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Beginnings: Worlds of Honor 6 (Honor Harrington- Anthologies) Kindle Edition
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- Book 6 of 6 in Honor Harrington- Anthologies (6 Book Series)
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Most of the comments in this review apply equally to the Kindle and paper editions of the anthology, but the star rating is specific to the Kindle edition. An irritating flaw in the presentation took my view of the book below the threshold between five and four stars - I would probably have given a hardcopy edition of the book a five star rating.
As the title implies, all the stories in this volume represent the start of something important to the world of Admiral Honor Harrington some 2,000 years in the future.
1) "By the Book" by Charles Gannon is a space detective story set only 338 years in the future, in the early stages of the "Diaspora" of humans from Earth, and the most readily identifiable common element between Honor's universe and this story is the dating system. However, it is also a story about how the emigration of humans to many other planets became possible.
2) "A Call to Arms" by Timothy Zahn introduces the character of Travis Long, who in this novella is a lieutenant. Travis is about to get his own series, currently slated to be a trilogy: he is the central character in the "Manticore Ascendant" series in which the first book, "A Call to Duty (Manticore Ascendant)" by David Weber and Timothy Zahn is due for publication on 7th October 2014.
In this case the beginning is that of the military tradition of the Royal Manticoran Navy: "A Call to Arms" tells of Travis Long's part in the RMN's first major battle, defending against a force of mercenaries hired by the Axelrod corporation in 1543 PD (e.Read more ›
Another great buck by David Weber and a must for anyone who has followed the series. . Any one chances on this book will find a wonderful
whole world in a star far from earth.. .
It probably goes without saying that this is not a jumping on point, but you will doubtless be a regular reader of the series if you are reading this, so that won't be a problem.
The book contains five stories. Two by regular series writer David Weber, and three by guest writers.
The common theme of the volume is beginnings. Thus all the stories are set a bit back in time in the series, and tell how certain things came to be.
First story, 'By the Book' by Charles E. Gannon, runs for one hundred and thirty five pages. It tells how an attempt to stop a hijacking in Earth's solar system leads to an investigation that uncovers a bigger plot. This has a good space action opening, but it's a big on the long side. Sags a little in the middle. And has some rather average characters. But the ending is good and give the reader food for thought.
Second story, 'A Call to Arms', is by Timothy Zahn. It features Travis, a character from a series he is currently co writing with David Weber, and tells of his struggle to prove himself as a naval member. Whilst his ship faces danger. This one is divided into chapters. It runs for ninety four pages. It does rather throw the reader in at the deep end to begin with so it takes a little getting used to. But once it does, a likeable lead and some very good space action make for a good read.
Third story, 'Beauty and the Beast', is by David Weber. This runs for one hundred and fifty two pages. It tells the story of how Honor's parents met and how their first meeting was anything but smooth.Read more ›
I would recomend reading before Riseing Thunder or Storm from the Shadows. Some parts of those novels will make more sense having read this set.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed getting some of the background to the early days of the worlds that would later be party of the Honor Harrington worlds.Published 12 months ago by P A Prescott
I will always wish to read books from the 'Honorverse' and this is good example of what is excellent story arc.Published 21 months ago by P. A. Schofield
A nice short story selection from the honorverse if you enjoy the stories of honor harrington and captain zilwicki and the whole host of excellent cvharacters this is for you!Published on 26 Dec. 2013 by Danny