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A Beautiful Friendship - David Weber
A Beautiful Friendship
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            Stephanie Harrington always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl . . . until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore. It should have been the perfect new home --- a virgin wilderness full of new... show more
            Stephanie Harrington always expected to be a forest ranger on her homeworld of Meyerdahl . . . until her parents relocated to the frontier planet of Sphinx in the far distant Star Kingdom of Manticore. It should have been the perfect new home --- a virgin wilderness full of new species of every sort, just waiting to be discovered. But Sphinx is a far more dangerous place than ultra-civilized Meyerdahl, and Stephanie’s explorations come to a sudden halt when her parents lay down the law: no trips into the bush without adult supervision!             Yet Stephanie is a young woman determined to make discoveries, and the biggest one of all awaits her: an intelligent alien species.             The forest-dwelling treecats are small, cute, smart, and have a pronounced taste for celery. And they are also very, very deadly when they or their friends are threatened . . . as Stephanie discovers when she comes face-to-face with Sphinx’s most lethal predator after a hang-gliding accident.             But her discoveries are only beginning, for the treecats are also telepathic and able to bond with certain humans, and Stephanie’s find --- and her first-of-its kind bond with the treecat Climbs Quickly --- land both of them in a fresh torrent of danger. Galactic-sized wealth is at stake, and Stephanie and the treecats are squarely in the path of highly-placed enemies determined to make sure the planet Sphinx remains entirely in human hands, even if that means the extermination of another thinking species.             Unfortunately for those enemies, the treecats have saved Stephanie Harrington’s life. She owes them . . . and Stephanie is a young woman who stands by her friends.             Which means things are about to get very interesting on Sphinx.About A Beautiful Friendship: “It’s rare to find teen science fiction that strays beyond popular dystopian fare. The environmental messages, human-animal friendship, humor, action, and inventive technology will make this series starter an easy hit. . . .”—BooklistAbout David Weber and the Honor Harrington series:“. . .everything you could want in a heroine….excellent…plenty of action.”—Science Fiction Age“Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!”—Anne McCaffrey“Compelling combat combined with engaging characters for a great space opera adventure.”—Locus“Weber combines realistic, engaging characters with intelligent technological projection. . .Fans of this venerable space opera will rejoice. . .”—Publishers Weekly
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781451637472 (1451637470)
Publisher: Baen
Pages no: 361
Edition language: English
Series: Honorverse: Stephanie Harrington (#1)
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Familiar Diversions
Familiar Diversions rated it
2.5 A Beautiful Friendship (audiobook) by David Weber, narrated by Khristine Hvam
Twelve-year-old Stephanie isn't happy that her family has been relocated to the planet Sphinx. It's a dangerous and fairly recently colonized place, so her parents don't feel comfortable about letting her run around on her own all the time. In order to keep her occupied, Stephanie's mother gives her...
Book Reports and Glory Holes
Book Reports and Glory Holes rated it
1.5 You know when people use "Young Adult" as an insult? This book is why.
Sometimes I feel like some books just DO NOT work as audio books. This is one of them. Everything that might have been mildly annoying in a print/read-with-your-eyes version just got 10000000 times worse when you have to read-with-your-ears. For instance: * The time jumps - so you've captured the b...
Jennavier
Jennavier rated it
This was good, but wasn't really a new book. It was mostly an expanded collection of previous published short stories. I'm interested to see what the sequel looks like since it's new work intended to be a full length novel.
Blind-Seer
Blind-Seer rated it
4.0 A Beautiful Friendship (Star Kingdom)
Honestly it really is beautiful, it is no lie. Read this book, seriously. One of the best Young Adult I have ever read. David Weber did a great job on the deput book in the Star Kingdom Series. For once I wasn't totally disgausted by a YA terrible writing. Now Weber doesnt normally write in this gen...
Seeford's Spot
Seeford's Spot rated it
3.0
A great starter science fiction book for kids 12+.Full of tropes, but handled very well. The first section of the book is an expanded version of a short story detailing first contact between the treecats and humans on the planet Sphinx. The second closely follows with worries about how to keep the t...
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