Miles Errant (Vorkosigan Omnibus, #4)
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Miles Errant (Vorkosigan Saga in Publication order #5, 5.3 & 8)

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Borders of infinity
Brothers in arms
Mirror dance.

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
Paperback, 745 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Baen
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Elijah Kinch Spector
As long as I've been reading this series (by internal chronology, although someday I think I'll read it by publishing order) I've refrained from giving out five-stars, even though I liked what I read very much. There were two reasons. First of all, I've been reading omnibuses (omnibinininibi?), which are less disposed to feel cohesive and more likely to have something that doesn't quite work simply by virute of having more content. Secondly, and more importantly, I alwasy felt like Bujold was le...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Two things. First, the rating. I acknowledge this isn't an undying classic. If you're looking for science fiction with literary prose, go read Ursula Le Guin or Ray Bradbury or William Gibson. Or for the "Big Ideas" go to Robert Heinlein or Isaac Asimov or Arthur C. Clarke. What Bujold offers is different--characters you care about and want to spend time with, and in that regard, I'd say this installment offers some of the strongest stories in the series I've read yet--and given its Miles Vorkos...more
May 29, 2010 Jon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jon by: Beyond Reality Book Club Series Miles Vorkosigan
Follow this link for my review of the short story 'The Borders of Infinity' contained within this omnibus edition of the Vorkosigan space opera series.

Follow this link for my review of Brothers in Arms.

Follow this link for my review of Mirror Dance.

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
This is marks the first time on my journey through the Vorkosigan saga that I found myself disappointed. The compendium begins with a brilliant short story. The two full-length novels are themed around the story of Miles' clone.

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
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Jun 03, 2011 Jon rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Jon by: Amy
"Borders of Infinity" was masterful: again, showing Miles not just cleverly fooling people, but genuinely leading them. I dug up the frame story and it's not all that much (although it does get referenced in later stories.) Brothers in Arms finally gave me what I wanted: Miles' position with the Dendarii clashes with his responsibilities as Vorkosigan, and he can't really keep ahead of it. It also raises some serious questions of his self-identity. Mirror Dance had its very messed up scenes, but...more
Unfortunately I read Borders and started Brothers early this year and abandoned the anthology till now, so I only have a vague recollection of the former. I do remember that it was stunningly well done.

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.
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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

This is another of those reviews that seems a little pointless. If you want to see whether you like Bujold read Young Miles or read Cordelia's Honor (or, I suppose, read the reviews). And if you do, then read some more. But this isn't a good place to start – if you're looking at reading the fourth omnibus edition of these books, then you probably already know whether you enjoy the adventures of Miles Vorkosigan.
Better than average for Bujold. More complexity of plot and characterization. (Toward the end, one character counts how many persons are represented by the two bodies sitting together and comes up with seven.)
I love the Vorkosigan Saga, and I have read all of them before, but recently decided to sink my teeth into them again just to visit old friends. Miles Errant is an omnibus of three previously published novels in the saga; "Borders of Infinity," "Brothers in Arms" and "Mirror Dance." "Borders of Infinity" is perhaps one of my favourite sci-fi stories of all time. It is deep and intelligent, and raises some disturbing issues about our humanity. This theme carries on through all three of these exce...more
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This omnibus contains a novella and two novels (written in the '80s and '90s) which form a continuous story arc within the Miles Vorkosigan saga. Though I generally prefer novel-length fiction, I was very impressed by the novella that kicks off this omnibus, "Borders of Infinity." It features Miles trapped inside a lawless POW camp, handicapped by his physical frailties, and explores themes of mind and spirit over matter. The novella sets the stage for the first novel, Brothers in Arms, which in...more
"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
This is probably the most coherent omnibus so far. Each story flows into the next smoothly, setting up a plot that seems to connect them all. I think they work better in the omnibus, actually, as it provides room for the complete character arcs to play out.

