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The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) #6)

4.26 of 5 stars 4.26  ·  rating details  ·  12,237 ratings  ·  370 reviews
Hugo Award Winner! Miles Vorkosigan graduates from the Academy, joins a mutiny, is placed under house arrest, goes on a secret mission, reconnects with his loyal Dendarii Mercenaries, rescues his Emperor, and thwarts an interstellar war. Situation normal, if you're Miles.
Paperback, 346 pages
Published April 30th 2002 by Baen Books (first published January 1st 1990)
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mark monday
Miles be nimble!
Miles be quick!
Miles jump over the candlestick any situation or dumbass that gets in your goddamn way!

Go, Miles, Go!

so Miles finds himself stuck in a miserable freezing arctic station as his reward for graduating from the Barrayar military acadamy with top honors but also with a serious issue of not treating authority with the respect and passivity and obedience that authority apparently deserves. and from the arctic station he finds himself tossed pell-mell, willy-nilly, etc, ri
David Sven
Young Miles is back. He’s completed his training at the Academy and he’s hoping to get posted on a space battleship. But Miles has a problem with subordination and to prove he is worthy to serve he is required by his superiors to demonstrate he can do just that ie serve - in some backwater Arctic station for six months.

So then Miles serves out his time in humility before being assigned to the pride of the Barrayan fleet The Prince Serg and.....
yeah that didn’t happen. That would be totally borin

Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my HUGO WINNERS list.

This is the reading list that follows the old adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". I loved reading the Locus Sci-Fi Award winners so I'm going to crack on with the Hugo winners next (but only the post-1980 winners, I'll follow up with
5.0 stars. Outstanding, smart science fiction novel with heart. Miles Vorkosigan is an amazing character. Highly recommended.

Winner: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1991)
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1991)
Mike (the Paladin)
This is the second of the Miles Vorkosigan books, though it's listed as the forth in the family saga. I was/am very impressed. My rating here is a considered one and I'm very close to a 5 here. I can't quite go there as there were a few false notes (I'll mention later) but all in all an excellent book and a great read. I'll say here in the first paragraph that I wholeheartedly recommend this one.

So, what's good and what's bad? Well, you will find what I've come to believe is Lois McMaster Bujol
Great reader, tangled web, & Miles is like a spastic spider running through it all. It's a lot of fun as Miles deals with his insubordination issues - not particularly well as most would guess. He does try hard, though. It's not his fault they give him the wrong orders. (His words, not mine.)

It's a series & if you want to find out more about it, I suggest you read it in chronological order. The list is here:

It's much better than the published order
Please note: my three star rating is not an aspersion on the book's quality, just a measure of how much I enjoy this book relative to the rest of the series. It's all very smart and well executed (obviously, if it won a Hugo), just not as much fun as THE WARRIOR'S APPRENTICE, and more full of the kinds of characters I find more exasperating than compelling (*cough* Cavilo *cough*). Also, the final battle depends on a lot of elaborate tactical strategy that I find I simply can't picture in my min ...more
I enjoy reading Buljold, and when starting The Vor Game I had just finished the wonderful The Mountains of Mourning. I also like Miles Vorkosigan as the protagonist. He is funny, smart, easy to like, yet far from perfect, which makes him interesting. Finally, I also love a well told Space Opera.

Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes romantic, often melodramatic adventure, set mainly or entirely in outer space, usually involving conflict between opponents possessing advance
Lisa Butterworth
This time Miles gets sent to (the Barrayian version of) a Siberian training base to see if he can't figure out that whole being a subordinate thing . . . because he's gotta learn to obey if he's ever gonna live the dream of serving on a starship, but what's a tiny-brittle-boned-hunch-backed-hyperactive-genius supposed to do when his commanding officer is on the verge of committing mass-murder (and creating a political disaster that could undermine his father's hard won carefully balanced planeta ...more
This book really reads as two separate stories--the episode on Kyril Island and then the adventure with Ungari and Gregor. Miles has difficult choices to make, and his nimble mind makes the unexpected connections out of conjecture.

