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Starred Review. This hefty and moving reprint collection of nine novellas written between 1995 and 2007 fills in the corners of Weber's celebrated Honor Harrington series (most recently 2005's At All Costs) and offers several other variations on political and military themes. In the title story, 20-year-old Honor joins the crew of War Maiden, bound for interstellar antipiracy duty as the Royal Manticoran Navy builds up for confrontation with the People's Republic. The Captain from Kirkbean, a rousing alternate naval-history yarn, and Sword Brother, wherein U.S. Marines are pulled into a parallel universe's sword-and-sorcery battlefield, focus on the responsibilities and price of leadership and the necessity of cooperation despite intrinsic differences. Miles to Go observes interstellar conflict and politics from the unusual perspective of a war robot that learns human compassion. With restraint and good taste, Weber tempers his mourning for war's destruction with heartfelt celebrations of the honorable men, women, creatures and machines of the armed forces. (Sept.)
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The creator of Honor Harrington explains this volume’s heft by admitting that he likes to tell long stories, hence his many long novels and the fact that even his short stories aren’t very. The shortest piece here portrays an alternate John Paul Jones, fighting for the British; the longest depicts the peril and promises of the first cruise of “Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington.” Other entries show how treecats and humans learned to bond, how medieval archers saved a band of space-traveling Romans, how Bolos (the sentient tanks invented by late Keith Laumer; see Weber’s Bolo! 2005) handle ethical dilemmas, how an armored car crossing dimensions from Iraq can be a useful weapon in a magical realm once both dimensions’ denizens get used to one another, and how the United State of Europe of Eric Flint’s 1632 (2000) started acquiring a navy. Many of these pieces have appeared before in anthologies, yet they constitute a sampling of what a genius-level storyteller does between novels that is worth adding to most sf collections. --Roland Green --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 960 pages
  • Publisher: Baen; Reprint edition (September 29, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 143913314X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439133149
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.5 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,158,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Worlds of weber (WOW) is a nice walk down memory lane showing off much of David Weber's earlier work. There is no new material in this book, except for the introduction, which is seemingly (according to the copyright page) separately copyrighted from the rest of the book.

The stories are "A Certain Talent" (aka "The Williamson Effect")
"In the Navy"
"The Captian from Kirkbean"
"Sir george and the Dragon"
"Sword Brother"
"A beautiful Friendship"
"Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington"
"Miles to Go" (aka "Bolos 3: The Triumphant")
"The Traitor" (Aka "Bolos 4: The Last Stand")

So as you can see it is a wide showing of his talent.

If you are a Weber fan it is a great book to get to hand out to people to "sample" him. If you are a new reader it is a nice jumping off point for diving into his works. If you are an experienced reader, you may wish to consider if you already have these works on your shelf. Of all these, the only one I haven't read was Sir George and the Dragon.

He gets points taken off for not producing much original work this time, but it is still a well presented book.
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WORLDS OF WEBER is an excellent book of short (and some not so short) stories all by David Weber. Each of the nine stories provide a sample taste of several of his book series. So whether you are contemplating your first Weber book, or an aficionado, you will enjoy this book.
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The Honor Harrington prequel was very enjoyable and many of the other stories were as well. I'm going to take a chance buying some of Weber's other book series now that I've gotten a taste of them.
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The only problem I have with this book is so much of it is material I already had in my library. The first half of the book contained 5 stories not in any book I already owned. The last half of the book contained 4 stories from books I already had. Check the book's table of contents before deciding if you really need to buy it.

Aside from the duplication problem, I did enjoy the new stories and the familiar ones were also enjoyable.
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Well, I just had to go and start my re-read of the Honor Harrington series. It's convenient as I can catch up to my current style of reviewing.

This is just absolutely brilliant!! Even if only two of the stories are Harrington-related, LOL.

Series:
"A Certain Talent" (Legion of Space, 0.5; originally published in The Williamson Effect)
"In the Navy" (Ring of Fire, xx.5; based on Eric Flint's 1632 series; originally published in Ring of Fire Anthology #1 )
"Sir George and the Dragon" (Earth Legions, 1.5; originally published in Foreign Legions)
"Sword Brother" (War God, 1.5; as part of a reissue of Oath of Swords (War God, #1))
"A Beautiful Friendship" (Honorverse: Stephanie Harrington, 0.75; originally published in More Than Honor (Worlds of Honor, #1))
"Ms. Midshipwoman Harrington" (Honor Harrington, 0.5)
"Miles to Go" (Originally published in The Triumphant (Bolos, #3; Bolo, #6))
"Traitor" (Originally published in Last Stand (Bolos, #4; Bolo, #7))

The Stories
"A Certain Talent" is a Jack Williamson homage and excellent!
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I've enjoyed all the Harrington and Safehold books, some more than others. This pastiche was forgettable though I nonetheless read it all; and ironically I'm complaining that one of the tales that the foreword refers to, wasn't included in the e-book itself.
Go figure.
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This is a collection of short stories from various other books and stories by David Weber or in collaboration with other sci fi writers. If you are reading a particular series this is not the book for you BUT if you are looking for an overview of his works then this will give you a taste of his writing style and range.
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I've been reading SciFi for ~55 years now and have had many favorite authors over the years. David Weber is my favorite SciFi author of all time, and as any SciFi fan knows, there are a LOT of authors to choose from. I can't remember an author with greater breadth; nor can I remember one with greater depth.
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