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Miles Vorkosigan is a Vor Lord. What is a Vor Lord? From the back of the book "Officer in the Barryaran Imperial Space Service, Supreme commander of a mercenary company, detective, judge and executioner in a back-country murder, rescuer of damsels deeply distressed and mole in an escape-proof planetary POW camp". Really good space theatre. ( )
  gypsysmom | Aug 16, 2017 |
This book comprises 3 novellas, connected by a narrative in which Simon Ilyan tries to understand how to justify the expenses of two recent missions.
The first novella is "Mountains of Mourning" which the author says elsewhere convinced her that the saga should focus on Miles in his Vorkosigan role, rather than his Naismith role. Although she wrote plenty about both sides.
This story contains a bit of the author's philosophy, presented as a saying by Miles's mother, in effect, that what God wants you to do can often be determined by noticing what you are good at. So true. Although sometimes it works the other way as well.
It's a story that brings me to tears every time I read it.

Second is "Labyrinth" which gives the backstory of the character Sgt. Taura.
The third novella is the title story, and is the most ambiguous of all. While wondering how Miles is going to get out of this one, you also spend a lot of time wondering just what is actually going on.

I just reread this as part of an experiment in which I am reading the Vorkosigan books in publication order. (Except for Falling Free which I don't own. Maybe I should try to buy it.) ( )
  CarolJMO | Dec 12, 2016 |
Miles is interred in a Cetagandan POW camp, in search of a war hero, but finds himself using his wits and powers of persuasion to not only survive, but to take charge of the situation. Good read. ( )
  fuzzi | Oct 23, 2016 |
Miles Vorkosigan's learning curve is very steep and very cranky. ( )
  Stebahnree | Mar 13, 2016 |
Miles Vorkosigan's learning curve is very steep and very cranky. ( )
  Stebahnree | Mar 13, 2016 |
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This collection of short stories includes tales that take place before The Vor Game and others extending past Brothers in Arms. The variation in tone across the tales is handled exceptionally well, as we see Miles mourn and get a better look at his relationship with Illyan. The stories include Miles's first outing as a detective, in which he's faced with a case of infanticide in the mutant-phobic hill country; his largest rescue mission ever; and the most distressed damsel for whom he ever played the knight.

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The adventures of Miles Vorkosigan, a clever and outlandish science fiction hero for the modern era, continue in these three tales. In "The mountains of mourning," Miles is dispatched to a back-country region of Barrayar, where he must act as detective, judge, and executioner in a controversial murder case. In "Labyrinth," Miles adopts his alternate persona as Dendarii Mercenary Admiral Naismith for an undercover mission to rescue an important research geneticist from Jackson's Whole. And in the title story, Miles infiltrates an escape-proof Cetagandan POW camp and plays hero to the most deeply distressed damsel of his colorful career.… (more)

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