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Partners In Necessity: Conflict of Honors / Agent of Change / Carpe Diem (Liaden Universe) Paperback – 11 Oct 2006

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  • Paperback: 856 pages
  • Publisher: Meisha Merlin Publishing, Inc.; New edition edition (11 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592221181
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592221189
  • Product Dimensions: 21.5 x 14.7 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 774,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scrutineer on 3 Feb. 2013
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A real discovery, my only regret is that i do not have enough years left to re-read and re-read the series over and over again.
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19 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Robert on 8 Feb. 2001
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I had never heard of either of these authors until they were recomended by Amazon and now I am pleased that I read this omnibus edition of their three Liaden Universe novels. The first (written second in real life) is a good character study of life on a trading starship and the relationship between two main characters. Some nice invention of culture. Reminiscent of Andre Norton's 'Postmarked The Stars'. Second book is a James Bond novel in space. The least enjoyable of the three. Third novel is a chase story, but well and tightly written. There is always a danger when characters posses or use mental powers that it then becomes a solution for every problem. The authors avoid this, just. On the plus side, the adventuring is well written and enjoyable. I would by more books on the strength of this.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
An easy read that will stay with you for a long time. 21 Jan. 2003
By Anthony Hinde - Published on
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Originally published in 1988 it took twelve more years for a commercial following to gather for the Liaden Universe. The first three books, "Conflict of Honors", "Agent of Change" and "Carpe Diem," were then compiled into a single volume and sold as "Partners in Necessity." During the mild aftermath of their first being published, Sharon Lee and Steve Miller continued to write, but mostly for themselves. If the general public didn't embrace what they wrote, at least they enjoyed writing it.
The strange thing here, is that those three novels were excellent. It's a mystery to me why it took so long for them to succeed, as they should have from the first day. The book market can be an unpredictable battleground. If it weren't for all the positive ratings awarded on, even I would not have read these quality novels.
Written in the vein of space opera, each of the Liaden Universe books, six so far, centre on the Liaden clan Korval. A non terrestrial but human family that ensures its survival in a universe of cut-throat politics with commercial acumen, a fleet of ships and a generations long breeding program aimed at producing pilots, (a rare bread of individual that has the reflexes of a cat and the courage to match). Each book tends to concentrate on one couple, typically as they meet, fall in love and life-bond. All this tends to happen under adverse circumstances; running from secret government agents, duelling with mad ship captains, targeted by a futuristic crime family or just being attacked by a mindless race of aggressive aliens known as the Yxtrang.
The Clan Korval is not always fighting alone however. One of their more fascinating allies is the Clutch Turtles, linked to Korval through an unspecified and mysterious adoption. These aliens are an old race, long lived, slow to act, fascinated by art and possibly the most deadly creatures in known space. There are so many factions, families, races and species involved in the Liaden universe that we need every book these talented authors can produce just to scratch the surface. I just hope their growing popularity gives them enough reasons to continue writing.
40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
Thank Meisha Merlin, it's reprinted! 1 Feb. 2000
By Leila H. Wood - Published on
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Partners In Necessity is one of the greatest gifts my budget has ever seen. You see, I am a huge fan of the three novels that it is a re-print of, but they are long since out of print, and while the original paperbacks can be found, used bookstores charge a fortune for them. This is a heck of a problem when one is trying to find copies so as to use them as bribes to friends to return -my- copies. I'm not kidding, this has been a problem for me, because the books are simply that good. It's a space opera, with characters one can't help but admire, and a style of writing that just grabs you and isn't going to let you go until you've finished. They also have tremendous re-read value, this isn't a book one reads once and sets aside. It begs to be read again and again, and it becomes only more fun each time.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Instant Lost Weekend 28 May 2002
By Mike Garrison - Published on
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If you pick up this book on a Friday evening, expect not to do anything else until Monday morning...
The Liaden Universe is like James Clavell in space. The plots are not quite so complicated, and the pace is faster, but the focus on interweaving conflicts of duty, profit, and romance remind me a lot of Noble House or Tai-Pan.
In the Liaden Universe, there are two primary rules. Don't start fights. Always finish them.
One thing that might throw some people off is that the authors are very strict about not "explaining" anything. It's up to the reader to puzzle out who the Liadens, Yxtrang, Terrans, Turtles, Clans, witches, healers, etc. are. This isn't as hard as it sounds like, because the authors want you to figure out the puzzle. And it makes the books a great re-read, since you don't have to wade through pages of exposition explaining things you already know -- it's straight into the action right away.
But that doesn't mean the world is constructed shoddily. Everything hangs together fairly consistantly, nothing seems to be added on as an afterthought just to advance the plot.
You will certainly want to read Plan B after this one -- do not read them out of order!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Lived up to Expectations 11 July 2003
By Catty - Published on
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I am pretty strictly a sci-fi reader, and I am very picky about what I will buy. I "research" reviews of books before I buy them to (hopefully) weed out the crap. I was intrigued by the glowing reviews of this book, so I bought it, never having read these authors or this series before. Let me tell you how glad I was that I did...
I devoured this book and immediately got on-line to order all the other books in the series. While I was waiting for them to arrive, I re-read this book. When the others came, I devoured them, and then re-read the whole series!!! I have only re-read one other series because I couldn't bear to say goodbye to the characters, and I have never read a book three times in a row before. I even went to the author's website and bought all the companion short stories. I might seriously consider reading them again--but I ignored so many responsiblilies while reading it the last times that there are piles and piles of other things I ought to do first). There may not be any "profound" messages here, but the story comes together so beautifully, the characters are so vivid and likeable, and the universe is so consistant and interesting that I just don't want to let it go.
So, buy this book... and go ahead and get the rest of them too. You won't regret it.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Three Great Reads! 13 Mar. 2001
By Steve Miller - Published on
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First, let me state up front that I am NOT the Steve Miller who co-wrote these novels, so I'm not singing my own praises here. I AM a Steve Miller who's also a writer (and who may have chosen a different variant on his professional name if he had been aware of the other Steve Miller who also writes sci-fi/fantasy, but for now I guess we have to share... :) ), but we are two different guys.
With that aside, I'll just say that I greatly enjoyed "Partners" and that I hope to start "Plan B" (the follow-up novel) next time I have a trip I have to take. In fact, "Partners" is one of the most enjoyable books I've read so far this year.
Lee & Miller write with the kind of style I wish I could. It seems breezy and effortless. Their tales are populated with likable characters whom the reader almost can't help but care about. The adventures are exciting, the romances touching, and the action fast-paced and exciting.
I highly recommend this omnibus of the first three Laiden Universe novels to anyone who enjoys sci-fi that's focused on characters rather than tech. The section about the 'hows' and 'whys' of this particular volume is also interesting reading.
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