A Rising Thunder (Honor Harrington #13)
On the positive side, I can always count on a new Weber Honorverse book to grab my attention and give me a few days of plain ol' popcorn-munching fun. I can also count in them making want to go back and reread the whole series.
Unfortunately, "A Rising Thunder" is more like the bottom half of the popcorn bowl -- cooled off, not as salty, still absently enjoyable but not as satisfying as you'd want it to be.
The Honorverse is space opera, straight up -- massive space battles interspersed...more
The earlier Honorverse books were always part of a larger story, but each was a fairly self-contained . . . chapter ....more
If you like "Space Opera" kind of stories you'll probably enjoy the first fe...more
On the downside, there is a LOT of politics without nearly the action that made the earlier novels so enjoyable, so be warned. If the growing political complexity is turning you off, this one won't make you happy. I know it got to me the...more
And the eyes -- my god, the eyes. They twinkle, they narrow, they offer insights into the soul with a crinkle, they're the goddamn full-wall windows into the soul.
All while nothing much really happens, and you'll nee...more
This is the 13th book in David Weber’s Honor Harrington series. When the series started, back in 1992, it was pretty easy to follow. Sequel followed sequel and each book picked up where the last left off. More recently, in 2002, Weber approved the creation of two sub-series. The result is that the plotline and scope of the “Honorverse” expanded dramatically
The first sub-series was “The Wages of Sin”, starting with Crown of Slaves, which follows book #10, War of Honor. The second sub-series was...more
1. I liked it just fine. It moved along at a good pace, and Weber paid off his promises fairly well (to keep your precious eyes from spoilers, I shan't say anything more specific). I don't think I would say that it's my favorite installment in the series*, but it's, at the very least, adequate.
2. For a book ostensibly about Honor Harrington, there w...more
Weber needed to transition to a new enemy. This book is clearly a transitioning volume...more
This book was a tiny disappointment, if only because the others have excelled all expectations. First, there were a number of copy editing errors (boo!), and the book spent more time on political development than with any people. To this point, Weber has phenomenal with his ability to balance talk on technology and politics with moments of delightfully well executed social interactio...more
An appreciable percentage of this is devoted to different characters telling Honor how wonderful, honest, clever, morally superior, beautiful and above all how RIGHT she is about everything, and how stupid / genetically inferior anyone who opposes her is. Big yawns... When did the population of...more
Unfortunately however, these talents are littl...more
You may want to wait and read A Rising Thunder after the next installment is published in 2013...2013??!!…'cause it is just making me nutso cuckoo to have to wait for Shadow of Freedom and find out what happens next...the pins and needles are just killin' me!!
It's a lovely tale of a corrupt government system being taken dow...more
Weber had the foresight to see that for that battle to be properly appreciated, he needed to build up to it in the second book....more
“A Rising Thunder” reads like the unfinished prelude to the grand finale of the “Honor Harrington” saga; not surprisingly, it is the first half of a manuscript Weber has written already chronicling the war between the Solarian League and the Star Empire of Manticore and its allies. While this isn’t by far the best in the “Honor Harrington” series, it is not the worst, and is commendable to the extent in which Weber describes...more
Perhaps I'm being too harsh; after all, this is only half a book. (The other half will be issued as Shadow of Freedom.) But ... this seems to have all the Weberian flaws, and none of the enjoyable things. Nothing in here feels personal, even the wedding. Granted that we barely know the principals, but the mother of the groom has been a viewpoint character before. It's all political, and intellectual, a...more
This book is a little unusual for Weber. No lengthy descriptions of technology or weaponry. No lengthy space battles; what confrontations do occur are averted or resolved quickly. Also, not very much Honor Harrington.
However, it's well written and engrossing as usual. And it's a logical progression in the saga of the Star Empire of Manticore and the very complex political situation of human space.
I enjoyed this book. My two complaints are:
(1) It's lack of focus on...more
Earlier his books use to be full of info dump and recap which were difficult to read. But at lest the plot was interesting and the climax always great.
Now he has got into the habit of stretching a event into three books which seem's more like historical notes. I have become a expert at skipping. The sad part is the plot is not interesting anymore and there is no thrill in reading the bo...more
Peril and strife strike on a double front for Honor Harrington and company. After a brutal attack on the Manticoran home system, Honor Harrington and the Star Kingdom she serves battle back against a new, technologically powerful, and utterly nefarious enemy. And as if that weren’t task enough, Honor must also face down a centuries-old old nemesis in the crumbling, but still mighty, Solarian League. The war between the People’s Republic of Haven and the Star Kingdom is finally won and peace esta...more
I've read at least a couple other books in the Honor Harrington series, and really enjoyed them (On Basilisk Station and The Shadow of Saganami). Unfortunately this book just didn't appeal to me. It was overloaded with so many undeveloped characters that I couldn't keep them straight, let alone care about them. The story seemed to ramble forever, consisting mainly of extremely long conversations designed to tell me why I oug...more
The first 100+ pages of this book are just a repeat of the previous book ‘Mission of Honor’, including some sections that are word for word the same. However, I should say that once the story actual develops I started to enjo...more
Many of his stories have military, particularly naval, themes, and fit into the military science fiction genre. He frequently places female leading characters in what have been traditionally male roles.
One of his most popular and enduring characters is Honor Harrington whose alliterated name...more