Agent of Change

For me, November’s standout read was Agent of Change by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller. This was the first book set in the Liaden Universe, but according to Ms Lee’s website, chronologically, it’s around book 9. If that sounds a little confusing, then check out this explanation on Sharon Lee’s website about the correct reading order.

In short, the Liaden books are more of a “universe” than a series — love that explanation!

Now if you’ve learned anything about me as a reader while reading these posts, you’ll know that I love reading series, and a particular pleasure of mine is to buy the latest book in an ongoing series but instead of reading it straight away, go right back to the beginning of the series and read them all in chronological order before starting the latest book. I’ve also been known to pick up a new series mid-way through, and if I enjoy the book, buy all the earlier books in the series and… you guessed it, read them in chronological order.

That kind of habit, however, only works if the author can write with both dedicated series readers and newcomers to the series in mind… which Lee and Miller do most skilfully.   I’ve been reading Liaden Universe books completely out of order, and enjoying the hell out of them. So don’t be afraid to check this one out: it can easily be read as a stand alone. And please don’t be put off by the covers: This is definitely one of those cases where the covers don’t necessarily do the story justice.

As for what Agent of Change is actually about:

I totally endorse Amy’s comment over at The Geek Girl Project when she said: “Agent of Change is rather like James Bond, The Bourne Identity, and a classic space opera all rolled into one, with a thread of romance woven in for good measure.” In fact, check out this link to Amy’s full review — she summed up the total awesomeness that is Agent of Change far better than I ever could :)

According to Wikipedia’s Liaden Universe page, this book was first published in 1988! Whoa. This is one series that truly stands the test of time.

Here’s my full reading list for November 2015:

  • The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
  • Shadow Kin by M.J. Scott
  • The Lost Wife by Maggie Cox
  • The Baby of Their Dreams by Carol Marinelli
  • The Unfortunate Miss Fortunes by Jennifer Crusie, Eileen Dreyer, Anne Stuart
  • Wallbanger by Alice Clayton
  • The Twelve Nights of Christmas by Sarah Morgan
  • Agent of Change by Sharon Lee & Steve Miller
  • The Boss’s Marriage Arrangement by Penny Jordan
  • Vendetta by Susan Napier
  • Beyond the Night by Colleen Gleason w/as Joss Ware

Happy reading!


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