I am coming to like and appreciate Miles, conflicts in his life, the forces that drive him. His "Admiral Naismith" persona is engaging and amazing, but it is the reality of his Vorkosigan life that I appreciate the most.

New and old relationships shape this story, the c
After finishing at the academy, Miles is sent to serve as the weather officer of a remote training base. It's a disappointment, but he's told that if he does well for six months then he could get assigned to an under-construction spaceship that's nearing completion. When those hopes are dashed by an unstable general and a difficult decision, Miles gets a new mission - one that could bring him back into contact with the mercenary fleet he once commanded.

Like the earlier Vorkosigan books, this is
SF. Freshly graduated from the academy, Miles is handed his orders only to discover that -- SURPRISE -- he gets to go to a dangerously cold place and study the weather! As you can imagine this is totally not his fondest wish. He's told that if he can behave himself for six months, he can probably get a post on a super cool new spaceship. But because he is Miles nothing is ever that simple.

I spent an entire Saturday reading this. Occasionally I would look up and feel like I should be doing someth
I'm marking this four stars only because Cordelia's Honor was five, and this isn't as good as that one (those two), but in a general range of excellence, five out of five, would read again.

"Miles, in one breath you just plotted to kill the emperor, cuckold him, accused your father of homosexuality, and suggested patricide. What's your encore?!"
"Go away, I'm busy."

Jasmine and Stephanie reviewed this book saying they would die in a war for Gregor. I would absolutely die for Gregor. Poor little kin
Rosario (
The Vor Game starts right after The Mountains of Mourning when Miles, just graduated from the academy as a new Ensign, is given his first assignment. It's a baffling one. He's to be meteorology officer at a remote station in the Arctic. When he asks, he's told that as long as he keeps his nose clean for the 6 months of his assignment, he'll be given the ship duty he craves. If only it was so easy!

Things, obviously, go wrong, and Miles ends up attached to Imperial Security and sent on a mission f
This was a nice space opera yarn, but I'm a little surprised that it won the Hugo Award for best novel. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, but it wasn't nearly as good as some of the other Hugo-winning books I've read. Perhaps competition wasn't very steep for the award in 1991.

This book continues the adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, now that he has graduated from the Academy on Barrayar. The story seemed to jump around alot, even though it's told from Miles' exclusive point of view and foll
Cindy Griffin
Miles graduates from the Academy and receives his first post. Being Miles, he quickly finds himself at odds with his commanding officer. After the discovery of a possible murder, making everyone at his new post uncomfortable, and a bit of insubordination, Miles must face Imperial Security and detainment. In an effort to save his own hide, Miles makes a deal with Security. As Miles juggles being Lord Vorkosigan, Admiral Naismith, and a new personality, he must stop a war, uncover intelligence for ...more
Very satisfying second novel featuring Miles Vorkosagian, a crippled son of an aristocratic planetary premier who must use his wits, courage, and leadership skills to excel in the Imperial Barrayar space navy. Bujold is very skillful in engaging the readers empathy for this underdog whom she has described as bearing three besetting sins: pride, imprudence, and despair. In this tale, Miles gets assigned to serve as a weatherman in a god-forsaken arctic outpost. He ends up having to resolve a muti ...more
Finished! Have now read AND written reviews for The Vorkosigan Saga, a militaristic space opera with some romance (but not in this book), plenty of suspenseful action-adventure, and sound character development. I read about 19 books in the past month, crushing on Lord Aral and Lady Cordelia Vorkosigan and their midget-like son Miles, aka The Mutie Lord, Shorty, Admiral Naismith, etc. Aka bloody brilliant.

I loved the main bulk of the story, with Miles and Gregor and the Dendarii Mercenaries. Lo
Dec 05, 2011 SA rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011
"Miles Learns About Command." For a book with only seventeen chapters, I was astounded at how it felt like I was reading two or three separate books. Miles, Ensign Vorkosigan now, is tasked with his first commissioned assignment: don't piss anyone off for six months. To his credit, his complete failure is not entirely of his own making.

