Miles, Mutants, and Microbes
Miles Vorkosigan/Naismith : his life and times.
Two complete novels and a short novel in one large volume:
Falling Free—The Nebula Award-winning novel. Leo Graf was just your typical efficient engineer: mind your own business and do the job. But all that changed on his assignment to the Cay Habitat, where children had been...more
Falling Free gets a 3. Not bad, just not great. See detailed review under that title.
Diplomatic Immunity gets a 4. Nice, solid Miles book. Not the best, but definitely better than Cryoburn.
I wasn't sure what to expect from Falling Free, because it's set 200 years before the rest of the series and features no familiar characters. The protagonist, Leo Graf, is a methodical engineer with a personali ...more
The last book (Diplomatic Immunity) is a typical Miles book but I think there was not as much comic relief as in the other books.
Still a good read though and one I will recommend.
Falling Free is marked as the first work in the series, but I don't think it's necessarily the work you want to read first. This is more a prequel to the main timeline of the series. It's known as the "Vorkosigan Saga" because it mostly focuses on the family of that name, and particularly Miles Vorkosigan--who isn't even mentioned in this first standalone story set 200 years before the character that gives this series its name w ...more
Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most popular writers in science fiction and the Vorkosigan saga is one of the best-selling space opera series of all time.
Her books for Baen total nearly one and a half million books in print.
Four of her novels have made the New York Times extended best seller list.
She has won six Hugo Awards and two Nebula Awards. Only Robert A. Heinlein has won as many Hugo Awards for Best Novel.
Features a new introduction by Bujold.
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3 books in 1
1- Falling free- no Miles, the story of a groups of genetically modified humans to have 4 arms and no legs, called quadies, that become suddenly obsolete for space work and their plan to scape, really good story, and raises quite a good number of questions, are lab-made modified human to get the same right as the “normal” humans, what about the money invested in raising and training them, what about the expenses of the corporation, what about the desires a ...more
'falling free' tells the story of the quaddies, experiments in genetic engineering designed to have 4 hands rather than pairs of arms and legs to make them more dexterous (literally) in zero-gravity. the story is interesting and the pacing is good, but unfortunately it utterly lacks subtlety. villains are dastardly from the get-go, and the smart but quiet good guy is appalled by the moral issues as soon as he sees them. if I was reading this as being written by someone else, I probably ...more
Falling Free is good, but the main character is as stereotypical as they come, a classic scifi engineer, with little in the way of defining characteristics. He's predictably bl ...more
I've already said that I like "Labyrinth", and that's not changing here. Diplomatic Immunity, on the other hand, was real ...more
Diplomatic Immunity had a better plot, in that there were several leads that didn't seem to be remotely connected, until they were. (view spoiler)[
Not the greatest deno ...more
Book 13 ...more
Reread Diplomatic Immunity while in the hospital with baby #4, December 2017. Still excell ...more
A fun romance that gives some background to the Vorkosigan Universe while spinning a yarn that is reasonably entertaining.
This novella introduces one of the most interesting characters in the Vorkosigan saga, Taura - a gentically engineered human-wolf hybrid of sorts - but suffers due to its short length. A little expansion or inclusion in a larger story may have improved this tale.
Bujold does it again with another solid Vorkosigan story. Now that Miles is ...more
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 ...more