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Dragon Ship (Liaden Universe) Mass Market Paperback – August 27, 2013
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Maine-based writers Sharon Lee and Steve Miller teamed up in the late 80s to bring the world the story of Kinzel, a inept wizard with a love of cats, a thirst for justice, and a staff of true power. Since then, the husband-and-wife have written dozens of short stories, and eighteen novels, most set in their star-spanning Liaden Universe®. Before settling down to the serene and stable life of a science fiction and fantasy writer, Steve was a traveling poet, a rock-band reviewer, reporter, and editor of a string of community newspapers. Sharon, less adventurous, has been an advertising copywriter, copy editor on night-side news at a small city newspaper, reporter, photographer, and book reviewer. Both credit their newspaper experiences with teaching them the finer points of collaboration. Sharon and Steve passionately believe that reading fiction ought to be fun, and that stories are entertainment. Steve and Sharon maintain a web presence at http://korval.com/
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Theo is off with Bechimo trying to establish a long loop trading route. She has no experience as a trader but she has help from her 2nd pilot Clarence. Bechimo is still unsure whether Theo should be the Captain. In addition the Department of Interior still gunning for both her and her ship.
This is a very nice read with a good balance between talk and action. And we encounter some old friends of Theo from her days at the pilot academy.
I was reminded of one thing during the book that I read on Jerry Pournelle's website. He defines the Dark Ages as a period of time when people not only forgot how to make stuff, but when people forgot that they even had stuff. For some reason, this book kinda felt like they are still recovering from the Dark Ages immediately following Cantra.
Psionic Elves in Space! Psionic cats! Trees that transcend space and time and influence elf genetics! Space Ships with AIs that think for the themselves! Psionic Norbears! All this and more await you in this awesome series of space opera. Did I mention the Elves in Space?
OK, based on my last contentious experience of trying to order the books, here is my reading order by book, not story (I read a book at a time):
1, 2, 3: _The Crystal Variation_ omnibus of _The Crytal Soldier_, _The Crystal Dragon_ and _Balance of Trade_:
4: _Trade Secret_
5, 6, 7: _The Dragon Variation_ omnibus of _Local Custom_, _Scout's Progress_ and _Conflict of Honors_:
8: _Mouse and Dragon_:
9, 10: _The Agent Gambit_ omnibus of _Agent of Change_ and _Carpe Diem_:
11, 12: _Korval's Game_ omnibus of _Plan B_ and _I Dare_:
15: _Ghost Ship_
16: _Dragon Ship_
17: _Necessity's Child_
I have read books 1-2-3, 5-6-7, 8, 9-10, 11-12, 13, 14, 15 and 16 now.
From Jessica, "for what it's worth, here is the authors' own commentary on reading order":
However I enjoyed this book much more than some of the other more recent books, and almost as much as the first ones. This book is a bit more leisurely than most of the others, but this lack of tension suited me perfectly.
From a fan perspective I was perfectly satisfied and would give this 5 stars, but in the context of all fantasy/sci-fi books a 4 is more fair.
"In the box was . . . a tree, its leaves green with health, and moving slightly in what may have been the breeze from a ventilator duct.
"On the whole it seemed happy to see him." [ authors' ellipses]
And then there's an epilogue, out of a Victorian novel of manners.
You won't find this kind of stuff anywhere else..
I hope this duo continues writing Liaden books for centuries to come!!!! The first one I read, not the fourth in the series, I picked up since they are fellow Maine residents. The depth of the characters, the logical, the elegance of their created world, the dignity of the characters, and the fast paced plot all made me fall in love with the Liaden Universe. I've read all that I have been able to find in print, the novels, short stories, and novelettes and none of them have fallen short of my expectations. Some writers start getting stale when they continue with a series for a long time, but not these two. Each book becomes more and more of a page turner than the previous ones and the short stories add so much to the actual novels. They are also great at having twists and turns that make perfect sense, but often surprise the reader. I highly recommend the entire series. (I first checked them from the local library, but just had to own them! I've reread them a number of times and never get bored or blasé about them.)