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The Mountains of Mourning Unbound – May 1989

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  • Unbound
  • Publisher: Fictionwise.com (May 1989)
  • ISBN-10: 1590623819
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590623817
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Temple Phoenix on 3 Jan. 2012
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Up until this story, I had only read Bujold's full-length fiction, and enjoyed it very much. Pleasingly, Mountains of Mourning proves that she has just as much facility with a shorter medium.

This short novella follows Miles Vorkosigan, the author's intelligent, determined protagonist from the last book (The Warrior's Apprentice) being assigned a task by his formidable father. It seems that the infant daughter of one of his subjects has been murdered by her own father, apparently for the crime of being born deformed.

It's a crime that obviously resounds with Miles, himself left stunted and brittle of bone by a chemical attack in the womb. And so he sets off with only a couple of men for backup, attempting to not only bring justice but also to change the attitudes of generations.

The rural setting of the story makes a nice change from the usual hi-tech cities and spaceports, and the supporting cast is uniformly well-drawn. The case is not as simple as it first appears, and despite there being little action per se, tension is maintained throughout.

The sheer humanity of the story is the main draw, though, with Miles as a sympathetic vector to explore such heady concepts as euthanasia, the march of progess and the nature of justice. It's a relatively brief read, but both thrilling and touching in equal measure.
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By B. Lowe on 18 Feb. 2012
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It's good to read scifi that doesn't depend on science. The hero of this novella is disabled: poisoned in the womb, his growth was stunted and his brittle bones mean he can only walk with calipers. But his intelligence makes up for his physical limitations when he is sent on a mission to solve a murder mystery in a remote rural outpost of the post-apocalyptic world he inhabits. The plot is original and story is well told.
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By Bella Green on 21 Jan. 2013
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The tenderest and neatest of the Vorkosigan series I have read so far. In terms of developing Miles' character, this is a delicate and poignant step forward.
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Good Read 15 Aug. 2009
By Nancy E. Merrill - Published on Amazon.com
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This first of three connected novellas is a great read. A flashback to Miles leave directly after graduating from the Academy, the book deals with miles responsibilities as a feudal lord to dispense justice. It is set in the mountains of his family's district. Miles invetigates the murder of a baby because of a birth defect. The book explores the roots of Mile's love for his planet and how difficult it is for society to adjust to technological advances.
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A great story 7 May 2012
By Bookseeker - Published on Amazon.com
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An award winning short novel.

One of the great minds of speculative fiction declared her intentions with this most humanistic of short storys early in her long career.

Setting her story in a culture which finds disability untenable, our hero is notably abnormal. Poisoned before birth by political enemies of his father, he has grown up fighting for recognition and approval from his war hero grandfather. His father an even more important political figure sends him to solve a mystery. Who has murdered a disabled child in the backcountry of their lands?

For those of us who find meaning in reading this is the best kind of story. It is an early stoy in the authors career, enjoyable, well written and entertaining, but makes us meditate on what we humans are all about. Later in his fictional life this caracter will embark on many adventures, some in batlle some in peacetime. He will have adventures in many cultures and with many diverse people. He will have enemies and lovers and be forced to be a political animal like it or not. But his authors books will always have a little extra something to make us look at who we are.

My personal favorite kind of speculative fiction.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
worth every penny 28 April 2011
By Rebecca Sellers - Published on Amazon.com
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shame on the reviewer giving a single star because of pricing. this is a fantastic story probably one of bujold's best
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I Almost Lost My Job :-) 15 Dec. 2013
By David Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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How the heck did I miss reading any of these in SciFi reading career? I cut my teeth on Tom Swift, first editions I bought with lawn mowing income. This is hands down the best SciFi series of books I've ever read. I bought the first one and simply couldn't stop. The Flying Spaghetti monster only knows how many hours of sleep I missed and how much work time I procrastinated to read these books. I read them in the order the author recommended and they were right on target. Don't put it off, just buy them all now, tell your wife and kids goodbye and read your heart out.
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Short and sweet 3 Sept. 2013
By Nathan W Rosquist - Published on Amazon.com
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Read it after you read the Warrior's Apprentice, but before the Vor Game. A nice little thing, this. Yes indeedy.
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