Lois McMaster Bujold
Borders of Infinity
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Borders of Infinity Limited edition volume Contents Frame story that follows Miles time on Earth in Brothers in ArmsThe Mountains of Mourning Labyrinth The Borders of Infinity

  • Title: Borders of Infinity
  • Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
  • ISBN: 9781625793966
  • Page: 388
  • Format: ebook
  • Limited edition volume Contents Frame story that follows Miles time on Earth in Brothers in ArmsThe Mountains of Mourning 1989 Labyrinth 1989 The Borders of Infinity 1987

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    1. Evgeny says:

      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 [...]

    2. Jessica Snell says:

      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. Why? (Here there be spoilers. For both works.) 1. The Borders of Infinity opens with Miles Vorkosigan thinking, "How could I have died and gone to hell without noticing the transition?" Hell. Yes. That one word is part of my [...]

    3. Jim says:

      "The Mountains of Mourning" is the first story & comes directly after The Warrior's Apprentice & before The Vor Game, so I listened to just it. As a murder-mystery, it wasn't bad. As another story to establish Miles' personality & the world he lives in, it was excellent. I love the way Bujold portrays horses. She doesn't get overly technical, but they are certainly individuals & are well done. Having known horses like Ninny & the others, they added a lot to the story for me. [...]

    4. Clouds says:

      Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my GIFTS AND GUILTY list.Regardless of how many books are already queued patiently on my reading list, unexpected gifts and guilt-trips will always see unplanned additions muscling their way in at the front.I had scheduled this to be read several weeks ago, b [...]

    5. Nathan says:

      Three short stories/novellas with a tacked on story to tie them together. The first story was strong but sad, the second fun but forgettable, and the third was pretty damn amazing.

    6. David says:

      This book is an anthology of three novellas about the life of the young Miles Vorkosigan. Miles is an officer in the space navy. He was crippled at birth, has fragile bones and is short in stature. So, instead of using his strength, he must survive with his wits. He has an ability to think outside the box, and exhibit not a little bit of chutzpah. If you are a science fiction fan, then the series of novels by Lois McMaster Bujold is a must read. I didn't read this book--I listened to the audiobo [...]

    7. Stephen says:

      5.0 stars. The best Miles Vorkosigan stories of them all are contained in this book (and that is saying A LOT). The Mountains of Mourning was AMAZING. Highly Recommended.

    8. Stuart says:

      Borders of Infinity: Three Early Miles AdventuresThis is the fourth book about Miles Vorkosigan in internal chronology, and features three early stories in the career of Miles, separately published as novellas but with an added framing story of Miles recuperating in a hospital and being question by the Barrayaran head of security, Simon Illyan, about some unusual expenses. It’s a nice bit of connective tissue to incorporate the book into the larger Miles Vorkosigan Saga.I read this back in 198 [...]

    9. Kathleen says:

      The Vorkosigan Saga is adventurous space opera with some romantic relationships here and there. As science fiction it's not outstanding, even though some innovations are interesting. The strength of this series -- for me -- is how Bujold handles characterization and plot development. Her pacing is good, too.I'm becoming fixated on Miles Vorkosigan, a brilliant mind in a brittle body. He's nothing to look at, standing not five-feet tall in his boots, with a skewed spine and bones that easily brea [...]

    10. Michael says:

      Great character development through three linked novellas about young Miles Vorkosigan working his way along in his military career in Bujold's outstanding space opera series. In "Mountains of Mourning", he is tasked while on leave by his Prime Minister father to serve as judge and detective in a case of infanticide in a rural backwater on his home world of Barrayar. In "Labyrinth", he has to infiltrate a prison camp of an empire at war with Barrayar as preparation for a rescue of the 10,000 pri [...]

