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The Vor Game

(Vorkosigan Saga (Publication Order) #6)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  20,280 ratings  ·  759 reviews
Hugo Award Winner! Miles Vorkosigan graduates from the Academy, joins a mutiny, is placed under house arrest, goes on a secret mission, reconnects with his loyal Dendarii Mercenaries, rescues his Emperor, and thwarts an interstellar war. Situation normal, if you're Miles.
Paperback, 346 pages
Published April 28th 2002 by Baen Books (first published January 1st 1990)
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Maynard Handley Yes but...
If you're sensible, you'll pick up enough of the backstory (that Miles is crippled but very smart, that he ran a mercenary operation for a t…more
Yes but...
If you're sensible, you'll pick up enough of the backstory (that Miles is crippled but very smart, that he ran a mercenary operation for a time, etc) but you will miss overtones.

I'd recommend starting slightly earlier (not at the very beginning) with The Warrior's Apprentice, which is gripping enough to make you want to learn move about this universe, but not yet starting to become steeped in previously generated lore. If you like that, you can decide whether to keep going forward and jump back to the very beginning.(less)

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Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scifi
A buddy read with Choko and Maria.

Miles Vorkosigan graduated from the Military Academy despite his handicap. He hoped for a decent assignment, but his superiors thought he had an insubordination problem, so they decided a good way to fix it is to assign him to a remote place which in this case happened to be a military base on an island in the middle of nowhere, far in the north (read - cold).
Frozen Island
First thing Miles did upon arriving was to insult the base Commander - albeit unintentionally. To be fa
mark monday
Miles be nimble!
Miles be quick!
Miles jump over the candlestick any situation or dumbass that gets in your goddamn way!

Go, Miles, Go!

so Miles finds himself stuck in a miserable freezing arctic station as his reward for graduating from the Barrayar military acadamy with top honors but also with a serious issue of not treating authority with the respect and passivity and obedience that authority apparently deserves. and from the arctic station he finds himself tossed pell-mell, willy-nilly, etc, ri
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
*** 4.25 ***

A buddy read with Evgeny and Maria, because we need some FORWARD MOMENTUM!!!

This is one of those series that, although it gives us guarantees that the protagonist is going to be OK, since more books, it also gives us a sense of optimism, something I miss in most of contemporary writing. There are some typical sci-fi and adventure tropes, but Miles Vorkosigan is such a great character, that all is forgiven! We root for the young man, who is great despite himself and makes all around h
Mar 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Re-read 2018:

My head spun. Really. It did.

I will not go on record saying that this was anywhere near my favorite Vorkosigan novel, but there is enough plain fun and wild plotting and vibrant characterizations to satisfy any old-school Space-Opera junkie.

I make no excuse. Miles is a superhero. He rides the wave of superheroic Bujoldian coincidence and Miles always happens to be the right person in the right place with the right quippy tongue and the right mind for the job. Even when he isn't. He
Feb 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars as it was slightly better than the last book

Unpopular opinion time: I don't like Miles Vorkosigan.
He's annoying and irritating. He was cute as a little boy at the end of the last book about his parents (Barrayar), what with his physical disadvantage but strong and sharp mind, trying to win over even his grandfather. By now, in his early 20s, his character is less than charming however.

He's supposedly very intelligent, a great strategist like his father, yet I don't see it anywhere. He
Caro the Helmet Lady
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: s-f, 2017-reads
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I got lazy. Very, very lazy. This will keep my review super-short. Which is not a bad thing, eh?
I enjoyed the book, it was fun and entertaining, with smart dialogues and interesting characters. I missed Cordelia in this book a bit though. I know, it's all about Miles now and he was perfect in his unique Milesy way, but still. Oh well. At least finally we get to know Gregory not

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 HUGO WINNERS list.

This is the reading list that follows the old adage, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". I loved reading the Locus Sci-Fi Award winners so I'm going to crack on with the Hugo winners next (but only the post-1980 winners, I'll follow up w
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
This review is for my reread of the Vorkosigan Saga with SpecFic Buddy Reads during 2017/18. This is the first of the Miles novels that I haven't read before, and there's quite a few from here that will be new to me as well. I originally picked up the series from Memory.

