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Il gioco dei Vor (The Vor Game, 1990) (edition 2007)

by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Title:Il gioco dei Vor (The Vor Game, 1990)
Authors:Lois McMaster Bujold
Info:Nord (2007), Perfect Paperback
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My first Bujold and an enjoyable read. Something about the book felt very 90s science fiction, maybe the unconventional hero, maybe as a Hugo winner for 1991 it was a bit of a pace setter. ( )
  kale.dyer | May 1, 2016 |
Miles gets his post-academy assignment, and though he tries to do what is required, winds up back at home, in some disgrace. An opportunity to make amends is presented, but forces outside Miles' control keep him running from one near disaster to another. If Miles can survive the attempts of those who wish to kill him (or worse) he might just be able to thwart a military attack planned by neighboring planets.

A good, ripping yarn about Miles, his alter-ego, and various villains who are out to stop him. ( )
  fuzzi | May 1, 2016 |
Another excellent entry into Bujold's Vorkosigan saga. (And now I get to check one more off my list of Hugo winners - now at 74% done!).
This one's quite heavy on the space opera, which isn't at all a bad thing.
Miles has left his alternate identity as Admiral Naismith behind, in order to study at the military academy at home on Barrayar. Upon graduation, he hopes to be assigned ship duty, and to get back into space. It's about as far from his dreams as he can imagine when he's assigned to the post of meteorology officer at a remote arctic base. However, when he complains that he's never even studied meteorology, he's told that this is a test of sorts - can he stop being insubordinate and troublesome and make the best of a difficult assignment? If so, he may earn his reward.
However, "Miles" and "staying out of trouble" are two things that don't go together too well.
Next thing you know, Miles is unraveling long-hidden secrets... which ends up with him on a secret mission involving reconnecting with his beloved Dendarii Mercenaries... who have gotten a bit mutinous, as far as their power structure, in his absence.

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  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I love Miles! I'm at the point where I want to read all the Miles books. Great series to read on planes, trains, and casual carpools.
  Marjorie_Jensen | Nov 12, 2015 |
Liked it well enough but found it not a terribly strong novel. It perhaps has too many echoes of The Warrior's Apprentice in the latter half of the book, but it benefits from a cast of characters that includes some from the prior stories, although mostly in limited ways. I liked getting a better handle on the emperor Gregor here. I'll certainly be reading more in the Vorkosigan saga.
Read/remarks from Feb 2010, I enjoyed other books in the series much more ( )
  RBeffa | Jun 8, 2015 |
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"Ship Duty!" chortled the ensign four ahead of Miles in line.
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Elena's eye lit with a skewed enthusiasm. "Dear God, Miles. Metzov--Oser--Ungari--all in a row--you sure are hard on your commanding officers. What are you going to do when the time comes to let them all out?"
"I can't help it, sir, if people give me the wrong orders."
. . . She looked positively seductive. Miles eased cautiously back in the cushions and tried to look seduceable. . . .
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Miles manages to graduate from the Academy. His reward? A first post on Kyril Island, predicting and combating the local weather and his commanding officer's homicidal moods. His reputation and stunted form further battered by both, Illyan finds a way to combine (sort of) Miles's two lives as Lord Vorkosigan and Admiral Naismith--great for Miles, but a little hard on his commanding officers.

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Miles Vorkosigan graduates from the Barrayaran Military Academy with high expectations of ship command, but is disappointed with an assignment as meteorologist to Lazkowski Base, an arctic training camp. His tenure in the windy, snow-covered north is cut short when Miles narrowly averts a massacre between the trigger-happy base commander and mutinous recruits. After a brief stay under 'house arrest', Miles is re-assigned to investigate a suspicious military build-up near a wormhole nexus. Reviving his undercover persona as mercenary Admiral Miles Naismith, his routine information-gathering duty expands to a rescue mission when the Emperor of Barrayar disappears during a political conference on a nearby space station. Miles must use his considerable negotiating skills to avoid a showdown between competing powers for control of the wormhole, find the Emperor ... and watch his back for the arctic base commander seeking bloody vengeance.… (more)

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