Borders of Infinity (Vorkosigan Saga, #8)
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 GIFTS AND GUILTY list.
Regardless of how many books are already queued patiently on my reading list, unexpected gifts and guilt-trips will always see unplanned additions muscling their way in at the front.
I had scheduled this to be read several weeks ago, bu...more
I'm becoming fixated on Miles Vorkosigan, a brilliant mind in a brittle body. He's nothing to look at, standing not five-feet tall in his boots, with a skewed spine and bones that easily brea...more
Mountains of Mourning - Miles is sent to the backcountry of his home district on Barrayar to investigate an infanticide and dispense justice, if he can. This is during the early stages of his career, best to read sometime before the midpoint of the series, as it is briefly referred back to in the later books.
Labrynth - Miles and the Dendarii are sent to collect a geneticist who wants to defect to the Barrayar from Jackson's Whole....more
Labyrinth is a story where Miles has to retrieve some genetic material; he is astounded to learn that the material is part of a super soldier created by committee...
The Mountains of Mourning is his investigation of an infanticide in his district's own Dendarii Mountains.
I especially appreciate how Bujold's characters grow and learn over the course of the series...more
Though this book is described as a novel, it is a collection of three previously published novellas with linking passages which amount to the thinnest of narratives and which can only total about ten pages. The three stories are of a far higher standard, particularly Borders of Infinity itself.
The first story, The Mountains of Mourning, set early in Miles' career, is a murder investigation, complicated by the backwoods Barrayan attitude to muta...more
The Mountains of Mourning - This story is Miles first real test as the heir to the Vorkosigan legacy as he gets unintentionally involved in a infanticide investigation in the hill coun...more
Why? (Here there be spoilers. For both works.)
1. The Borders of Infinity opens with Miles Vorkosigan thinking, "How could I have died and gone to hell without noticing the transition?" Hell. Yes. That one word is part of my...more
In "The Mountains of Mourning," he investigates a crime in a rural area of his district. It's an emotional story that works on several levels. Miles feels a personal connection to the case and struggles with the idea that justice isn't just a matter of finding the culprit.
"Labyrinth" is about some complications that arise during a Dendarii mission at Jackson's Hole. The genetic...more
The three novellas comprising this book are all thought-provoking and disturbing in different ways. All three give wonderful insights into the demons that drive Miles, in a way that maybe isn't as obvious in the novels.
In "The Mountains of Mourning" we are taken into the Barryaran backwoods to see up close the culture of...more
Of the three stories, I think the last, eponymous one (in which Miles attempts to liberate a particularly horrifying pri...more
My favourite Vorkosigan novella so far, leads perfectly into the novel Brothers in Arms.
Labyrinth. I read this in another omnibus so I will not give another review of that short story here.
Borders of Infinity. Heartbreak! A friend and a potential romance cut
down. I'm at jury duty whispering "Oh, no!" S...more
You get the most out of "The Mountains of Mourning" if you've also read Barrayar recently, I think. The main plot is basic...more
This is not the first, nor the last, book about Miles...more
Dans la première, "les montagnes de l'oubli", Miles va être envoyé en tant que voix du comte pour résoudre une petite affaire d'infanticide de mutant au fin fond de la cambrousse. C'est une histoire assez dure, qui montre bien comment des conditions de vie rudes peuvent rendre à leur tour les gens rudes. Elle montre également, et c'est plus subtil, que si le progrès et la toléranc...more
The first story: "The Mountains of Mourning" was published in Analog in 1989. It covers Miles time back home after gra...more
The Mountains of Mourning: Aware of his own deformities and the remedies his parents originally faced (abortion or infanticide), Miles investigates a case of infanticide among the mountain people in the Vorkosigan district. Follows The Warrior's Apprentice chronologically and a part of the Young Miles omnibus.
Labyrinth: Miles and his Dendarii mercenaries only have to pick up a defecting geneticist from Jackson Whole, a planet run by organized crime syndicates. Sounds simple? Follow...more
I don’t go back and re-read this very often, because it’s a trio of novellas tied together with a framing story, rather then a “normal” novel. However, this is a disservice to the book. It really is Bujold at her poignant best. I think this is the first in the series that seriously starts looking at trust and honor. Listening too it I really saw the kernels that will become Memory (my all-time favorite novel).
Per usual, Grover Gardner gives a stellar performance.