrior’s Apprentice and The Vor Game and the short story The Mountains of Mourning. From the previous book to the beginning of Warrior’s Apprentice, Miles Vorkosigan has grown up (well he’s 18) and usurps the literary center stage from his parents.

Miles is one of those characters it is hard not to be fascinated by. He is less than 4 ft tall and deformed with delicate bones that break at the slightest strain. He makes up for this physical
If you're looking for trashy military sci-fi with a a free-wheeling, fun plot, you've come to the right place. If you're looking for a good sci-fi epic you'll be disappointed. This is no Ender's Game.

(Spoilers ahead)

Bujold is second only to Heinlein for Hugo Best Novel awards, and I have no idea why after reading this. It is a boy fantasy where everything goes right to build the headstrong underdog teen into a mercenary space admiral within one year (which Heinlein is guilty of frequently, but h
The books contained in this omnibus are a lot of fun. It is light reading and very easy to breeze through, heavy on dialogue and humor. There is a mixture of serious storytelling dealing with themes such as oppression and prejudice and light-hearted humor that provides a nice balance between the two.

Miles is an enjoyable character - extremely bright and energetic with a strong mischievous streak. However, the other characters are definitely secondary as Miles always takes center stage with a shi
Dec 27, 2013 Tamahome marked it as lemmed  ·  review of another edition
Read about 50 pages. It's written in a historical style. Sometimes I think it's a little slow but then something really dramatic happens (shades of Peter F. Hamilton), usually to Miles who has some physical challenges (oh that scene at boot camp). I think I'll at least finish the first novel in the omnibus, which is only 300-something pages. This is the first Miles book. But is it science fiction? Reminds me of David Weber; well, they're both Baen. I've tried to start other Bujold books, but thi ...more
An omnibus is always a gamble for me because I never know if I'm going to want to dive right in to the next book. In this case, I finished The Warrior's Apprentice, which is an awesome, rip-roaring adventure--really, it's paced like the best kind of old-time cliffhanger serial,where every success creates a new and bigger danger. I needed a change of pace before starting the next one, but I will be back for more.

UPDATE: Finished it. "The Mountains of Mourning" is a fantastic little mystery, and T
Science fiction driven by characters and their moral struggles. The Mountains of Mourning was an incredible novella and I devoured the (long, omnibus) book over the course of a few days, trading sleep for its pages. Recommend!
Sep 20, 2015 Carol rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Carol by: A former boss recommended the Vorkosigan Saga to me. He was right.
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Early in the time line and fairly early when reading by publication date, this book has 3 sections.

The Warrior's Apprentice was the second novel written. It tells how Miles failed his entrance exam, so - being Miles - he skipped straight up to being Admiral Naismith. The title, as the author notes, is a riff on the Sorcerer's Apprentice and includes a whole series of adventures as one save from overreach leads to the next one. Altogether a great story.

Labyrinth is a novella, originally published
Katrin von Martin
This was my first foray into the Vorkosigan Saga. I'd heard from various sources that Bujold is a great science fiction writer and, after reading this omnibus collection of books, I'm inclined to agree. Young Miles is actually a compilation of two previously published novels and a novella followed by a brief after-word by Bujold, which discusses how the Vorkosigan Saga came into creation. It seems as if many of the one star reviews complain about it being a collection of previously published no ...more
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(Technically The Warrior's Apprentice, The Mountains of Mourning and The Vor Game)

Eh. I'm not sure what to say about these stories. I enjoyed them, but there was always something missing.(view spoiler)
This is the second Omnibus edition of the Vorkosigan series I've read and I'm hard pressed not to go out and buy the rest on the spot and read them all in a row, but I feel like the aftermath would be the worst book hangover ever and I'd mope for weeks about not being able to find anything I wanted to read next. So I'm dragging it out a bit and varying my diet, as is healthy...but my gods! These are brilliant books. I love them and I will read them all.

