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Halfling Moon (Adventures in the Liaden Universe ® Book 16)

Halfling Moon (Adventures in the Liaden Universe ® Book 16) [Kindle Edition]

Sharon Lee , Steve Miller
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Adventures in the Liaden Universe® Number 16

Two Stories of a Tumultuous Time

The Department of the Interior's bloody plot against planet Liad has failed, at least for now, but Clan Korval's firing upon Solcintra, Liad's capital city, to save it from the release of ancient killer machines has resulted in the clan's banishment. Korval has accepted this ruling with glee, but not everything is solved yet, especially with the clan's urgent Plan B still in effect.

"Hidden Resources" deals with untested pilot Quin yos'Phelium, a halfling suddenly in charge of the escape ship for the clan's youngest members as the eldest face several mysterious vessels, most likely bent on revenge. His father missing in the larger fray, Quin's job is clear, but resolve alone may not be enough to pull him through.

In "Moon on the Hills" the focus is on backworld Surebleak, Korval's refuge after their exclusion from Liad. Surebleak is a half-tamed place still ruled by territorial bosses, and Boss Conrad, while trying to tame it, must deal with finding a landing zone for Korval's clan house, and the tree that is the center of the clan. Yulie Shaper is the unknown factor: the road runs through his land and he's not all that fond of changes.

The authors' craftmanship is top-notch, recalling the work of Elizabeth Moon and Lois McMaster Bujold." -- Publishers Weekly

"These authors consistently deliver stories with a rich, textured setting, intricate plotting, and vivid, interesting characters from fully-realized cultures, both human and alien." -- Elizabeth Moon

". . .good, solid space opera. . . .a very fine piece of entertainment." -- Don D'Ammassa, Science Fiction Chronicle

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 165 KB
  • Print Length: 62 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Pinbeam Books (15 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WSQG8Q
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #259,087 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short but fills in the gaps nicely 13 Feb 2013
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One for Laiden junkies I think. Wouldn't have enjoyed it half as much if I wasn't in one of my biennial re-read of the whole universe. For those of us who love this series it's a worthy addition, covering as it does what happens to the kids whilst Plan B is in effect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars leadership on the Road 24 April 2011
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I'm delighted that this is available as an ebook! I especially like the description of Yulie Shaper the "Boss" because it resonates with my image of a Boss not always being... well, very leader-y.

And I really felt for poor Quin, having to be a pilot rather than a kid... but I'm also proud of him. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Liaden chapbooks; a definite buy for fans of the series 23 April 2011
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Halfling Moon consists of two Liaden short stories and was the 16th chapbook published by the authors. Both short stories feature members of Clan Korval dealing with important events in the immediate aftermath of I Dare. Although there are a few Liaden short stories I would rate higher than either one of these individually, taken together this is one of the best Liaden chapbooks and should be a definite buy for fans of the Liaden Universe.

"Hidden Resources" is a short story of about 8800 words. It takes place during and after I Dare, and deals with what happened to Luken, Kareen, and Clan Korval's children while they were in hiding as part of Plan B. The story introduces Pat Rin's son Quin (a teenager, and the group's primary pilot) as a full-fledged character for the first time. I enjoyed both the story and the introduction of Quin, although I would have preferred it if "Hidden Resources" was two or three times as long.

"Moon on the Hills" is a slightly longer short story of about 11,500 words. It takes place on Surebleak after I Dare and deals with Pat Rin making arrangements to relocate the Tree and the house, currently in transit from Liad. The story shifts perspective between Pat Rin and a very reclusive young farmer living at the end of the Port Road, right next to the land Pat Rin wants to take over. It's good. The young reclusive farmer is interesting, with a well-developed backstory; and the description of the arrival and landing of the clutch ship carrying the tree is great.

For the non-Kindle users out there, Halfling Moon is DRM free -- that is, there's nothing stopping you from reading it on any device you like or printing it out so you can read it on paper.

Finally, I should say that the very thing that makes these stories appealing to fans of the Liaden Universe -- they fill in details about important events in the series -- makes them an inappropriate starting point for the new reader. Those unfamiliar with the Liaden Universe would be better served starting with the three original Liaden novels, currently available in two compilations: The Agent Gambit (Liaden) and The Dragon Variation (Liaden Universe Novel).
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's about time! 19 April 2011
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Finally! Two more glimpses into the lives of the characters that inhabit Lee and Miller's Liaden Universe (R). I have been waiting for the Chapbooks to be available in electronic format. Thanks!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A tiny bit about life immediately after the end of Carpe Diem 7 Jun 2011
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When Carpe Diem ended, I wanted the next book to come out immediately. However, Fledgling took us to Theo Waitley's past and I wanted to know what was happening with the gang on Surebleak.
So I guess my frustration is that I really want a complete book about what happens on Surebleak, I want to see it grow in detail and to have a proper book centered around it and so while I love these snippets, I want more.

I always find Pat Rin interesting, and enjoyed seeing him here. These novellas are for committed fans, not a place for new readers to start.

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4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading these 2 stories. 6 July 2014
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It was nice to learn about the farmer that Syl Vor meets and helps with the planting of seedlings in Necessity's Child.
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