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On Basilisk Station Paperback – 2002
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Just a note here, pulp fiction doesn't necessarily mean that it is bad. For example Burroughs is a prime example of pulp fiction.
The Characters are well thought out, the story is one that draws the reader in with action and very few breaks for details about the Universe, in this case mostly pseudo-scientific explanations of who certain aspects of the world work. The action is fast paced and easy to keep in focus while you are reading it.
If anything about this book has a real downside it is the fact that it is hard to put down once you start. I have a hard enough time getting enough sleep without thinking that I can read just one more chapter.
Also the book isn't hugely original on plot points. The author gives a nod to the series of books that inspired this one. The Horatio Hornblower series.
Still for all of that it is a very enjoyable light read.
Do not read Basilisk Station unless you are ready to be completely hooked. While Honor Harrington's cold exterior keeps even the reader from fully getting to know her, we grow to respect her the same way her crew does. Meanwhile, missiles fire, lasers flash, and no fewer than three FTL technologies create some of the most thoughtful space navy battles I have read in years. Strategy and tactics win over sheer firepower, but we are on the edges of our seats until thee very end of the book.
The ending is satisfying, with no annoying and artificial cliffhangers to cajole you into buying the next book, but trust me: you will want to anyway!
1. "Drugged Out Aborigines" plot device. This is stereotypcal shock-schlock.
2. Cats. What a stupid element. I'm pretty sure you have to have a raging Toxoplasma gondii infection (the disease cat-people have, from their cats) in order to understand what the author is going on about cats for
3. Ridiculous super feminism. For one thing, it's grating to constantly stumble over an obviously male character being represented as female purely for Social Justic brownie points. For another thing, it falls pretty flat, because even the author felt the need to genetically modify "her" to exlpain how she can be so manly. Further more, it prevents the book from having actual female characters, and is thus a loss to all of woman-kind.
4. Ridiculous rape subplot. This is the lowest and most unimaginative form of character development. This whole subplot should be chucked out of the book. Seriously. Nothing even needs to take its place. It's just bad.
Honor Harrington' s exploits bring back memories of sea battles that showed the very best of the men and the ship's they sailed in. As you read this novel, be prepared for mystery and sitting on the edge of your chair combat that will keep you riveted to the story unfolding in front of you.
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The who what where and why of the book!