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Miles, Mutants, and Microbes

(Vorkosigan Saga (Publication Order) #4, 5.2 & 13 )

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  2,788 ratings  ·  79 reviews
Falling free
Diplomatic immunity
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

Hardcover, 592 pages
Published August 7th 2007 by Baen (first published 1986)
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Dec 01, 2011 rated it liked it
"Miles, Mutants, and Microbes" is the first of the Vokosigan omnibuses that I do not recommend purchasing, for the primary reason that if you've been reading the Vorkosigan omnibuses, you already read "Labyrinth" in omnibus #3, "Miles, Mystery, and Mayhem." While it makes a kind of sense to gather all the quaddie-centric tales in one volume, it's fairly obnoxious to purchase a book and find that you've already read a third of it. Thus, if you want to know the history of the quaddies, which is go ...more
Eric Waschak
Aug 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Falling Free is a nice universe-expansion (if less than exceptional) and Diplomatic Immunity is a mystery that starts slow and builds to an energetic finish.
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is actually an omnibus consisting of the novel Diplomatic Immunity, and the novellas Falling Free and Labyrinth.

In Labyrinth we briefly were introduced to the Quaddies, when Miles and Bel met Nicole. In Falling Free we learn the origin of the species and how they got where they are. We also meet a new character that I happen to like.
Diplomatic Immunity has Miles at the home of the Quaddies where he winds up having to both solve a mystery and ensure the survival of himself and several othe
Emily Selleck
Oh Miles, delightful as always! Until next time, you crazy Barrayaran ;P
Dec 30, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: bujold, ebooks
This is the first time I've picked up a Bujold book and not loved it immediately. At its heart, "Falling Free" has a good story, but the way it is presented certainly did not appeal to me. It seemed to be either a story aimed at children with sex and dirty words or a story aimed at adults but with weak, slapstick humour. I don't count the second story in this omnibus either, because I had already read "Labyrinth" in the "Miles, Mystery & Mayhem" omnibus, so that leaves "Diplomatic Immunity", an ...more
Caprice Hokstad
Aug 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Labyrinth gets a 5. The best story is the shortest (boo).
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.
May 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Another superlative job by Bujold. These may be little weight, but they are so much fun.
Sara J. (kefuwa)
Feb 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Falling Free (4.2.18) - 4

Read Labyrinths in the Miles Errant Omibus (4)

Diplomatic Immunity (11.11.18) - 4
Kate M.
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an omnibus edition containing two novels (Falling Free and Diplomatic Immunity) and a novella ("Labyrinth") from the sprawling Vorkosigan Saga. All were tremendously entertaining and peopled with characters worth giving a damn about, as I'd expect from this fun space opera series.

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
Terzah Horton
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
I have really enjoyed the Vorkosigan series, with only one not-so-hot book so far. This anthology is all about quaddies. The first book was one of my favorites when I read it years ago. Here we have two additional quaddie stories, one mid-way through the Vorkosigan series and one (I think) toward the end when Miles was married. The stories were very good. While none of the characters were in all three stories (the first one was 200 years before the others), there were several characters that spa ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I didn't like this book as much as some of the others. The first book (Falling Free) delves into the events 200 years before Miles' birth and the making of the quaddies. Labyrinth is better read as part of the earlier book as it is about finding Taura who is. You need to know that a lot earlier than this book.

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.
Amy VanGundy
Jun 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Its hard transitioning from Admiral Naismith to Imperial Auditor—anyone else feel my pain? But Diplomatic Immunity makes up for it just a smidge. Alas it is only one of the stories/novellas in this omnibus collection. Labyrinth made me wistful for younger Miles and all the adventures he didn’t have as a result of Mirror Dance. Falling Free felt rather bland in comparison but posed some interesting questions on genetic research and whether creatures created by corporations belong to themselves or ...more
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Love all the Vorkosigan books. :) For those in this volume:

Falling Free - just a "same universe" story so great option if you want to try Bujold but find the # of books daunting. Love our engineer lead. :)

Labyrinth - Love the story, but between the various individual and collected editions, this is probably the 5th time I've read it.

