The Serrano Legacy, by Elizabeth Moon
Interesting little collection of space operas. Unlike most of the sort, these aren't (at least so far) to do with gigantic galaxy-spanning events of universal importance. Half the first book feels like a day-in-the-life-of travellogue of a space captain without any real hint of plot whatsoever. Thats part of the charm of the books though; it makes some of the nitty-gritty of running a space ship feel real. The regular "rich kids off on adventures" subplots don't ring as true to me, but Moon does develop some interesting complex politics, and really has a think about the effect that living forever would have on society. Well worth the effort, I thought.