    11. Carolyn says:

      Read all three of these novellas as part of the omnibus editions.Mountains of Mourning - Miles is sent to the backcountry of his home district on Barrayar to investigate an infanticide and dispense justice, if he can. This is during the early stages of his career, best to read sometime before the midpoint of the series, as it is briefly referred back to in the later books.Labrynth - Miles and the Dendarii are sent to collect a geneticist who wants to defect to the Barrayar from Jackson's Whole. [...]

    12. R.J. says:

      A collection of three very different short stories from Miles Vorkosigan's colourful military and political history, linked by a framing story that seems a bit thin in terms of logistics and character motivation, but works well enough to link them all together. Some deep and provocative thoughts in "The Mountains of Mourning", as well as the classic murder-mystery plot, make that story probably my favorite, with the tragedy-laden eponymous prison camp story coming in second and "Labyrinth" in th [...]

    13. Mary Catelli says:

      Miles, with his usual flair. Three stories, framed by an interview with his boss.The first one is a murder mystery on Barrayar, where Miles gets to unravel an infanticide case -- that being a burning issue. And two more when he's with the Dendarii, pulling off capers. (The frame story revolves about how the last two involved -- unexpected expenses.) Both are rescues, but very different in plot. And scope.Some effects you will see results of in other books.

    14. rivka says:

      Had already read 2 of the 3 novellas, but the title tale was new to me, as was the framing "story".Anything that includes Mountains of Mourning gets at least 4 stars.

    15. Banner says:

      I have been slow to take to this series but it seems like with this book I have finally seen Miles Vorkosigan. These three novella length stories share a common themes, but you can tell they were not written with that in mind. Due to a terrorist act Miles suffers from a degenerative bone disease in a society that views physical defects with disdain. He does not let this stop him as he seeks ways to serve his country (planet). The first story is a whodunit, that I reviewed separately.The second, [...]

    16. Stephanie says:

      Miles Vorkosigan's learning curve is very steep and very cranky.

    17. Kelsea says:

      The Mountains of Mourning: 5 starsLabyrinth: 3 starsThe Borders of Infinity: 5 stars

    18. Leslie says:

      I enjoyed all three of the novellas in the collection a lot.The Mountains of Mourning: 3.75 starsA sad little mystery that gives us more insight into Barrayaran culture outside of the nobility.Labyrinth: 3.5 starsA fun heist story, and an introduction to a fascinating character who I understand will make more appearances later in the series (Taura).Borders of Infinity: 5 starsMiles ends up in a Cetagandan prison camp for reasons that are unclear at the beginning of the story. This might be my fa [...]

    19. Austin Wright says:

      Mountains of Mourning - 5 stars.Labyrinth - 5 stars.Borders of Infinity - 3 stars.Overall 4 star rating.

    20. Christy says:

      Two weeks later, I have to upgrade this from 4 to 5 stars because of the resonances of these novellas throughout the rest of the series. This collection seems essential. -------The three novellas comprising this book are all thought-provoking and disturbing in different ways. All three give wonderful insights into the demons that drive Miles, in a way that maybe isn't as obvious in the novels. In "The Mountains of Mourning" we are taken into the Barryaran backwoods to see up close the culture of [...]

    21. Rita says:

      Three very satisfying Miles short stories. I read them in publication order during my Vorkosigan saga re-read, which is to say: I read "The Mountains of Mourning" after finishing The Warrior's Apprentice, then read The Vor Game and Cetaganda, and finally came back to read "Labyrinth" and "The Borders of Infinity" -- a convoluted reading order which gets the thumbs-up from me.You get the most out of "The Mountains of Mourning" if you've also read Barrayar recently, I think. The main plot is basic [...]

    22. Janet says:

      If the Miles Vorkosigan series was a video game, these would be the sidequests. I had very different reactions to each of the three short stories contained in this book. "Mountains of Morning" I honestly thought was terrible. It felt tonally disconnected from the rest of the series, was very heavy handed in the life lessons, and just needed a space station or something."Labyrinth" on the other hand I thought was really good. I always enjoy Jackson Hole, and I thought the feuding lords of the und [...]

