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 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, right into the middle of a plot teeming with ruthless villains, a young emperor trying to escape his duties, nervous colonies, anxious bodyguards, two mercenary camps, new space gadgets, and reunions galore with characters from prior novels the novel is fast and fun fun fun.I suppose one take away from the series is ALWAYS QUESTION AUTHORITY nice.the character of Gregor le petit emperor really comes into his own here a beautiful bit of characterization and not a little tragic as well.my favorite part of the novel was the first third, in that freezing arctic station watching hyperactive Miles practically bounce off of the walls trying to figure out what to do was wonderfully amusing and the setting was certainly well rendered cooooooooold.there is a spicy lil villainess just like Miles is a spicy lil hero she wears some kind of sexy catsuit or it may be a jumper but I much prefer to imagine it as a catsuit, plus I really wanted to type the word catsuit much like Miles, she has a quick and improvisatory way of thinking, always on the fly and always taking advantage of any opportunity she sees for some reason the novel takes pains to compare Miles and Catsuit, at times even theorizing that if Miles doesn t watch out, he may end up like the amoral Catsuit sometime in the future ha as if equally key to Miles persona are his decency and his compassion and his refusal to see death as something that just happens so time to move on those traits are hallmarks of this book and its predecessors as well Miles ain t gonna turn into no Catsuit although I do predict that he will eventually tap that Catsuit this review is a part of a larger piece on the Vorkosigan Saga novels I ve read so far, posted on Shelf Inflicted 3.5 stars as it was slightly better than the last bookUnpopular 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 3.5 stars as it was slightly better than the last bookUnpopular 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 stumbles from one situation into another some his own fault because he s trying to prove himself, some the fault of others who are trying to bully or even outright murder him and every time he tries to get out of the respective problematic situation, he makes it worse The truly awful thing, however, is that everyone around him flocks to him and just waits for the oh so brilliant Miles to lead them into disaster they actually expect him to come up with a plan although at least people like Elena know by now how ridiculous his plans always are and how much he relies on luck I just don t get it Sure, there are evenstupid people around not only on Barrayar which gets mocked for its traditions , but does truly nobody see that Miles isn t actually smart So in this second book about Miles and his adventures we start with him graduating from the military academy through some political strings that got pulled at the end of the last novel His first posting is to some Arctic outpost and of course the spoiled little brat complains and whines about not having gotten somethingprestigious actually monologuing about how it might be discrimination which is just privileged noise from someone who thinks he s owed something Only when one of his superiors dangles some bait before his nose does he go rolls eyes The Arctic station was actually interesting though it was clear that it wouldn t last long and how it would fit into later complications.From there, Miles is taken to Imperial Security so as to get him out of the line of fire and, while helping Illyan, he gets framed for murder, arrested and meets the Emperor who listened to the brilliant Miles and thus got himself incarcerated as well in prison sighs After that, it s a romp through half a galaxy to get the Emperor home safely but since nothing is straight forward with Miles, we meet his mercenaries from the last book now with political problems of their own as well as a femme fatale.Maybe it s that Bujold is all over the place with Miles stories I m not sure In the two books about Cordelia and Aral, we had political intrigue and some military space action, but never such a mess as here Just too many focus points, too many battles for one story Or it really is me not being able to warm up to Miles.I know he s supposed to be like a superhero but I JUST DON T BUY IT Captain America has his strength, Iron Man has his suit, Dr Strange has magic Miles only has his deformity Don t get me wrong, I love that there was an author audacious enough to make a seemingly disabled person her hero although he s just small and has brittle bones, the rest has been cured by the doctors Her writing must have been an innovation back in the day as well.However, I just can t connect to Miles because I don t see his supposed brilliance All I see is him being a burden to everyone precisely because he can NOT pull off heroic deeds, giving everyone a heart attack because he refuses to accept No for an answer, and endangering the people he supposedly loves Add to that that he showcases hubris and all other marks of a spoiled brat he s an only child, almost died before birth, so that plus his status on Barrayar and his charming nature as a kid ensured he was fussed over and never learned any boundaries.So yeah, all I want to do is throw him in a small and not very comfortable room for at least a week and give him a good thrashing.I might continue with the series because I was promised it would at least shift from military action to mysteries he needs to solve through wit alone and maybe Bujold is better with political and social messes than military ones , but I really don t see why this series is so beloved except for the afore mentioned innovation factor about a disabled MC back in the day or, in fact, even nowadays.If it wasn t for me reading this one book per month with the SpecFic group, I would have already given up 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, sincebooks, 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 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, sincebooks, 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 him live up to their potential After finishing the academy, Miles is sent to a post in a frozen island as an officer meteorologist He is shocked, because he is well aware