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On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington)

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A book by David Weber

On Basilisk Station(or "HH1" as it's known to the faithful) is the first installment in David Weber's cult hit Honor Harrington series, which has charmed the socks off schoolgirls and sailors alike. Honor--the heroine of this fast-paced, addictive space … see full wiki

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Author: David Weber
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Baen
1 review about On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington)

Great introduction to the series

  • Feb 8, 2010
Rating:
+3
"Commander Honor Harrington has enemies and she's about to make more of them!" That's what it says on the cover of this very traditional looking science fiction paperback. The slightly stern face of a young, female, naval captain stares out, dressed in smart uniform, obviously in charge, with fierce-looking cat on her arm.

Well, given that this is science fiction, it's probably not a cat. Which explains the teeth. And the eyes...

This is really my husband's sort of book. Naval battles in space. Formations, rules, regulations. Science, mathematics, space. Yes, definitely my husband's sort of book, except that the hero's a heroine.

To be fair, I read all my husband's favorite books long ago and loved them. The only trouble with good old-fashioned science fiction was that the heroes were nearly always male. The same goes for good old-fashioned historical warfare books. Captain Sharpe. Midshipman Hornblower... Even in Star Wars it was the guys that got to do all the good stuff.

So here's Honor Harrington in an imaginary world of the future, a solidly scientific world, a rigorously military world, and a man's world still, but one in which she excels. Wise decisions, clever intuition, assiduous willingness to trust in friends and turn enemies into allies...

Okay, the politics got a bit much in places. Why make the enemies "evil" socialists instead of just failed ones? But even so, I was hooked by the story; a cleverly designed plot, intelligently designed science, cool spaceships and fascinating situations. I'll hope to read more, but On Basilisk Station is certainly a fun introduction to an exciting new character and series.

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