Young Miles (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures) Paperback – 1 Jun 1997
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"Bujold is one of the best writers of SF adventure to come along in years." --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Miles was injured when his parents were victims of a terrorist attack while his mother was pregnant with him. His brittle bones break at the slightest pressure and cannot be replaced with synthetics until he reaches the end of his growth. The people of Barrayar have a fear of genetic defects and many people condone killing all children who are not 'perfect'. A practice that Mile's father has been trying to discourage in his province.
In "Mountains of Mourning", Miles is authorized to find the person who killed a newborn child who was born with a treatable genetic disorder. Imagine the locals 'joy' to find a 'mutie' has been sent to try one of them for doing their best to preserve their genetic purity.
Miles uses his intelligence to overcome the obstacles in his path. While everyone thinks he has been given every honor due to his position, Miles knows that he's earned every pat on the head, every medal, every good grade, every advancment that he has ever received.
Miles is not perfect. He struggles and rails against the system, his body, and the attitudes of those around him. His continuing struggle to achieve his own goals and to make something of himself -- make him a character that I, as a reader, can sympathize with.
I think what makes this series so addicting is that readers feel deeply about the main character. We become emotionally involved in his life -- we cheer him on. We want him to succeed against the odds because the author doesn't cheat -- Miles takes his beatings and goes on. An example that many of us find reassuring.
This is not the first book in the time line, nor is it the first book Bujold has written of the series. However, I recomend that you start with this book or the two that compose it. There is nothing that is not explained enough to understand despite all the history that has gone on before. But, the charecters are so well developed by the time that this book is written that everything comes alive.
Young Miles is the only really new charecter introduced. Almost all of the supporting cast and situations have been well established by this book. When we meet Miles, we fall in love with him. He is not a superman, but he achieves the superhuman. He can be annoying, flighty and self absorbed, but we see that it is his way of dealing with the world and overcome the bad luck he has handed to him before he was even born. Another way of dealing with the world is to be hyperactive and accomplishing several actions at once, so much so that when he is accidently given an "upper" laced drink no one notices until he crashes days later.
After you read this, you can go back and read the first few books in the series. It is almost like watching Star Wars Episode 1 in that you know much of what will happen, but it does not take away from the pleasure of the stories. But start here and start the book at a time when you have little else to do for the next few days.
This is The second in the series after Cordelia's Honour, if you go by the Omnibus editions: Oh for a proper collected works, they are dreadfully mixed up (sometimes duplicated) in strange combinations not all of which are available in the same bindings. Makes library shelves awkward Mr Publisher! At least there is a chronology in the back of most editions. Only the single books are shown their places in the Saga there, omnibuses are not included; you have to read the omnibus front covers to work out which you need next.
- Warriors apprentice: Miles arrival in the Saga, son of Aral and Cordelia, physically handicapped but proving a superabundance of wit and wile.
- Mountains of Morning: Miles is set a thoughtful social and judicial task (short)
- Vor Game: The Dendari mercenaries cement their place, Miles confirms his place as heart of the saga, and most other main characters are transofrmd from sketches to fully 3-D.
I will not spoil the discovery that such a good read deserves by giving away the plot more.
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Looking forward to the rest of Young Miles lifestyle. He manages to be convincingly piratical even with his handicaps. He will truly run his family.Published on 15 April 2013 by firstname.lastname@example.org June Third-Carter B.V.M.S., M.R.C.V.S., Vet.M.F.Hom.
For someone who likes Science Fiction it might seem strange that I'm only recently acquainted with the irrepressible Miles Vorkosigan. Better late than never though. Read morePublished on 10 April 2011 by Michael Finn
Any Miles Vorkorsigan book is well worth the reading. This one is great as an intro to the series, and gives a good example of the quality you can expect from Lois McMaster... Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 1999 by Jam