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Partners In Necessity (Liaden Universe #8-10)

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Remember how Miri and Val Con first met? How about the trouble Priscilla was in before she met Shan? Who can forget the way that Edger and Sheather have of coming to a friend's rescue or contemplating the weave of a carpet?
Paperback, Omnibus, 842 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Meisha Merlin Publishing (first published February 15th 2000)
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3.5 stars. I loved, loved, loved the first novel of this omnibus, Conflicts of Honor, and I thought it was great. Anne McCaffrey described these books best when she referred to them in the introduction as here favorite "comfort" books. On the first book, I completely agree. Highly Recommended!!!

2nd and 3rd books were okay, but I did not gel with them the way I did the first one.
Jul 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Sci-fi readers, romance readers, space travel readers
Shelves: sciencefiction
This is a collected edition of the first three Liaden novels (there are several more, as well as some short stories; they can be read out of order). My friend Maggie's mom accosted me one day and said I needed to read them, and she was quite right as I enjoyed them quite a lot. The series is a giant space opera, with tons of main characters and lots of different alien cultures, written in two great genres that taste great together--scifi and romance. I'm not saying they're great art or anything, ...more
Apr 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sci-fi
I essentially inhaled the entire Liaden Universe series in something like 2 months, but I kept putting off entering them into Goodreads for some reason.
Obviously, I enjoyed the series - given the rate I tore through it! Strongly character driven, well written, reasonably clean, and with enough plot to keep me interested, they're pretty much everything I look for in a space opera. I can't remember when I've enjoyed a series as a whole quite so much since the Vorkosigan Saga (best starting place:
Aug 09, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: signal
The first two books were sort of bland romance novels: {rich space merchant | deadly assassin} saves a woman's life, falls madly in love, they spend some time trying not to get killed by bad-guys, book ends. In both cases the woman had a maddening inferiority complex and needed constant reassurance that she was awesome and wonderful.

The series had been highly recommended, and some online reviews suggested the third book was better. The third book was, in fact, better: it took the characters from
Doranna Durgin
Dec 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Brain candy and comfort reading for me--and so convenient, to have these three Liaden Universe novels in one omnibus. Frankly, the fun of the stories aside, what startled me was the quality of the production on this book. It's massive at nearly a thousand pages and trade PB size, but I read the whole thing without so much as creasing the spine. I mean, I'm very, very careful with my books--it's rare you can tell I've been through one--but that's pretty amazing.
May 26, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010, re-read
Not only is this edition publishing the three novels in the right order, but there's a scene included that wasn't there in the previous editions. This is so strong a start even though I can see some aspects of the Liadenverse have changed over the years when I read the current books. The strength of the characters and the plot remain the same and yay for the strong women and the men who don't feel weak when they find them.
Jan 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed, 2014
Reading this on Jeannine's recommendation.

The first book in this collection, Conflict of Honors, felt very much like Firefly. Despite all the descriptions of the captain's dark skin and light hair, he mostly looked like Nathan Fillion when I pictured him.

I saved the third book to read over a long holiday weekend, and I'm glad I did. All three together make a very nice set.
Diane Baker
Nov 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is a terrific book, a fast ride and emotionally satisfying. If you like good space opera, engaging characters and a fun culture to explore, you'll love the Liaden series. Get any and all of them.
Judith Klein-dial
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I liked this book so well I gave remainder copies to people who came in my shop while saying, "If you like it, pay me 1/2 of the cover price, if you don't like it, bring it back." More often than not, I got paid for the book.
Jan 30, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The Liaden universe is one I return to as often as possible. Not since the Anne McCaffery Dragon series have I been so captivated.
Bobbie Marcus
May 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Conflict of Honors, Agent of Change, and Carpe Diem, three Liaden Universe books in one cover. Great action, wonderful characters, romance, travel, its all here!
Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don't have much to add that others haven't said about this series. It's good, old-fashioned space opera, but it also has strong characterization and lots of interesting twists and turns. Very progressive and interesting.

Well worth reading for fans of Andre Norton, Heinlein, etc.
Jul 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
An omnibus of three pulp swords & sorcery novels (in space) with a dose of bodice-ripping romance. The first two books in this volume are totally unencumbered by any kind of plot, and after you invest time reading hundreds of these discursive pages the main four characters still feel two dimensional. The third part finally develops a plot, around 650-700 pages into this omnibus, which only seems comparatively engaging because if you can make it that far you'll be starved for something, anyth ...more
Mar 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
The first three novels in the Liaden universe and an introduction to the characters. The first is a prequel of sorts, providing backgound to the following. The first two of these noels are fast paced; however the third seems to a lose a lot of momentum that had built up. Don't let that stop you from reading them though.
Dec 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: all who love space opera
Contains Conflict of Honors, Agent of Change and the third book is blanking on me. Excellent set of books in the Liaden Universe.
Dec 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-reading
Highly recommend this!
Miramira Endevall
Apr 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
Ugh. Morgan already knows my rant about this book. Now it is over and I never have to read their writing again. Give me Bujold any day.
Bluestarart Race
Nov 25, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Great series
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