The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga)

The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga)

by Lois McMaster Bujold

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Together, they can get into a lot of trouble. Trouble only the combined forces of the Free Dendarii Mercenaries can get them out of. At least, that's what they're hoping...

In this latest adventure with the galaxy's craftiest mercenary leader Miles, starts out by so shaking up the High Command on his home planet of Barrayar that he is sent to the other side of the galaxy - where who should he run into but his old pals the Free Dendarii Mercenaries. And a good thing too, because it turns out that Miles' childhood chum, that's Emperor Gregor to you, has been the victim of foul play, and only Miles - with a little Dendarii muscle - can save him. This is very important to Miles; because if Gregor dies, the only person who could become the new emperor is Miles himself - and that he regards as a fate worse than death.

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ISBN-13: 9780671720148
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 09/01/1990
Series: Vorkosigan Saga
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.73(h) x 1.01(d)

About the Author

A science fiction legend, Lois McMaster Bujold is one of the most highly regarded speculative fiction writers of all time. She has won three Nebula Awards and six Hugo Awards, four for Best Novel, matching Robert A. Heinlein's record. The majority of Bujold's works comprise three separate book series: the Miles Vorkosigan Saga, the Chalion Series, and the Sharing Knife Series. The mother of two, Ms. Bujold lives in Minneapolis.

