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House of Steel (Honor Harrington Universe Book 1) Kindle Edition
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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?
Love the content - good story and excellent reference to the Honorverse (albeit already out of date).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.
"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.Read more ›
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"
One is a short novel which fills in the story of Queen Elizabeth's father Roger III. This is a pretty feeble novel, more like a fictionalized documentary of facts already contained in the novels. It lacks all tension and adds nothing to them.
The rest is a collection of histories about the main planets and their navies. There are a few ancient facts included that are not in the main saga but in my view none increases our insight.
I'm as big a fan of the technicalities of space navies as anyone and admire unconditionally how Weber has managed to string out such as series of battles across time and space without tedium. So I was expecting a series of Eagle style cutouts and lots of details. All we get is pretty coloured pictures of various unit badges and the like and tiny sketches of the ships.
AS big disappointment but worth it for the completist like me
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just a collection of bits and peices with some of the bits repeated.
Do NOT waste your money.
Disappointed, expected it to be more of a collection of short stories and geekish stuff.Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
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 morePublished 21 months ago by Top Tec
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 22 months ago by DGM
Never let's me down ever always worth reading a galaxy full of good people u like to read about and see win justPublished on 1 April 2014 by barrypritchard