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The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga Book 5) Kindle Edition
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This is very much a books of three acts. The first sees Miles assigned to a frozen base in an attempt to prove his humility and ability to serve within the military. How he struggles with this, and the various scrapes he gets into at the base, are enjoyable but merely a prelude to his confrontation with a ruthless commander, one that will have lasting ramifications for his career.
His actions lead into the second act, which is largely a tale of intrigue as Miles has to pose as an arms dealer for Barrayar's intelligence service. It's a job that will introduce him to both a frightening adversary and to his friend and emperor Gregor, who has problems of his own. This section is full of close shaves and twists, and allows Bujold to further develop her protagonist as he struggles to survive.
The third and finest act sees a welcome return to the Dendarii Mercenaries, the group Miles inadvertently formed in the earlier story. It's nice to see characters like Elena again, and sees an upshift to full military space action as Miles and his allies have to stop a dastardly scheme that spells trouble for all.
Bujold seems to impress more with each installment of the Vorkosigan saga. Her facility with her characters and the intricate plots she weaves for them are refreshing in these days of shallow protagonists and simplistic narratives.
The Vor Game is the fourth novel (by chronology) in The Vorkosigan Saga and the second to feature its signature character of Miles. The novel picks up after the events of The Warrior's Apprentice with Miles now graduated from the Academy and ready to start his life of military service. As previously, Miles's physical weaknesses (he suffers from brittle bones and is stunted due to a poison gas attack on his then-pregnant mother) both hinder his ability to get involved in the action and also act as an easy means for his enemies (and friends he's trying to avoid) to identify him. Once again, Miles has to use his wits and intelligence to overcome obstacles and emerge on top.
This time around the obstacles include a psychotic military base commander, almost dying of exposure, being captured, being enslaved, almost being shot and being pursued by a lunatic femme fatale with delusions of becoming Empress of Barrayar. As with The Warrior's Apprentice, the book starts simply enough and then snowballs, accumulating plot points, characters and complications with almost frenzied energy.
As with its forebear, the book is a highly readable, page-turning experience.Read more ›
Don't get me wrong its not so awful that I couldn't finish it. Its just that after about a third of the way through the story, which has been developing nicely into a mystery, it suddenly changes direct into what reads like a rehash of the Warriors Apprentice. The hero's actions suddenly feel like they have no consequence and there is little real sense of threat or danger to him. Gone is the very real sense of for shadowing that had been building nicely and instead everything becomes very immediate and convenient. It goes from being a novel that was genuinely interesting and dealing with racial/sexual/disability prejudice, the military's role in society and the pressures of familial responsibility into a merely adequate piece of pulp fiction. Many in my Bookclub club felt the same way.
By all means give it a go but after the 'discovery in the drain' keep your ear's open for a screeching sound. Its the sound of the book suddenly changing direction without explanation....
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Love it. I'm working my way through this series and will definitely go on to Bujold's other books/series.Published 15 months ago by Internet shopper
If you like Vorkosigan books or just Sci Fi read this.. no .. in fact read them all. They are all excellent.Published 19 months ago by MR P J TURNER
I have to admit this is one of my favourites of the series and I have read it many times. The first part is particularly hilarious.Published on 2 Jan. 2014 by Pam
Never a dissappointment when you open a Bujold book. Vorkosigan series an absolute delight. Miles becomes real through her words.Published on 22 Oct. 2013 by brumeux
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