: On Basilisk Station (Honor Harrington) (): David Weber: Books. Editorial Reviews. Review. On Basilisk Station (or “HH1” as it’s known to the faithful) is the first installment in David Weber’s cult hit Honor. : On Basilisk Station: Honor Harrington, Book 1 (Audible Audio Edition): David Weber, Allyson Johnson, Audible Studios: Books.
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She just soldiered on through thick and thin and, being totally brilliant and super talented, she performed miracles. To be fair, this is acceptably competent military SF in the military sense.
Ships of the Fleet Calendars. I love this HARD science space opera. The soporific and often incomprehensible descriptions of defense tactics, ship construction, and long-warring government factions made me incapable of appreciating the rare moments of plot development.
The comparison with Star Trek is on point here, because for all the show’s almost idealized portrayal of “Star Fleet” officer culture, it did regularly explore the dangers of exploration and contact with less developed peoples, and with the Prime Directive attempted to establish a possible moral framework for coping with the difficulties raised.
That has its interest and I did appreciate the insight into how officers think about their assignments and how to run a ship. Honor Harrington 1 Now-April 11 64 Jun 10, She brushes her shoulders and sets to work with tons of misfits and maladjusted crewmembers and whips the Bad News Bears into shape. A comic adaptation of On Basilisk Station was released instarting with a first book of the same name.
There is a good bit of humor, however, such as: After some battle simulations, the Fearless crew is assigned to the titular Basilisk Station, in a backwater of the unfashionable end of the Star Kingdom of Manticore to help with the picket duty. View all 22 comments. Those complaints aside, I did enjoy this, and will at least continue to the next in the series.
The novel examines the interrelationship between a commander and her crew, how loyalty is earned and the sort of personality and decision making that makes a great military leader.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Honor’s enemies may have her outnumbered, but they certainly don’t have her outmatched! The decision is made to take over the Basilisk system and Admiral Parnell is tasked with drawing up plans to that effect. That said, even though I avoid spoilers, I usually have a pretty good idea of what the tone of a book is going to be. Honor Harrington staation Now-April.
I just don’t go nuts over that particular aspect of the novels. There are times here when the plot exposition seemed to me to davif on, even wander on forever. This is my 3rd time reading this e Book Info: A spoiled senior officer shifts the blame for her own failures onto Honor.
On Basilisk Station
View all 25 comments. His characterization is a bit flat. Personally I found it intrinsic to the story line in the end, as it explained the limitations as to what could happen in certain situations no spoiler intended. There were times when I felt Weber dedicated an excruciating amount of time explaining the science behind much of his world.
The main character is totally a Mary Sue. View all 6 comments. So yeah, not for me. Not only do we have a female protagonist; women in Manticore which currently happens to have a ruling Queen enjoy full role equality with men, can occupy positions of power, and serve in the space navy on an equal footing with males.
So boy read everything else. Stagion can see why some may see a resemblance to the Hornblower novels. Her ethics, courage and intuition serve her well. Weber also has an excellent grasp of the sheer grinding time involved in space battles, and a surprisingly light touch in showing the nature of war from every level of military experience.
Honor is stronger because of her home planet, so her strength and treecat are not unusual for where she comes from.
Someone who’s charming, but also has weberr thousand-yard stare that can intimidate anyone in her sights. On Basilisk Station introduces her as a newly minted starship captain, assigned to her first small-ish ship called HMS Fearless.
Weber’s universe is primarily humanoid.
SF : On Basilisk Station / David Weber ★★★★½
As to the political situation and its complexities, you just have to look at the world today and realise it was in fact probably under complicated in this book.
Sep 08, Apatt rated it really liked it Shelves: Parliament isn’t sure it wants to keep the place; the major local favid is smuggling, the merchant cartels want her head; the star-conquering, so-called “Republic” of Haven is Up to Something; and Honor Harrington has a single, over-age light cruiser with an armament that doesn’t work to police the entire star system.
Assembling the fragments of information into a coherent whole, Honor deduces Haven’s intentions and is left with no choice but to act firmly or stand aside while Haven moves into launch position for an invasion. Weber also shows some courage in his willingness to kill-off key characters for the sake of the plot.
Boy asks himself if he’s been entirely fair to said Mil-SF titles so summarily dismissed. They’ve made her mad!
I did think that Weber did a wonderful job with supporting characters, in particular with McKeon. The most egregious comes near the very end, when the climactic space battle which is quite tense and harrowing is put on hold for a multi-page lecture on the functions, history, and inventors of each method of FTL travel.