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On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington Series) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Apr 1995

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reissue edition (1 April 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671721631
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671721633
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.6 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,850,393 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On Basilisk Station (or "HH1" as it's known to the faithful) is the first instalment 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' kick-off puts a giddy Commander Harrington at the helm of her first serious star-ship, the HMS Fearless. But her excitement quickly fades--political manoeuvring 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, read HH2, The Honor of the Queen. --Paul Hughes, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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With over seven million copies of his books in print and seventeen titles on the "New York Times" bestseller list, David Weber is the science fiction publishing phenomenon of the new millennium. In the hugely-popular Honor Harrington series, the spirit of C.S. Forester's Horatio Hornblower and Patrick O'Brian's "Master and Commander "lives on--into the galactic future. Books in the Honor Harrington and Honoverse series have appeared on fourteen best seller lists, including those of "The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times," and "USA Today." While Weber is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he is also the creator of the Oath of Swords fantasy series and the Dahak saga, a science fiction and fantasy hybrid. Weber is has also engaged in a steady stream of bestselling collaborations including his Starfire Series with Steve White, which produced the "New York Times "bestseller "The Shiva Option" among others." "Weber's collaboration with alternate history master Eric Flint led to the bestselling "1634: The Baltic War, "and his planetary adventure novels with military science fiction ace and multiple national best-seller John Ringo includes the blockbusters "March to the Stars "and" We Few. "Finally, Weber's teaming with Linda Evans produced the bestselling" "Multiverse series. David Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife and children. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Nov. 2006
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"On Basilisk Station" is the first book in a truly wonderful space opera series set some three thousand years in the future and featuring David Weber's best fictional heroine, "Honor Harrington." The books are best read in sequence and I strongly recommend that you start with this one.

Despite the futuristic setting, there are strong parallels with Nelson's navy. The assumed technology in the Honor Harrington stories imposes constraints on space navy officers similar to those which the technology of fighting sail imposed on wet navy officers two hundred years ago. Aand the galactic situation in the novels contains strong similarities to the strategic and political situation in European history at the time of the French revolutionary and Napoleonic wars.

This seems to be quite deliberate: a number of thinly veiled (and amusing) hints in the books indicate that they are to some extent a tribute to C.S. Forester, while the main heroine of the books, Honor Harrington, appears to owe more than a little to C.S. Forester's character "Horatio Hornblower."

In this first book of the series, the newly promoted Commander Honor Harrington takes up her first significant command as captain of the old light cruiser "H.M.S. Fearless" which has just been rebuilt with a very unusual armament.

Honor Harrington comes from a middle-class family with no naval tradition - both her parents are doctors - and has worked her way up the officer ranks of the navy of the Star Kingdom of Manticore on pure ability with no influential family friends to support her. At times it seems that her only friend in the navy is her "Treecat" Nimitz.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Chitty on 15 Jun. 2011
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On Basilisk Station is the first book in the Honor Harrington series, a series set in the 'Honorverse' that currently runs to over a dozen books that include the main series, spin off series and short collections, as well as a forthcoming young adult novel. David Weber is the author behind these books and writes at an astonishing pace. I've had On Basilisk Station sitting on my to-read stack for a while but after attending Eastercon in April and hearing Weber talk so enthusiastically about everything, and the fact that he came across as such a genuinely nice guy, I really wanted to read one of his books, and this was the one I choose.

I have read a previous novel by Weber, Out of the Dark, but it's the Honor Harrington books and the Safehold series that he is the most well known for and I wanted to see exactly what all the fuss was about. I was expecting a pretty standard military SF romp with a notable lead character, but I found a novel that was so much more than the normal offerings of the genre and had hints of Space Opera mixed in with the Military SF. In short, I very much enjoyed On Basilisk Station!

Honor Harrington is about to take command of her new ship, the HMS Fearless, but as she arrives she finds that the higher ranks of the Royal Manticoran Navy have decided that Fearless is going to be stripped of the majority of her standard weaponry to be replaced with new technology in order to test its effectiveness. With a new ship and crew to command Harrington shows that, during the RMN war games, the light cruiser can destroy even a big ship if they are unaware of the weaponry, but once discovered Fearless suffers defeat after defeat and is unable to employ her weaponry at all.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By presterjohn on 12 Jun. 2012
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This is a bit of an oddball series. Weber has chosen to base his character on Hornblower and the sci-Fi closely mimics that period. Sadly Weber goes to great lengths to shoe horn in reasons why the space ships have sails and tend to fire broadsides. He goes through hoops to make it seem rational but often derails the story and its impetus to do so. Sci-Fi always has a bit of techno speak and often introduces future tech that is for obvious reasons fantastical in the honorverse though it often hamstrings the flow of the book and is quite boring to read. I can see why people have given up on this book after the first 100 pages or so as it can be tedious to get through in places. Having said all that once all the blathering lessens a decent old fashioned space romp reveals itself. It has a kind of "Astounding Tales" from the 50's feel to it with strong jawed heroes battling hight odds against stronger opponents. I enjoyed it enough to give the second book ago anyway. One warning I should give though is that you can tell that Weber has fairly strong right wing views and I would be very surprised if he is not on the far right of the republican party in his political views. This can be a bit grating at times if you are a Liberal or Labour voter from the UK especially has the descriptions of how politics work are a tad simplistic.
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I got this book as a free Kindle download as I vaguely remembered an old boyfriend being a big fan of this series. The concept sounded like something I would enjoy - basically naval battles in space with a female protagonist - and did I mention it was free?

I didn't expect this to be a sci-fi version of Patrick O'Brien (Oh, Space Captain Aubrey, how awesome that would be!), but rather a boys-own type of military adventure, and on that basis I wasn't disappointed. Honor may be female, but in the future gender equality seems to be the norm, so her sex isn't really an issue. In fact, she could have been written as a male character, as her personality is pretty bland and two-dimensional throughout (not saying that men have no personalities, just that Honor is such a sketchy character she could be male, female or alien and it wouldn't make much difference).

The plot is pretty much what I expected. Plucky young commander upsets some of the stuffy top brass, so she's given a dead-end posting. However, due to her guts and determination, she manages to win the loyalty of her crew, restore the reputation of the empire, thwart an old enemy, and foil a dastardly plot by Johnny Foreigner. Unfortunately, what could be a ripping (if unoriginal) yarn, is spoilt by the fact that it's just so boring.

There are pages of exposition. The science behind the spaceships seems superficially (and to my very unscientific brain) to be quite plausible, but it's obviously very contrived to ensure that space battles work the same way as Napoleonic-era naval battles. There is very little action until the end, with the characters spending most of their time in meetings.
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