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Miles, Mystery, and Mayhem (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) #3, 5.2 & 9)

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Ethan of Athos

Diplomat, soldier, spy - Lieutenant Lord Miles Naismith Vorkosigan of the Barrayarayan Empire, a.k.a. Admiral Naismith of the Dendarii Free Mercenaries, is a young man of many parts.

Miles and his handsome cousin Ivan are called upon to play a simple diplomatic role on the capital world of Barrayar's old enemy until murder and de
Hardcover, 505 pages
Published November 27th 2001 by Baen Books
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May 12, 2016 Mike rated it really liked it
Spaaaaaaaace opera!

I've been keeping the Vorkosigan Saga on standby for when I want to dive headfirst into something fun and exciting. Science fiction at its soft best, clever protagonists, funny dialogue. I got all that in this omnibus. I also got plenty of social commentary on gender and sexuality, which is VERY relevant to the gay marriage backlash and all the anti-trans nonsense that's been gong on lately.

So the first story, Ceteganda, I would sum up as "Miles being Miles," and it was awesom
Charlie George
May 08, 2011 Charlie George rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, space-opera
4 stars straight down the line. None of it mind-blowingly astonishing, which Bujold is capable of. But at the same time she continues her unbroken streak of 4 stars or better. Thus she is also incapable of writing 'merely good' (3 stars). It is only a question of whether her books are excellent, as in this case, or mind-blowingly astonishing, as was the case with the Vor Game and the first 2 in her fantasy Chalion series.

Individual reviews of 'Cetaganda', 'Ethan of Athos', and 'Labyrinth' are fo
Jan 04, 2014 Robert rated it liked it
Shelves: bujold, ebooks
Can this really be the author of the wonderful "Sharing Knife"? I was only stopped from giving this 2 stars by the story "Labyrinth", and I hate short stories. It was all coloured for me by Miles's disgusting behaviour in Chapter 3 of "Ctegandans".
Seems I'm wasting my time or at least I can't make spoilers work

Seems I'm wasting my time or at least I can't make spoilers work

Jul 13, 2013 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this, as I did the previous omnibus I read. It is comprised of two novels, Cetaganda and Ethan of Athos, and a shorter tale, Labyrinth. All three are enjoyable, but Ethan of Athos is notable due to its complete lack of Miles Vorkosigan, and probably the one I enjoyed the least as a result. It's clear from the way in which Cetaganda feels more like CryoBurn than the stories in the previous omnibus (Young Miles) that it was written later than the other stories, and indeed this proves to ...more
Jun 20, 2013 Justin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the third Vorkosigan omnibus I’ve read, and I’m finally ready to dedicate myself as a series partisan. The books in this collection work wonderfully together, and make for great sci-fi reading.

The first novel, Cetaganda, takes place on the homeworld of the titular empire. The death of the Cetagandan empress has brought mourners and well-wishers from throughout the galaxy, including Miles Vorkosigan and Ivan Vorpatril as official representatives of Barrayar. True to form, Miles unwittingl
Lisa (Harmonybites)
May 06, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Science Fiction Fans
This is the third omnibus book containing 3 works in the Vorkosigan Saga by Bujold: two novels, Cetaganda and Ethan of Athos and a short novella, "Labyrinth." This is already quite a few novels into a novel with a complex universe, and so none of these are where I'd start, although Ethan of Athos is a rate standalone--in the same universe, but not featuring any of the Vorkosigan characters. The primary character in these series is Miles. Miles is born with near-crippling physical disabilities, s ...more
Dec 17, 2009 Michael rated it really liked it
Review from Badelynge
These three installments in Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga are something of a mixed bag. Although they follow on from each other in the general chronology the publication order was quite different and were published over the span of a decade or so. They all use the field of genetics to fuel the plot and themes.
In Cetaganda Miles tries his hand at another bit of detective work. He's on a diplomatic mission to Cetaganda with his 'a bit thick but handsome' cousin. He's
Caprice Hokstad
I give Cetaganda 4 stars and Labyrinth 5 stars. Ethan of Athos, however, was about a 2. No Miles at all unless you count Quinn mentioning him a bit more than natural. And no other Dendarii or Barrayarans in this either. Just Quinn. So far, Ms. Bujold has not disappointed me completely, but this one came VERY close. I will not read Ethan of Athos again. I will keep this book though, because of the other two stories.
Nov 25, 2009 Jon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jon by: Beyond Reality Book Club Series Miles Vorkosigan
3.75 stars

Miles, Mystery & Mayhem is an omnibus edition containing the following three stories:

Cetaganda (click here for my review)

Ethan of Athos (click here for my review)

Labyrinth (click here for my review)

Of the three, Cetaganda was my favorite. Ethan of Athos was a good story, but introduced a new character and re-used a minor character for a previous adventure, completely excluding Miles.

