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The Vor Game

(Vorkosigan Saga (Publication Order) #6)

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  23,805 ratings  ·  933 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. ...more
Paperback, 346 pages
Published April 28th 2002 by Baen Books (first published January 1st 1990)
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Marc Towersap or even shards of honor, that really sets things up in the Miles Vorkosian universe. that's the story how how his mother/father met up. but yeah, if y…moreor even shards of honor, that really sets things up in the Miles Vorkosian universe. that's the story how how his mother/father met up. but yeah, if you just want Miles' story, then start with Warrior's Apprentice. Do NOT get the weatherman, it's basically the first 3rd of Vor Game (almost word for word). The Author's recommended order is at https://www.goodreads.com/series/9825...
You can read (or skip) the 'mountains of mourning' novella. It is a fun but short read, does it really matter in his story? eh, so far, not really. I'm just now finishing up the Vor Game myself (80% complete). I did read Falling Free, I read somewhere that the descendants of that book come into play in a later book, but so far, not yet! I'll find that out as I continue(less)

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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: 2017-reads, s-f
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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
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
Dirk Grobbelaar
"War is not its own end, except in some catastrophic slide into absolute damnation. It's peace that's wanted. Some better peace than the one you started with."

The emphasis in this novel is squarely on the Game of the title. It is a novel of intrigue, and although there is some action it is pretty much secondary to the strategic machinations. Miles Vorkosigan’s biggest asset is his ability to manipulate people, and the fact that people tend to underestimate him (because of a physical deformity).
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
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. ...more
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
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
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.
Wanda Pedersen
“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
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)
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
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
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.
Chloe Frizzle
Oct 18, 2022 rated it it was amazing
One thing I love about this series is that the status quo significantly changes from book to book as a reaction to the plot.

This is the book where Miles learns about being a commander. When to give orders, when to follow them, when to get out of the way, and when to rebel. The plot includes arctic military bases slowly going crazy with cabin fever, looming intergalactic war, and space pirates.
I really liked this book and the only thing that bugged me was the cover art illustration that depicted a scene that never really happened in the book!
It was great reading about the adventures of Miles Vorkosigan!
Lee at ReadWriteWish
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
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
May 07, 2020 rated it liked it
I very much liked the first part on the polar station, but from then on it felt a lot like "The Warrior's Apprentice". ...more
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: sf, hugo, 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
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.
Another reread. I seem to be doing this in no particular order. Once again so much fun. Miles at his most manic. He always seems so much more alive when he is Miles Naismith. I adore Bujold's writing, by turns funny and tragic. This novel is no exception. This was the winner of the 1991 Hugo. ...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

Other books in the series

Vorkosigan Saga (Publication Order) (1 - 10 of 16 books)
  • Shards of Honour  (Vorkosigan Saga, #1)
  • The Warrior's Apprentice (Vorkosigan Saga, #2)
  • Ethan of Athos (Vorkosigan Saga, #3)
  • Falling Free (Vorkosigan Saga, #4)
  • Brothers in Arms (Vorkosigan Saga, #5)
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  • Mirror Dance (Vorkosigan Saga, #8)
  • Cetaganda (Vorkosigan Saga, #9)
  • Memory (Vorkosigan Saga, #10)
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