It takes me a while to plow through books. Mostly because I have roughly 12 active hobbies at any one time and have to steal time form the others to pursue one. Back in May I started reading the first book in a twelve novel series about a space fairing star captain named Honor Harrington for no other reason than I needed a book to read on a plane. Since then I have devoured every one of the 12 books in David Weber’s “Honorverse.” Coming out the other end I can honestly say it was the most fun of any series I’ve read as an adult – by far.
Not being a gifted wordsmith myself and I’ve never been good with book reports. I can’t push out an eloquent summary about the balance of pace and narrative like Audra and couldn’t speak to the validity of the political constructs within the universe like Chuck could. I can tell you this stuff whoops ass ya’ll.
Honor, the main character, is a space captain in what turns out to be an intergalactic war, a big one. She’s got a telepathic cat named Nimitz who’s smarter than most people and a badass sense of duty. Later she also has a husband… and a wife. Sounds funny but it works out for all concerned. The way I normally explain it to folks is, “Think Horatio Hornblower but in space – and a chick.”
There’s way too much for me to explain all of it but really there’s all manner of space battles, death, betrayal, politics, sex and plain old fashioned beat down’s. In short it’s a fun time. If you find yourself needing a new series to check out and you dig big-ass ships blowing the hell out of each other, this is your ride.
You going to do a podcast on Honor Harrington??? They are very good books.
We’ll have to put this up for the forum’s bookclub.
If you like that series, try his Safehold seres, it starts with Off Armageddon Reef
Oh hells yeah, I snagged it at half price the other day. Can’t wait to dig in 🙂
I have an interview I conducted with David Weber on file. I’ll have to dig that up as it was during the past year. It might be useful.
I really enjoyed the first couple books, but it lost me when in the later books it started to give Fox News philosophy on government, trade, life etc.
If you are interested Sean, I know some guys who do MilBlogging, and they interviewed Weber in a nine part interview. It’s about an hour long, but there is some great stuff in there! If you want to see them, I can post them in the forum.
Loved the honorverse, but it felt like near the end, it lost its punch. Weber’s not the greatest writer, but it’s still a fun and interesting series!
Loved the Honor Harrington series. Calls the politics like they are and Weber is one HELL of a good story teller. The Mutineers moon series is awesome if you crave action, as well. Teamed up with John Ringo eh wrote another good trilogy. Haven’t yet found a book or series he’s written that wasn’t well thought out and well written.
Disagree with his politics if you like, but not reading a book just because you disagree with his views? Now who’s the small minded, willfully ignorant, bigot?
I love the Honor Harrington books. Though I agree, weber isn’t always the best writer. His weakest point seems to be characterization; it’s especially bad when he writes scenes with three or more “good” (or I suppose “honorable” is a better term) characters interacting (they tend to adopt the same personality). That’s my only pet peeve though. I really like the direction the series is going in too. I find the world he’s built fascinating.
I just want to say that I love his books, I have read the first three and am down-loading the fourth. So far they are the best I have EVER seen or read. If David ever reads this I just want to say that I love His style. Drives full speed ahead, Nikey!!