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url 2017-05-20 01:13
The Baen Free Library — Lots of free ebooks
On Basilisk Station - David Weber
Cobra - Timothy Zahn
Fledgling - Sharon Lee,Steve Miller
There Will Be Dragons - John Ringo
Caliphate - Tom Kratman
Starliner - David Drake
Draw One in the Dark - Sarah A. Hoyt
The Honor of the Queen - David Weber

Not new (been around long time), but in case any SF/F fans overlooked, publisher Baen offers The Baen Free Library -- a digital library of the science fiction and fantasy publishing house Baen Books where e-books can be downloaded free in a number of formats.


Often it's the first book in an ongoing or a backlist series.


(They also have for sale eARCs of brand spanking new books well before available at retailers at http://www.baen.com/baenebooks#eARC  )


Links to the download the ones I featured (they offer many more):


Source: www.baen.com/categories/free-library.html
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review 2016-12-16 00:00
Shadow of Victory
Shadow of Victory - David Weber Shadow of Victory - David Weber It has been a long time since I posted something on this site. I have had quite a few personal problems including being hospitalized for several months. Thus both my book reading and my ability (motivation) to write have been next to non-existent. My Goodreads reading challenge from the beginning of the year is shot to hell with about 27% of the books read.

Fortunately things are slowly returning to something that at least resembles normality. I have begun to read again and today I managed to motivate myself to start writing and posting reviews in PG’s Ramblings and Goodreads again.

Unfortunately this, the first book I review after coming back, was a bit of a disappointment. As usual the book is very well written as one should expect with David Weber as the author. However, the book is very long, slow, longwinded and downright boring for a lot of the time.

There are lots and lots of long passages with discussions between people, political plotting, treacherous manipulations etc. etc. There are also a lot of plots going on at once, jumping back and forth, and there is never really a main character or hero to really get attached to. The book also recycles a lot of plot elements found in previous books in the series. I know it is a Honorverse and not a Honor Harrington book but I really miss Honor Harrington’s presence.

It is not until the last third, or even last fourth, of the book that it starts to get interesting when some real space action starts to take place and Manticore starts to unravel the mess that the Mesan Alignment have created. In this part of the book we get some examples of David Weber’s excellent writing of space battles and tactics.

It is unfortunately not enough to save the book from a rather mediocre rating.
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review 2016-11-04 21:10
On Basilisk Station
On Basilisk Station - David Weber

On Basilisk Station is the first Honor Harrington novel (which is a very long-running series at this point, I believe), and is an example of that species of science fiction generally known as "space opera."


It's also clearly modeled on the Horatio Hornblower stories (the author's note thanks C.S. Forester, so I doubt I'm imaging things).  Only instead of the tale of the rise of a plucky cabin boy during the Napoleonic wars, our heroine is a female starship captain from "the Star Kingdom of Manticore," not yet at war with another realm, "The People's Republic of Haven," who are clearly up to no good.  Honor's gotten her ship's armament butchered by a theorist at the Royal Navy, and despite being a tactical genius, her failure to make the new system work in war games has resulted in her getting a punishment stationing in the Basilisk system.  There she finds natives like praying mantises, drug addiction, a massive amount of smuggling, and possible espionage by Haven.


There is a slight tendency to infodump (possibly due to being a "first in series").  Honor reminds me of some romance heroines in that she doesn't think she's pretty, but everyone else seems to.  (Not that there is any romance in this novel.)


On the whole I prefer Horatio Hornblower, but it was an easy read, it kept me reasonably entertained, and it was free.  (As is the second volume, The Honor of the Queen, which I'm reading currently.   Both were free for kindle in the US, found while I was roaming the free section at Amazon.)

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text 2016-09-07 03:55
Finished both but reviews are going to take some more thought.
Dune: House Atreides - Kevin J. Anderson,Brian Herbert
Off Armageddon Reef - David Weber
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text 2016-09-03 19:17
Reading progress update: 6%.
Off Armageddon Reef - David Weber

The book description explains the premise of series better than my last post: 

"…To preserve their endangered culture, Safehold leaders have built an ironclad religion, reinforced with mind control and secret advanced technology. After centuries of cruelty, this repressive order is finally threatened by the reawakening of an 800-year-old android destined to test the limits of freedom…."

Well, in just a few opening pages Weber has definitely drawn an engrossing picture of exactly the battles, destruction, threat and chances taken by remaining humanity.  Very clever how the "ark" vessels carrying the survivors to Safehold managed to elude the aliens.  Who needs wordy infodumps when you have a skilled writer like Weber?

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