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Fledgling (Liaden Universe #12)

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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.
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published September 8th 2009 by Baen (first published September 1st 2009)
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Laura (Kyahgirl)
4/5; 4 stars; A-

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
Sherwood Smith
Jan 05, 2010 Sherwood Smith added it
Shelves: sf
This is the background story of Theo Waitley, who has a walk-on at the end of I DARE. It's kind of a YA, though we also get the ongoing mystery from the POVs of her parents. It's also half a story; the second half will come in SALTATION. Theo lives on a very restrictive world, and is in constant trouble at school, until her mother takes her on an investigative cruise, then her life drastically changes.

Slightly spoilery below:

I adore Liaden, always have. Miller and Lee know how to do space opera-
I waited so long for this book and I was somewhat disappointed. I am used to enjoying every word on every page of a Liaden novel. The first 180 pages or so of this one was just miserable stuff I had to slog through to get to the better half of the story. It was just to show that Theo was a misfit and came from a big brother type planet. It could have been done in much fewer pages. Also the entire story about the bad scholarship was just plain boring. Didn't care a bit, only interested in Theo an ...more
Nov 04, 2012 Janet rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: space
Fledgling is the first in a loveable series of coming-of-age spinoff novels set in Sharon Lee and Steve Miller's Liaden Universe. I've never read any of the earlier Liaden novels, but I adored Theo and her parents (and their cats). Character-driven, non-military space opera is hard to find! Even rarer is their mix of adolescent and adult perspectives, all with different strengths and blind spots. Lee and Miller are also masters of the walk-on -- glimpses of characters and culture that skim into ...more
The Liaden story continues, from an angle. Young Theo Waitley is in her early teenage years. She is smart, friendly but slightly socially awkward (aren't we all at that age?), and at that adolescent stage where she is having trouble with a body and brain that know almost how to move together, but keep bouncing off of doorframes nonetheless. Her mother is an honorable scholar who has discovered severe meddling in academic resources: the basic texts upon which scholarly work is built have been alt ...more
Genre: Space Opera

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
I liked this quite a bit, enough to stay up late reading it. It is the story of a girl on a planet where a research university is the biggest industry. A lot of it is about her growing up, and adjusting to being half-Liaden. There's a conspiracy--but I had a bit of a feeling that some of the conflict surrounding the conspiracy was softened--not sure exactly why. There was a gun in one confrontation scene, but it didn't seem incredibly dangerous. Perhaps because of the reaction of the POV charact ...more
I started this 5/24/13 but forgot to add it to my books. Good story! It kept my interest and made me want to know if Theo meets Win Ton again.
Summary: Another cracking Liaden book, not much action but loads of intrigue and plot. Really enjoyed this. I suspect Baen policy of giving away the first books in a series to get readers to buy the rest is going to work (in my case at least)!!

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

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

Reading Fledgling was a bittersweet experience. Yes, Theo Waitley is an engaging young heroine, easy to relate to and sympathize with, and it was satisfying to watch her overcome her various challenges and begin to grow into her heritage. And yet... so much had to be sacrificed in order for Theo's storyline to take place. (view spoiler) ...more
Arref Mak
Just got around to reading this. My own intro to the Liaden Universe was many years ago with 'Conflict of Honor' and I've enjoyed the series.

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
Carl V.
Theo Waitley would appear to be an average fourteen year old girl. She is a bit awkward, she bristles at the strictures of some societal rules, and when her mother decides to leave the comforts of the home of her onagrata, Theo’s Father, to better pursue her career of scholarship in the city, Theo’s anger at the upheaval of her routine is just barely contained…just.

Pretty normal, really.

The trouble is that Theo Waitley lives on the planet Delagado, a “Safe World”. Rules and expectations are clea
Theo Waitley is considered "physically challenged" on her overprotective, highly-academic world of Delgado. When her mother starts investigating some academic shenanigans and moves out of her lover's house, Theo's life changes in some previously-unimaginable ways. I really enjoyed this, it was almost like a YA as we see Theo coming of age and into her own. Some familiar characters are also here from the other Liaden books, in incognito.
Paul Weimer
For years, the team of Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have been turning out character-oriented science fiction in what is termed the "Liaden Universe", a future space opera universe where alien species and several factions of humanity jostle against each other. In such a universe, there is limitless room for characters and stories, and the writing team has been filling in that universe eagerly.

