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House of Steel Softcover (Honorverse) [Paperback]

David Weber
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21 May 2013 Honorverse
Have you ever finished the latest Honor Harrington novel from David Weber and wished you could linger in Weber's Honorverse just a bit longer? Now you can with this treasure trove of tech, specs, and insights on David Weber's mega bestselling Honor Harrington series. Orbital characteristics of key planets, regimental orders of the Royal Navy, backstory on the history and drama of the Star Kingdom's birth and early days - you'll find it all here, thoughtfully arranged by the Bureau 9 Weber research group, and overseen by David Weber himself. Includes an all-new David Weber Honorverse short novel, "I Will Build a House of Steel," chronicling the early days of the Manticoran Star Kingdom and the reign of King Roger.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books (21 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638930
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638936
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.7 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 611,114 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 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.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Excelent source of information 18 July 2013
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This book is, imho, a must for a Honoverse fan. It starts with a short story, covering roughly the years before the first Haven war: the beginings of Haven's expansion, King Roger's eforts to increase the size of the navy, the problems involved, etc. It includes a long list of characters, with a short background for each, which very handy, considering the large number of charaters the series has; I often get lost trying to figure out who's who! It has an extensive description (including color plates) of the navies (ships and history) of Manticore and Grayson, as well as historical background on both planets.

All in all, an excelent purchase, and one I'll probably often use as reference for rest of the books. My only criticism is that there was almost nothing on Haven; the book is dedicated to Manticore and Grayson. Perhaps a future book?
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5.0 out of 5 stars a very good prequel to the harrington series 17 Jun 2013
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i thought it was a very well written explanation of the beginnings of the RMN as later used to great effexct by Honor Harrington.
The encyclopaedia of the back stories is also good fun for a dip into, however should not be read in one go as it would bring on brain overload
i would recommend this to any who wants to begin reading "mil sci-fi".and to anyone who is conversant with the "Honorverse"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly what I expected. 9 Oct 2013
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I wanted information on the Star Empire of Manticore. This gives it. Astrographics, history and ship designs. The centre section with colour plates showing uniforms, Starship livery and insignia was an unexpected bonus.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 7 July 2014
By Gloria
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Lots for the techie less story for those who like that aspect
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3.0 out of 5 stars Content Great but Kindle edition seriously flawed. 27 April 2014
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Love the content - good story and excellent reference to the Honorverse (albeit already out of date).

However, and it is a big 'however' the Kindle edition is seriously flawed. The one essential in any reference book is good quality navigation - eg, tables of contents, references and index: the Kindle edition has none of these.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great as always 1 April 2014
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Never let's me down ever always worth reading a galaxy full of good people u like to read about and see win just
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By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER
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"House of Steel" is part of the "Honorverse" naval science fiction series created by David Weber and set about 2000 years in the future.

"House of Steel" has two components: the first 183 pages of the book comprise the novella "I will build my house of steel" by David Weber himself. This is mostly set during the 56 years preceding the events of the first book of the series and explains the backstory to that novel and to the war between two spacefaring nations, Manticore and Haven, which dominates the first eleven books of the "Honorverse" series.

The second component, of this book, "The Honorverse Companion," written largely by a group of science fiction fans who call themseles "BuNine" but with some more material from Weber himself, is a reference guide to the worlds, people and navies of the "good guys" in the story, Manticore and Grayson. It covers the period of the first dozen or so novels, up to the middle of "At All Costs."

As the Honor Harrington stories work best when read in sequence, I would usually advise potential readers new to the series to start with the first novel published, which is "On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington)." However, "House of Steel" would also be a possible starting point, given the way the novella brilliantly explains the background to the situation Honor faces at the start of the series. Early in the first novel, "On Basilisk Station" she finds herself acting commander of that station and charged to carry out duties which would have been taxing for a battlecruiser squadron, when all she has is one elderly light cruiser with totally unsuitable armament.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Honorverse geek out
Honorverse geek out, with more background material than you can shake a treecat at. Worth a look if you are a fan of the long running series, otherwise go start reading On Basilisk... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Top Tec
3.0 out of 5 stars as I have already read most of the honor Harrington ...
as I have already read most of the honor Harrington books, this was a bit of a let down. I think that if you had read only two or three it would have been of a greater interest.
Published 1 month ago by DGM
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book but not the best
I am always a bit wary of the Honorverse series as opposed to the pure Honor Harrington books but this one is good and worth reading.
Published 13 months ago by Nigel
3.0 out of 5 stars A Honorverse story
The actual novella at the beginning of the book is a good prequel to the on-going Honor stories, but it was a bit disappointing that there was not another novella after it, the... Read more
Published 14 months ago by P. BOOTH
3.0 out of 5 stars Adds very little to the novels
This book consists of two parts.

One is a short novel which fills in the story of Queen Elizabeth's father Roger III. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Honorverse
This book gives a much appreciated background to Queen Elizabeth III, but to the various references to King Roger III in the assorted Honorverse books by David Weber and others. Read more
Published 17 months ago by alan crawford
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