Diplomatic Immunity - Great, classic hectic Miles- style story. Needs way more Ekaterina though. Be careful if you're trying to read the series sequentially as this
Jun 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I thought I had read all the Vorkosigan books, but clearly I had not read these! It was a good read, the first novel in the omnibus was a bit of a shock after so many Miles-oriented stories; reading something wholly unconnected to either Barrayar or the Dendarii mercenaries was somewhat strange. The second novel is amazing, and is a much better Imperial Auditor story than Cryoburn, so it was awesome to realise that I had one more story left to read.
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is three novellas with the overarching theme of what happens when we have an artificial womb and no scruples about tinkering with people. On one hand it can be life saving, on the other hand corporations exploit genetics and slavery.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Falling Free: **** (read Sep 2017)
Diplomatic Immunity: **** (read Dec 2017)
Tracy Smyth
Sep 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am enjoying these books. Really enjoy the characters
Dec 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
Meh, just three books put together. Guess it being an ebbok I totally didn't get it was an omnibus. ...more
Mar 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Bujold's Vorkosigan saga novels are pure comfort food. Well written, engaging situations and characters, and all's well that ends well. Burp! ...more
Lisa (Harmonybites)
May 21, 2012 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Series Fans
This omnibus consists of three works in Bujold's Vorkosigan Saga.

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
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This omnibus collection was a bit disappointing but also a happy accident that has impelled me on to more and feverish new/old readings. I was not disappointed in the stories themselves, but in the choice of stories. I expected this omnibus to contain the next few stories in the series, and had actually delayed reading this installment for several years in blissful anticipation of Miles and more of his antics. So I was disappointed to discover that I had actually already read two out of the thre ...more
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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.

Jesus Flores
Oct 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, adventure
Miles, Mutants and Microbes
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
3.5 stars

'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
Maureen E
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi, short-stories
Miles, Mutants and Microbes: This includes Falling Free, “Labyrinth,” and Diplomatic Immunity. The three stories are linked by their subject: quaddies, a genetically engineered form of human with two sets of arms and no legs. The first novel tells the story of their origination and initial struggles. Out of all of the non-Miles stories in the series, I enjoyed this one the most. Leo was a very different character, but a compelling one in his own right. “Labyrinth” isn’t my favorite story, but it ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"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
William P.
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-hold, ebook
Ok, I admit, I haven't actually finished everything in this Omnibus. The only one I read as part of this collection was Diplomatic Immunity as I'd already read "Labyrinth" an Falling Free wasn't really important to me at the time since it takes place 200 years before Miles was born. I'll go back and read that at some point. Probably when I read the Cordelia's Honor collection.

I've already said that I like "Labyrinth", and that's not changing here. Diplomatic Immunity, on the other hand, was real
Jan 04, 2012 rated it liked it
This is a good book, but it does have a couple of problems. One thing that bugs me personally, although it is debatable, is that chronological order has been broken up at this point in favor of thematic compatibility, bringing together the quaddie books instead. As a result, not everything makes as much sense as it should.

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
Aug 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Falling Free really made me doubt Bujold's skill in telling a story, not necessarily from a non-Miles' POV, but in a world that has no Miles in it. The universe pre-Barrayar's re-entry seems curiously sketchy and flat. I kept reading Graf as mini-Miles except where he showed flashes of cowardice or hesitation. Crappy romance, too.

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)
I think the final book in this omnibus, "Diplomatic Immunity", was more enjoyable to me than the first one, "Falling Free", but that the first one was a better novel overall, one that had something for the reader to think over once the book was finished. "Diplomatic Immunity" was more fun for me because it was the next installment in the serial about Miles Vorkosigan's life and just as with fans of daytime soap operas, I needed my fix. But that having been achieved, there was less substance to t ...more
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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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Vorkosigan Saga (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 16 books)
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  • Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga, #3)
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