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The Dragon Variation (Liaden Universe combo volumes Book 1) by [Lee, Sharon, Miller, Steve]
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About the Author

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller live in the rolling hills of Central Maine with two insistent muses in the form of cats and a large cast of characters. The husband-and-wife team's collaborative work in science fiction and fantasy include twelve novels and numerous short stories in their award-winning Liaden Universe(R). In addition to their collaborative work, Steve has seen short stories, nonfiction, and reviews published under his name, while Sharon has seen published short stories, newspaper pieces, and two mystery novels. Steve was the founding curator of the University of Maryland's Kuhn Library Science Fiction Research Collection and a former Nebula juror. For five years, Sharon served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, consecutively as Executive Director, Vice President and President. Sharon's interests include music, seashores and pine cones. Steve also enjoys music, plays tournament chess, and collects cat whiskers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2069 KB
  • Print Length: 976 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (8 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00APA4LBO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,592 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Omnibus edition of 'Local Custom', 'Scouts Progress' and 'Conflict of Honours'. Other reviewers have summarised the plot. Much more interesting to me as a prospective buyer would be the angle taken by the authors and this is its real value and originality. Make no mistake, this is about people, and (like Bujold's Vorkosigan saga) more and intelligent gripping for it.

I was new to the series with this book. I was plunged (delighted with the depth) into a richly detailed, credible, gripping, complex world of flawed-yet-sympathetic characters, cultural oddities and a wonderful network of people, relationships and values. The Science and technial-operational detail is there as a complement to that, but drips out around the people and leave alot to the imagination but is rational, consitent and interesting.

Our characters talents vary from social to genetic, piloting to linguistic, from cultural to mathematic, from cargo-handling to psychic. The bad are borderline overdrawn sociopaths, the good and the bad get their just deserts and the book is impossible to put down!

Recomended with the same enthusiasm as Moon, Bujold and Weber. On now for the next in the series (Amazon get your series linked up and organised properly PLEASE!): 'Agents Gambit' and 'Korval's Game'. Note all are big tomes (the next 2 books are each 655 and 829 Pages) and I can't wait for kindle to carry them...
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A compilation of three of my all time favourite books!

Science fiction with deep and thought provoking characters whose different cultures clash in interesting ways, mixed in with interesting plots and exciting confrontations (not typically fights, more interesting than that).

I've simple lost count of the many times I have re-read these books, as the famous sci-fi author "Anne McCaffrey" said these very much become "comfort books" which are often returned to!

Quoting the production description from amazon.com (there are more reviews over there too):-

" Local Custom--Master Trader Er Thom yos'Galan knows that Liaden custom is to be matched with a proper bride and provide his clan, Korval, with an heir. Yet his heart is immersed in another universe, influenced by another culture, and lost to a woman not of his world. And to take a Terran wife such as scholar Anne Davis is to risk both his honor and reputation--not to mention the lives of loved ones.

Scout's Progress--Aelliana Caylon is a brilliant mathematician, revered by pilots for the life-saving revisions she brought to the ven'Tura Piloting Tables. Despite this, her home life is terrifying, as the target of her elder brother's spite and her mother's indifference. Convinced that she has no recourse, Aelliana endures, until, on a dare, she plays a game of chance and wins a spaceship. Suddenly she has a way to escape her drab life ? if she can qualify as a pilot, and survive her brother's abuse.

Conflict of Honors--Declared legally dead by a High Priestess of the Goddess and abandoned by her mother, Priscilla Delacroix has roamed the galaxy for ten years, surviving and becoming a woman of extraordinary skills.
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What riches, to find a whole universe, many books, that I've not visited before. This combo has three books and has led me on to others. They are so good I forget where I am when reading them. This is often on a tablet on a treadmill or exercise bike and I can get healthier painlessly.
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I am really enjoying the reading of this book, a powerful page turner.
The dialogue in particular are excellent, the stories are intense even if lacking of action. It brougth back to my memory Jack Vance books. The charecters are strong, with developped background and enhanced personality. Subtility, humour but also intelligence are the strengths of this book of grand SF.
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By Julia on 10 Jun. 2010
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This is 3 books in one - 'Local Custom', 'Scouts Progress' and 'Conflict of Honours'. If you haven't already got them then it's a good buy. If you have already got them - well that was money down the drain then!
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