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Miles, Mystery & Mayhem (Miles Vorkosigan…

Miles, Mystery & Mayhem (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures) (edição: 2003)

de Lois McMaster Bujold (Autor)

Séries: Vorkosigan Omnibus (3), Vorkosigan: Publication Order (Omnibus 3,5b,10), Vorkosigan: Chronological Order (Omnibus 6,7,7a)

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Chronicles the adventures of diplomat, soldier, and spy Lieutenant Lord Miles Naismith Vorkosigan of the Barrayaran Empire.
Título:Miles, Mystery & Mayhem (Miles Vorkosigan Adventures)
Autores:Lois McMaster Bujold (Autor)
Informação:Baen (2003), 576 pages
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Miles, Mystery & Mayhem (Ethan of Athos / Labyrinth / Cetaganda) de Lois McMaster Bujold


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Really interesting collection of stories about what it means to be human. Bujold teases with ideas of biological and social determination in fun and poignant ways. Perhaps the most interesting moment of these three stories is Miles' realization that Taura can speak, and the immediate shift in perception (and tactic) he has because of it.

I also really liked that Bujold gives us the opportunity to visit other planets. She states in the afterword that with Cetaganda she wanted to make the Cetagandans more interesting than just a stock enemy that's trying to take over the galaxy, a goal she accomplishes it skilfully. Bujold particularly excels at creating, and showing, realistically complex political systems and intertwined personal relationships and motives without getting bogged down in dry exposition.

I have to admit, I kept waiting for Miles to appear in Ethan of Athos, which probably says more about me as a reader than anything else. However, I think it was good to have kept the story focused on Ethan and Elli — the latter of which I had no idea would be making a return, after having last "seen" her several novels ago without a face. And of course, I can only wonder at this point what other minor characters may reappear to seize the stage...

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  octoberdad | Dec 16, 2020 |
Bujold's writing is superb but this trilogy of stories within the novel was difficult to enjoy. Clearly one has to read from the beginning of the Vorkosigan saga, starting (if I understood correctly) with Falling Free or maybe Shards of Honor? I do find alien worlds in science fiction a challenge to mentally embrace and just "go with the flow". I was especially hung up on getting through Ethan of Athos. The novel lay untouched for several weeks while I coped with that section and mostly skimmed to try for a sense of where the plot was going.

Aside from that, I liked many of the scenarios developed in the book: there were clever characterisations of the strange beings on different worlds and unique interpretations of biotechnological advances. I enjoyed the Miles character and even Ivan was engaging in his way. But I'm not so keen on being wrapped up in meanness, unremitting insidious plots which in the end, didn't make much sense to me, didn't have a feeling of resolution and lead to only more stories.

I know there are Bujold stories I have enjoyed (Curse of Chalion for instance) and her world-building is excellent, but I suspect further Vorkosigan series are not book titles in my future. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Jun 12, 2020 |
I'm working my way through the Vorkosigan series. All of them have been great reads. Cetaganda, in my opinion, is a little different, with Miles trying to break through the layers of diplomacy into his usual style of direct and effective action. At times he seems whiny as well. ( )
  jklavanian | Feb 24, 2019 |
Ages ago, I read Ethan of Athos without having read anything else from the Vorkosigan Saga. (And loaned it to someone who never returned it -- and now I have it as part of this omnibus, so problem solved!) I enjoyed it the first time, but I have to say it is significantly better now that I already know the secondary characters and the larger political world. ( )
  akaGingerK | Sep 30, 2018 |
Over the years I’ve read a few of the Vorkosigan Saga by Lois McMaster Bujold but I believe they were all later in time than this book. Or I should say these two books and one novella. In these Miles Vorkosigan is only 22 and 23 years old, as I learned from the very helpful chronology at the back of the book. It’s nice to have some of the early history filled in and it whets my appetite for reading more of this series.
The first book is Cetaganda. Miles and his cousin Ivan have been sent to Cetaganda as diplomatic representatives of Barrayar to attend the funeral of the current Emperor’s mother. Unwittingly they become involved in Cetagandan politics and Miles falls in love. The Cetagandans have an unusual society consisting of an elite class (called haut), a middle class (the ghem) and a neuter class that serve the haut (referred to as the ba). The haut women are seldom seen; when they do appear in public they have an opaque bubble surrounding their float chairs. Haut women and men negotiate to produce offspring but they do not necessarily marry or have sex. The overseeing of genetic alliances is performed by the Empress and a chosen few haut women called the Star Creche. Miles falls in love with haut Rian, the handmaiden to the Star Creche, when she reveals herself to him because she believes Miles has a key to the genetic data bank. Miles has a copy but not the real thing and he decides that to clear the Barrayaran name he must help Rian get the key. In the end he is successful in getting the key but loses the girl.
The second book is Ethan of Athos and Miles does not actually appear in it although he is referred to several times. Athos is a world settled by and still populated by males only. In order to continue population replacement and growth there are ovarian cell cultures that can be used to mix with male contributions to make fetuses and uterine replicators that bring the fetuses to term. Unfortunately the cell cultures brought with the founding fathers are starting to fail. Replacement cultures were ordered from a company on another planet (Jackson’s Whole) but when the promised shipment arrived it was all useless. Ethan, a young physician who oversees one of the birth centers, is delegated to go in person to buy cell cultures from a reputable firm. For a young man who has never flown in space, not to mention never seen a woman, the journey is a series of culture shocks. The first woman he meets is Elli Quinn who is on leave from the Dendarii Mercenaries, the head of which is Admiral Miles Naismith (Miles Vorkosigan’s alter ego). Quinn has her own mission but it aligns nicely with Ethan’s and the two fight bad guys and gals. Ethan gets to return to Athos with the original order from Jackson’s Whole, another order from Beta Colony and a new friend who has telepathic powers.
The final installment is “Labyrinth” in which Miles Naismith and some Dendarii mercenaries go to Jackson’s Whole to escort a geneticist to Barrayar. The geneticist refuses to leave without his accumulation of genetic complexes. For safekeeping he bundled the complexes into a viral insert and injected it into an organism that was the end result of attempting to create a super soldier. This organism was recently sold to another firm on Jackson’s Whole and Miles has to break into their stronghold to retrieve the sample. Miles was also tasked to kill the organism once the sample had been retrieved but when he meets the organism he realizes she is sentient. Miles knows he can’t kill her so he has to save her. Predictably Taura (as Miles names her) falls in love with Miles and he is rather attracted to her. Taura will no doubt reappear in future installments because she joins the Dendarii Mercenaries.
The late great Anne McCaffrey is quoted on the cover of this book as saying “Boy, can she write!” As a huge fan of McCaffrey I am certainly not going to gainsay her. This is great world and character building by a great author. ( )
  gypsysmom | Mar 22, 2018 |
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