- By Lois McMaster Bujold

The Vor Game

  • Title: The Vor Game
  • Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • ISBN: 9781885585035
  • Page: 357
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  • The Vor Game 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

    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 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.

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    1. A buddy read with Choko and Maria.Miles Vorkosigan graduated from the Military Academy despite his handicap. He hoped for a decent assignment, but his superiors thought he had an insubordination problem, so they decided a good way to fix it is to assign him to a remote place which in this case happened to be a military base on an island in the middle of nowhere, far in the north (read - cold). First thing Miles did upon arriving was to insult the base Commander - albeit unintentionally. To be fa [...]

    2. *** 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, since more books, 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 [...]

    3. 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 [...]

    4. 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 [...]

    5. 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 [...]

    6. 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 wit [...]

    7. 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 [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. 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 [...]

    10. 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.

    11. Another light and fun read about Miles Vorkosigan and his adventures, or shall I say misadventures? :) Troubles with the superiors as expected. Nice balance of both ground and space action with a good dose of humour. Interplanetary politics and space battles added enough sci-fi flavour to satisfy my appetite.On the whole very enjoyable light read.Recommended for sci-fi adventure and space opera fans.

    12. Buddy read with Choko and Evgeny. Though not really because this time I finished before they even started. Returning to this series is always like coming home and this time was no exception. It's a great way to just relax and forget about the real world. Because Miles just sweeps you away on his mad adventure. Even though I have read this book before many times I stayed up half the night (giggling and sometimes laughing out loud and waking the family) to finish it because I couldn't stop. The fi [...]

    13. Young Miles is back. He’s completed his training at the Academy and he’s hoping to get posted on a space battleship. But Miles has a problem with subordination and to prove he is worthy to serve he is required by his superiors to demonstrate he can do just that ie serve - in some backwater Arctic station for six months.So then Miles serves out his time in humility before being assigned to the pride of the Barrayan fleet The Prince Serg and.ah that didn’t happen. That would be totally borin [...]

    14. This is the second of the Miles Vorkosigan books, though it's listed as the forth in the family saga. I was/am very impressed. My rating here is a considered one and I'm very close to a 5 here. I can't quite go there as there were a few false notes (I'll mention later) but all in all an excellent book and a great read. I'll say here in the first paragraph that I wholeheartedly recommend this one. So, what's good and what's bad? Well, you will find what I've come to believe is Lois McMaster Bujol [...]

    15. Incredible follow up to The Warrior's Apprentice. Miles is back in action.I am starting to realize Lois McMaster is a genius and she does no wrong.Love this as much as previous books and look forward to continue.

    16. 5.0 stars. Outstanding, smart science fiction novel with heart. Miles Vorkosigan is an amazing character. Highly recommended. Winner: Hugo Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1991)Nominee: Locus Award for Best Science Fiction Novel (1991)

    17. The Vor Game was a re-read for me, though my first experience with the novel is from a quarter century ago basically another lifetime. It seemed like the right book to dive into this week because the Hugo awards are today, and this was the first "real time" Hugo winner I read. 14-year-old me had read Hugo winners before (Dune, Rendezvous with Rama, Ender's Game), but at the time I was reading those well after they had won; The Vor Game was the first novel I read because it had JUST won the Hugo. [...]

    18. “Very good. But your most insidious chronic problem is in the area of . . . how shall I put this precisely . . . subordination. You argue too much.” “No, I don’t,” Miles began indignantly, then shut his mouth.Ah, another visit with Miles Vorkosigan/Naismith! That incredible bundle of energy, that intellect struggling to slow down to regular human speed. His problems with being the smartest guy in the room, but with physical limitations.In many ways, Miles is like a jazz musician—he k [...]

    19. Great reader, tangled web, & Miles is like a spastic spider running through it all. It's a lot of fun as Miles deals with his insubordination issues - not particularly well as most would guess. He does try hard, though. It's not his fault they give him the wrong orders. (His words, not mine.)It's a series & if you want to find out more about it, I suggest you read it in chronological order. The list is here:/series/98254It's much better than the published order. Bujold has done a marvelo [...]

