Shelves: short-stories , science-fiction , reviewed , gifts , read-in , vorkosigan-saga , pubs 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 Ive decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. 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, Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest , I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Then she lost the book.
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Shelves: faves , quickreads , fiction , space-opera , vorkosigan , heartwarming This Vorkosigan Saga is also published in a collection of three novellas which is redundantly dubbed Borders of Infinity.
At age 23, his face already bears the stigmata of pain. I love to see him outsmart and This Vorkosigan Saga is also published in a collection of three novellas which is redundantly dubbed Borders of Infinity.
I love to see him outsmart and out-bluff the big baddies. I chuckle at his fascination with tall, strong-willed redheads. His values are sound, his friendships true, and his escapades alternatively fascinating, worrisome, and hilarious. Bujold does death fairly well -- the grief, the loss, the guilt and sorrow. Some die in this one, too!
This particular novella, Borders of Infinity is aptly named, given the spherical setting, and given that it feels almost profound at times. Philosophy, theology, and human psychology overlap with technology and In this book, Miles goes undercover as a Marilacan prisoner-of-war, allowing himself to be captured by the Cetagandans, who have invaded and occupied Marilaca.
Vor warriors, including his grandfather Piotr Vorkosigan, ousted them after years of grim battle. He quickly learns to hate his new digs. Within five minutes, his standard issue clothing, cup, and mat are gone, leaving him bruised, bleeding, and naked but for a hat loved the hat scene, with Beatrice. There is no escaping the other inmates. No walls. No cells. The dome-shaped prison is actually a complete sphere, but the bottom half is underground.
More accurately, it has no weather, no changing seasons, no sky, no stars, no sun or wind. Guards never enter the sphere. Ration bars appear twice a day, almost by magic. The sense of isolation is intense, but yet video monitors are recording everything the prisoners do and say.
The conditions are terrible, yet somehow they FULLY meet the intergalactic prison standards, keeping to the letter of the law scrupulously. Do the Cetagandans ever get nailed for their mendacity and lose their "good prison" status? While in prison, Miles is beaten, trampled, and nearly murdered. The troops have become lawless gangs.
Miles intends to remind them, but first he must gain the trust of a few ringleaders. Thankfully, one frail old soldier-prophet believes in him: Oliver glanced, oddly enough, at Suegar.
In a fascinating and courageous display of brains over brawn, Miles wins their trust and whips the whole lot into shape. Alert, organized, obedient.
Well, okay, some are merely "human" again. Some of the time. But a sizable contingent of them might even be eager to fight Cetaganda again -- if they could only get out of the damned dome!
They warily yet hopefully trust Miles, but nobody ever dreams what a surprise he has up his sleeve, or how their daily drills for ration bars would serve another purpose. Nor did I. Half the fun was figuring it out. Not that I succeeded. We see several secondary characters from prior books, including his beloved Dendarii Mercenaries, which I appreciated.
Plus we get to know new characters: Suegar the lonely prophet, Tris and Beatrice, warrior-leaders of the female gang, and Sergeant Oliver, the cynical commando. Quibbles: 1 I felt some confusion at the beginning. Since I have been reading the series, I was okay, but it might take a while for newbies to catch on.
He knows how easily his bones break, and he knows there is no medical facility in the dome. But his bones are gradually getting replaced with super-strong plastic. Sometimes, Bujold goes wonky on justice, or even simple consequences.
The Borders of Infinity
This would not be easy, however, since the Cetagandans were employing a state-of-the-art force dome , impossible to breach from the inside, to keep the prisoners in check with minimal effort. The plan almost immediately went awry when he found that all semblance of order amongst his fellow inmates had long since departed. The food was delivered twice daily in a single pile randomly located around the perimeter of the dome, forcing prisoners to fight each other for their food ration. Since the Cetagandans would not intervene to keep order, some of the men had been preying on the women in the camp, leading them to band together in a single exclusively female grouping to defend themselves. The leap of faith.
Borders of Infinity