of his physical inability to do that particular job, since it involves a lot of walking and activities his body is not strong enough to do Since he is the new guy, mean pranks are part of his daily life Soon after he gets a handle on his job, some of his fellows start dying and Miles decides to investigate Of course, this only gets him in trouble and makes his superior a major enemy for life.Miles gets himself reassigned and because he is who he is, all believe he is being favored by the Military leadership because he is Admiral Vorkosigan s son Miles decides to mind his own business, trying to be a subordinate soldier, but faith and his restless, never asleep brain once again get him in the middle of a potential galactic war Somehow, the young Emperor Gregor also decides right at this moment to try and run away from his life and heavy responsibilities Being a ruler does not sit well with him at this point and he runs to the space fleet, which is where he bumps with Miles, who at once just knows he has to keep Gregor safe and get him back home If only it were that easy But no, the two of them get themselves in deep trouble and the odds of them getting out alive are slim to noneWe also got to see Miles meeting with Elena and his , or not his any, mercenaries It was as melancholy but funny as well, as we thought it would be One of the captains has overtaken the command and he is not pleased to have Miles back at all Who is a friend and who is not is not as easy to know, so the constant worry and paranoia that plagues him is completely justified Once again this was very exciting, and very satisfying It feels like a Sci fi adventure and has a very positive core I would recommend it to all because I feel there is something for anyone in it And yes, there usually is the happy end and unlikely resolutions, but it is just what this author does so well and we need this optimism in our daily lives I can t wait to read the next one ASAP Now I wish you all Happy Reading and may you always find what you need in the pages of a good book 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 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 just happens to have a rather quick imagination and the ability to spin tales that anyone believes.That, I guess, is pretty damn amazing It also says a lot about Bujold Original Review This was a great fast tale, and satisfying on many levels, but I have a few issues with it Perhaps it s my same issue with all of the tales It s plot providence It ties up all of the side issues quite nicely, true, but it s almost unbelievable Don t get me wrong, I enjoyed the different sections of the book almost as if it was a collection of short stories, and it really had the feel of just that, but when Miles comes up against his previous commander in the employ of the other mercenaries on pure chance, I went Huh He was old guard, and very unlikely to leave his beloved homeland Perhaps he could be convinced to participate in a coup, but not to work as a mercenary I might not have had this reaction if he had just been a completely different man, but then, the same level of hate wouldn t have made sense.Sometimes, it s impossible to satisfy readers.That being said, I had a great time reading it and Mile s antagonists were crushed to my great satisfaction It can only be described as a great yarn A lot happens, and I even accepted the fantastic chance that brought the Emperor into Miles s care or neglect as a funny way to up the stakes Actually, the emperor kinda stole the show at one point.Actually, a lot of Ms Bujold s supporting cast tend to steal the show, often I m reading all of these with a keen eye on Ivan, too.Very enjoyable 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 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 with pre 1980 another time.Long running series should, ideally, be read in the internal chronological order Unfortunately, Maestro Bujold did not write her epic Vorkosigan Saga in the obvious order she s jumped back and forth in the timeline with each successive book Under these circumstances, fans that have been with her since the beginning will have experienced the full story in publication order, which also makes perfect sense Being the contrary and ornery individual that I am, I am reading this wonderful series in neither chronological or publication order, but rather a semi random and illogical sequence of my own devising Faye uses the word ornery a lot in older QuestionableContent issues I ve been reading and it got lodged in my head I began with Book NineMirror Danceand then jumped back to Book Two Barrayar both read as part of my Locust Quest These stories caught me hook, line and sinker I declared myself a loyal reserve in the Emperor s Vorkosigan Fan Club Army.Next, I found my way here to Book Four,The Vor Gameas it was flagged for my attention as a Hugo winner from 1991on that later And I ve now been given Books 8, 10 and 11 Borders of Infinity , Memory and Komarr as Birthday presents Hurray I love a big fat series Discworld Dresden Files The Dark Tower Pliocine Exile Galactic Milieu Foundation Night s Dawn A Song of Ice and Fire Catch my drift To me, the Vorkosigan Saga is the best thing I ve discovered since I began the Locus Quest and that includes Neal Stephenson, who I now adore It took a great effort of will to not tear into Barrayar the moment it arrived, and another to resist the allure ofThe Vor Gamefor weeks and weeks until my reading list said I was allowed to I m very strict with my reading lists once the list is made, the list is boss Whereas Barrayar focuses on Miles mother around the time of his birth, andMirror Dancefocuses on Miles clone brother when they re both in their late twentiesThe Vor Gamefocuses exclusively on Miles in his late teens, just after graduating andMiles equalsfun He s a terrifically likeable lead and Bujold has a real flair for character which isn t common in sci fi This is a classic book of three acts Miles starts in the military, gets assigned to some backwater Arctic camp, and has a massive personality clash with the commander, which gets them both fired He gets re assigned as a spy, and out in the field, under cover, he bimbles around for some time, getting a feel for the territory on one mission before he bumps into his old childhood chum, The Emperor, who is on the lam