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Miles Errant [Paperback]

Lois McMaster Bujold
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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (27 Aug 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743435583
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743435581
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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162 of 163 people found the following review helpful
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If you are looking to complete your collection of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vokosigan novels then you will probably have every word of this book. Basically it's Borders of Infinity, Brothers at Arms and Mirror Dance all in one.
There are extremely good novels, but to parcel them up as one 'new' book, even if it has been personally 'chosen by the author' is very misleading. On the back of the book it says 'Publisher's Note: Miles Errant has been previously published in parts as "Borders of Infinity," Brothers in Arms and Mirror Dance. This is the first chronologically combined edition, as chosen by the author.'
Well, I think it's great value if you are a first time reader but to anyone with those books, and most people will have them who are fans, it's a waste of money. Whether I will get my money back I don't know but I'm going to try!
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76 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware! 11 Sep 2002
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This is actually a repackaging of three previously published books: _Borders of Infinity_, _Brothers in Arms_ and _Mirror Dance_. As far as I can tell there is no new material in it. The three books are excellent space opera and the plot about the relationship between Miles and his brother is certainly worth reading. But it's not a new book with newly written material.
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161 of 161 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An omnibus, but worth owning if you don't have the others 31 Aug 2002
By Maddi Hausmann Sojourner - Published on Amazon.com
This isn't a new book. If you were hoping to read about the further adventures of Miles Vorkosigan after _Diplomatic Immunity_, you're going to have to wait! Instead, this is a collection of earlier works arranged in a logical sequence.
The three works are "The Borders of Infinity," a novella about Miles' rescue mission to a POW camp; _Brothers in Arms_, a novel that takes place four months later on Earth, where Miles first meets his "evil twin" brother/clone; and _Mirror Dance_, another novel where Miles' brother/clone returns to cause havoc for him by acting on his earlier intent to destroy the clone labs (where he was created and saw dozens of clone-children destroyed) on Jackson's Whole.
I came across the Vorkosigan saga in a somewhat nonlinear order, reading whatever I found with a lot of backing and filling. It is really a pleasure to read these works again, in a way that lets all those asides to previous adventures have the proper resonance instead of experiencing a series of throw-away dialogue. If you already own the books there is no point in buying it, but if you don't, do buy this. Despite having read all of these books in the last 2 years I am really enjoying the rereading. Bujold is such a great writer that her works can be read many times with just as much pleasure.
219 of 240 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars This is NOT a new book; it's a compilation 22 Aug 2002
By Ivy - Published on Amazon.com
This is an anthology - one of the series of Vorkosigan anthologies Baen is releasing. It contains Borders of Infinity (the short story), Brothers in Arms, and Mirror Dance. Don't buy this thinking it's a new book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful! 1 July 2003
By Empyreal - Published on Amazon.com
This is a compilation of two novels and one novella. No new material, but still a wonderful gift for someone just starting off on Bujold. Three books for the price of one! The novella is "Borders of Infinity" and the two novels are _Brothers in Arms_ and _Mirror Dance_
In "Borders of Infinity," Miles winds up as a POW in a Cetaganda camp. in _Brothers in Arms_ he goes to Earth and discovers he has a clone who is part of a conspiracy against Barrayar. In _Mirror Dance_, the clone returns to assume Miles' identity Admiral Naismith, gets himself in huge trouble, and Miles faces his own mortality as a result.
Bujold's writing gets better and better as her books go on, and since her first works are still fabulous you can imagine how great these later works are! Each book is independent enough to stand alone, but still part of a greater web which all the books make up. Even if you've never read a Bujold book, you will still develop an attachment to her various characters in book 10 as you would have in book 1. She's a literary genius.
One of the stronger points about the Vorkosigan saga is that the characters grow. _Mirror Dance_ takes place 10 years after we first saw Miles in his own book, and he has changed in some ways and remained the same in others. He has lived, learned, suffered, and gained. Throughout it all, some aspects of his personality have remained. _Mirror Dance_ also allows his clone Mark to grow and change. He realizes he has his own destiny just as Miles does. Each of the characters are unique and realistic, very deep in their personalities.
Another strength of Bujold's writing is that although it's not from Miles' point of view (it's written in 3rd person), you are just as unsure of what's happening to others as Miles is. Just as Miles can't see what his mother is doing, the reader can't either. So both Miles and the reader wait in suspense to find out the results of some plans, messages, etc. The history of Barrayar and the various planets are also given in snippets throughout the saga. Just as if you were visiting Barrayar from another planet and just beginning to delve into its histories. At first I was frustrated by this style because I wanted to know everything that was happening with all teh characters, and all that had happened with all the planets. Eventually I realized it is better the way Bujold gives you a snippet here or there. Not only does itkeep you coming back for more, it also makes the stories more suspenseful and enjoyable.
All around, a great book. A great starting place in the Vorkosigan saga, or just as a continuation of the books you've already come to love by Bujold. For us poorer folk, it's also wonderful to just pay the price of one book instead of 3!
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 3 previous books in 1 new title 21 Aug 2002
By Gene Kruger - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is just a trilogy of 3 previous Miles Vorkosigan books....."The Borders of Infinity" "Brothers in Arms" and "Mirror Dance". I thought I was buying a totally new Miles novel so was quite disapointed to find that I had already read these stories.....notwithstanding that the said stories are up to the usual Vorkosigan high standards.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific collection! But read "Labyrinth" first 5 Jun 2006
By MarkS - Published on Amazon.com
The two novels included here may well be the best of the whole series. But to fully appreciate "Brothers in Arms", you need to read the novella "Labyrinth" first, because it gives a lot of the backstory (as well as being excellent in its own right). You can find "Labyrinth" in the collection "Miles, Mystery, and Mayhem".
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