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House of Steel (Honor Harrington Universe Book 1) by [Weber, David]
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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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 10655 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books (16 Dec. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CDZ7N8W
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,560 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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THIS IS A REVIEW OF THE KINDLE EDITION!

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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"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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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 rest of the book was just short bits about the ships and there classes, about different people, things and places all of which we learnt through reading the books in the series, if you like tec data etc this would be a good book to have, but I personally found it boring to wade through. This would have been better if it had had another story about the Wintons instead
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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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This book consists of two parts.

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
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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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