Vorkosigan Group Read: Miles Errant
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I finished Borders of Infinity and this is the review I'd put in my thread:
This novella, about Miles’s experiences in a Cetagandan POW camp and his attempts to organize his fellow prisoners into action, might be my favourite of the Vorkosigan novellas I've read. Despite its shorter length, there’s almost as much going on here as in one of her novels. There’s a very clever plot that keeps the reader wondering why Miles is in the situation he’s in and how he’s going to get out of it. The novella is also a great example of how Miles overcomes his physical limitations by relying on his wit, intelligence and understanding of human nature. This, indeed, is one of the reasons I love the Vorkosigan series as a whole.
I'm hoping to read Brothers in Arms in December to finish off the year.
Brothers in Arms is unique in that we get our closest picture of who Gregor is as a person, but it also sees Miles get into multiple predicaments, as usual. Enjoy!
Brothers in Arms had the usual features of Bujold books that I love: excellent character development, a complex plot, humour and thought-provoking ideas. However, I really missed Bujold's great world-building. Frankly, Earth is pretty boring compared to places like Cetaganda!
Granted, Earth is pretty plebeian compared to Beta or Cetaganda or even Barrayar, but don't you love those tidal dikes? Other high points are the fur blanket and Ivan's irritation.
So, what should I be reading next: Memory or Miles, Mutants and Microbes?