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  • MP3 CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; MP3 Una edition (May 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143323209X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1433232091
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.5 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 902,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A science fiction legend, Lois McMaster Bujoldhas won six Hugo Awards and three Nebula Awards. Her Miles Vorkosigan saga is a massively popular science fiction mainstay. Her many"New York Times"bestsellers including previous seriesentries"Cryoburn, ""Diplomatic Immunity"and"Captain Vorpatril's Alliance." The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in Minneapolis." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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This is a very good set of three novellas set in the Miles Vorkosigan universe. There are a lot of linkages to other stories in the sequence.

The narrative which links the three novellas is set in Miles' hospital room, where he is recovering from major surgery while aged 25, just after the events of "Brothers in Arms." Simon Illyan, the dreaded head of Imperial Security, visits him in hospital to get a more detailed report of two missions Miles had previously carried out. (Illyan needs the details in order to respond to awkward questions being asked by opposition politicians who hope to discredit the Prime Minister, Miles' father Aral Vorkosigan, by suggesting that Miles has been padding his expenses.)

The memories of these two missions which Miles has to remember so as to answer Simon Illyan, and one earlier story of which he is reminded by Simon's questions, constitute the three stories which make up the book.

The first novella, "The Mountains of Mourning" is set when Miles is 20 and has just graduated from the Military academy, just before his first posting in "The Vor Game." Miles is sent to investigate the sudden death out in the sticks of a baby with a harelip. He has to find out whether she was murdered as a mutant, and if so he has the power to act as judge, jury, and executioner. This story is much more grim and downbeat than most of Miles' adventures.

The second novella, "Labyrinth" is set three years later, on Jackson's Whole, shortly after the book "Cetaganda". Miles has been sent to help a scientist to defect - quickly and quietly since "his-soon-to-be-former employer is expected to be highly irate at the lack of a month's notice.
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This book collects three stories centering on the life of Miles Vorkosigan, crippled covert ops agent and son of a count on a feudal planet newly admitted into a wider galactic society. Two of these stories are good; well told with the typical mix of humour, strong characterisation and and intelligent development of societies expected from this author. However, the third story, "Borders of Infinity", is exceptional. It really is one of the best novellas I've ever read, in any genre. I won't say any more about it for fear of spoilers, but it really is superbly written, well worth the awards it won. Well worth buying this book for that story alone.
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"Borders of Infinity" Borders of Infinity (3-novella collection - Vorkosigan Saga) is a collection of three Novellas with a framework story set in a hospital, where a recovering Miles Vorkosigan is confronted by the Chief of Imperial Security about allegations that Miles has wasted, or even "perculated", public money during his adventures in the service of Imp Sec.

The first Novella "Mountains of Mourning" is introduced as Miles remembering why he would never cheat the ordinary Barrayan subjects whose taxes paid for his training and career.

Miles, newly commissioned as a Ensign in Imperial Service is on a ten day home leave, spent at his father's lakeside country retreat, where he burns his cadet insignia and a copy of his commission on his grandfather's grave, to prove to the deceased military hero that he has succeeded despite crippling disabilities from birth that had made his grandfather demand his mercy killing.

A woman from the backwoods community of Silvy Vale has walked for four days to report a murder, and in the absence of a magistrate she exercises her right to appeal for justice directly to Miles's father, Count Aral Vorkosigan, who is also Prime Minister of Barrayar and its two planet empire.

The case is one of infanticide, which is the last thing in the world that Miles wants to deal with, but something which is father is determined to stamp out. The woman, Harra, accepts the Count's choice of Miles as investigator and judge, "speaking with the Count's voice".
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The Vorkosigan short stories always seem to manage the trick of being just as satisfying as the full novels, and this is the best of the bunch; I can honestly say that I have rarely read a novella as polished and enjoyable as this one.

The story sees Miles thrown into a futuristic prison as part of a mission that becomes clear over the course of the tale. The prison is simple but brutal; a force shield bubble containing a mass of military prisoners that have long since started to brutalise each other.

Within a few pages of arriving, Miles is left naked and broken, with only a seemingly crazed religious fanatic for company. And then the famous Vorkosigan brain goes into action...

I really can't say too much more without ruining your enjoyment of this great little story; suffice to say, Miles is once again one of the most entertaining and brilliant protagonists in science fiction, and the novella managed to evince every gamut of human emotion in the reader, from high humour to gut-punching pathos.

I can't recommend this one enough; a great little story for a couple of pounds. Go on, you won't regret it...
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