“This is an omnibus edition consisting of three tales. The first novel, "The Warrior's Apprentice," is where I officially fell in love with Miles, who sure isn't the usual square-jawed, bicep bulging sci-fi hero, and he's what made me go and seek out more of the series. It's rare I can say I fall...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Another science fiction, space opera, bildungsroman "series".”see full review » see other reviews »
“This is an omnibus edition consisting of three tales. The first novel, "The Warrior's Apprentice," is where I officially fell in love with Miles, who sure isn't the usual square-jawed, bicep bulging sci-fi hero, and he's what made me go and seek out more of the series. It's rare I can say I fall in love with a character in a book, but I fell hard for Miles Vorkosigan, which is why this book gets five stars. Not because it's mind-expanding or has amazing prose--but because I loved the character so much. The first two books in the series, among the first things Bujold ever wrote, focus on Miles' parents--this is the one where he comes into his own. Miles is born a "Vor"--into an aristocratic family in a very traditional, military culture on the planet of Barrayar. That society had for a long time practiced infanticide--killing any child born in any way disabled. Due to an attack before he was born, Miles is short in stature and has various physical problems--particularly very brittle bones. His grandfather wanted him killed--in fact at a certain point tried to kill him. Miles has had to fight hard for a measure of acceptance in his society and worked hard to earn the right to enter the planet's military academy--but couldn't pass the final physical tests--and then proceeds to form a path his own.
One could see there part of why I love Miles--not conventionally handsome, handicapped, someone who has to work so hard. But it's more than that. I've always had a weakness for the kind of character not only with gifts of leadership, but a certain kind of cleverness. Whether Homer's Odysseus, CS Forester's Horatio Hornblower or Roddenberry's Captain Kirk of Star Trek. Miles has that quality in abundance--of turning defeat into a fighting chance to survive. In the two novels that bookend this volume you'll find plenty of action--enough to satisfy any fan of space opera. But above all I liked how Miles thinks and talks his way out his problems.”
“Another science fiction, space opera, bildungsroman "series".”Lillian D wrote this review Monday, August 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is one of those books that is SciFi, but also reads like a fantasy. completely different world, many planets, starship travel, feudal systems, different cultures...
There are quite a few novels featuring Miles Vorkosigan - but The Warrior's Apprentice is the first one I've read. It came in an omnibus titled Young Miles which contains three Miles stories. Miles is a young man, son of a powerful military man who served as regent for a while. Miles also is very weak, with brittle bones, short stature, and more from the result of chemically induced birth defects. The people of his world look on him with a mixture of horror, pity and superstition since usually babies with his problems were either aborted or assisted to die.
In this story, Miles has just broken both legs while in academy - despite his body limitations, he's determined to be in the military and to do what everyone else can. He ends up at home and from there goes on adventure, eventually getting involved in war. In trying to solve a dispute, he ends up somehow in charge of many ships and mercenaries. He also ends up in violation of a treason law. He also finds out some devastating news about an old and trusted employee and friend.
This novel was well written, with very good dialog. The inner voice of Miles was humorous and snarky, while his manners were always polite. The surprises and twists were entertaining, as well as the SciFi 'bits' that were peppered throughout the story. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and immediately started the next on in the series. Lois McMaster Bujold is a hell of a story weaver, building a background of rich worlds and customs, using dialog and atmosphere to help tell the story. Great reading.”
“A fantastic collection of two novels and one short story. Fans of the genre should enjoy it!”Raving Redcoat wrote this review Wednesday, July 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
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“Collection of two novels, "The Warrior's Apprentice" and "The Vor Game" and a novelette "The Mountains of Mourning" presented in chronological order. Follow the life of Miles Vorkosigan as he attempts to attend military school hampered by his physical limitations, but aided by a brilliant mind. His adventures are amazing.”Kenn S wrote this review Friday, December 9, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Warrior's Apprentice - 9/7/11 - I'm counting all three of these as separate books because that's how they were originally printed. I liked this one a lot. I didn't quite like it as much as I liked Cordelia's, but they were still stellar. I look forward to reading more.
The Mountains of Mourning - 9/8/11 - Loved it! I'm not usually one for the short story or novella length, but this was was fab. I can't wait to get to the next book.
The Vor Game - 9/14/11 - This one took me a little longer to complete, though I think it was more circumstances than the actual book. I loved it. I'm really loving this series, and I'm quite surprised. I'm not big on solid romances, but I do like a little romance mixed in my books and with Miles' story, we have VERY little of that. I'm really enjoying this series and will probably read the next installment soon.”
“This is easily one of my favorite books ever. Honestly, I didn't think it would be. My college roommate hyped it up like crazy, so when I finally got to reading it, I was expecting disappointment because it didn't seem like it was going to be as good as she promised.
This particular edition consists of two novels and a short story that all revolve around a young man named Miles Vorkosigan who has a birth defect (not congenital, he frequently assures others) and because of that is fragile. His bones break under the smallest pressure and he's less than five feet tall. The problem is that he was born on a militant planet to a very important family. When he washes out of the military academy, he has to find his own path to greatness -- and find it he certainly does.
What impressed me the most about this book (and the rest of the series) is the level of characterization. Firstly, I love Miles. He is practically a cripple, but he doesn't let that stop him, because while his body is weak, he is a genius. I appreciate that Bujold has created a character that doesn't go into situations and use his strength or extreme fighting prowess to save the day; instead, he thinks about solutions and launches schemes to achieve his goals.
Secondly, all the characters characters are written in shades of grey; she shows the softer sides of rampaging killers and the darker sides of sheltered researchers. This is achieved through ingenious storytelling. With adventure, mystery, suspense, and plot twists that give you whiplash, I kept turning the pages and the characters kept evolving and growing. All this, combined with in-depth universe (not world) development and fascinating cultures, this book made me want more and more and more.
And don't think it's all just running around and doing brave deeds -- though there is a lot of that -- Bujold adds a lot of humor to these books and I found myself laughing aloud quite often.
I really can't recommend this book strongly enough. It's SO good! And I don't think it's just for science fiction fans; there is plenty of material for all kinds of readers to find something they like.”
“The Vorkosigan Saga so far is fantastic. Both books and the novella in this omnibus are each page-turning wonderfulness, so all considered I couldn't give this collection anything less than five stars. These books are never dull for a moment, the pace is light-speed with twists and thrilling turns.”Transparent Rebellious Motives (Eccentric) wrote this review Sunday, April 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No