Three Miles Vorkosigan Adventures! Just after graduating from military academy, Ensign Miles must take on one of his duties as a Barrayaran Vor Lord by acting as detective and judge in a back-country murder case. His mission to rescue a top research geneticist is complicated by the doctor's insistence that one of his experimental creatures be destroyed first. But why is he there?
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Vorkosigan Saga Publication Order 5. Miles Vorkosigan. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Borders of Infinity , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. A buddy read with Choko and Maria. One of the biggest problem with modern series is to figure out the reading order.
It is actually very easy for the authors to confuse their readers. Imagine somebody wrote an excellent trilogy with a perfect ending. Now the author realized s he has not done with the trilogy universe, but nobody in their right mind would write a sequel to spoil that perfection I mentioned.
The easy way out is to write a prequel. Now the inevitable confusion about the reading ord A buddy read with Choko and Maria. Now the inevitable confusion about the reading order comes: chronological, or publication? As you see it is easy to confuse people without even trying.
This is all fine, but some authors really go out of their way to complicate the matters even more. Meet Lois McMaster Bujold. I read enough book of the series to state it is excellent. However I am sure some of the potential readers avoid it out of the pure confusion with the reading order.
I know at least 3! This is a collection of three novellas of the series and it clearly demonstrated what I just said. Chronologically the first novel goes between books 4 and 5 and the second and third between 7 and 8.
But wait, this is not all! There is also a framing story connecting the three novellas. Decisions, decisions. Now without further ado the short plot discussions. The framing story deals with accusation of Miles' misappropriation of funds given to him for some very much undercover missions.
The 3 novellas are his flashbacks explaining the expenses. The Mountains of Mourning. I reviewed this one earlier as a standalone. As his first independent assignment Miles investigated an infanticide. If you think it is depressing you are right. It also happened to be quite good. Miles had to smuggle a scientist with dangerous knowledge from a place called Jackson's Hole.
This place is basically run by criminal clans, so for Miles the price of a failure is very painful death. To make a long story short nothing ever goes smooth for poor guy. The Borders of Infinity. Miles infiltrated a high security Cetagandian prison to help one very important for Barrayar Empire guy escape. Have I mentioned nothing ever goes smooth for Miles? I was impressed by Cetagandians' ability to reduce their prisoners to practically floral state while completely upholding that universe's Geneva Convention for POWs.
The book makes you answer a very difficult question: which place is worse: Jackson's Hole, or Ceta? I would be inclined to take hardened criminals over generically-bred superhumans, but this is just me. Let me say that all stories are very good. So if they are so good why only 4 stars? Because of that confusion factor I mentioned.
Seriously there was no need for this mix of chronologically different tales - and this is the only reason for 1 star less from otherwise practically perfect read. View all 23 comments.
Feb 13, Jessica Snell rated it really liked it Shelves: romance , science-fiction. Here is my theory - and if anyone besides me has noticed this, I haven't read about it, so it's just begging for a English term paper to be written on it - I think that Lois McMaster Bujold's novella The Borders of Infinity is among other things a riff on Dante's Inferno.
Here there be spoilers. For both works. The Borders of Infinity opens with Miles Vorkosigan thinking, "How could I have died and gone to hell without noticing the transition? That one word is part of my Here is my theory - and if anyone besides me has noticed this, I haven't read about it, so it's just begging for a English term paper to be written on it - I think that Lois McMaster Bujold's novella The Borders of Infinity is among other things a riff on Dante's Inferno.
That one word is part of my evidence. But, folks, it's the paragraph, and it sets the tone for the rest of the story. Miles is in Hell. The prison camp is circular. So is Dante's Hell. There are circles within the circles see the women's section of the camp. Miles has a literary okay, at least literature-obsessed guide. Okay, go ahead: convince me. There is even someone running in circles. Yes, I know that sounds more like the Purgatorio than the Inferno, but, you know, it's still Dante.
Yes, I'm shouting. Yes, that's my biggest piece of evidence. Term paper folks still with me? Okay, here's your paper topic: why does the Virgil figure go up in Bujold's version, while the Beatrice figure falls? C'mon, you can't argue that that's pretty much Cordelia's place in the Vorkosigan cosmology. Just try to count the references to damnation all the things the prisoners have done with and to each other , redemption, and sin.
Just try. What's the theme? The harrowing of hell. Yes it is. Term paper people: is Miles a Christ figure? What does that mean for his relationship with his mother?
The Borders of Infinity
Borders of Infinity
But I rarely pick up these three novellas for another go. I really need to stop being so stubborn about short fiction. Each one of these is really a small gem of a story, and each one gives a glimpse of a Miles that is only hinted at in the earlier books. Miles has completed his time at the Imperial Military Academy and is on home leave awaiting his first assignment. Miles, intrigued by her determination, takes the woman to see his father, where she demands an investigation into the murder of her child. The Count assigns the task to Miles.
Borders of Infinity, Lois McMaster Bujold
This would not be easy, however, since the Cetagandans were employing a state-of-the-art force dome , impossible to breach from the inside, to keep the prisoners in check with minimal effort. Miles set himself up as the inside man for the job, arranging to have himself captured and interred in the camp as a military prisoner. The plan almost immediately went awry when he found that all semblance of order amongst his fellow inmates had long since departed. The Cetagandans had been employing psychological warfare to break the prisoner's spirits. The food was delivered twice daily in a single pile randomly located around the perimeter of the dome, forcing prisoners to fight each other for their food ration. Since the Cetagandans would not intervene to keep order, some of the men had been preying on the women in the camp, leading them to band together in a single exclusively female grouping to defend themselves.