by Sharon Lee, Steve Miller

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BN ID: 2940148796084
Publisher: Baen
Publication date: 04/01/2010
Series: Liaden Universe , #12
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 168,245
File size: 385 KB

About the Author

Sharon Lee and Steve Miller live in the rolling hills of Central Maine with two insistent muses in the form of cats and a large cast of characters. The husband-and-wife team's collaborative work in science fiction and fantasy include twelve novels and numerous short stories in their award-winning Liaden Universe®. In addition to their collaborative work, Steve has seen short stories, nonfiction, and reviews published under his name, while Sharon has seen published short stories, newspaper pieces, and two mystery novels.

Steve was the founding curator of the University of Maryland's Kuhn Library Science Fiction Research Collection and a former Nebula juror. For five years, Sharon served the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, consecutively as Executive Director, Vice President and President. Sharon's interests include music, seashores and pine cones. Steve also enjoys music, plays tournament chess, and collects cat whiskers.

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Saltation 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
madame_librarian More than 1 year ago
We have the continuing adventures of Theo as she works her way through pilot training. Overall this was a good read, and I am really excited that the next book will start resolving Theo's complicated problem. Unfortunately this book felt a little weak to me. I know the main purpose was to see Theo get her pilot's license and get into trouble big enough that she needed to go to Korval. The authors even prepare you for the jumps by explaining the term Saltation, but since we covered so much time, I felt like the character development was somewhat lacking, especially in the people around Theo. At times I found myself saying who is this character again? Because we were seeing Theo's backstory, there didn't seem to be a plot to drive the story. Also its been long enough that I can't remember who Dulsey and Uncle are, even though I'm pretty sure they were in the Crystal Duology. Sadly there was very little Liaden culture, and I really missed that. All in all not as enjoyable as Fledgling.
jjmcgaffey on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Fun. Again, I had read the first draft - in this story. I see fewer new ideas and directions and more fleshing out of scenes that were sketchily present in the draft. The first flight to Huggelans, the confrontation with Wilsmyth, the final bowlie ball 'game', the meeting with Win Ton - all are there, but much more solid and elegant in phrasing. I don't know if I didn't finish reading the draft or they left it out, but the end - Theo getting the word about Jen Sar and bringing the story around to 'It's kind of complicated...' is new (not surprising, but new) to me. Oh, and the other new thing is the involvement of Uncle and Dulsey - it shouldn't have been surprising with the involvement of Old Tech, but it was. Nice to see circles resolving - tying the Korval sequence back to Balance of Trade and further back to the Crystal duology. I still have no idea what Uncle's motives are - I never do - but Korval should be able to handle it. Fun book, and now all ready to launch on the 'book after I Dare'....
SunnySD on LibraryThing 7 months ago
The continued adventures of Theo Waitley. Sponsored to a pilot academy on Eylot, Theo pursues her goal with a focus that her Delgado instructors would find surprising. But her single-mindedness blinds her to political reality. Eylot isn't as safe as it appeared, and if she's to survive her tendency to attract interesting events, Theo is going to have to be fast on her feet and off the mark. Reading Fledgling first will help. The ending isn't exactly a cliff-hanger, but it's definitely not a satisfying conclusion. Theo's adventures will continue with the forth-coming Ghost Ship, and I for one will definitely be tracking a copy down.
readinggeek451 on LibraryThing 7 months ago
Continuing the story of Theo Waitley, now a student at Anglinden Academy, studying to be a pilot. She greatly enjoys the classes and the work, but her attitude gets people's backs up, and planetary politics threatens to derail her education. A satisfying lead-in to the end scene of I Dare, to be followed up with Ghost Ship (forthcoming 2011(?)).
Anonymous 10 months ago
This book has all the usual plot twists so in addition to bringing some issues to a close it opens up new ones. Read if you dare.
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agoner More than 1 year ago
What little story there is here takes ages to develop without ever bothering to flesh out the one dimensional characters that pass through it. Opportunities to expand the story and add real depth and flavor come and go but are provided little attention resulting in a very bland and uninvolving recitation of day to day life. I've been reading the series since it was first published and find the afterword from Fledgling both alarming and telling at the same time, this book and its predecessor appear to have been written simply to get something out to earn a paycheck rather than to write a story worthy of the series. I understand the need for a positive cash flow but this book was a sad disservice to the authors and the readers alike.
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I recently discovered the Liaden series by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. This book is a sequel to Fledgling, a coming-of-age story about an interesting teenager, Theo. I found the book a pleasant diversion and captivating enough to re-read it a few times. As space opera goes, it's pretty good - not as good character development as Lois McMaster Bujold's novels, but good enough to keep my interest engaged. I look forward to republication of more of the Liaden series as I think this book might be more enjoyable with more context from the other works, and I do not think it is a good starting point for new readers
harstan More than 1 year ago
Theo Waitley grew up in the gentle scholarly world of Delgado. However, the half-Terran daughter of a Liaden pilot manages to enroll in pilot school. She proves incredibly adept at flying and even more incredibly inept at relationships. When Theo landed her crippled plane on a mountain (see Fledgling) she gained fame and envy. Scout pilot Win Ton gives her a keepsake and himself though he is to marry a purebred Liaden. However she is soon caught in a "Nexus of Violence" as a target of off-worlders and others that endanger her schoolmates and the faculty. As she struggles to survive and avoid expulsion, she wonders whether to go humiliatingly home, become an aviator free lancer, or trek to her father's clan to demand their help. This is an interesting coming of age science fiction thriller that fans of Liaden will appreciate while newcomers will easily soar with the beleaguered heroine. Theo is a wonderful lead as a student with flying talent but is socially dysfunctional and educationally innumeracy. The audience will enjoy her escapades while new readers will be able to fly from the start, but to better understand how far Theo has come reading Fledgling provides the background. Harriet Klausner