Young Miles (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) #2, 5.1 & 6)
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more
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 ...more
UPDATE: Finished it. "The Mountains of Mourning" is a fantastic little mystery, and T ...more
Eh. I'm not sure what to say about these stories. I enjoyed them, but there was always something missing.(view spoiler)[
Maybe I have leftover Cordelia-hates-Barrayar POV from Cordelia's Honour. Maybe I didn't like the way the plots sort of drifted. Maybe I'm just not all that fond of tales that laud the military. Maybe Bujold's vision for Miles, explained in her a/n, is just so very different to how he comes across ...more
I'm not usually one for straight sci-fi an ...more
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
My only complaint is that it needed more Cordelia.
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.
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 ...more
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.
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more