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A Beautiful Friendship (Star Kingdom) Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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Previously the owner of a small advertising and public relations agency, Weber now writes science fiction full time.
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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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ever wonder about the first human-treecat bond? Here's the story. Fully lives up to the quality standard that David Weber has kept in his books.Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
Just what you want a story of treecats to be like. I wish I had a friend like Lionheart.Published 13 days ago by Helpfullily
I'm so glad David Weber has gone back to the beginning of the treecat story. In the Honor Harrington books, there wasn't much(if any) back story on the treecats. Read morePublished 15 days ago by W. Pickert
This is my first foray into David Weber's Honor-verse, and I found it enjoyable enough. I think I'll pick up the next book and give it a read, too! Read morePublished 17 days ago by Amalia T
BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP by David Weber. The first of three young adult novels about how a you Stephanie Harrington discovers that Treecats are a sentient species. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Gardener Dawn
Science fiction doesn't get much better for me than this story of a young girl on a new planet discovering a brand new species all by herself. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Sylvia Sabin
Good story, but it could use some polish on the editing. There are a few passages that don't make sense, you go back an re-read and realize a wrong word was used (may... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Flipper66