    20. uza svu prehladu i temperaturu uspjela sam je nekako dovrsiti s par ponavljanja nekih poglavlja. ostalih pet koji me cekaju na polici ce cekat malo bolje dane, as mi koncentracija nije bas najbolja. ovo je predobra knjiga da je citam u ovakvom stanju ;)

    21. I enjoy reading Buljold, and when starting The Vor Game I had just finished the wonderful The Mountains of Mourning. I also like Miles Vorkosigan as the protagonist. He is funny, smart, easy to like, yet far from perfect, which makes him interesting. Finally, I also love a well told Space Opera. Space opera is a subgenre of science fiction that emphasizes romantic, often melodramatic adventure, set mainly or entirely in outer space, usually involving conflict between opponents possessing advance [...]

    22. I'm marking this four stars only because Cordelia's Honor was five, and this isn't as good as that one (those two), but in a general range of excellence, five out of five, would read again."Miles, in one breath you just plotted to kill the emperor, cuckold him, accused your father of homosexuality, and suggested patricide. What's your encore?!""Go away, I'm busy."Jasmine and Stephanie reviewed this book saying they would die in a war for Gregor. I would absolutely die for Gregor. Poor little kin [...]

    23. This time Miles gets sent to (the Barrayian version of) a Siberian training base to see if he can't figure out that whole being a subordinate thing . . . because he's gotta learn to obey if he's ever gonna live the dream of serving on a starship, but what's a tiny-brittle-boned-hunch-backed-hyperactive-genius supposed to do when his commanding officer is on the verge of committing mass-murder (and creating a political disaster that could undermine his father's hard won carefully balanced planeta [...]

    24. Vegetarian fare. That is, there's no meat to it.It's entertaining, but there are so many ghosts in this machine that it needs an exorcist. I was going to say that Miles Vorkosigan is the biggest Mary Sue ever. But he's not, because he doesn't have talent, he just has more luck than anybody else in the universe!Now I face a quandary. I'm reading the Hugo winners. There are two more books in the series for which she's won Hugos! I have the same problem with Connie Willis. To Say Nothing of the Dog [...]

    25. Please note: my three star rating is not an aspersion on the book's quality, just a measure of how much I enjoy this book relative to the rest of the series. It's all very smart and well executed (obviously, if it won a Hugo), just not as much fun as THE WARRIOR'S APPRENTICE, and more full of the kinds of characters I find more exasperating than compelling (*cough* Cavilo *cough*). Also, the final battle depends on a lot of elaborate tactical strategy that I find I simply can't picture in my min [...]

    26. This isn't my favorite of the Vorkosigan novels, though it has its moments: (view spoiler)[Gregor walking up to the plasma cannon and rescuing himself, for one. (hide spoiler)] It slows down seriously in the middle, and not in a good way. Even so, it sets things up nicely for the later books, and I love the character development, particularly how Miles relates to his superiors.

    27. Son las 5:30 de la mañana y escribo esto tras meterle un arreón a las últimas cientocincuenta páginas así que os podréis imaginar lo que me ha gustado.

    28. The further adventures of Miles, after graduating from the Academy.Immediately, he's given a post: as a Meteorology Officer. Which seems like an awful mismatch, and he gets told that unless he manages to pull off subordination better, he's not going to manage in the service.Things don't stay simple. At first there is simply the matter of trying to learn to lead the less than clever soldiers, and manage to obey the commander (obviously shuffled off here) but then the commander raises the stakes - [...]

    29. These books have a way of surprising me. It has happened more than once in this series now (and particularly with The Vor Game) that just when I start thinking, "Yeah, I'm liking this book okay, probably three-star liking" it hits the near-ending point of the book where major conflict is over and I find myself smiling as I follow along with the characters for the resolution. Those are often the sweet spots of these novels for me. I especially liked this one because it provided some great convers [...]

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