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Old 12-17-2013, 04:55 PM   #16
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I just this moment finished the last of Lois McMaster Bujold's Vorkosigan books. ("Cryoburn" in internal chronology order...I finished "Captain Vorpatril's Alliance" last week.)

Wow. Good series. Military SF adventure and space opera and intrigue, then once she hooks you, she takes you to character drama, romance, farce, and more.

So now what? What should I read next?

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My brother's almost in the same place that you are: he has two more Bujold books to read and he's trying to make them last to get him through Christmas week. I'm going to recommend that he start the Liaden series next, which share some of the same characteristics that make the Bujold series so captivating.

On my recommendation, he read some of the Honor Harrington books--more of them, actually, than I was able to get through. But Weber's Dahak trilogy is good, and if it's filled with battles, at least they're different kinds of battles. The Weber/Ringo March books are good, and we both liked L.E. Modesitt's first three Imager books.

A year or so ago, I would have thought the Georgette Heyer recommendations were off the wall. But Sharon Lee, the co-author of the Liaden books, has a blog and periodically lists the books she's been reading. In 2012, I think, she and her husband, Steve White, read a dozen or so of the Heyer books to each other and, being curious about what there was about the novels that would prompt them to do that, I read a Heyer book (Frederica, which was funny from beginning to end.) Since then, I've read most of the Regency books, though the one of her detective books I read I didn't enjoy that much.

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Old 12-17-2013, 05:25 PM   #17
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I was chiming in on the Georgette Heyer suggestion because you had read "A Civil Campaign" (the title is an homage to Heyer's "A Civil Contract").

Bujold's touchstone for "A Civil Campaign" was Heyer's Regency romances.

I keep meaning to read them myself. They were (possibly still are) my mother's favourite books.

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Ah. So, not steam-punk, then?

Like Strether, I was thinking it was an odd mention, but since three people in a "Vorkosigan" thread have brought them up, I may have to give them a look.

There's a lot of good-sounding stuff mentioned here so far. I hope some of them are available as audiobooks. Preferably from the library.

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Old 12-17-2013, 05:45 PM   #18
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Ah. So, not steam-punk, then?

There's a lot of good-sounding stuff mentioned here so far. I hope some of them are available as audiobooks. Preferably from the library.
I don't know if all the Liaden books are available as audiobooks, but I think most of them are. Not sure about the Heyer books.

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What about this Georgette Heyer 17th Century England series brought it to mind here?
Is it steam-punk or something?
No, just very good quality historical romances. Well worth anyone's time, and a favourite of Ms Bujold's.
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If you want more sci fi military, try Mike Resnick's Starship series (starts with Mutiny). Only 5 books long.

I just finished Shards of Honor, so I'm just beginning the saga.
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There's a lot of good-sounding stuff mentioned here so far. I hope some of them are available as audiobooks. Preferably from the library.
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I don't know if all the Liaden books are available as audiobooks, but I think most of them are.
All of them are (well, except the various short stories), and quite well done too. I don't know about from the library, but I don't think so.
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A year or so ago, I would have thought the Georgette Heyer recommendations were off the wall. But Sharon Lee, the co-author of the Liaden books, has a blog and periodically lists the books she's been reading. In 2012, I think, she and her husband, Steve White, read a dozen or so of the Heyer books to each other and, being curious about what there was about the novels that would prompt them to do that, I read a Heyer book (Frederica, which was funny from beginning to end.) Since then, I've read most of the Regency books, though the one of her detective books I read I didn't enjoy that much.

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That would be Steve Miller. And I agree, the Heyer books are not off the wall, even though they certainly aren't steam punk!

Historically accurate, totally fictional, Regency England romances with wonderfully funny writing. Highly recommended. (and yes, many are available as audio books, as are all the Liaden books. )
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That would be Steve Miller.
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In addition to those series already suggested:

Mike Shepherd's Kris Longknife series; "Mutineer" is the 1st book.

Debra Doyle & James D. MacDonald's Mageworld series; "The Price of Stars" is the 1st book.

Jean Johnson's Theirs Not To Reason Why series; "A Soldier's Duty" is the 1st.

Dana Stabenow's Star Svensdottor series; "Second Star" is the 1st.

Chris Moriarty's Spin series; "Spin State" is the 1st.

R. M. Meluch's Tour of the Merrimack series; "The Myriad" is the 1st.

S. J. MacDonald's Fourth Fleet Irregulars series; "Mission Zero" is the 1st.

Stephen Hunt's Sliding Void series; "Sliding Void" is the 1st.

Catherine Asaro's Saga of the Skolian Empire series; "Primary Inversion" is the 1st.

James S. A. Corey's Expanse series; "Leviathan Awakes" is the 1st.

Karen Traviss' Wess'har series; "City of Pearl" is the 1st

David Weber & John Ringo's Prince Roger/Empire of Man series; "March Upcountry" is the 1st.

Sharon Lee & Steve Miller's Liaden Universe series; start with either "Local Custom" or "Conflict of Honors". Just reiterating this series because it is so great.

Kristine Smith's Jani Kilian series; "Code of Conduct" is 1st.

Joel Shepherd's Cassandra Kresnov series; "Crossover" is the 1st book.

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I also recommend Georgette Heyer's Regencies - great books.
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Just noticed an Honor Harrington thread above....perhaps...

and I was just checking this series out as I've not read it either (but have read some of her work) and ran across this wikipedia page:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ks_and_authors

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I noticed one 2-star comment on Amazon about Shards of Honor claiming it was a Romance, not SF....is the person just deluded or ??
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I noticed one 2-star comment on Amazon about Shards of Honor claiming it was a Romance, not SF....is the person just deluded or ??
It's SF with a bit of romance. Don't be turned off by the romance label. It's a great story. And if you do like it, do read the second in the series Barrayar.
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