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A Beautiful Friendship (Star Kingdom) Hardcover – October 4, 2011


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: Star Kingdom
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; 1 edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451637470
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451637472
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,573 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

With over seven million copies of his books in print and seventeen titles on the New York Times bestseller list, David Weber is the science fiction publishing phenomenon of the new millennium. In the hugely-popular Honor Harrington series, the spirit of C.S. Forester’s Horatio Hornblower and Patrick O’Brian’s Master and Commander lives on—into the galactic future. Books in the Honor Harrington and Honoverse series have appeared on fourteen best seller lists, including those of The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and USA Today. While Weber is best known for his spirited, modern-minded space operas, he is also the creator of the Oath of Swords fantasy series and the Dahak saga, a science fiction and fantasy hybrid. Weber is has also engaged in a steady stream of bestselling collaborations including his Starfire Series with Steve White, which produced the New York Times bestseller The Shiva Option among others. Weber’s collaboration with alternate history master Eric Flint led to the bestselling 1634: The Baltic War, and his planetary adventure novels with military science fiction ace and multiple national best-seller John Ringo includes the blockbusters March to the Stars and We Few.  Finally, Weber’s teaming with Linda Evans produced the bestselling Multiverse series. David Weber makes his home in South Carolina with his wife and children.

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David Mark Weber is an American science fiction and fantasy author. He was born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1952. Weber and his wife Sharon live in Greenville, South Carolina with their three children and "a passel of dogs".

Previously the owner of a small advertising and public relations agency, Weber now writes science fiction full time.

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Weber has written a delightful young adult book.
PJ Coldren
If you like David Weber and the Honor Harrington series it is a must read it discusses the origins of the treecats.
MARK SMITH
The story is interesting, and provides a needed background to the human/treecat relationship.
C. Cook

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Eohany on August 7, 2011
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'A Beautiful Friendship' appeared previously in 'More than Honor', a short story collection. This is the expanded version with added detail and story. It happens in the same world as David Weber's Honorverse series, although this book is targeted towards a younger audience and takes place earlier in time. It describes the meeting of treecats and humans for the first time and the beginnings of their interactions. Stephanie Harrington is a 12 year old girl, newly arrived on the planet who's just a bit too precocious. Trying to keep her occupied and out of trouble, her parents convince her to find out what or who is stealing celery from gardens around the planet. Once she solves this mystery, a whole new range of problems open up as humans discover that there are sentient creatures already living on their new planet. Overall, it's a nice addition to the Honorverse backstory and even though it's intended for a YA audience, I think most adult Honor fans will enjoy it also. There were one or two oddly written sections where I feel the author glossed over important events, but as these events were previously written in the short story collection 'Worlds of Honor' in the story 'The Stray', it was only referenced here. 'The Stray' does helps flesh out the back story of Dr. MacDallan's own treecat history and I'd recommend it to those interested. There was obviously room for a sequel or two at the ending of the book and I think this will be an engaging series for younger readers interested in a strong, female protagonist.
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45 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin Thomas VINE VOICE on August 8, 2011
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David Weber's "Honorverse" currently consists of 12 novels in the Honor Harrington series (with the next one due to be published in 2012) plus 5 short story collections published in the "Worlds of Honor" anthologies. That huge amount of material is a great backstory with which to work and this first entry in a new Young Adult series starring one of Honor's ancesters takes full advantage.

Don't worry if you've never read any of the other books though. I've only recently read a couple and have enjoyed them so much that I want to keep on reading. This book, "A Beautiful Friendship" stands on its own completely, requiring no previous knowledge of the Honorverse.

The novel itself reads like a really good book. Notice I didn't say, "a really good YA book." True, the protagonist is a young teenage girl but that's about the only clue. The author doesn't "dumb down" or "age down" the story for younger readers. The adults in the novel do not go around acting like idiots, allowing the young characters to run the show, as you find in so many YA titles. Instead, we are treated to a nice, heartwarming 1st contact story filled with awe-inspiring scenes, dangerous moments, courageous multi-dimensional characters, etc...just what I like in a fine story. And the fact that it serves to expand my knowledge of the Honorverse is just an added bonus.

Looking forward to more in this series.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By wbentrim VINE VOICE on August 4, 2011
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A Beautiful Friendship by David Weber

Let me preface this by giving you my prejudice right up front, I am a major fan of David Weber and of anthropomorphism.

Anyone who has read the Honor Harrington books will recognize the name: Treecat. This book is Weber's entry into the Young Adult genre and it details first contact with the Treecats.

Weber may quantify this book as YA but it certainly reads as well and as interesting as all of his books. The characters are well defined and evoke positive emotions. I really enjoy the way Weber promotes loyalty, honor, responsibility and the rest of the Boy Scout motto.

Then there are the Treecats. If you have read any of my other reviews you have to be aware of how much I enjoy the interaction of minds between species. David Weber does it with such aplomb and panache that I sit in awe. Once again, Mr. Weber, you are an artist!

I highly recommend the book and not just for kids.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Amber M. Anderson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 15, 2011
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The idea of a human bond with a telepathic animal (especially an alien one) isn't really that new...Dragonriders of Pern was a huge part of my own childhood...however, a lot of the ideas in this book are really quite novel and fun to think about.

Some of the points I found most interesting as concepts:

1) That the telepathic People/treecats and the verbally communicative humans can not actually communicate with one another, even when bonded. So very different are their communication methods that although they can reach an understanding, direct communication is not (in this book anyway) possible. Treecats just cannot seem to comprehend sound language no matter how they try, nor can humans ever directly discern completely coherent thought from them. This leads to a lot of interesting cultural differences and really influences the way the two deal with each other.
2) Primitive hunter/gatherer alien society with highly advanced humans. Not all that novel...and yet much of my experience in sci-fi does not have humans this far ahead of the aliens it encounters (in fact, usually it's the opposite dichotomy). But this does lead to a really interesting exploration of that society figuring out how to deal with the humans...avoid them and hide? Contact them?
3) Dealing with the pets vs. sentient species conflict with a species that is so different its intelligence is hard to guage and which really does seem to hit the human sense of "small, cute, and petlike" and what that means.
4) Interesting details about an imaginary human past...exploration of planets, contact with other sentient species (although it would have been nice to know more...we really only find out about one that did not go well), differences in biology, climate, gravity, etc.
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