One of those things is how well they handle characters. In Due Dilligence, we first meet Fer Gun pen'Uldra, a pilot in trouble. As we get to know him, he seems to be one of those people who would have no luck at all, if it weren't for bad luck. It seems like everything has gone wrong in his life. And when a strange woman offers to buy him a drink, is that even more bad luck? Or maybe something else.
In just the first few pages of the story, we get to know Fer Gun pretty well. Lee and Miller have a way of making a character feel 'real' in very few words. This is what I like best. I like to fall into a story, and good characters make that possible.
Also, even in a work this short, they tell you all you need to know about the characters and the world of Liad without resorting to a single info-dump. So, if this is your first foray into the Liaden Universe, you will not feel that you have missed anything. But if you are like me, and have read every word of the Liaden stories at least once, you won't be bored by long explainations of things you know perfectly well.
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