Fledgling (Liaden Universe Novels) Mass Market Paperback – 23 Feb 2010
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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 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. In addition to their collaborative work, Steve has seen short stories, nonficition, and reviews, published under his name, while Sharon has seen published short stories, newspaper pieces, and two mystery novels. Steve was the foundling 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."
Top Customer Reviews
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4. Dragon Ship (coming soon)
It can be (recommended) read after 'Mouse and Dragon' which is the link book to the main series. The big Omnibus editions from the Main plot lines are: Dragon Variation, Agent Gambit, Korval's Game, Crystal Variation. This is where Daav 'Korval' goes, and is the tale of Theo his 14 year old 'daughter'. It is another world and culture with it's own pace, priorities and protocols. Very different and as richly drawn as anything we've seen so far from Lee-Miller. Growing up and finding values and skills. Multi-layered sub-plots of wider significance bubble and the pace never lets up as usual.
For those of you not met the series yet, it is space opera but focused not on tech and battles, but on culture and conflict, trade and 'balance'. The tone of dialogue, protocols and etiquette are intelligent, convincing and clearly govern characters and plot. Intuitive grasp of skills needed is well drawn without boring or skimping, well balanced as we follow what it is that makes a pilot.... pros and cons!
A keeper for the bookshelves. On a par with Webber (Honourverse), Bujold (Vor), Moon (Serrano/ Vatta) and the great McCaffrey (who is a fan too). Enjoy!
The story centres on Theo, awkward and bumbling before discovering her innate talents and her mother, who finds herself rolling up her sleeves to take on the in-fighting and intrigues of a university faculty. It's all fairly gentle stuff, people are, on the whole, just a bit too nice and the Liadens (well, the Korvals at least) are always a bit too good to be true. I'd have loved it at the age of 15 or so but now I'm a bit too old and cynical to allow myself to fall for it now. Frankly, I was craving a bit more bite and black humour by the end of it.
The heroine avoided perfection admirably yet it was clear from an early point that something pleasantly spectacular would emerge later on. Suspense was maintained, whilst enough clues were given to lay a bread trail to keep one's interest going.
I have never bought their books before but it looks like I am going to have to now!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
an enjoyable book just as all the other books in the leaden series have been. just wish I could get a correct reading order as I am to lazy to try and put a list togetherPublished on 24 Jan. 2014 by Jim Irvine
Another excellent story by these authors. A coming of age story, literally but also on other levels. Very good with believable and likeable characters.Published on 16 Dec. 2013 by Helen
I loive the whole Liaden series and highly recomonned this side story about Theo. She is a great character and this whole series has joined my comfort book shelf, i can just always... Read morePublished on 24 May 2013 by Helen Grimmett