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Miles Errant (Vorkosigan Saga (Publication) #5, 5.3 & 8)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  3,806 Ratings  ·  107 Reviews
"The 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, 741 pages
Published August 27th 2002 by Baen
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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 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Apr 20, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Feb 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
This 4th omnibus in the Vorkosigan series contains the novella "The Borders of Infinity" (66 pgs; 3★) and two novels, "Brothers in Arms" (241 pgs; 4★) and "Mirror Dance" (432 pgs; 4★).

The Vorkosigan series is such fun reading! I found the 3 stories in this omnibus were connected by a shared theme of identity -- what makes us who we are? How much of ourselves comes from outside versus innate traits? These questions are highlighted by the introduction of a surprising new character (view spoiler)
Tricia Riley
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely love this series. Miles Vorkosigan is fast becoming my favourite book character. He is smart, cheeky but somehow very human. The cast of characters are interesting and the author has created a believable universe.

I did feel that this book was a bit darker than the previous couple of books. The author has gone into some of the more unsavoury aspects of the Vorkosigan universe. I did see that some people started with this book - not a good idea. They are designed to be read as a compl
Dec 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi, space-opera
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Jul 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"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
May 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jon by: Amy Lee
"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
Ashleigh Mattern
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Miles Errant includes three stories in the Vorkosigan saga: the novella Borders of Infinity, and the novels Brothers in Arms and Mirror Dance. This the first time I've given any books in the series five stars, and this collection gets that honour through the amazing Mirror Dance. I could not put that book down. It starts from Miles's clone-brother's perspective, and at first, I was annoyed. "I hope this entire book isn't going to be from the bad guy's perspective!" I whined to my uninterested hu ...more
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Definitely my second favorite omnibus behind Young Miles. I think I tend to like the Admiral Naismith based books better than the Miles Vorkosigan ones. Definitely some um, adult, material in these ones though (more so than the others)that requires a strong stomach.
Dec 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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.)
Christopher Nicol
Jul 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book so far is my favorite of her omnibus books (Cordelia's Honour a close second). The pace is fast and it doesn't let up at all, I could barely put the book down. While it is an Omnibus the three stories read as if they are one. The book is a treat
Nov 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
So far this is the best of the series IMO.
Nov 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
5 stars for Borders of Infinity, by far my most favoritest Miles escapade! Dude can plot a scheme to overthrow god..and will have hell to pay talking his way out of it as usual
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2011
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Karly Noelle Noelle
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well okay, this is two novels and a short story (and I feel it's glaringly missing "Labyrinth," which really should be included).

"Borders of Infinity" is incredible- it's tense, exciting, hopeful, and damnably tragic. One of the best stories featuring Miles Vorkosigan, but blessedly brief- its intensity would become unbearable if it were any longer.

Brothers in Arms is, I think, one of the weakest of the Vorkosigan books. It's not bad, per se, and like many of the Vorkosigan books, the pacing is
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brothers in Arms is a lighthearted and insubstantial book, but is necessary to understand what comes next. Mirror Dance is better than any of her previous works, except maybe Barrayar. It is sometimes grueling and painful to read, but is powerful and beautifully constructed, and was a deserving Hugo winner.
Austin Wright
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
The weakest of the four omnibuses. This dragged on and on and on and on and on.
Tracy Smyth
Sep 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm loving this series. The characters are great.
Aug 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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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Aug 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love this series! So fun! Bujold does a fabulous job building interesting, culture-and-history-rich worlds and characters. Barrayar and the other worlds feel totally real, but not uncomfortably (racistly) derivative of existing cultures. The commentary on military culture and gender roles is thought-provoking but refreshingly light. Miles and his mother Cordelia are memorable and endearing characters with exciting and interesting character arcs -- likable even when young and immature, and insp ...more
Jan 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 withdrawal. 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 arde
Nov 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: year-of-women, sci-fi
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
Aug 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
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
Aug 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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

Edward Davies
Apr 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-star-reads
This wasn't my favourite of the Miles Vorkosigan stories, probably because I'd just read Labyrinth and really wanted a full-length Miles story. The plot is good enough, but there just wasn't enough substance to keep my interest going, seeing as I knew just how short the story would be.

Miles meets his clone - awesome. Now. I have a bad history with clones, ie. Spider-Man circa 1995, but this is a clone character that works. He gives us an idea of what Mile
Myles Harrold
Aug 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
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
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
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