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on 11 January 2018
Fills in a lot of the background to the Honor series. Explains the origins of the Treecat/Human interaction and the geopolitics of Manti core.
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on 2 March 1998
Read this book for the first short story: Why commando raids to obtain small amounts of a plant? Treecats give new meanings to the words: telepath, spy, caution. This even explains why treecats can be sentient, but never bothered to come down from the 'trees.'
David Drake didn't bother to read any of the HH stories before mailing his garbage in. Read any WW1 'white man's burden' story instead, you'll feel better. (Drake's idea of making the Manties look good is to insult them less than his other characters.) He offers an excuse at the end: Parts of the story actually happened in Egypt long ago. I guess this makes it God's fault?
S.M. Stirling did read the books, an excellent emulation. He manages to make the PRH leadership into worthwhile people, with courage, strenght and problems.. After all, Honor needs 'great' enemies to overcome..
The last part is by Weber again, and is a condensed history. Some rehash of the HH appendixes, but much is new: How the Solarian league and Haven came to be.
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on 21 December 1997
The 3 stories were well written in themselves, but the only thing connecting them to Honor is that they are in Weber's galaxy including Manticore and the Peeps. Weber's short story was interesting since it explained the treecats. The others were just stories that seemed to throw in a mention of Manticore or the Peeps to be published in the book. Honor's name was never even included except for a technical "brief" by Weber explaining how the ships work and the planets' politics, etc. I use the term "brief" since it was closer to a military briefing than a story. If you love Honor and are hoping to find out what happens next in her life, don't bother with this book. If you're looking for a decent read of short stories by some good authors, go for it.
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on 12 June 1998
If you've managed to read any of my other reviews, you know I staunchly support Honor, and the military necsseties. Now, we have 1 story by DF Weber, in which he introduces the treecats as more than Honor's quizzical, mischeveous emotional guru. Learn a little something intruiging about the Harrington lineage too.. 1 story from David Drake, which starts out making me wonder if anything interesting could possibly occur, then it does. Better than the Slammers even. 1 story from SM Stirling, who may have abandoned the 5th millennium of his own creation, but writes quite well in Honor's. If SM Stirling wrote for the Peeps, and DF Weber wrote for the Manties, there'd be hell to pay on both sides, something akin to 2 of Niven & Pournelle's Motie warriors duking it out. No survivors. They're that good. Not to spoil it for you, but if things evolve from Stirlings contribution, God help the Manties. Either that, or the Peeps may actually be salvageable after all. Read it. For the warm fuzzies of the first story, the triumph of the second, or the bitter hope of the third.
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on 2 February 2016
A series of good stories that give a lot of background - good for any Honorverse fan :)
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on 2 May 1998
It's easy to say the Weber story was my favorite, and the Stirling story the next favorite, but I either adore David Drake's work or cannot stand it. This one I did both. I liked this book. It was just too short for a book of additional stories in the HH universe.
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on 14 April 2014
Weber is not the most brilliant of writers, style-wise but the Honor Harrington series is compulsive. I read evey one of them as soon as they're published.
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on 17 May 1999
I saw the book. I bought the book. I tried to read the book. I threw the book away. David Weber should not have put his name to this book. It is not up to his standards and I'm dissapointed that he did.
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on 2 January 1998
The books contains three short stories. The first, by David Weber himself, provides an excellent 'first contact' story about the Sphinxan treecats. This is a good stand-alone story with a juvenile protagonist. It is somewhat reminiscent of the "Little Fuzzy" sequels NOT written by H. Beam Piper. The second story, by David Drake, is good space opera. The third, by S. M. Stirling, fills in a gap in a previous Honor narrative (Honor herself is not mentioned). OK, if you like Sterling.
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on 9 June 2000
i did enjoy this book it was nice to see some more of the worls of the honor series
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