The omnibus included an informative Vorkosigan timeline.
Jan 06, 2014 Alarra rated it really liked it
Shelves: gblt, fantasy, adventure, sf
Ethan of Athos was particularly interesting, even without Miles being part of the actual plot, because of all the ideas thrown about. Even if it's not perfectly done, I admire the deft way she writes about "big" concepts about ethics and morality, but always with *people* at the forefront of the arguments, a deep feeling for real emotions.
Aug 17, 2014 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Cetaganda is probably my favourite book so far in the series - well, bar Ethan of Athos - because it does something I love to read: getting behind the villain to show the person.(view spoiler) ...more
Mike A.
Jun 11, 2014 Mike A. rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Miles is on a mission to be a part of the diplomatic staff during the funeral of the Empress of the Cetagandan Empire. The Barrayaran Empire has less than good relations to this empire and one can consider them the enemy, but at the moment there is no actual war. Miles and his Cousin Ivan are part of the highest nobility on Barrayar, with Miles very high up on the succession of the throne to the Barrayaran Empire. As such, their presence is a sign of the good will of the Barrayaran Empire, and n ...more
May 05, 2014 Lisagoegan rated it it was amazing
This omnibus contains 3 novels: Cetaganda, Ethan of Athos, and Labyrinth. First, let us say that these are some of the best books I've ever read. Bujold creates stories that are action packed but affecting and I'm a little worried about how I'll manage once I work my way through the series. These three stories are linked by gender concerns: Cetaganda is a planet where the dynastic dna of the ruling class is managed like a bonsai tree, clipped and pruned into a work of art. Ethan of Athos is abou ...more
Mar 02, 2014 Jim rated it really liked it
Product Description

Diplomat, soldier, spy -- Lieutenant Lord Miles Naismith Vorkosigan of the Barrayaran Empire, a.k.a. Admiral Naismith of the Dendarii Free Mercenaries, is a young man of many parts. Miles and his handsome cousin Ivan are called upon to play a simple diplomatic role on the capital world of Barrayar's old enemy until murder and deceit thrust them into Cetagandan internal politics at the highest levels, and Miles discovers the secrets of the haut-women's biological domain to be

Bob Nolin
Jul 18, 2016 Bob Nolin rated it liked it
Pirates in space! What could be more fun? The Miles Vorkasigan series of novels begins with "The Warrior's Apprentice," which is included in the omnibus "Young Miles," consisting of two novels and a novella. Since the Miles books were not published in chronological/story order, the omnibus additions are a good way to read the stories in order, including the novellas. "Miles, Mystery, and Mayhem" contains a Miles novel and a novella, plus a related non-Miles novel called "Ethan of Athos." The "Yo ...more
Robert Scott
Mar 15, 2016 Robert Scott rated it really liked it
Two complete novels & one novella.
Cetaganda: Miles Vorkosigan & his cousin Ivan Vorpatril are sent to Cetaganda as envoys to the funeral ceremonies for the Empress. Miles learns a great deal about the ghem, the haut, and the local (8 planets) politics.
Ethan of Athos: Dr. Ethan Urquahart leaves his remote planet of all males to try to purchase ovarian samples for use in their uterine replicators. Having never been off Athos he is amazed & astounded by the many diversions available and
Feb 06, 2014 A rated it really liked it
Ethan of Athos was a standout for me, as a thought experiment regarding gender and reproduction that I didn't twig until pretty deep into the story. (view spoiler) ...more
Carolyn F.
Feb 24, 2013 Carolyn F. rated it it was amazing
I read the first two books in this omnibus separately and ordered this from the library so that I could read the next in the series Labyrinth. Loved, loved, loved this short story. It's wonderful how someone can appreciate Miles for everything he can give to a person. I saw that somewhat in the appreciation and awe of his crew, but this was more fully explored even in such a short story. Great series!
Sep 07, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it
This collection was fun. I think the first novel Centagandan was the most interesting. The different worlds and cultures Bujold sets up are very interesting and I think that's the reason why I didn't like "Labyrinth" as much--it was a novella, so there was not as much time for her to develop the other world. Still, very fun and I'll keep reading.
Aug 28, 2014 Sandi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sff
I really love Bujold's writing and I really love the omnibus packaging concept. These three books, although written at dramatically different times and points in her career, fit together remarkably well with dovetailing issues about genetic manipulation, ethics, and reproduction. Admittedly, Ethan of Athos segment was a little harder to get into due to the fact for me the character was a little less sympathetic and less personally interesting, and it did feel as though the story was written earl ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Bujold does science fiction right. Namely, she takes a philosophical idea and uses imagined worlds to examine it from all prospectives. Even better, she does it with fascinating characters and exciting, twisty plots. This collection groups together two novels (_Cetaganda_ and _Ethan of Athos_) and one novella (_Labyrinth_) that all involve genetic manipulation of one sort or enough. I thought _Cetaganda_ was the most mature and complex of them all but also the most boring. _Ethan of Athos_ was f ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Curtis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, novel, collection
Really interesting collection of stories about what it means to be human. Bujold teases with ideas of biological and social determination in fun and poignant ways. Perhaps the most interesting moment of these three stories is Miles' realization that Taura can speak, and the immediate shift in perception (and tactic) he has because of it.