When I say "learns about command" I mean both the assumption of and subservience to, only one of which he arguably excels at. In many ways the military-political
Nicholas Whyte

I love Bujold's Vorkosigan saga, but this is not one of my favourite volumes, and I was slightly surprised to discover that it had won the Hugo. Structurally it is rather obviously bolted together from the original novella, "The Weatherman", and the subsequent expansion to novel length with the whole space war story; and the whole plot crucially depends on the massive coincidence of Miles bumping into Gregor on page 145. Having said that, the competition
Lilia Ford
Please forgive the review self-plagiarism, but the following applies to all the books I've read in the series. So here it is:

I think Bujold is the best Sci-Fi writer I've ever had the pleasure to read, NO QUESTION. I found no weaknesses here but I will put in a special word for her absolutely superlative plotting. I also deeply respected the author's humanism, and the complete lack of Dune-yada-yada grandiosity. The only minor downside is the books (that I've read) have no sex, but then again y
After a re-read, I still love this one. It begins with the new Ensign Miles Vorkosigan stationed at the arctic Kyril Island to see if he can maintain his proper place in a military hierarchy. (He can’t.) Then on to his next mission when he stumbles across a runaway emperor, who Miles either rescues or further endangers, depending on your point of view. Then onwards to prevent a war.

As long as you don’t let yourself be bothered by incredible coincidences, improbable chains of events, and nick-of-
Ben Babcock
So, I enjoyed The Warrior’s Apprentice , and The Mountains of Mourning made me cry. How I would react to The Vor Game was anyone’s guess, but I knew that this last story in the Young Miles omnibus would not disappoint me.

Indeed, with this book, Lois McMaster Bujold hits it out of the park. I totally get why this won the Hugo Award in 1991. It is bold and brash but has a deeper psychological element to it, and the combination of these components results in an extremely entertaining work of cha
This book is...not what I was expecting. The plot completely changes at least four times (really) and she somehow made it work. I rather wish Miles had stayed at Camp Permafrost a little longer though; I rather liked it there.

This series is becoming one of my favorites.
Mayank Agarwal
Have been reading the Vorkosigen Saga in Chronological order, this being my 8th book in as many days. Had already read the first 25% of this book as the Weathermen Novella.Like all the books in Vorkosigen Saga, this can be read as alone.

As for this book, it's typical Bujold- fun fast paced wacky adventure. I was excited to get to the space adventure side of the series but as compared to Shards of Honour or The Warrior's Apprentice this book while similar is a paler version. I felt the previous
I want to know how this woman plots because wow. Also I want to know how she characters because wow. Five stars.
I can't get enough of the swashbuckling Miles Vorkosigan, no matter which persona he is wearing. Bujold has crafted a character who is cocky, but so endearing. You just have to keep turning the pages to see what mess he's gotten into or how he's going to get out of it.

I really liked the inclusion of Emperor Gregor in this book. Having grown up almost as a brother to Miles, he is a very important character, yet we haven't seem much of him as an adult. The relationship between the two young men tr
Sarah Yoffa
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This was a reread for me, of one of my favorite books, that I literally have not read in 14 years. You can see that I rarely reread anything. Stranger still, I read this in an odd order: I read the last third first, and then the first and second third. I can't really explain why I did that. I was desperate to distract myself with a really good book so I picked this one up and opened to the beginning of the climax, trying to decide if this book was as good as I remembered it. I was not, however, ...more
Aug 24, 2009 Jon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: space opera lovers
Recommended to Jon by: Beyond Reality Series Selection
3.5 stars

I read this as part of the omnibus edition Young Miles.

We return to Miles while he and Ivan are collecting their first duty assignments after graduating from the Imperial Security Academy. Miles yearns for ship duty. Ivan receives his orders staioning him in the capitol at ImpSec HQ. Miles orders send him to the farthest reaches of the Barrayar arctic as the weatherman for Kyril Island. Miles questions his assignment, especially since he only took one perfunctory meteorology course his
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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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“Cecil flashed a grin. "Quite. Plus your rather irritating habit of treating your superior officers as your, ah..." Cecil paused, apparently groping again for just the right word.

"Equals?" Miles hazarded.

"Cattle," Cecil corrected judiciously.”
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