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Old 12-19-2013, 08:59 PM   #1
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Help me read Honor Harrington

So I've tried yet again to read the oft praised and suggested first book of the Honorverse and yet again fizzled out.

I like Space Opera. I like MilSciFi. Women are great (Go Kris Longknife, Vatta, and so on.) What I can't stand is that dang tree-cat. It just bugs me. So please, does it die in the second book and I can grit my teeth and wade through the first one and have the other 27 (guesstimate) novels of the Honorverse to look forward to?

I see one of those cat-things on the cover of one of the later books. I think I'm doomed. Its going to be one of those serieses everyone else adores and I'm left to pine about weeping over my eReader mewling 'if only...'.


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Old 12-19-2013, 09:03 PM   #2
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So I've tried yet again to read the oft praised and suggested first book of the Honorverse and yet again fizzled out.

I like Space Opera. I like MilSciFi. Women are great (Go Kris Longknife, Vatta, and so on.) What I can't stand is that dang tree-cat. It just bugs me. So please, does it die in the second book and I can grit my teeth and wade through the first one and have the other 27 (guesstimate) novels of the Honorverse to look forward to?

I see one of those cat-things on the cover of one of the later books. I think I'm doomed. Its going to be one of those serieses everyone else adores and I'm left to pine about weeping over my eReader mewling 'if only...'.


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Wow! Nimitz (the main tree cat) is one of my favorite characters in the series! I love him and his family. As to what happens to him, eventually, I don't know. I've yet to make it through book 10. I tend to burn out everytime I try to complete the series.
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Wow! Nimitz (the main tree cat) is one of my favorite characters in the series! I love him and his family. As to what happens to him, eventually, I don't know. I've yet to make it through book 10. I tend to burn out everytime I try to complete the series.
I seem to recall that Weber promised his wife that he would not kill Nimitz off. I've enjoyed all the Honor Harrington books. There were a couple of books that bogged down a bit, IMPO, but I think the last couple have been quite good.
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Might as well give up now. Nimitz is in every book and not only that other Treecat's will pop up later in the series.
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Might as well give up now. Nimitz is in every book and not only that other Treecat's will pop up later in the series.
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Might as well give up now. Nimitz is in every book and not only that other Treecat's will pop up later in the series.


Maybe I'll give it a go! I love tree-cats.

appears it's a free download from Baen, is that true?

Yes, I see it is...downloaded, will check out the tree-cat!

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appears it's a free download from Baen, is that true?

Yes, I see it is...downloaded, will check out the tree-cat!
On Basilisk Station is excellent as are the next half dozen or so. For me it starts to go downhill after that - and yes, the treecats are part of the problem for me.

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Old 12-20-2013, 09:05 AM   #8
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Thanks Graham, I'll keep an eye on those treecats......just the thought makes me think of the Cheshire cat in Alice in Wonderland....
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I never liked the treecat stuff either. It reminds me of the mascot characters you often see in anime. I put up with it, because I did enjoy the action sequences, but yes, maybe give up if it's too much for you.
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I never liked the treecat stuff either. It reminds me of the mascot characters you often see in anime. I put up with it, because I did enjoy the action sequences, but yes, maybe give up if it's too much for you.
Treecats are certainly not pets or mascots.
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The treecats are an important part of the story...i don't think they are going anywhere.

In fact, Weber (with help) has also started offshoot novels about origins of the treecat/human relationship with a Harrington character. First book is "A Beautiful Friendship". I haven't read it but I do like Nimitz and his fellow treecats in the Honor Harrington books.
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I read the first 2 Honor Harrington books last year but never continued with the rest for some reason. I don't remember that much about them, so I might give them another try sometime as well.
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Might as well post some free book links in case anyone reading this thread wants to give the series a try.

On Basilisk Station Baen | Amazon | Sony
The Honor of the Queen Baen | Amazon | Sony


Mission of Honor CD @ The Fifth Imperium
ISO.zip (317,657,584 bytes) | CD.zip (318,343,861 bytes)

Contains (among other things)...
The Honor Harrington series:
On Basilisk Station
The Honor of the Queen
The Short Victorious War
Field of Dishonor
Flag in Exile
Honor Among Enemies
In Enemy Hands
Echoes of Honor
Ashes of Victory
War of Honor
At All Costs
Mission of Honor

The Honor Harrington Universe novels:
Crown of Slaves
Torch of Freedom

The Honor Harrington anthologies:
More Than Honor
Worlds of Honor
Changer of Worlds
Service of the Sword

Saganami Island Series:
The Shadow of Saganami
Storm From the Shadows
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I liked Weber's reinvention of space combat in this series, making it so much closer to traditional (older) naval conflict.
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