Miles Errant (Vorkosigan Saga in Publication order #5, 5.3 & 8)
Borders of infinity
Brothers in arms
Miles Naismith--in the person of his two alter-egos Admiral Naismith and Lieutenant Lord Vorkosigan--embarks on a perilous series of adventures, from the liberation of Barrayaran allies from a Cetagandan POW camp to the rescue of clone children scheduled
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This omnibus edition didn't include any author's note or forward. It did include a time line for Miles as an addendum.
Overall, the series took a more serious and dramatic turn in these two novels and short story. Oddly, I look forward to reading ea...more
In a Sci-Fi universe that includes uterine replicators and life-extension via brain transplants, clones seem darn right straight forward. And while Bujold's world supports the existence of this technology, even her writing was unable to avoid the tired tropes and pitfall...more
I feel bereft, now that I have left the world of the Vorkosigans (and more to the point, left the next installment in my flat). Miles has that effect on me; it's one I don't remember since my HP heyday.
I'm not sure how much I liked Brothers or Mirror Dance. I can see objectively tha...more
Truth and Consequences: A covert ops liberation of Barrayaran allies in a Cetagandan pow camp goes awry and Miles Naismith is right in the middle of it. Will he find damnation though good works, or faith alone? Still reeling from the prior mission, the Dendarii Free Mercenary Fleet puts in at old Earth for repairsand finds old enemies. Miles' attempt to juggle both his identities, Admiral Naismith and Lieutenant Lord Vorkosigan, crashes when a new player enters the game: the
In Borders of Infinity, the short story of the collection, Miles is as deliriously maniacal as ever, founding a fake religion in order to evacuate a penal colony. Bujold does a good job of setting this up without giving away the explanation to...more
Lois McMaster Bujold, thank you thank you thank you for being the master that you are: characterization, plot, action--all superb. Every omnibus collection contains at least one story that ard...more
Here we are given a trilogy of sorts. First we have a short story of Miles intentionally sent to a Prison Camp in order to break out, that story falls directly into the the first book, Mirror Image, Miles heads to earth to hide out from the Centageans whom he broke out of their prison. Here is uncovers a conspiracy and meets his Clone.
I thought this was ok but it seemed more of a stumble around type of a book and thats not how...more
Brothers in Arms - 1/2/12 - B+ - I rather liked this one as well, but it felt like it dragged a lot in places. I liked the Galani character. I get that Ivan's not the fastest thinker, but I don't get why Miles seems to dislike him so much.
Mirror Dance - 1/5/12 - B- - I liked this one too, but it felt like me took...more
In Brothers in Arms, Miles flees Cetandan pursuit with his Dendarii Mercenaries to Earth where he is sucked into a Komaran plot to free their world involving replacing Miles with a clone. Can anyone be fooled?
In Mirror Dance, Miles's clone commandeers a Dendarii...more
I really wasn't sure how I felt about the cloned brother thing. I guess it solves the problem of why no database in the galaxy includes a picture of both Miles Vorkosigan and Naismith. At the same time, I found Mark very uncompelling as a character...more
I am writing this review after rereading the books; I first read them many years ago. Last time, I thought Miles was flawed and the books were fun. This time, he really, really bothered me. I cringed every time he thought ill of tall, handsome men, but swooned over pretty ladies. He viewed all the people around hi...more
(Bonus! Both Ivan AND Gregor show up in brief roles, which is just too good to be true. I really hope there's another Gregor-centric book coming up in this series. I'm afraid to read the back-cover blur...more