Miles Vorkosigan has graduated the Imperial Military Academy and looks set for a bright future of military service as long as he develops some important basic officer skills. To this end he gets sent to a small frozen military ou
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This series is like crack. I've read the first four and instead of planning on reading the next one I'm planning on how to read the next four. I'm in loooove.
The Vor Game: Another madcap Miles adventure
This was another fast-paced, well-balanced, and very enjoyable adventure centering on Miles, his cousin Ivan, the Dendarii mercenaries, some very villainous villains (including a very clever and calculating femme fatale), and even young Emperor Gregor thrown into the mix. Once again Miles finds himself stumbling from one disastrous situation to another, always managing to squeak by his wits alone, knowing how to manipulate and outsmart rather than over
Milda Page Runner
Another light and fun read about Miles Vorkosigan and his adventures, or shall I say misadventures? :)
Troubles with the superiors as expected. Nice balance of both ground and space action with a good dose of humour. Interplanetary politics and space battles added enough sci-fi flavour to satisfy my appetite.
On the whole very enjoyable light read.

Recommended for sci-fi adventure and space opera fans.
Maria Dimitrova
Jan 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: barrayar
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David Sven
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi
Young Miles is back. He’s completed his training at the Academy and he’s hoping to get posted on a space battleship. But Miles has a problem with subordination and to prove he is worthy to serve he is required by his superiors to demonstrate he can do just that ie serve - in some backwater Arctic station for six months.

So then Miles serves out his time in humility before being assigned to the pride of the Barrayan fleet The Prince Serg and.....
yeah that didn’t happen. That would be totally borin
Executive Summary: I think this is probably my favorite book of the series so far. After a bit of a slow start I really enjoyed the rest of it.

Audiobook: Grover Gardner does another great job. He's made some of the less interesting books easier to get through. He doesn't do many voices but he seems like a great fit for Miles.

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I've always been someone who prefers to read long-running series in publication order rather than chronological or "recommended" order. For this series that h
Mike (the Paladin)
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
This is the second of the Miles Vorkosigan books, though it's listed as the forth in the family saga. I was/am very impressed. My rating here is a considered one and I'm very close to a 5 here. I can't quite go there as there were a few false notes (I'll mention later) but all in all an excellent book and a great read. I'll say here in the first paragraph that I wholeheartedly recommend this one.

So, what's good and what's bad? Well, you will find what I've come to believe is Lois McMaster Bujol
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018-read, audiobook
Super enjoyable just as the previous books have been. I like the way Miles raises up the people around him. The people who don't appreciate him generally have outdated notions of value and the idea that dues need to be paid before advancement is awarded. That's a common occurrence and completely disheartening if you've ever been the target of it.

Gregor was finally given an opportunity to develop into a character with personality. One of my favourite things about him, and Miles, and the circle ar
Aug 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
The Vor Game was a re-read for me, though my first experience with the novel is from a quarter century ago basically another lifetime. It seemed like the right book to dive into this week because the Hugo awards are today, and this was the first "real time" Hugo winner I read. 14-year-old me had read Hugo winners before (Dune, Rendezvous with Rama, Ender's Game), but at the time I was reading those well after they had won; The Vor Game was the first novel I read because it had JUST won the Hugo. ...more
5.0 stars. Outstanding, smart science fiction novel with heart. Miles Vorkosigan is an amazing character. Highly recommended.

Winner: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1991)
Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1991)
Vicky N.
Incredible follow up to The Warrior's Apprentice. Miles is back in action.
I am starting to realize Lois McMaster is a genius and she does no wrong.
Love this as much as previous books and look forward to continue.
Jul 06, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great reader, tangled web, & Miles is like a spastic spider running through it all. It's a lot of fun as Miles deals with his insubordination issues - not particularly well as most would guess. He does try hard, though. It's not his fault they give him the wrong orders. (His words, not mine.)

