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House of Steel: The Honorverse Companion (Honor Harrington) Hardcover – May 7, 2013

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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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Product Details

  • Series: Honor Harrington
  • Hardcover: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (May 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451638752
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451638752
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #410,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
Let's start with I love just about everything David Weber has written. All the Harrington books are on my re-read list (and very few books make that list). That said this is a very specialized book and probably the drawings and diagrams are best viewed on something larger than a Kindle Paperwhite.

Be warned! This is NOT the first book in the Honorverse that should be read! It's got a lot of background that only really makes sense if you are already familiar with Honor Harrington and what's happened to Manticore since it's founding! And I love the article "Jayne's Intelligence Review." For those who aren't familiar with Jayne's it's the bible of fighting ships published every year since 1898 (and other things military). And this quote from a future Jayne's is... delicious!

This book needs a larger color format because it has many, many illustrations and technical drawings. On my Paperwhite they leave a bit to be desired but they're viewable. Like all Baen books this one is not restricted in any way and the color illustrations are glorious using the Kindle reader on my Mac... well worth browsing through!!!

The short novel is, like most Honorverse writings, very, very interesting and fills in a lot of background! But, be warned, Honor herself doesn't appear, this is mostly about King Roger, Queen Elizabeth's father, his death and how Elizabeth came to hate the Peeps so very, very much! There's a LOT of background about weapons, tactics and other technical stuff in the first 36% of this book.

But the rest of it is a feast of background and facts about The Star Empire of Manticore and The Protectorate of Grayson.
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For an Honorverse junkie like me this is nothing but great. I enjoyed the novella, the background history, personnel biographies, and fleet information immensely. The details enrich the Honorverse even more, and it provides a sort of reference book I can go back to when reading one of the novels. My only complaint is that the color plates had no Marine uniforms. Come on Mr. Weber, you know we Marines always have the best dress uniforms!
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Excellent book with everything a fan of the Honor Harrington series loves. Unfortunately the digital edition has trouble with the technical drawings, they are not high enough resolution so when you try to zoom in they just turn to mush. On many of the drawings you cannot even read the ship class even when zoomed out to normal view and zooming in just further obliterates any writing or notes in the drawings.

80% of the book is written and the content itself is very good.
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Format: Hardcover
House of Steel (2013) is a SF collection in the Honorverse series. It contains a new novella, facts about the universe of Honor Harrington, and color illustrations of flags, ribbons, and uniforms.

"I Will Build My House of Steel" by David Weber relates the life and influence of King Roger III of Manticore from 1844 PD to 1914 PD. It starts with a letter on the need to build ships of the wall and ends with the initial defeat of the People's Republic of Haven at Trevor's Star. It spans a period from Roger's service as Executive Officer on the HMS Wolverine to twenty-one years after his death.

Roger was the driving force behind the buildup of the Royal Manticoran Navy. Without him, Haven would have defeated Manticore. This story tells how he made the RMN more powerful than the Solar League Navy. Naturally, he didn't do it without help.

The Honorverse Companion covers the history of Manticore from the launching of the first STL vessel toward the star system in 775 PD to the aftermath of the retaking of Trevor's Star in 1921 PD. It also includes similar information about Grayson.

Is this the last Honorverse work? No, for the Mesan Alignment is still active. The next installment in this sequence -- Beginnings -- is due soon. Also, a young adult novel about Stephanie and Climbs Quickly -- Treecat Wars -- is also coming shortly thereafter.

Highly recommended for Weber fans and for anyone else who enjoys tales of star empires, RMN technical data, and a bit of romance. Read and enjoy!

-Arthur W. Jordin
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Who publishes a reference work, but doesn't put in a table of contents or index?! I just purchased the kindle edition of this book, and will just as quickly return it because you can't look up information using a table of contents. The reason I want this book is so I can look up information on ships, or planets, or whatever. But without a table of contents, or an index, this book is worthless to me. I'm going to have to purchase the print edition (assuming it has a table of contents). I'd rather have the kindle version, but not until they fix this.
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The first book I read by David Weber was On Basilisk Station. Once I read that book, which was the first Instillation of the Honor Harrington Series, I knew I had to read more. I have read and own every book in that Series. Mr. Weber has always been my favorite writer, and Honor Harrington has always been my favorite character in Military Science Fiction. House of Steel has made many technical things in the Honorverse more clear to me. As well as the people, places, and things in the Honorverse. I will keep reading this series as long as it is available. I have read these books over and over again. I am a Disabled Veteran and I can relate to the stories written by Mr. Weber.
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