Fledgling is the latest effort in this vein and a bit different than some of their previous work. Fledglin
Maybe giving this book 5 stars is a bit much. But since I was one of the Web Readers when the first draft was serialized online, I sort of feel like an aunt. The kind who pinches cheeks.

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
Walter Underwood
I'm glad that Lee & Miller are back in Liaden, because their excursion into an origin story was disappointing.

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.
Cynthia Armistead
I half-listened to part of this book as Sam Chupp podcast it, chapter by chapter. For some reason, it just didn't catch my fancy back then. I think I didn't let it catch my fancy, because of knowing that I would have to wait for each chapter to be released. Now, though, having it all finished and edited, it's clearly a polished Lee and Miller novel of the Liaden Universe, and I love those.

It's also something of a young adult novel, but don't let that put you off. Theo is an interesting character
This can be read as either straight science fiction or as YA SF, because the central character is 14 years old. The trick is that the action keeps moving between three viewpoint characters: Theo, her mother and her father. As the story progresses, these alternate more and more quickly, until at the resolution the viewpoints change every few paragraphs.
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
At first I wasn't so enthused with this story because it takes place on a different planet, with characters totally new, it soon becomes apparent that this is the ongoing story of Daav, Delm of Korval, who disappeared after the death of his wife Aelliana in Mouse and Dragon. He is living on a different world and has taken a wife. It is really their daughter, Thea, who is the main character. The world, Delgado, is focused on university learning, but it soon becomes apparent that it is only learni ...more
"Fledgling" is a side-book in the Liaden Universe, set after the events of the latest main series book, "I Dare." It's an SF story about a 15 year old daughter of one of the main characters in the main series, a bit of light adventure, a little intrigue, and a little romance.

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
REREAD: 27 October 2014 - 4 November 2014 (9/10)

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
First of the Theo Waitley sequence, which is up to three volumes with another one on the way (Sept '12). Here Theo is a 14 year old whose adolescent clumsiness coalesces into the terrific skills that will serve her well in her career as a Pilot when she accompanies her mother (who uncovers some profound academic chicanery) to another planet. Though Theo is saddled with an outstandingly uncommunicative pair of parents the characters here are all engaging and memorable---and the perceptive depicti ...more
Another supremely wonderful Liaden universe novel from these amazing world-builders! I read the book chapter by chapter as they were posting it on their website, and I gotta say that the final, edited version is SOOOO much better. It's taut, involving, with dangers that feel real and characters that have complex motivations.

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
I'm enjoying these novels in the Liaden series. This one is about a young girl from a world that trades in scholarship and is considered a "safe world" where the cultural norm is to cooperate, find consensus, be observant, and guard against dangerous activities. Theo tends to be clumsy and cause problems. However, on a trip outworld with her mother, she discovers that she has an aptitude and a desire to be a pilot.
This was an interesting one since Lee and Miller wrote the first draft online in front of God and everybody and did a bang up job. I was sated (I get hungry for Liaden a LOT) and quite content with their initial offering and snapped up the print version as soon as it came out in paperback, promptly burying it in my TBR ziggurat (a single stack is never enough). Since I was happy with what I'd read before, there wasn't a lot of impetus to pick up this newer, shinier version. Until a string of ran ...more
Right up front, I'll say I love the Liaden Universe. Definitely a series I'm happy to reread at least every few years, so of course I really like this. With Dragon Ship just released it was time to go back and reread the prior Theo books.

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
If you're already a fan of Clan Korval and the Liaden Universe, you'll recognize Fledgling as a worthy addition to the stories. If you're new to this world, please run to the nearest bookstore. It's a fascinating universe with a deeply textured setting, fascinating characters that you would love to know, and page-turning plots.

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
Sandra Pack
Totally loved this book

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!!!!

Oct 30, 2009 E. rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: sci-fi
Theo Waitley is a young girl on the world called Delgado who has been suddenly relocated to faculty housing with her mother, Professor Kamele Waitley following a mysterious upheaval in the rigid academic community of their world. Theo is understandably troubled at having been removed from the comfortable home that she and her mother shared with Kamele's onagrata, Jen Sar Kiladi, and she is already operating under the stigma of being labeled "clumsy". Mysterious undercurrents are active below the ...more
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