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The Vor Game (Vorkosigan Saga) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another excellent adventure for Miles Naismith Vorkosigan. This is a good read and a nice look at the developing Miles.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reading this series is like going on a fun vacation.
hobbit1968 More than 1 year ago
Worth the read. Great character and story line.
fyrefly98 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: Miles Vorkosigan ¿ crippled son of Barrayar¿s Prime Minister ¿ has just graduated from the Barrayaran Military Academy, and like every graduate is desperately hoping to be assigned to ship duty. But instead of being put aboard the Barrayaran fleet¿s newest interstellar cruiser, he¿s assigned instead to the post of meteorology officer at a remote arctic training base. But even in that far-flung outpost, Miles can¿t stay out of trouble for long. After he steps in to diffuse a tense and deadly mutiny, he¿s shunted back to the capitol, where his superiors realize that Miles¿s quick thinking and problems with subordination mean that regular military life may not be the best fit.Instead, Miles is dispatched to conduct a military intelligence survey of the Hegen Hub, a critical nexus in the wormhole system and the junction of the trade routes of some heavy political powers. What he finds there is a surprising mishmash of plots and schemes, along with some very surprising people, including the Dendarii Mercenaries, a group that Miles assembled over three years previously, now under new ¿ but not improved ¿ leadership, and Gregor Vorbara, Miles¿s childhood friend¿ and the current Emperor of Barrayar.Review: The Vorkosigan Saga novels are kind of like cupcakes: even when a particular one is not my favorite flavor, it¿s still pretty darn good, and I¿ll still be a happy camper after I¿ve finished it. Okay, that¿s a lie: I don¿t have a least-favorite flavor of cupcake. But I do have some Vorkosigan Saga novels that I like better than others, and unfortunately, The Vor Game didn¿t quite measure up to most of the other books in the series. Again, based on objective standards, it¿s still very, very good; it just didn¿t enchant me the same way that some of Bujold¿s others have.Part of the problem might have been that I¿m reading these books out of chronological order. If I hadn¿t already read later books in the series, The Vor Game might have been more successful at building up suspense regarding the fates of some of its key players. I¿m usually okay with political scheming, particularly if it¿s Bujold writing it, but it¿s a lot better when I don¿t know exactly how things are going to shake out. Likewise, if I¿d read this book immediately after The Warrior¿s Apprentice (which is where it falls in the internal timeline of the series), I might have had the relevant details of the formation of the Dendarii fresher in my head.However, a larger part of the problem was that I thought this book sticks a little too closely to the general Vorkosigan script. Miles¿s big mouth and reckless streak get him into trouble, then his vast intellect and prodigal gift for tactics get him back out again, lather, rinse, repeat until you¿ve reached novel length. While I don¿t mind that pattern in general ¿ it¿s the same as was used in The Warrior¿s Apprentice, Borders of Infinity, and Brothers at Arms, which I¿ve enjoyed just fine ¿ The Vor Game didn¿t have enough going on around that basic plot to give it the depth and context I wanted. The latter two-thirds of the book felt more-or-less like all scheming, all the time, and it started to lose its gloss by the end. The one side story that I did enjoy was that of Gregor. The Vor Game takes him from a cardboard cutout to an interesting and multi-dimensional character, and I wish we could have spent more time with him.I was also a little bit less taken with the narration in this installment. Grover Gardner¿s voice acting is generally superb, and he really embodies the voice of Miles. However, his pronunciation of Dendarii is back to his initial version of not pronouncing the second ¿i", which was disconcerting after finally getting used to hearing it the other way. More damning, there were a few times in which he changed his pronunciation of Ky Tung¿s name within the space of a few paragraphs, which was distrac
iftyzaidi on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I was much more taken by the first section of this early entry in Bujold's popular Miles Vorkosigan series than I was with the main plot. In fact I can't help suspecting that I would have enjoyed the book more if the entire thing had been about Miles escapades at the Polar weather station under an incompetent boss and a commander who hated him rather than the whole Miles as undercover spy trying to save the Emperor while countering a nefarious interstellar plot storyline.Part of the problem probably has to do with the fact that the story railroads the protagonist from one encounter to another without him really doing anything significant. The story is thus revealed in dribs and drabs through random encounters until we reach the dramatic ending in which all is resolved in Miles' favour. Miles is an interesting enough character for us not to abandon him and there is enough humour employed to serve us up with some entertainment, but this is certainly the weakest of Bujold's novels that I've read so far. I suppose this would be the point where I express some kind of surprise that this novel won a Hugo Award and compare it with others on the shortlist that year but I shall forbear.
LisaMaria_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good space opera is my crack. And Miles Vorkosigan one of my literary heart throbs. Miles was born into Barayar's aristocracy, which doesn't mean he has it easy--he was born practically crippled in a society that routinely killed infants with birth defects. He's not tall and handsome--he's short, brittle-boned, with a bit of a chip on his shoulder--but brilliant. This is the fourth book in the series, certainly not the book to start with or you'd be lost, and the last of three included stories in the omnibus edition Young Miles where I first encountered him. This particular story is a great ride in the classic space opera tradition. Not what you'd look for if you want literary polish or high concept hard science fiction, but for wit, intrigue, action and daring do and a twisty cunning protagonist (in a good way), this is the book to go to, and was a lot of fun to read.
love2laf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great return to the Dendarii Mercenaries, plenty of action, suspense, double-dealing, and re-aquainting with characters.
sheherazahde on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Fourth book of the Vorkosigan Saga. Don't start here. Miles graduates from the Academy and gets his first assignment, which doesn't go so well. So he gets another assignment, which also doesn't go so well. He has to think fast to save Emperor Gregor and prevent a major military invasion. It's a good thing he functions well under pressure. Another fun sci-fi adventure from Lois McMaster Bujold.
rocalisa on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Vor Game - Lois McMaster BujoldVorkosigan, Book 4; SF; audiobook; reread; 9/10I love Bujold and I love this series. I started listening to the audiobook of The Vor Game and loved it all over again. Then I hit a stage where I couldn't concentrate on much of anything (a theme you've probably already seen in these comments) and started listening to shorter podcasts instead of the book. It had been languishing for a while when I added it to my books to finish list for the Wind-Up Book Chronicle challenge. That encouraged me to go back to it and I thoroughly enjoyed finishing it up. It was geat to go along on another crazy adventure with Miles and I like the look we get at Gregor in this book, where he becomes much more of a person to the reader and not just a cut-out emperor. I'm now tempted to move on to Cetaganda but I'm going to listen to a couple of other things first. I can't recommend Bujold's work highly enough and encourage anyone who hasn't discovered Miles Vorkosigan to give his first book, The Warrior's Apprentice, a try.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Miles is back with the Vor Army, they're trying to find him a job that suits his talents but he finds himself having to make some hard decisions. Eventually he ends up running into the Dedarii Mercenaries and finds himself having to choose between them and the army. Particularly when Emperor Gregor is missing. You can see where Miles just can't not make the choices he does and where he has to work hard at maintaining a low profile. It's fun and a series that I regularly re-read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my all-time favorite series. Lots of action, detailed plots, and humor with a unique main character.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Miles is awesome as usual, and Gregor plays it so cool when it comes to handling vishous villanesses!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago