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Young Miles by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Oh Miles you have won me over. ( )
  cendri | May 30, 2014 |
Such exciting space opera sci fi! This second omnibus, Young Miles, includes [book:The Warrior's Apprentice|61906], novella [book:The Mountains Of Mourning|2684541], and [book:The Vor Game|68483]. While the first omnibus, Cordelia's Honor, focused on Miles' parents especially his mother Cordelia, they are very much in the background in this installment. These novels cover the time of Miles' growth into manhood, starting at age 17 in The Warrior's Apprentice and finishing with him approaching his 21st birthday.

At first reading, I was saddened by the death of Sargeant Bothari midway through The Warrior's Apprentice and then later disappointed that Miles didn't win Elena Bothari as his girl. However, having finished the whole omnibus now I can see that these events were necessary for Miles to start evolving into an independent character. Miles has an unusual ability to be where events are coming to a crisis, perhaps even acting as a catalyst in some way, which propelled the two novels but I think that the novella in between may have been my favorite part of the book. The Mountains of Mourning doesn't have the epic proportions of the other two novels but it was very revealing of both Miles' character and the culture of Barrayar, his home planet. ( )
  leslie.98 | Mar 21, 2014 |
This is easy to read and goes quickly with the writing aimed at middle-school level. The Giver is something of a forerunner for all the YA dystopias currently available for 12 to 18 year old audiences and may be one of the best. At the beginning of the story, everything seems to be fine with happy children looking forward to their next milestone when they are a year older and with adults doing the jobs they are best suited for in the Community. Our narrator is Jonas who will soon be assigned his adult role during the Ceremony of Twelve. There Jonas and his friends will find out which training the Elders have assigned them to.

Jonas is surprised to be given the very important job of Receiver. The Community only has one Receiver at a time and he will be trained by the current one who is now called the Giver. As we follow Jonas in his training we discover along with him that under the surface the Community is not as wonderful as it seems. Then he decides that he must change things ... The ending is ambiguous and leaves room for the reader to "write" their own ending. This is a story which could lead to very good discussions in the classroom about society, the choices that led to Jonas' world, and whether the Community could or should change.
  hailelib | Feb 24, 2014 |
This omnibus of two novels and a novella tells the story of Miles Vorkosigan's first adventures. In The Warrior's Apprentice, Miles has just flunked out of the Imperial Academy, where he'd hoped to distinguish himself like his father, the Prime Minister of Barrayar. Instead, he consoles himself by going on a mission to help his bodyguard's daughter (and secret love), Elena. Of course, things quickly go wrong, and he finds himself at the head of a troop of space mercenaries. In The Mountains of Mourning, Miles is sent to a remote Barrayaran village to investigate the murder of a deformed child, a case that has special meaning for him. And in The Vor Game, Miles rejoins his army of mercenaries after a simple intelligence-gathering mission goes awry -- with Gregor, the Emperor of Barrayar, in tow. Miles just can't seem to stay out of trouble; but his brilliant strategic mind always keeps him one step ahead of his enemies.

I read the two books about Miles' parents, Shards of Honor and Barrayar, several years ago and really liked them. So I'm glad I finally picked up these next books about the beginning of Miles' career. I liked all three stories a lot, mostly because Miles is such a wonderfully entertaining character. In these books he's often immature, and he still has a lot of growing up to do; but he does start to change for the better when he encounters some of the harsh realities of being a commander. Miles has a tendency to bluff his way from one situaton to the next, and he eventually learns that this approach often has dangerous consequences for his subordinates. I think the weak link in this omnibus is the first half of The Vor Game; not much happens that's relevant to the later plot, and there is also a loose end with a corpse in a drainpipe that I wish had been more developed. But overall, I really enjoyed these books and would recommend them to anyone who likes space opera. I look forward to reading more about Miles and his adventures!
  christina_reads | Feb 18, 2014 |
The Warrior's Apprentice
The Mountains of Mourning
The Vor Game ( )
  SChant | Jul 22, 2013 |
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Being a Vor lord on the planet Barrayar wasn't easy. And being the leader of a force of spaceborne mercenaries while maintaining a secret identity wasn't easy - in fact, it should have been impossible, not to mention being a capital offense. But neither impossibility nor danger ever slowed down young Miles Vorkosigan.
After failing the Barrayaran Academy physical, Miles's natural (if unorthodox) leadership qualities quickly led to his off-handedly acquiring a space fleet and three thousand loyal troops, and assuming the identity of Admiral Naismith. In short order, he foiled a plot against his father, reentered the Academy, solved a murder, joined a mutiny against a deranged superior, thwarted an interstellar invasion, and rescued his Emperor. Then things got interesting....
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Washed out of the Barrayaran Military Academy for health reasons, Miles Vorkosigan uses his unorthodox leadership talents to acquire a fleet of ships and take command of a force of spaceborne mercenaries with the help of his secret alter ego, Admiral Naismith.… (more)

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