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
As much as I enjoyed the earlier books in the Vorkosigan series, the three in this collection, "Borders of Infinity", "Brothers in Arms", and "Mirror Dance," comprise the first omnibus to which I unhesitatingly give four stars. I sense a real shift with these books to come to terms with some of the darker implications of Bujold's world and a desire to tell a story that doesn't necessarily wrap up as neatly as the previous installments. The shift in tone is clear from the first story, "Borders of...more
Myles Harrold
The shorty story in this book starts us off and I loved it. Miles stages a mass prison break in order to rescue one prisoner. The first book in this omnibus was good, but I didn't love it as much as I have loved other Miles stories. I haven't checked to be sure but I feel like Mirror Dance was written first and then Brothers in Arms was written after to fill in some aspects of how Miles clone came into being. This story is not as fluid or as fun. The sci-fi is excellent as always and really show...more
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Shelves: fiction, sff, vorkosigan, 2010, 2013
This is an omnibus of "The Borders of Infinity", "Brothers in Arms", and "Mirror Dance". All feature Miles Vorkosigan after he's gotten over the worst of adolescence, finding his way to being an adult. "Borders" is a long short story, or novella, in which Miles is dropped into hell and does the impossible. Pretty straightforward caper/heroism. In the two novels, his clone brother Mark appears, and is sorted out. I rather like Mark, though Bujold goes rather over the line into easy-peasy psycholo...more
Every page of action in this omnibus, particularly in Mirror Dance is bliss. Pure bliss. The Borders of Infinity was awesome. Brothers in Arms was good. Mirror Dance was amazing. Three hours after finishing, I was already going through Miles/Mark withdrawals. I read the last three hundred pages in two days.

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
These books are awesome. You should read them all immediately. This omnibus contains 3 novels again and they all involve spy vs. spy type thriller action. Bujold is brilliant at pacing and at creating believable plot twists when you think the story is about to crash and burn.
I enjoyed the books but not as much as the previous Miles installments
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
Jan 06, 2012 Jenn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
"The Borders of Infinity" - 1/1/12 - A - I liked this story. I liked how we didn't know why Miles was there for most of it, so we didn't know what was coming at all. Very entertaining.

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
This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For
Miles Errant is an omnibus containing one novella and two novels: Borders of Infinity, Brothers in Arms, and Mirror Dance. Broadly the themes of the stories focus a lot on cloning and identity, with a lot of space opera intrigue and action mixed in for good measure. Miles is past the early floundering phase, more comfortable in his role as Admiral Naismith (perhaps too comfortable?), but still reasonably young (mid-to-late 20's) without some of the greater responsibilities that will likely fall...more
…I made the ill-advised decision, two nights in a row, to "just finish this book". Cue laaaate nights and cranky days. But totally worth it to keep moving through the story. I can't believe how well she fleshed out an initially villainous person to become someone worth caring about. I really liked seeing Mark come into his own through the latter half of Mirror Dance. Also, I had an epiphany last night - of COURSE I'd like these books, it's just competency porn from one end to the other.
In the novella "Borders of Infinity", Miles is dropped off at a 10,000 person Cetagandan prison camp where he quickly learns that he must be on top if he wants to survive. I found this Vorkosigan story a bit more of a stretch than usual.

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
Titus Fortner
So, this book had 3 portions. I absolutely loved Borders of infinity, I was a little annoyed with Brothers in Arms, and while Mirror Dance was a little slow through the middle I felt like the payoff at the end was supremely worthwhile.

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McMaster really shows what a good story teller she is in the first book in this omnibus. With no background, she drops Miles into a prisoner of war camp and you get to watch him do all kinds of crazy things. Except everything he did was carefully planned to achieve a specific end. What a fun read! The second book was also a lot of fun. You get to meet Miles' clone, Mark, and see all the problems that creates! The third book was a lot harder to read. Things don't go well when Mark tries to rescue...more
This title is fitting. This collection includes a novella and two novels. The first story shows Miles undertaking a daring mission, where he certainly views himself as a knight errant.

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
Christine (AR)
Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful... especially Mirror Dance, the last book in this omnibus. I was so happy to see Cordelia and Aral again (though their storyline was harrowing, in usual Bujold-style) and oh, God, poor Mark! Another heartbreaking, plot roller-coaster of tension; Bujold is a master.

(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
Jeff Deck
I'm blown away. Read the Miles Vorkosigan series (you can start with "Young Miles").
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One of the most respected writers in the field of speculative fiction, Lois McMaster Bujold burst on to the scene in 1986 with Shards of Honor, the first of her tremendously popular Vorkosigan Saga novels. She has received numerous accolades and prizes, including two Nebula Awards for Best Novel (Falling Free and Paladin of Souls), four Hugo Awards for Best Novel (Paladin of Souls, The Vor Game, B...more
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