Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday Book Club

Time to talk books!

I have very recently discovered the Liaden books by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller. All I can say is - where have you been all my life?!  This week, I devoured  The Dragon Variation, which is an omnibus that includes three novels - Local Custom, Scout's Progress, and Conflict of Honors. The omnibus acted as a great introduction into the series for me.

The bookseller who recommended the Liaden books to me* described them as regencies in space, and I think that's a wonderful way to put it. The Liaden culture's formal rules of behavior are very regency-like. Plus, these three books all had strong romances. Of course, there are also spaceships, a battle or two, and adventure!

I know I'm very late to the party, but the good news is, I have lots of books to inhale! If you haven't tried this series, check it out.

Okay, your turn! What are you reading and loving at the moment?

*The fabulous Barbara of Barbara's Books for you Kiwis looking for a specialist romance/sf/fantasy bookstore (they post books out across the country).

28 comments :

The Romanceaholic said...

I'm reading Storm's Heart by Thea Harrison :D I blew through the first one (Dragon Bound) and had to get the rest of the series :)

The Liaden books sound really good -- I may have to give those a go!

vadeluna07 said...
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vadeluna07 said...

I'm reading Twisted by Gena Showalter right now. I love her books but I'm having a really hard time getting through this one :( I should be getting That Old Black Magic by Michelle Rowen soon and I'm anxious to read that one.

Yodamom said...

I am hitting The Hollows Insider by Kim Harrison.

Barb said...

I read Thea Harrison's Elder Races, very good. Just finished the novella True Colors. Last week I finished Divergent, which was excellent. Waiting for a few books being released end of month

Jenny Schwartzberg said...

I'm delighted you've discovered the Liaden Universe. You have a lot of books and pleasure in front of you! I'm currently rereading the Celta series by Robin D. Owens and am in the middle of Heart Quest. I'll probably interrupt my reading of the series tonight to gobble up Thea Harrison's True Colors.

Elaine Normandy said...

Lee and Miller are some of my favorite authors. I have almost everything they wrote in either hardcopy or ebook version, and quite a few things in both versions.

Elaine Normandy said...

I read True Colors earlier in the week, and enjoyed it very much. It triggered a reread the Elder Races series, and I am now rereading Serpent's Kiss.

Anonymous said...

I love the Liaden Universe series! Miri is my favorite character. Humor, an intergalactic mafia, alien turtles, epic romances, spaceships, and culture clashes.

I just discovered Jean Johnson's Sons of Destiny series. Book 1 is The Sword by Jean Johnson. Now I have 8 more books to read in the series. The Wolf, The Cat, The Mage, etc. 8 brothers were part of a prophecy that is supposed to destroy their country. So the 8 brothers were exiled to an island and they are looking for love...Awesome.

Anonymous said...

I'm so pleased that you share my pleasure in the Liaden universe. Your commenters have suggested other books and series which I will happily explore. The book which I have just finished is itself the most recent Liaden book by Lee and Miller: Ghost Ship. Two pieces of advice for new readers: first, do not neglect the short fiction now easily available in e-book formats. Second, this is a family saga which spans many years. In other words, sometimes characters we love die. Still, if the book is on the shelf, readers can resurrect favorites at will, true?

Anonymous said...

Reading Pale Demon by Kim Harrison and it ROCKS!! Never heard of the Liaden books. I'll have to check them out.

Anonymous said...

The books I'm reading right now are the Lara Adrian Midnight Breed series and let me tell you they are good and I'm enjoying every book.

Anonymous said...

Eileen Wilks- Death Magic

Anonymous said...

You have a lot of wonderful books in front of you, but as another commenter has mentioned, don't neglect the short fiction in the Liaden series. I've just started P.D. James' Death Comes to Pemberley, and I expect to enjoy it very much.

Anonymous said...

Someone recommened to me The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. All I can say is "GO READ THIS BOOK!" It is so compelling and riveting that I read it in three nights! It is a young adult book, but has you thinking..."WOW". I can't wait to begin book 2 and 3!

Orlaith said...

So love the Liaden books. I tend to re-read the entire series at least every other year. Right now I'm also in love with the Vorkosigan books by Lois McMaster Bujold.

Anonymous said...

I'm currently reading Iphigenia in Tauris by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe; it's actually quite pleasant.

~Jana

lucia.lg said...

i just finished Lord of Rage, by Jill Monroe.love it! i can't wait to go on with Lord of The Wolfyn and your Lord of the Abyss.

Tom Pencek said...

I have been a Liaden fan for a long time. Recently I discovered an author who claims to have been inspired to a career in writing by this very series. Nathan Lowell has held my attention with the Solar Clipper Trader Tales Series. Quarter Share, Half Share and Full Share are all available in paper and electronic form. Double Share is forthcoming, and two more are in the pipeline after that.

They all feature the same main character and are well done. I recommend them. (By the way, the author has provided audio recordings of ALL the books, even the ones not available in book form, on Itunes for FREE).

Nicole said...

If the Liaden universe is your cup of tea, you will almost certainly love Lois McMaster Bujold's A Civil Campaign. Of course, you'll have to read the rest of the Vorkosigan series in order, first. If you haven't already... Can't recommend highly enough.

Nicole said...

And I forgot: in a very different tone, Mira Grant's FEED is fantastic. I think she made me claustrophobic with a very realized post-zombie-rising world of perpetual blood tests and social norms some 25 years after the apocalypse of the dead. She also writes (more traditional fantasy) as Seanan McGuire, also very enjoyable.

Barbara said...

One of life's great pleasures is sharing my favourite books with people who love reading. It's the reason I have a bookshop. And to get my own reading of course.

Saiqa said...

I am re-reading Beat of Temptation because none of the books in my TBR pile seem tempting enough! These books you guys are all talking about sound good, though the two authors thing always puts me off. Dont know why but I have never liked it;its like I can see which person has written which part and the story then feels disjointed. Does anyone else feel that way or is it just me?

Saiqa said...

Oh and the person who mentioned the hunger games. I have read them all and I totally agree with you. They are very thought provoking and I couldnt recommend them enough. I cant wait for the film next year!

Catherine M Kage said...

I just finished the first Stephanie Plum book. I stumpled on the trailer for the movie a few days ago and thought I should give the books a try. The first one was very entertaining.

Since I have to wait for books 2 and 3 of the series to be delivered, I'm going to read Spider's Bite by Jennifer Estep next.

ElizabethN said...

congratulations - you have much wonderful reading awaiting you. Val Con and Miri. two of my favorite characters.

In the spirit of the season, I just read Penny Watson's first book about the Klaus brothers, Sweet Inspiration, and am starting the second, Sweet Magik.

And re-reading True Colors by Thea Harrison and Alien Proliferation by Gini Koch. Highly recommend Gini's Kitty books if you like romance, sf, and humor. Touched by an Alien is the first.

ShellBell said...

Currently reading Thea Harrison's Storm's Heart and after that I'll be reading Scott Mariani's The Alchemist's Secret

Wendy said...

I LOVE Miller and Lee's books! They're on my shelf of comfort books. My favorite is Agent of Change. Gotta love Val Con. It's good to know that so many people enjoy them as much as I do! I haven't read their short fiction - I'll have to give it a look. I'm re-reading old favorites - just finished Kate Daniels and have started on Mercy Thompson.