I'm not usually one for straight sci-fi an
This omnibus edition contains two novels (The Warrior's Apprentice and The Vor Game) and a novella (The Mountains of Mourning) in the Miles Vorkosigan saga. The stories deal with the earliest portion of the character's career (with Miles being 17 at the beginning of The Warrior's Apprentice), and establish the character and his central conflict. Miles is the brilliant but disabled scion of a noble Barrayaran family, struggling to fill his expected role in his militaristic society despite his phy ...more
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It isn't easy, being Vor...Being a Vor lord on the war-torn planet Barrayar wasn't easy. Being an officer in Barrayar's military wasn't easy. And being the leader of a force of spaceborne mercenaries while maintaining a secret identity wasn't easy, in fact it should have been impossible, to say nothing of being a capital offense on Barrayar. Not that impossibility or great danger would slow down young Miles Vorkosigan much. Washed out of the Barrayaran Military Academy for b

Katie M.
Miles Vorkosigan is a fascinating, complex, and immensely likable protagonist. This book kept me up past my bedtime on several nights, not necessarily because it was too tense to put down (though the plot was fast moving and high stakes) but because I just enjoying the company of the characters and eager to see what adventure would come next. I often found myself laughing out loud, but the book doesn't neglect serious moral questions either.

My only complaint is that it needed more Cordelia.
It's been a LONG time since I've read decent Sci Fi! This somewhat reminds me of Ender's Game but it's definitely not a rip off. You can't help but root for the main character the whole way through. Looking forward to reading the other books in this series.

Also, this is NOT the first omnibus of the series, but it is the first major introduction the main character throughout the rest. The first omnibus can be considered a prequel so it's fine to start here.
Mike A.
Young Miles by Lois McMaster Bujold is the first omnibus edition in the Miles Vorkosigan Adventures series (there is a book before this one, but with a different protagonist). The omnibus contains three stories: The Warrior's Apprentice, The Mountain of Mourning, and The Vor Game.
What drives this story forward is the intelligent protagonist Miles Vorkosigan, the child of a Vor-Lord, the nobility of the military system on the planet Barrayar. Victim of a toxic attack against his father as an unbo
The first thing you notice about Miles is physically he's a very small person. The second thing is that a little bit of him goes a long, long way.
What's not to love about scheming young Miles..he's always optimistic, funny, never fail to pull a rabbit out of a very unlikely hat..and so damn resilient! I got swept right away in Miles' forward momentum through the 3 books in this omnibus. The Vor Game kind of sagged in the middle but was fun nevertheless.
Mar 23, 2013 April rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to April by: Christi Flagg
Terrible book cover, fantastic book. I love the strategic thinking of the main character and his ways of getting out of pickles I never would have imagined. It vaguely reminded me of the strategic-thinking aspect I loved in Bitterblue. Now I want to read the sequels.
Titus Fortner
Absolutely fantastic. I love the characters and the machinations. It just flows very well, there's never a page where I'm not intently curious about what I'm going to find on the next.

My one complaint would be that there are too many crazy coincidences that are necessary to move the plot along. She makes the reading so enjoyable, though, I can't be very upset.
LOVED this book(s).

Warrior's Apprentice: What a great protagonist! Starting with so many disadvantages, he never gives up and repeatedly uses nothing but chutzpah and desperation to turn the situation to his (temporary) advantage. Inspiring. And the plot was fantastic, progressively getting crazier and crazier--

(Spoiler alert: who would ever have imagined you could bluff your way into building a mercenary fleet by accident? My kids loved the part where he made the enemy fighter pee his space su
This was completely fun. Miles would be totally insufferable as a main character if it wasn't for his constant awareness that he's about to fall flat on his face in the most humiliating fashion possible. That one trait makes him fun instead of an annoying know-it-all. I'm so glad I was turned onto Bujold.
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Lois McMaster Bujold was born in 1949, the daughter of an engineering professor at Ohio State University, from whom she picked up her early interest in science fiction. She now lives in Minneapolis, and has two grown children.

Her fantasy from HarperCollins includes the award-winning Chalion series and the Sharing Knife tetralogy; her science fiction from Baen Books features the perennially bestse
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Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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“Apologizing to me again, thought Miles miserably. For me. He keeps telling me I'm all right—and then apologizing. Inconsistent, Father.He shuffled back and forth across the room again, and his pain burst into speech. He flung his words against the deaf door, "I'll make you take back that apology! I am all right, damn it! I'll make you see it. I'll stuff you so full of pride in me there'll be no room left for your precious guilt! I swear by my word as Vorkosigan. I swear it, Father," his voice fell to a whisper, "Grandfather. Somehow, I don't know how . . .” 10 likes
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