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On Basilisk Station 20th Anniversary Leather-Bound Signed Edition (Honor Harrington) Hardcover – 16 Apr 2013

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 20th anniversary ed edition (16 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638820
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843,547 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.

About the Author

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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"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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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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This is a very average adventure story.

All the usual cliches abound, cod science, prodigy captain, laughably poor attempt by the author to create tension/problems for the hero. It is so generic and unoriginal I find it hard to call it bad, as there is so little that stands out in any way.

There were a number of absolutely ridiculous events where it seemed like the author had thought they didn't stand out enough, so he tweaked them to make them more extreme, then a bit more, and a little more, and finally you get an absolutely asinine result.

Got this free on Amazon and average reading time is apparently about 7 hours, is this worth 7 hours of your life? Probably not.
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This is a very retro Boy's Own type series. Two stars for making Captain a girl, and giving female characters equal play BUT IT DOESN'T MATTER because none of them has any depth. There's not enough complexity to carry the series (for me, anyway. There are about a dozen of these so someone must be keen.) The simplistic politics are over-explained and laughable. I read two (free) in case there was any development, but no. Honor flatlines. If you miss the Eagle comic definitely give these a go.
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Basilisk Station introduces the socio-political and socio-economic conditions of the environment in which the events, decisions and actions take place. The described richness of the visual space and the propensity towards the spectacle of action, etc., the obvious tendency towards story, and story whereby the science fiction aspects very much conform to that recommended by John Truby, this series of books that began almost a quarter of a century ago and now boasts a very solid fan base, would seem to be ripe for development as movies and/or a sequence of miniseries. To my mind this is unlikely, due to too much of the audience value of these books being held within swathes of exposition that cannot be transferred to other media. Granted, this way of writing does make it much less difficult for the writer -- David Weber, in this instance -- to generate their word count. However, it does ensure that these titles will never hit the silver screen. The prose style is beyond workmanlike, yet is not as satisfying as Iain M. Banks, Fritz Leiber or C.J. Cherryh, to cite three examples of writers (their death where applicable, excepted) who also suffer from the self-imposed limits of their art.That disappointment aside, David Weber's Honor Harrington titles, will not disappoint those who are sufficiently satisfied by reading and imagining their own interpretations of what it is that they are reading.
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