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Free Excerpt: Fledgling | [Sharon Lee, Steve Miller]

Free Excerpt: Fledgling

Theo Waitley has lived all her young life on Delgado, a Safe World that is home to one of the galaxy's premier institutions of higher learning. Both Theo's mother, Kamele, and Kamele's onagrata Jen Sar Kiladi, are professors at the university, and they all live comfortably together, just like they have for all of Theo's life, in Jen Sar's house at the outskirts of town.Suddenly, though, Theo's life changes. Kamele leaves Jen Sar and moves herself and Theo back into faculty housing, which is not what Theo is used to.
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Theo Waitley has lived all her young life on Delgado, a Safe World that is home to one of the galaxy's premier institutions of higher learning. Both Theo's mother, Kamele, and Kamele's onagrata Jen Sar Kiladi, are professors at the university, and they all live comfortably together, just like they have for all of Theo's life, in Jen Sar's house at the outskirts of town. Suddenly, though, Theo's life changes. Kamele leaves Jen Sar and moves herself and Theo back into faculty housing, which is not what Theo is used to.

Once settled back inside the Wall, Kamele becomes embroiled in faculty politics, and is appointed sub-chair of her department. Meanwhile, Theo who has a notation in her file indicating that she is "physically challenged," has a series of misadventures, including pulling her best friend down on the belt-ride to class, and hurting a teammate during a savage game. With notes piling up in her file, Theo only wants to go "home", to the house in the suburbs, and have everything just like it used to be.

Then, Kamele uncovers evidence of possible dishonest scholarship inside of her department. In order to clear the department, she and a team of senior professors must go off-world to perform a forensic document search. Theo hopes this will mean that she'll be left in the care of the man she calls "Father", Professor Kiladi, and is horrified to learn that Kamele means to bring Theo with her!

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    Sherie S. Colony, Kansas 04-30-13
    Sherie S. Colony, Kansas 04-30-13

    IT'S ALL CLEAR AS MUD

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    "I prefer the paperback version."

    Excellent and enjoyable read.The main character is young yet the writing is descriptive and mature which allows the character and the story to grow up. It is more of an intelligent read, rather than something happening all the time. "Fledgling" starts with the adventures of Theo who was born into a scholars family, however has the mind and precise reflexes of a Korval pilot. She struggles to both discover and hone her skills as well as find her purpose in the planet.


    I've read all of the Lee and Miller stories and wanted to give the audio book a try. I will stick with the paperbacks. Some stories just seem to be better read to yourself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    RedHeadFury327 Lyman,SC 07-14-14
    RedHeadFury327 Lyman,SC 07-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "WTH?"
    What would have made Free Excerpt: Fledgling better?

    If it made since at ALL!


    What could Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Nothing in this excerpt even starts to explain what the book is actually about.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The reader was fine.


    What character would you cut from Free Excerpt: Fledgling?

    All of them.


    Any additional comments?

    What is this book about???!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    amarnath newark, NJ, United States 11-13-12
    amarnath newark, NJ, United States 11-13-12
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    "Average book."
    Would you try another book from Sharon Lee and Steve Miller and/or Eileen Stevens?

    Yes, but would a like a better story next time.


    Would you recommend Free Excerpt: Fledgling to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, for time pass.


    What aspect of Eileen Stevens’s performance would you have changed?

    Performance was better than average.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Alameda, CA, USA 09-11-12
    Jennifer Alameda, CA, USA 09-11-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Old ideas, poor execution"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I tried to like this because I am a fan of series fiction. I can really enjoy settling in and engaging in a multi-book relationship with characters. However, based on this excerpt I am baffled as to why anyone would wish to spend any time at all with these flat, average people. All these elements--futuristic co-operative living and family structure, little girls with a special relationship to cats, academia--have been better explored by Asimov, McCaffrey, Harry Harrison, David Weber, Willis and many others. During this 58 minutes, nothing much happened while I accompanied a banal child through her morning. If there is more to this series than a meander through reheated ideas, this excerpt didn't show it.


    What could Sharon Lee and Steve Miller have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    You know, I'm torn between whether they should read more quality science fiction or less. I can't tell whether they suffer from emulation or ignorance.


    Have you listened to any of Eileen Stevens’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, this is my first listen with her. I thought she was rather good. She did have one mispronunciation (as opposed to regionalism or secondary pronunciation) of a rather common word but it's a rare narrator who doesn't. I'd listen to her again.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    It made me want to go re-read about 25 books I already own.


    Any additional comments?

    Prolific does not equal good.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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