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Great introduction to the series

  • Feb 8, 2010
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"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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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 opera--is a polished, plucky bulldog of a naval officer, part Horatio Hornblower, part Miles Vorkosigan, part Captain Janeway, and with a razor-clawed telepathic cat thrown over her shoulder for good measure.

The series' kickoff puts a giddy Commander Harrington at the helm of her first serious starship, the HMS Fearless. But her excitement quickly fades--political maneuvering by top brass in the Manticoran navy has left her light cruiser outfitted with a half-baked experimental weapons system. Against all odds (just the way Honor likes it), she still manages a clever coup in tactical war games, a feat that earns her accolades--and enemies. The politicians she's offended banish her to a galactic backwater, Basilisk Station. But that outpost soon proves to be a powder keg, and it's up to Harrington and the Fearless crew to thwart the aggressive plans of the Haven Republic. A perfect mix of military SF and high adventure--if you enjoy your tour, re-up with HH2, The Honor of the Queen. --Paul Hughes --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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ISBN-10: 0743435710
ISBN-13: 978-0743435710
Author: David Weber
Genre: Science Fiction & Fantasy
Publisher: Baen
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