The Shadow of Saganami (Honorverse: Saganami Island #1)
The story has the same feel as the original series, even without seeing Honor Harrington in the center of the action. Maybe it is not so surprising because it is indeed written by David Weber himself (unlike the Torch series which is the c ...more
In his long-running saga of the Manticoran Space Navy and its battles (_War of Honor_, etc.), Weber has chronicled the career of Honor Harrington, a distaff Horatio Hornblower transplanted into a futuristic conflict based loosely on the Napoleonic wars. These hugely entertaining and clever adventures are the very epitome of space opera, but their emphasis on one officer's contribution tends to give a lopsided view of how a military organization fights. In his rousing seco
Okay, the plot. Contrary to the cover (which not only displays Honor pr ...more
Most of the main characters are trainees just about to graduate from the Academy that trains the Royal Mantacorian Navy. They get the thrill of new assignments and the difficulties of fitting in to their new ships' companies.
I enjoy the concepts of the Hono ...more
Weber's typical problem does crop up- adding useless pages and going to in-dept making the read dull most of the time. Hate his habit of repetition, after reading 20 ...more
At any rate, this book picks up with the new Talbot Cluster, where the most recently discovered wormhole from Manticore leads. Even as Manticore is stretched thin fighting off the new war with Haven, the systems of the Talbot Cluster have applied to become part of the new Empire of Manticore, rather tha ...more
In fact, I'm actually glad I read it because it does flesh out what actually happened out in the Talbot Cluster during At All Costs. (IMHO "Saganami" should be read first: it does not contain spoilers for "All Costs," while the reverse is not ...more
The question is will I read another book in the series, well yes, but I wish he would go back to his 1990s style of writing.
This book, to me, was good space opera--large-scale conflicts made personal by a large cast of characters, some black, some white, some gray, with a very light sprinkling of romance (very light!). I really enjoyed getting to know Captain Aivars Terekhov and the main members of his crew.
My only complaint is that the exposition, via long discussions between characters, is not always fascinating reading. Those passages, along with detailed descriptions of the weapon systems and construction of ...more
I was disappointed with the first 300 pages but after that the book rapidly picks up the pace and shows true Honorverse form. It is a shame that Weber has descended into verbose overflow. Yes, David, I understood what you meant after the first sentence. You don’t nee ...more
The political side dragged a bit, not helped by the fact that I was reading this on an old PDA, and it was difficult to get to the "cast of characters" page to figure out who everybody was. But the last half of the book was fantastic. Weber has a skill with writing a battle that makes them tremendously engaging.
The book ends very ve ...more
So, the way it's shipped now ...more
Great characters, heroic action. Lots of politics but by now I am actually interested in it. This is easily as good as many of th ...more
About 1/3 to 1/2 of the way through the book things start picking up and it becomes a great story. I just hate books that you have to "work through" to get to the good parts. My second reading however, after having read Storm From the Shadows went much better, and things made ...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