I also really liked that Bujold gives us the opportunity to visit other planets. She states in the afterword that with Cetaganda she wanted to make the Cetaganda
Dec 22, 2009 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction, maps
3.5 stars. I wish I could write like Bujold. Miles is such a fun character: "a master of chaos" (both causing and capitalizing on).
A.K. Skelding
Sep 03, 2016 A.K. Skelding rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I've been aware of the Vorkosigan books for a number of years now. I suppose I intended to get to them eventually, but there are so many of them, y'know?

Naturally, my Yuletide book exhange gifter was horrified, and shipped me this volume stat.

Even though these stories are set in the middle of the series, they all stand alone very well. I feel like I have a decent grasp of the world and the characters. Each story is highly engaging. Space opera at its finest!

Anyway, I went out and ordered the re
Jul 03, 2013 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoyed Cetaganda but slowed a bit with Ethan of Athos and Labyrinth.
Each story has some interesting gender complications/issues/ideas.
Dec 16, 2015 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: vorkosigan
Contains 3 stories. I have reached the novel Cetaganda in my project to read in publication order.
This is a classic Miles and Ivan Novel. A couple or three quotes:
page 168 - "'Desk work,' Ivan sighed. 'I keep hoping for ship duty.' Not really true. . . Ivan just wished that his mother, Lady Vorpatril, might be assigned to ship duty, someplace far away."
p175 - Miles responds to a tactic suggested by Ivan. "'Ivan, that's brilliant. Why didn't I think of that?'"
page 209 In the aftermath of that tac
Feb 02, 2015 cacinta rated it liked it
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So I've come back to finish this omnibus after reading up to 'Miles in Love' and honestly, the 2nd and 3rd story here is rather boring. Especially when compared to other books in the series.

I loved Cetaganda, it was a pretty well written whodunnit, but the other two did not interest me as much. The afterword was a better read.

I'm leaving this rating as a placeholder. Just finished Cetaganda, and discovered the next novel is actually a standalone. Will come back to
Michael Battaglia
Nov 30, 2013 Michael Battaglia rated it it was amazing
Early Miles Vorkosigan adventures aren't exactly hard to find but these omnibuses are useful not only by bundling a chunk of these stories together but by helping you figure out which order these stories go in, especially when you start counting the various short stories that ol' Miles has starred in as well (the next volume technically in the sequence "Borders of Infinity" takes a big step toward that, to the point of repeating one of the stories in this volume . . . coordinate your omnibi, peo ...more
Jun 10, 2013 Heidi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"This is probably my favorite series of all time. I've read it many times, and just finished reading it again. The characters and the world Bujold creates are outstanding, but what is perhaps the most fascinating is the way she uses those characters and setting to tell so many kinds of stories: classic space opera, murder mysteries, psychological thrillers, and even straight-up comedy of manners, a la Jane Austen. Her themes are universal and tend to at least touch on the theme of the search for ...more
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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.

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Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) (1 - 10 of 17 books)
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  • The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga, #2)
  • Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga, #3)
  • Falling Free (Vorkosigan Saga, #4)
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