Originally Posted by Xanthe
These books are definitely keepers for me, and I've got them in hardcover whenever I can. I re-read the entire series every year or so. There are also two books called the Liaden Universe Companion volumes (I & II) which contain the short stories (chap books) that the authors publish yearly set in the Liaden Universe which provides further backstory and tells the tales that get a brief reference in the novels themselves. (If you enjoy the series, I'd get the available LU Companion Vol. II now while it is both available and affordable - Vol. I is out-of-print and costs in the hundreds now.)
The two Liaden Universe Companion books are available as eBooks from Baen. Individually, or the two together as "Liaden Universe Big Bang
" for $10. Well worth the $$.
Originally Posted by AnemicOak
A warning to folks new to these books and thinking about giving them a try. I bought 'Local Custom' singly for $5 to get my feet wet, but it turns out you can buy 'The Dragon Variation' omnibus for $1 more and get the first three books. There's also another omnibus called 'The Agent Gambit' that has books 4 & 5 (going off Xanthe's reading order) and yet another omnibus called 'Korval's Game' with books 6 & 7. It would be nice if the Webscription site was a little clearer on that. Guess I should have known better since they do the same thing with some of the Vorkosigan books (omnibus & single's both sold).
The Crystal Variation (Crystal Soldier, Crystal Dragon, and Balance of Trade) will be out from Baen in September as another omnibus edition. (Free WebScription thread
going on in Freebies forum right now!)