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Preview — Fledgling by Sharon Lee
Fledgling (Liaden Universe #12)
I enjoyed meeting Daav's daughter Theo and Coyster the cat. I didn't enjoy her mother Kamele or many other characters from Delgado!
This book has a different feel from the last ones I read. Its a step back from the conflict between Clan Korval and the Department of the Interior. For the overall story to go on, the book is necessary so the reader can get to know and understand Theo, her background, her motivators, her inhibitors, etc. It lays the groundwork the the next books in th ...more
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I adore Liaden, always have. Miller and Lee know how to do space opera- ...more
The first draft of this book was published on-line. I am enough of a Liaden fan to have read that version. It is amazing the difference between that version and the newly published book! The original draft had some interesting characters, but the plot made no sense - it kept jumping around and you weren't really sure what was happening. The narration of Fledgling still jumps around, cycling between Theo, her mother Kamele, and her father Jen Sar (aka Daav to long-time Liaden fa ...more
Plotline: Seems simple but a lot going on and it all builds quite nicely
Premise: I like this universe, though we don't get too much on it here
Writing: Simple, elegant, engaging, highly readable
Ending: Nice, all good.
Pace: On reflection it seems slow, but n ...more
Theo Waitley has lived all her young life on Delgado, a Safe World that is home to one of the galaxy's premier institutions of higher learning. Both Theo's mother, Kamele, and Kamele's onagrata Jen Sar Kiladi, are professors at the university, and they all live comfortably together, just like they have for all of Theo's life, in Jen Sar's house at the outskirts of town.
Suddenly, though, Theo's life changes. Kamele leaves Jen Sar and moves herself and Theo back into faculty housing, which is no
This book got its start as a web "chapters for cash" written by the authors when their publisher went belly up. It was successful (and I watched my Significant Other pile up hard copy pages of this month by month in a binder.)
Theo Waitley is the young 'Fledgling'. She lives in an admired and flourishing community on a crossroads world of scholarship called ...more
Pretty normal, really.
The trouble is that Theo Waitley lives on the planet Delagado, a “Safe World”. Rules and expectations are clea ...more
Fledgling is the latest effort in this vein and a bit different than some of their previous work. Fledglin ...more
She grew up so well.
I was delighted to see that the familiar story made it through the revision process in a recognizable fashion. That the confusing parts were filled out and elaborated upon, and the loose ends tied up.
Fledgling waves with the silky language and amusing asides that drew me in when I picked up my ...more
Unfortunately, this book is for devotees only, maybe a side effect of the on-line publishing and revision by subscription.
It is great to be back in this world, but I wish we had a story. We follow Theo through the school day and various experiences (not quite "adventures") until she gets back. She makes a few decisions to defy her mother, but those turn out to be reasonable choices. ...more
It's also something of a young adult novel, but don't let that put you off. Theo is an interesting character ...more
While this works, it's a bit dizzying.
As a reader, I did figure out that Theo's "clumsiness" seemed to be from reacting too quickly to things, rat ...more
It's a decent book, but what makes it really interesting to me is that it's a rough draft. They posted the book in weekly chapters on their website--I think the deal was for every $300 of donations, they posted another chap ...more
Oh, I loved this all over again. I think I resented Theo a little on first read because she was taking the story away from Val Con etc. Now, however, I recognise the world as the combination of all its stories, and it was lovely to get back into Theo's life.
I had the Wispersync version, meaning I could both read and listen. I did more reading overall, but it was great to be able to jump between the two depending on where I was or what my preference ...more
I'm amused by Lee/Miller's fascination with rugs... or perhaps just appreciation for rugs, but this is the second book from them with a detailed description of rug-buying - a ...more
Theo Waitley is dismayed when her scholar mother Kamele decides to move the two of them to faculty housing, leaving Kamele's onagrata Jen Sar Kiladi behind. Living on Safe World Delgado, where everyone is monitored for their own good, Theo already has a note in ...more
This was originally published as an online novel [and yes, I read it then:] but this is a more polished version. Some of the story strands have been more tightly woven in ...more
I ordered this as a free book.. I became hooked. I paid 6.99 for each of the 3 others that told about the life of Theo Waitley. That right there should tell you what I truly thought of these books. I am a free book reader or the most I have paid was 1.99. Great read!!!!
Despite having been born in a year of the dragon, Sharon is an introvert. She lives in Maine because she likes it there. In fact, she likes it so much that she ...more