incognito Miles has to rescue his friend, foil the intergalactic plot that threatens his home world, defeat his old Arctic camp nemesis, and dig some other mercenary buddies out of the hole he left them in during his last adventure It s a light hearted, whirlwind adventure in the best traditions of Space Opera Miles is a fast talking, faster thinking, marginally psychotic, loveable little scamp It was one of those books where I spent the whole time reading it with a huge grin plastered on my face, and strangers in coffee shops looked at me with a worried squint Or maybe they were just curious if it was really sugar I was putting in my drink A quick note on the cover I seem to have a copy ofThe Vor Gamethat was a short lived edition I can t find the correct cover on GoodReads, and I ve searched high and low on the internet, and the only version I could find anywhere was an e bay pic of a guy s hand holding the book I now cannot even find that I shall add a pic to this review when I find my camera So apparently this is rare maybe it would be worth something if my copy wasn t battered to frack I take my books wherever I go, in whatever pocket they can be crammed I am not kind to covers and spines.Another quick note After seeing how much I was enjoying this series, my darling wife has now gotten in on the fun, and agrees that Miles is utterly adorable and the books are awesome We are now a family of Vorkosigan fans together Double hurray As far as I can tell you can jump into this series at any point because they re all superbly written, stand alone novels as well as linking together into an epic sci fi adventure series So you ve got no real excuses just grab the first one you spot and get involved P.S The Vor Game won the 1991 Hugo Award The Locus Sci Fi award that year went to Dan Simmons The Fall of Hyperion which is awesome and the Nebula went to Le Guin s Tehanu The Last Book of Earthsea which I haven t read yet I ve given both Fall and Vor Game 5 stars, but of the two I d give Simmons the nod as an outstanding achievement.After this I read Angelmaker UPDATED 2017.04.02 with Worst Cover Gallery check down below and feel free to comment 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 UPDATED 2017.04.02 with Worst Cover Gallery check down below and feel free to comment 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 only as a pretty much anonymous heir of empire Which was actually fun.Anywho, I will get to the next part asap I love this series.Worst Cover Gallery I used to have this one at home as teen Miles the Pimp My personal fav Miles meets Cthulu Sort of 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 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 outpost in the middle of nowhere Being Miles though, trouble soon follows, in this case with an embittered veteran military commander who resents the softness of the peacetime military Letting a mutant serve only emphasizes his prejudice, so Miles is in trouble from the start But actions Miles is forced to take lead him into space for another encounter with the mercenary company that he formed in the previous book and he s forced to deal with consequences of his earlier actions and a brand new interstellar situation.The first section of this where Miles is on Kyril Island for his miserable first posting I thought was brilliant It encapsulates a lot of what I love about the series including the rich world building for example, the discussion of the Barrayaran minority populations as well as Miles s ability to win people over by being both empathic and competent at his job It also does a great job at illustrating the boundaries of Miles has and what he s willing to sacrifice for those.The second section with the Hegen Hub was less successful in my opinion A lot of it isof The Warrior s Apprentice with regards to the Dendarii Mercenaries, but much of the rest of it is outrageous coincidences followed by situations where the plot of the story and the antagonists as well seem to set Miles up for victory The whole thing feels very railroaded, although it s nice to see Miles growing up a bit and facing the consequences of his actions More on that much later in the series 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. Together, they can get into a lot of trouble Trouble only the combined forces of the Free Dendarii Mercenaries can get them out of At least, that s what they re hopingIn this latest adventure with the galaxy s craftiest mercenary leader Miles, starts out by so shaking up the High Command on his home planet of Barrayar that he is sent to the other side of the galaxy where who should he run into but his old pals the Free Dendarii Mercenaries And a good thing too, because it turns out that Miles childhood chum, that s Emperor Gregor to you, has been the victim of foul play, and only Miles with a little Dendarii muscle can save him This is very important to Miles because if Gregor dies, the only person who could become the new emperor is Miles himself and that he regards as a fate worse than death The Vor Game Another madcap Miles adventureThis 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 The Vor Game Another madcap Miles adventureThis 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 overpower, and being incredibly lucky again and again The improbable coincidences pile up towards the end, stretching reader credibility, but in a sense that is part of the fun We know how unlikely it would be in a serious SF story for these things to happen without the main characters getting blasted by a nerve disruptor, being spaced, or vaporized in a space battle, but the fact that Miles and Ivan can weasel their way through scrape after scrape is a bit like a really well written TV comedy What elevates Bujold s stories of Miles and his friends is that her characters are both three dimensional and believable, even if their situations are not There is always an emotional element to the story, including unrequited love and feelings of inferiority from our mad genius hero, and the frustrations of Emperor Gregor who chafes at his stifling position It all adds up to a cracking good yarn, and when you remember that it is part of a much larger Miles Vorkosigan Saga that works as a greater tapestry, it is really impressive what Lois McMaster Bujold has achieved, and her huge fan base attests to this