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A Beautiful Friendship (Star Kingdom (Hardcover)) Hardcover – October 4, 2011
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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
This was well written and captures the flavor of the relationship of the 'treecat' human bond and how it started in the Honorverse novels.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I really enjoyed reading the history of how the Two-legs and tree cats evolved and formed their friendship/bond. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Goldie Cross
A great start to a series and a great introduction for the Treecats meeting humanity for the first time.Published 1 month ago by Gerald Pennabaker
as is typical for David Weber a great book with a compelling plot.Published 2 months ago by Stan Marshall
More good stuff from Weber. If you've enjoyed the Honor books, read this one.
There do seem to be some details that differ from the books, but those may change in the rest of... Read more
I read all of the Star Kingdom series. This was very good book.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer