Washed out of the Barrayaran Military Academy for being overly fragile, Miles Vorkosigan's natural--if unorthodox--leadership qualities quickly allow him to acquire a fleet of ships and 3,000 troops, all unswervingly loyal to him. In short order, he foils a plot against his father, returns to and graduates from the academy, solves a murder, ...Read MoreWashed out of the Barrayaran Military Academy for being overly fragile, Miles Vorkosigan's natural--if unorthodox--leadership qualities quickly allow him to acquire a fleet of ships and 3,000 troops, all unswervingly loyal to him. In short order, he foils a plot against his father, returns to and graduates from the academy, solves a murder, thwarts an interstellar invasion, and rescues the Barrayaran Emperor.Read Less
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"Young Miles" is an omnibus edition of three separate Miles Vorkosigan novels and/or novellas. These earliest installations in his chronology include "The Warrior's Apprentice," "The Mountains of Mourning," and "The Vor Game." I had already read "The Warrior's Apprentice" separately, and my review of it can be found under that title. However, "Mountains of Mourning" is not available as its own book, so it is worth it to seek out the omnibus. One of the things I think is so wonderful about Miles Vorkosigan is that with him, Bujold presents a hero who is physically disabled. Not only that, but he lives in a militaristic, macho society where he must fight against hundreds of years of ingrained prejudice against those with birth defects, genetic mutations, or any other sort of physical disability. In "Mountains of Mourning," Miles runs headfirst against this very issue, as he is sent to act as investigator and judge in the case of an infanticide of a little girl. It is chilling and sad, but a worthy tale that deftly develops Miles' character as he faces the horrors of his society's view of people like him. "The Vor Game" is a wonderfully labyrinthine account of Miles' attempts to play the game of subordinate ensign in the Barrayaran military. Needless to say, it does not go as he might have hoped. Full of whipsmart humor and intricate military strategies, "The Vor Game" is incredibly fun to read and reminds the reader just why this hero is so fantastic to follow.
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