Miles, Mutants and Microbes (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication order) omnibus #5)
Two complete novels and a short novel in one large volume:
Falling Free—The Nebula Award-winning novel. Leo Graf was just your typical efficient engineer: mind your own business and do the job. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat, where children had been bio-engineered to have four arms (and no legs) to function in zero gravity. Now that they’re no lon...more
Falling Free is marked as the first work in the series, but I don't think it's necessarily the work you want to read first. This is more a prequel to the main timeline of the series. It's known as the "Vorkosigan Saga" because it mostly focuses on the family of that name, and particularly Miles Vorkosigan--who isn't even mentioned in this first standalone story set 200 years before the character that gives this series its name wa...more
Falling Free is good, but the main character is as stereotypical as they come, a classic scifi engineer, with little in the way of defining characteristics. He's predictably bl...more
I've already said that I like "Labyrinth", and that's not changing here. Diplomatic Immunity, on the other hand, was real...more
Diplomatic Immunity is a mission for Miles that is assigned on their way back from his...more
If you like the quadies, then this is the omnibus for you. The first book is all about their birth/start, the second is Mile's first interaction with them and the last brings us "up to date" with Miles and his new wife and an adventure in their space.
Labyrinth - I'm not re-reading this one. I read it for the first time in Miles, Mystery, and Mayhem.
Diplomatic Immunity - 3/29/12 - B+ - I enjoyed getting back to Miles and it was cool reading about familiar people that we've not seen in a while. I was still a bit bogged down with the t...more
The first book, Falling Free, had some interesting ideas, but suffered from a very sudden ending and a cartoonishly evil villain.
The other half, Diplomatic Immunity, was nice because it gave us a chance to revisit with Bel Thorne, who I'd always been fond of. I found the "mystery" rather telegraphed, though, and had hoped Ekaterin would have been in it more (I love her and Miles' banter).
Falling Free was an interesting story from 200 years before the time of Miles. It was an interesting look at genetic manipulation and the ramifications of technology making things (or people) obsolete.
I still prefer the stories involving Miles, as I just find him a fascinating character, and Diplomatic Immunity did not disappoint in the least.