Sunday, March 14, 2010

Spring Break Reading Challenge #3: What are you reading?

Here are the instructions for today's activity for the Spring Break Reading Challenge:
Sundays are busy for a lot of people so today's activity is going to be quick and easy. All you need to do is create a post including:
1. Title and author of the book you are reading.
2. Include the cover of the book.
3. Synopsis
4. What do you think about the book so far?
5. Does the author have a website or blog? If so, insert a link in your post.
I just finished the ARC of Mouse and Dragon by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller.

Aelliana Caylon has endured much, and finally, she appears to have won all: a spaceship, comrades, friends -- and the love of a pilot she adores.
Even better that her lover—the man who was destined for her, a man as much a loner as she—is also the Delm of Korval, arguably the most powerful person on all of Liad. He has the power to remove her and protect her from the toxic environment of her home Clan. Best of all, he agrees to sit as her co-pilot and her partner in a courier business.
Even happy endings sometimes show a few flaws. Such as Aelliana's home clan being not as agreeable to letting her go as it had first seemed. And the fact that someone is stealing pilots in the Low Port, which falls within the Delm of Korval's honor. Oh, and the revelation that the man she loves—the man who is destined for her—isn't entirely the man she thought he was. And finally, she discovers that even the lift from Liad she'd so fervently desired, is part of a larger plan, a plan requiring her to be someone she never thought she was, or could be.

I loved the book and just wish that I could have read it more slowly to make the pleasure last. I am very much tempted to forget all my other goals and to immerse myself in the Lianden Universe for the rest of the day (or for however long it takes to read all of the books again). I will be eagerly awaiting the hardcover copy of this book that I pre-ordered yesterday. It won't arrive until the middle of June.

If you are curious, I do not recommend beginning with this book. I think the experience would be much enriched by reading Scout's Progress and Local Custom first. This book follows Scout's Progress. In fact, the first chapter or two is the same as the ending of Scout's Progress from the other main character's point of view.

Sharon and Steve have a website for the Liaden Universe. They also each have blogs. Sharon blogs at Eagles Over the Kennebec and Steve blogs at Journeyman.

The Liaden Universe books are adult books that would be completely suitable for middle school and high school students who love science fiction and want to explore other worlds and other customs.


  1. Thanks for the post. I totally love your layout too, especially how it does the blockquotes.

  2. Karin, It isn't block quotes. I just learned how to preformat block quotes today at the Story Siren's Blog. What I did here is just put the text in a colored box. I have the description in my Google docs and would share it with you if you send me your email.


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