Been a bit adrift in reading of late, as nothing was really grabbing my interest. Finally settled on a re-reading of C.J. Cherryh's excellent Downbelow Station
, so I'm about 1/4 of the way through that right now.
How does that compare to the Chanur Saga? I loved that series, but didn't like the Faded Sun trilogy at all. I kept waiting for the book to pick up the pacing, but it never did.
It's (Downbelow) actually part of the same universe as Chanur, although I believe the time line is before the events of Chanur. This is the formation of the Union/Alliance setting that split humanity into three factions: the Union, the Merchanter's Alliance, and Old Earth (if memory serves, Tully was Earth).
It's much better than the Faded Sun series (but Faded Sun was an earlier work of Cherryh's, I believe, so she was still getting her groove).
Honestly though, the Chanur series is probably my favorite of hers and one of my favorite sci-fi series of all time. But Downbelow is certainly worth checking out. If you enjoy it, you should also look at the Cyteen series as well as 40,000 in Gehenna and Merchanter's Luck.