It's a series & if you want to find out more about it, I suggest you read it in chronological order. The list is here:

It's much better than the published order. Bujold
Oleksandr Zholud
This is the fifth (chronologically) novel of Vorkosigan saga. It won Hugo in 1991. I read is as a part of the Vorkosigan challenge in February 2020 at Hugo & Nebula Awards: Best Novels group.

Miles Vorkosigan finished the Naval Academy and dreams about an officer position on one of the ships. Instead he is sent to a frozen island as a meteorologist, “to check how he can operate under stress”. The infantry training camp is a dumping ground for disgraced officers, drunkards and other undesirables.
“Very good. But your most insidious chronic problem is in the area of . . . how shall I put this precisely . . . subordination. You argue too much.”
“No, I don’t,” Miles began indignantly, then shut his mouth.

Ah, another visit with Miles Vorkosigan/Naismith! That incredible bundle of energy, that intellect struggling to slow down to regular human speed. His problems with being the smartest guy in the room, but with physical limitations.

In many ways, Miles is like a jazz musician—he knows strateg
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: hugo_winners
I very much liked the first part on the polar station, but from then on it felt a lot like "The Warrior's Apprentice".
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
If you have some idea about my reading preferences you know that I adore stories about some secluded places, especially when they are cold and when a group of people is closed there this way or another and the interactions between them become tense and not so obvious. That’s why I loved the beginning of “The Vor Game.” It was everything that I like and then some. I liked the idea of Miles having to work for his dreamt of job, I liked reading about his learning process and mistakes, and the whole ...more
Jan 29, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I enjoy reading Buljold, and when starting The Vor Game I had just finished the wonderful The Mountains of Mourning. I also like Miles Vorkosigan as the protagonist. He is funny, smart, easy to like, yet far from perfect, which makes him interesting. Finally, I also love a well told Space Opera.

Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes romantic, often melodramatic adventure, set mainly or entirely in outer space, usually involving conflict between opponents possessing advance
May 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I'm marking this four stars only because Cordelia's Honor was five, and this isn't as good as that one (those two), but in a general range of excellence, five out of five, would read again.

"Miles, in one breath you just plotted to kill the emperor, cuckold him, accused your father of homosexuality, and suggested patricide. What's your encore?!"
"I wish I knew!"

Jasmine and Stephanie reviewed this book saying they would die in a war for Gregor. I would absolutely die for Gregor. Poor little king. T
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hugo, sf, space-opera
Vegetarian fare. That is, there's no meat to it.

It's entertaining, but there are so many ghosts in this machine that it needs an exorcist. I was going to say that Miles Vorkosigan is the biggest Mary Sue ever. But he's not, because he doesn't have talent, he just has more luck than anybody else in the universe!

Now I face a quandary. I'm reading the Hugo winners. There are two more books in the series for which she's won Hugos! I have the same problem with Connie Willis. To Say Nothing of the Dog
Melissa McShane
Jul 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, science-fiction
This isn't my favorite of the Vorkosigan novels, though it has its moments: (view spoiler) It slows down seriously in the middle, and not in a good way. Even so, it sets things up nicely for the later books, and I love the character development, particularly how Miles relates to his superiors. ...more
This is my fav Miles so far. (I think I might be saying this after every book!) I thought there was a good mix between action and political intrigue, humour and poignancy, and a standalone plot if you wanted to read this out of order but still the forward momentum of the overarching series plot and formation of the characters.

The book’s beginning sequences were fantastic. Miles’s first posting after graduating from military academy is at an isolated outpost at Barrayar’s arctic circle. He is sen
Lisa Butterworth
Nov 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This time Miles gets sent to (the Barrayian version of) a Siberian training base to see if he can't figure out that whole being a subordinate thing . . . because he's gotta learn to obey if he's ever gonna live the dream of serving on a starship, but what's a tiny-brittle-boned-hunch-backed-hyperactive-genius supposed to do when his commanding officer is on the verge of committing mass-murder (and creating a political disaster that could undermine his father's hard won carefully balanced planeta ...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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