    23. Teri-K says:

      This is a collection of three previously released novellas now published together with a connecting thread in which Miles is being investigated for treason. "Mountains of Mourning" is a serious tale of Miles' trip into backwards rural Barrayar to investigate a case of infanticide - due to birth defect. As the reader will imagine, this case hits close to Miles' heart. I appreciate that the author handled this topic with restraint. It's sad but not horrific or angst-ridden."Labyrinth" follows the [...]

    24. Sheila says:

      "The Mountains of Mourning" is one of the best works in the Vorkosigan series. It's Essence of Miles, without some of the external stuff from his Naismith adventures (and without an he can try to make Lady Vorkosigan, which gets on my nerves sometimes). It's also a missing piece: Miles deals with anti-mutant prejudice from the backcountry folks, his military peers, and the Vor in entirely different ways. Also I cried at the end. Again.My favorite bits of "Labyrinth" are the heist elements - Mil [...]

    25. Melinda says:

      My favorite Miles Vorkosigan tale is the one where he rescues prisoners of war. It's in this volume, but I can't remember the name of it.Labyrinth is a story where Miles has to retrieve some genetic material; he is astounded to learn that the material is part of a super soldier created by committeeThe Mountains of Mourning is his investigation of an infanticide in his district's own Dendarii Mountains.I especially appreciate how Bujold's characters grow and learn over the course of the series. T [...]

    26. Cecily says:

      I'd read all these novellas in the omnibuses many times before I picked up this book. However, when I found out there was extra dialogue between Miles and Ilyan (and Cordelia!) in between the stories, I had to grab it. It was actually tons of fun to read them in this particular order and setting. Each of them deserves all the awards and nominations they've received individually. In fact, I'm willing to say that Borders of Infinity (the final novella in this bunch) is my favorite story from the V [...]

    27. Fernando Gonzalo Pellico says:

      Tres novelas cortas sobre las aventuras del Almirante Naismith y el Vor Miles. La habitual mezcla de estrategia, aventura, humanidad y acción funciona de nuevo como gancho de lectura. De las que no se pueden parar de leer.Son historias dramáticas, vas a sufrir lo mismo que sufre Miles y en esta ocasión, va más allá del dolor físico. Miles empieza en estas historias a darse cuenta de que dirigir gentes es sentirlos a cada uno como a sí mismo y a cada pérdida como una pequeña muerte inter [...]

    28. This Is Not The Michael You're Looking For says:

      This book contains three Miles Vorkosigan novellas/novelettes contained within a very brief framing story, all from the early part of his career. * The Mountains of Mourning (winner of a Hugo)* Labyrinth* The Borders of InfinityPersonally I thought, The Borders of Infinity was best, following by The Mountains of Mourning, with Labyrinth bringing up the rear. None of them are bad, but none were particularly outstanding. Borders is the most solid, with a bit of a convoluted story structure, Mounta [...]

    29. Lisa (Harmonybites) says:

      There are two works by Bujold to be found under this title and both are part of her Vorkosigan Saga featuring Miles Vorkosigan. One is a grouping of three novellas with a framing story that includes the short story "Borders of Infinity" as well as "Mountains of Mourning" and "Labyrinth." The story is also included in the omnibus edition of Miles Errant along with Brothers in Arms and Mirror Dance. This review and rating is for the short story alone, which epitomizes so much I love in Miles. Brai [...]

    30. Debbie says:

      Three Miles stories from three different times of his life and career. They are all absolutely fantastic and each are defining moments for Miles. "Mountains of Mourning" shows the reader the rural, brutal Barrayar that is only hinted of in the rest of the series; "Labyrinth" gives us a delightful first look at Taura and Jackson's Hole; and "Borders of Infinity" never fails to make me tear up. I wish that Baen had decided to do without the framing story which really adds nothing to either the boo [...]

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