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A Beautiful Friendship HC (Star Kingdom) [Hardcover]

David Weber
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Book Description

11 Oct 2011 Star Kingdom
Stephanie Harrington absolutely hates being confined inside her family''s compound on the pioneer planet of Sphinx, a frontier wilderness world populated by dangerous native animals that could easily tear a human to bits and pieces. Yet Stephanie is a young woman determined to make discoveries - and the biggest discovery of all awaits her: an intelligent alien species. Treecats are creatures that resemble a cross between a bobcat and a lemur (but with six legs and much more deadly claws). Not only are they fully sentient, they are also telepathic, and able to bond with certain gifted humans such as the genetically-enhanced Stephanie. But Stephanie''s find, and her first-of-its-kind bond with a treecat, brings on a new torrent of danger. An assortment of highly-placed enemies with galactic-sized wealth at stake is determined to make sure that the planet of Sphinx remains entirely in human hands - even if this means the extermination of another thinking species. Stephanie and Lionheart are about to undergo the greatest test two alien species can ever face together: how to survive first contact and win a future with liberty and justice for all!

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (11 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451637470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451637472
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.7 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 447,853 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 SF saga. 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 the Paperback edition.

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I've read a fair amount of David Weber's stuff this year set in his Honorverse and following Honor Harrington, the heroine of the main series. Now we have the release of A Beautiful Friendship, the first in a new prequel teen series that focuses on one of Honor's ancestors, Stephanie Harrington. I'd heard about this a while back, but I hadn't read any of the Honorverse books at that time so I didn't pay it much attention. A bit of a mistake! Once I knew how much I enjoyed Weber's novels I got my order in for this straight away. My only real concern was whether or not I would be able to fully enjoy it knowing that it's the latest book written in such a large setting despite the prequel nature of the story. As is usually the case when I have these concerns there was no need at all. In fact, this is just about the perfect starting point...

Stephanie Harrington and her parents have recently moved to the Star Kingdom of Manticore, specifically the planet Sphinx within the binary system. Already the recipient of some genetic altering to live on a heavier gravity world, the Harrington family settles their homestead on the low populated frontier world. With a keen interest in the outdoors Stephanie is desperate to get out and about, but with Sphinx's native deadly species, such as the massive Hexapuma, her parents are not very keen on her venturing out on her own. Knowing that Stephanie won't disobey them, and trying to keep her mind active, they set her on the problem of the disappearing celery from human settlements around the planet. It isn't long before Stephanie discovers the mysterious thieves, and the possibility that Sphinx may already have its own sentient species in the treecats...
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Marshall Lord TOP 100 REVIEWER
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This is a novel-length extended version of an excellent short story set in the Universe of David Weber's "Honor Harrington" series but some five hundred years earlier. The original short story was first published in the collection "More Than Honor" and can also be found in the more recent anthology "Worlds Of Weber."

"A beautiful friendship" describes how Stephanie Harrington, a twelve-year-old girl from the first generation of Honor Harrington's family to move to the Manticore system, became the first human to be "adopted" by a Sphinx treecat.

For anyone who has never read any of the Honor Harrington books, "Treecats" are a small arborial sentient species native to the planet Sphinx who look a bit like six-legged cats with long tails. Among themselves they are fully telepathic: they can read the "Mind-glows" of humans well enough to be empathic, e.g. they can read emotions but not thoughts. Treecats find the mind-glows of many humans attractive and in some circumstances a human and a treecat can form a lifelong bond similar to those between the human and dragon characters of Anne McCaffrey's Dragonflight series. This relationship is referred to in Weber's novels as "adoption."

This book tells the story of the first such bonding, of how Stephanie came to be known as "Death Fang's Bane" among the treecats, and of the struggle to have treecats recognised as an intelligent species with legal rights corresponding to human rights.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great start in the young adult genre 1 Dec 2012
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It was an enjoyable read. It was a hard one to put down. Can't wait til the next ones is out in Kindle.
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4.0 out of 5 stars When Stephanie met Climbs Quickly 16 Feb 2014
By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A spin off from the popular 'Honor Harrington' series of military science fiction novels, this is the first in a new series. Aimed at younger readers.

Ideal reading age would be ten and up. But it is good enough to be enjoyed by older readers as well.

This series isn't military science fiction. More rite of passage adventure, and it does hark back somewhat to the style that writers like Isaac Asimov and Robert A. Heinlein used back in their day when they produced books aimed at a younger audience. The kind of thing that does act as a good entry level to the genre.

This book runs for three hundred and fifty two pages, and is divided into two parts. The second longer than the first. It's further divided into twenty nine chapters.

It is the kind of series book that feels self contained but contains enough room for further adventures by the end.

And you don't need to have read any of the Honor Harrington novels to read this.

Set on the planet of Sphinx, which is very much a frontier world, the main character is twelve year old Stephanie Harrington. A very smart girl who doesn't quite fit in with other kids because they can't keep up with her, she's frustrated by having had to move to this world, a place where winters can last for a fair while. And where she can't explore on her own because dangerous beasts known as Hexapumas can be found in the woods.

Meantime, something else seems to be stealing celery from local farms.

That would be another native species. A feline like one, who are highly intelligent, communicate via telepathy, and have a taste for a certain human crop. One of their species, called Climbs Quickly, is observing humans.
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