I've just finished Victory Conditions by Elizabeth Moon, which I believe is the last of the Vatta's War Series. All in all I enjoyed them all quite well. I just discovered a El Donsaii novel Impact by Laurence Dahners. I find this series a lot like potato chips. You know it is isn't great food, but someone you just can't stop eating them. I'm already nearly half way through it in a day. --- Also nearly done with Water for Elephants.