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Worlds of Weber: Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington and Other Stories Hardcover – 30 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 609 pages
  • Publisher: Subterranean Press; Reprint edition (30 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1596061774
  • ISBN-13: 978-1596061774
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.7 x 5.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,855,182 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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David Weber is the science fiction phenomenon of the decade. His popular Honor Harrington novels are New York Times best sellers and can't come out fast enough for his devoted readers. He has also begun a top-selling epic SF Adventure series in collaboration with John Ringo, with four novels so far: "March Upcountry," "March to the sea," "March to the Stars" and "We Few." His "Wind Rider's Oath," another "New York Times" best sellers, continues his popular fantasy adventure series. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ken Fowler on 14 Nov. 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Whilst I love most of the wok by David Webber and this would be fine for a new reader of his work, there is nothing in here which hasn't already been published in other anthologies elsewhere.

It is just a re-packaging of various stories from older anthologies, many of which are still availabble new, such as the Worlds series,

Content would rate 4 or 5 stars if all new material, as regurgitated I think only worth 2
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 April 2011
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If the nine short stories and novellas in this collection are assessed on their merits, this collection of David Weber's short and medium military SF easily merits four stars and in places five.

However, as he makes clear in the introduction, all of them have been published before, so check carefully before buying this that you don't already have everything in it.

The stories in this book are

1) A Certain Talent
("Legion of Space" universe, first published in The Williamson Effect)
2) In the Navy
("1632/Ring of Fire" universe, first published in "Ring of Fire")
3) The Captain from Kirkbeam
(First published in "Alternate Generals")
4) St George and the Dragon
(First published in "Foreign Legions")
5) Sword Brother
(Bahzell Bahnakson, Published in revised 2007 edition of "Oath Of Swords")
6) A Beautiful Friendship
(Honorverse, first published in "More Than Honor")
7) Ms Midshipwoman Harrington
(Honorverse, first published in "
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tapner TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Nov. 2010
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A large collection, running to just over nine hundred and forty pages, of short stories by writer David Weber. Probably best known for the popular Honor Harrington series of Military science fiction novels.

This contains nine of his stories, all of varying length. Two come from the Honor series and the others are set in different realms entirely.

As the introduction at the start from the writer makes clear all of these have appeared in other volumes and anthologies before. This is just a new collection bringing them all together.

'A certain talent' runs for twenty five pages and is the story of a gentleman thief forced into a rather tricky assignment. A lot of the main action takes place offstage in the middle of the story but it's an entertaining little piece and just the right length.

'In the navy' comes from an anthology about a town transported back in time to the middle ages, and focuses on one character trying to set up a navy in their new world. This doesn't stand too well on it's own and is probably best suited to those who are into military history. It runs for roughly eighty pages.

'The Captain from Kirkbeam' features John Paul Jones as a naval captain, in a piece of alternate history as he's on the opposite side here to the one he was on in real life. Also good by virtue of not being too long, a mere twenty five pages approx, but you probably need to know the history of the time to get the most from it.

'Sir george and the dragon' is just over one hundred pages and the story of medieval knights forced to work for an alien race as warriors of conquest. A very good idea with some strong characters and settings this was expanded into a novel called 'the excalibur alternative.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Good place to sample his work 21 Aug. 2008
By Craig - Published on
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Worlds of weber (WOW) is a nice walk down memory lane showing off much of David Weber's earlier work. There is no new material in this book, except for the introduction, which is seemingly (according to the copyright page) separately copyrighted from the rest of the book.

The stories are "A Certain Talent" (aka "The Williamson Effect")
"In the Navy"
"The Captian from Kirkbean"
"Sir george and the Dragon"
"Sword Brother"
"A beautiful Friendship"
"Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington"
"Miles to Go" (aka "Bolos 3: The Triumphant")
"The Traitor" (Aka "Bolos 4: The Last Stand")

So as you can see it is a wide showing of his talent.

If you are a Weber fan it is a great book to get to hand out to people to "sample" him. If you are a new reader it is a nice jumping off point for diving into his works. If you are an experienced reader, you may wish to consider if you already have these works on your shelf. Of all these, the only one I haven't read was Sir George and the Dragon.

He gets points taken off for not producing much original work this time, but it is still a well presented book.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Buy it for Honor and Read the Rest as a Bonus 29 Dec. 2008
By C. Amos - Published on
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The Honor Harrington prequel was very enjoyable and many of the other stories were as well. I'm going to take a chance buying some of Weber's other book series now that I've gotten a taste of them.
Brilliant, absolutely brilliant! 16 July 2013
By Kathy Davie - Published on
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Well, I just had to go and start my re-read of the Honor Harrington series. It's convenient as I can catch up to my current style of reviewing.

This is just absolutely brilliant!! Even if only two of the stories are Harrington-related, LOL.

