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Honor Harrington Series

Discussion in 'The Book Rack' started by MrMurphy, Apr 16, 2005.

  1. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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  2. RiverVan

    RiverVan FREEDOM

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    What is this series? Could you post more info? Author?
     


  3. PilotKitten

    PilotKitten Mrs. MrMurphy

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    Sci-fi loosely based on the Horatio Hornblower series. David Weber.


    And no, I'm not a fan yet.... But Murph hasn't steered me wrong recommending books yet. I look forward to reading it. :)
     
  4. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    I own the whole series....wanna borrow them? (Pilotkitten that is)
     
  5. PilotKitten

    PilotKitten Mrs. MrMurphy

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    Sure why not? :)
     
  6. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    The series is:
    (as far as I can remember, they're not in front of me)

    On Basilisk Station
    The Honor of the Queen
    The Short Victorious War
    Field of Dishonor
    Flag in Exile
    Honor among enemies
    Echoes of Honor
    Ashes of Victory
    War of Honor

    Along with Crown of Slaves ( a side-story book, along with several short story books that all connect with crown of slaves) and In the Shadow of Saganami, which is a full book, dealing with the "second generation" of people introduced throughout the various books and quite good by itself.
     
  7. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    I liked it and have read every book on the series. Now, I don't know about the new offshoots. They seem to be boring.
     
  8. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    In the Shadow of Saganami was interesting.

    If you've read the little short story-anthologies, Crown of Slaves makes MUCH more sense (that's where most of the characters are introduced). The major characters are (Zilwicki and crowd) are introduced in The Short Victorious War and fleshed out in the anthologies.
     
  9. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    I read the anthologies as well. Crown of Slaves is just too damn boring with all of the political intrigues. Shadow of Saganami wasn't too bad, but I don't know. The genre might be done for.
     
  10. jason10mm

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    I liked the earlier ones A LOT, but Honor just got too many things "right" while taking massive risks and the books started getting too into that 6 legged cat thing. Still fun, but the earlier intensity is gone, replaced by bloat. Haven't read the most recent one though.
     
  11. MrMurphy

    MrMurphy ********* Moderator Moderator Millennium Member Lifetime Member

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    Some people take insane risks and barely get scratched.

    I don't think Audie Murphy ever got a really serious wound, and he personally whacked 300 Germans, including while standing on an about-to-blow-and-on-fire tank with a .50 cal.
     
  12. jason10mm

    jason10mm NRA-GOA-TSRA

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    Yeah, but did he do it in EVERY battle?

    I guess it's ok so long as you don't read them back to back. A friend of mine had them all and I ended up reading about 8 of them in a year period. Too fast, as Honor goes from being damn good into an invincible tactical machine. The Horatio Hornblower series did a better job of keeping the main character more "human", I guess. Anyway, they are still good books, I just like the earlier ones better.

    If you like major space battles, I highly recommend Peter Hamiltons "Night's Dawn" series (Neutronium Alchemist, etc) as they are excellent sci-fi military books.
     
  13. 1865

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    All great books. I did like the earlier books a bit better than the more recent ones, but they are all very good.
     
  14. eisman

    eisman ARGH! CLM

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    I have to admit I like the earlier books too.

    Anyone can try them for free. Available on line here...

    http://www.baen.com/