Reviews of Falling Free (1988)
Review by voralfred (2007-02-01)
This may be one of the most moving books of the entire Vorkosigan series. And yes, it does belong though it happens centuries before Miles is born. Quaddies do reappear later, and many of the themes developed later in the series appear here also (genetic ingeneering etc.)
The character of Leo Graf is particularly interesting. In several interviews, LMB has made it quite clear he is strongly inspired by her own father.
Review by kmr (2003-09-02)
As a huge fan of the Vorkosigan series, I loved reading this bit of history. Since I read Falling Free after most of the rest of the series, I think I picked up more of the references to places and events than I would have been able to recall later if I'd read this first.
Personally, I love the Quaddies and could read much more about them. The only complaint I had about this book was that I felt the ending came much too quickly. I wanted to read more about their adventures.
I recommend reading this (or rereading it) before reading Diplomatic Immunity.
Review by bkedryna (2003-03-07)
This is a pretty good book in the Vorkosigan universe, although the time and place is different and there is no real connection to the Vorkosigan series.
This book isn't as addicting as most Vorkosigan books, but it's still a solid sci-fi story about a human genetic experiment and the consequences to the 'subjects' when the experiment is terminated.