"A Certain Talent" (Legion of Space, 0.5; originally published in The Williamson Effect)
"In the Navy" (Ring of Fire, xx.5; based on Eric Flint's 1632 series; originally published in Ring of Fire Anthology #1 )
"Sir George and the Dragon" (Earth Legions, 1.5; originally published in Foreign Legions)
"Sword Brother" (War God, 1.5; as part of a reissue of Oath of Swords (War God, #1))
"A Beautiful Friendship" (Honorverse: Stephanie Harrington, 0.75; originally published in More Than Honor (Worlds of Honor, #1))
"Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington" (Honor Harrington, 0.5)
"Miles to Go" (Originally published in The Triumphant (Bolos, #3; Bolo, #6))
"Traitor" (Originally published in Last Stand (Bolos, #4; Bolo, #7))

The Stories
"A Certain Talent" is a Jack Williamson homage and excellent! It's a too funny introduction to the thieving, passionate, and extremely talented Giles Habibula who is tricked and then blackmailed into joining the Legion of Space.

I loved this! There's a comic turn to it but it's also full of humanity! I'll have to search this series out! I must know more about Colonel Jartha, and I am curious as to whether Jartha is correct about Ethrya Coran...hmmm...

"In the Navy" relates to an Eric Flint series for which I've had a hard time finding the starting book, and after reading this story...well, I'll just have to put my thinking cap on! Weber doesn't provide a lot of backstory on this, just enough to tease and make me want to know more about how a chunk of the U.S. gets dropped into seventeenth century Europe. I love the strategy, politics, and economic issues involved in this short. Very well thought out.

This story finds President Mike Steams realizing that the U.S. does indeed need an ironclad---or three, and he's forced to deal with his sister's father-in-law and his enemy: John Chandler Simpson.

"The Captain from Kirkbean" is my least favorite as Weber compresses time intensely, and I kept confusing the English Captain Sir John Paul with John Paul Jones. Still, it's a lovely bit of a scary naval strategy in which Captain Paul pits his much weaker force against a stronger French force in this battle in the American Revolutionary War. And he is doing this off his own initiative and against orders...eek...!

Originally published in the anthology, Alternate Generals.

"Sir George and the Dragon" is brilliant with Sir George and what remains of his company "rescued" for nefarious purposes to get around the Prime Directive.

This was later expanded into The Excalibur Option of which there only appears to be a French version.

"Sword Brother" is tense and mixes American warriors with magical ones when Wencit of Rūm teleports Gunnery Sergeant Kenneth Houghton and Corporal Jack Mashita along with "Tough Mama" to his universe to help battle demons and evil wizards.

Specifically written to go with a reissue of Oath of Swords.

"A Beautiful Friendship" explores Stephanie Harrington's encounter with Climbs Quickly, and they become the first bonded pair of human + treecat. It's a fascinating bit of backhistory of an ancestress of Honor Harrington's and the treecats.

It takes place 60 T-years after the Star Kingdom of Manticore is in place.

"Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington" finds Honor Harrington about to embark on her final test, a cruise as a midshipwoman. Now if she can just survive that idiot Lieutenant Santino and their encounter with Confederacy pirates/revolutionaries, she'll be all set.

It introduces the problems that Honor has with her treecat aboard ship, the issues with Pavel Young, and her encounter with Captain Bachfisch whom we'll meet again.

"Miles to Go" made me cry and cry and cry. Oh, god, it was so amazing with its combination of exile, home, love, friendship, and honor. The title is from a poem by Robert Frost, and just thinking about this story is making me cry again. It's friendship that develops into love between man and machine, and if you can read this and not cry, you need to see a shrink!

"Traitor" is along the same line as "Miles to Go" with a battle machine that feels honor and shame as she chases down a traitorous battle partner, only to discover how wrong she was. Keep the tissues out, 'cause you'll be crying again.

The Cover
It's a Baen cover all right and uses the complementary colors blue and orange with a pastel quality to this portrait of Honor in her helmet and skinsuit as she approaches the pirate-ravaged ship with a huge planet looming behind her.

The title emphasizes the short story I was most interested in reading as I adore all things Honor Harrington. However...Weber has intrigued me into wanting to read the series that his other short stories reference in this Worlds of Weber: Ms Midshipwoman Harrington and Other Stories.
Something New, Something Old 17 July 2014
By Robert P. Bartman - Published on
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The only problem I have with this book is so much of it is material I already had in my library. The first half of the book contained 5 stories not in any book I already owned. The last half of the book contained 4 stories from books I already had. Check the book's table of contents before deciding if you really need to buy it.

Aside from the duplication problem, I did enjoy the new stories and the familiar ones were also enjoyable.
Buddybooknut 6 Oct. 2010
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This is a collection of short stories from various other books and stories by David Weber or in collaboration with other sci fi writers. If you are reading a particular series this is not the book for you BUT if you are looking for an overview of his works then this will give you a taste of his writing style and range.
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