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Paperbackpages. Published September 1st by Pocket Books first published Vorkosigan Saga Publication 5. To see what your bujlld thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Borders of Infinityplease sign up. Lists with This Book. A buddy read with Choko and Maria. One of the biggest problem with modern series is to figure out the reading order. It is actually very easy for the authors to confuse their readers.

Imagine somebody wrote an excellent trilogy with a perfect ending. Now the author realized s he has not done with the trilogy universe, but nobody in their right mind would write a sequel to spoil that perfection I mentioned. The easy way out is to write a prequel. Now the inevitable confusion about the reading ord A buddy read with Choko and Maria. Now the inevitable confusion about the reading order comes: As you see it is easy to confuse people without even trying. This is all fine, but some authors really go out of their way to complicate the matters even more.

Meet Lois McMaster Bujold. I read enough book of the series to state it is excellent. However I am sure some of the potential readers avoid it out of the pure confusion with the reading order.

I know at least 3! This is a collection of three novellas of the series and it clearly demonstrated what I just said.

Chronologically the first novel goes between books 4 and 5 and the second and third between 7 and 8. But wait, this is not all! There is also a framing story connecting the three novellas. Now without further ado the short plot discussions. The framing story deals with accusation of Miles’ misappropriation of funds given to him for some very much undercover missions. The 3 novellas are his flashbacks explaining the expenses.


The Mountains of Mourning. I reviewed this one earlier as a standalone. As his first independent assignment Miles investigated an infanticide. If you think it is depressing you are right. It also happened to be quite good. Miles had to smuggle a scientist with dangerous knowledge from a place called Jackson’s Hole.

This place is basically run by criminal clans, so for Miles the price of a failure is very painful death. To make a long story short nothing ever goes smooth for poor guy. The Borders of Infinity. Miles infiltrated a high security Cetagandian prison to help one very important for Barrayar Empire guy escape. Have I mentioned nothing ever goes smooth for Miles? I was impressed by Cetagandians’ ability to reduce their prisoners to practically floral state while completely upholding that universe’s Geneva Convention for POWs.

The book makes you answer a very difficult question: Jackson’s Hole, or Ceta? I would be inclined to take hardened criminals over generically-bred superhumans, but this is just me. Let me say that all stories are very good. So if they are so good why only 4 stars? Because of that confusion factor I mentioned. Seriously there was no need for this mix of chronologically different tales – and this is the only reason for 1 star less from otherwise practically perfect read. View all 24 comments.

Feb 13, Jessica Snell rated it really liked it Shelves: Here is my theory – and if anyone besides me has noticed this, I haven’t read about it, so it’s just begging for a English term paper to be written on it – I think that Lois McMaster Bujold’s novella The Borders of Infinity is among other things a riff on Dante’s Inferno.

Here there be spoilers. The Borders of Infinity opens with Miles Vorkosigan thinking, “How could I have died and gone to hell without noticing the transition?

That one word is part of my Here is my theory – and if anyone besides me mmaster noticed this, I haven’t read about it, so it’s just begging for a English term mcmasrer to be written on it – I think that Lois McMaster Bujold’s novella The Borders of Infinity is among other things a riff on Dante’s Inferno. That one word is part of my evidence. But, folks, it’s the paragraph, and it sets the tone for the rest of the story. Miles is in Hell.


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The prison camp is circular. So is Dante’s Hell. There are circles within the circles see the women’s section of the camp. Miles has a literary okay, at least literature-obsessed guide.

There is even someone running in circles. Yes, I know that sounds more like the Purgatorio than the Inferno, but, you know, it’s still Dante. Yes, that’s my biggest piece of evidence. Term paper folks still with me? Okay, here’s your paper topic: C’mon, you can’t argue that that’s pretty much Cordelia’s place in the Vorkosigan cosmology. Just try to count the references to damnation all the things the prisoners have done with and to each otherredemption, and sin. The harrowing of hell. What does that mean for his relationship with his mother?

Make sure you use the pond incident from Komarr in your answer. Also, reference his fourteen-shuttle-groups-for-the-fourteen-apostles statement.

Suegar’s scripture is from Pilgrim’s Progress, about when the pilgrims finally make it to Heaven. Okay, that was so much fun. What do you think? Did I make my point?

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More importantly, did I miss boreers View all 5 comments. As a murder-mystery, it wasn’t bad. I love the way Bujold portrays horses. On to The Vor Game.

Labyrinth is 3 novels after the first story in this collection. I’m not sure I care for the title, although I don’t know what else to call it. Still, anything to do with Miles is twisted.

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He’s able to get into more trouble doing the simplest tasks! This story is actually better on a re-read. Oh, you’ll get what’s going bujod, but on a re-read, you can appreciate it more. Twisty, tricky Miles is so much fun. The way he overcomes his shortcomings is even better. Remember that this was first published in way before ‘reality’ TV shows. Miles says that someone with that sense of humor would enjoy watching people eat slugs for entertainment.

It’s not meant as a compliment. The fact that these sorts of things seem to be among the most popular shows on TV now is depressing.